The 10 Best Camera Flash Diffusers

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This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in January of 2020. Flashes are a common accessory that can help with a myriad of lighting conundrums but, despite their utility, they can also cause unwanted artifacts, like harsh shadows and overexposed highlights. We've assembled a list of diffusers that utilize studio-style techniques to mitigate, or even eliminate, the less desirable consequences of using a hot-shoe mounted flash. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Rogue Photographic Design FlashBender 2

2. Gary Fong Collapsible Light Sphere

3. Altura Photo Softbox Flash Diffuser

Editor's Notes

February 13, 2020:

Our list has great options for every type of photographer, whether they're someone who makes their living off of getting the right shot at weddings, or a hobbyist who only takes photos for fun. Users who need something that will survive heavy usage day after day will probably gravitate towards selections like the Gary Fong Collapsible Light Sphere or the MagMod MagSphere Starter Flash Kit, which justify their higher costs with quality materials that are less likely to break down in the middle of a professional gig. For amateurs with a less demanding workflow, spending over $50 on a diffuser might seem rather exorbitant. Options like the Meking Multi-Function Diffuser, which are perfectly adequate for occasional use and don't take up too much room in a camera bag, might be better for their situation.

Options like the Rogue Photographic Design FlashBender 2 and Insstro Flash Diffuser Accessories Kit represent a middle ground of models that are constructed with less than top-shelf materials, but still offer a lot of utility and will most likely satisfy the needs of many hobbyists and professionals alike. Those from all categories who are focused exclusively on portrait or macro photography should consider the Neewer Collapsible Ring Diffuser, which offers a popular stylized look without necessitating the purchase of a specialized light.

All of the options on our list should be compatible with a majority of popular speedlight-styled flashes.

4. MagMod MagSphere Starter Flash Kit

5. Insstro Flash Diffuser Accessories Kit

6. Neewer Collapsible Ring Diffuser

7. Meking Multi-Function Diffuser

8. Waka Flash Diffuser 2 Pack

9. Panshi Two-Sided Reflector

10. Fotasy Universal Cloth Diffuser Cap

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