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Flexfill: The Original Collapsible Reflectors

Get Total Lighting Control, Whether On Location or In Studio

We’ve all seen it: when the contrast between your light and shadows is too extreme, the sensors in your camera will “crush” the highlights or shadows, ruining your exposure and washing out all your detail. Using a reflector to “fill” the shadows or soften direct light brings your subject within the range your camera can capture reliably.

  • Controls natural or artificial lighting contrast and quality
  • Sets up and collapses in about one second
  • Collapses to one-third its size for easy transportation & storage
  • Zippered nylon pouch included
  • High-quality materials; made in the USA

In 1982, Visual Departures introduced the first collapsible reflector: Flexfill. Today, Flexfill is used by thousands of top studio and location photographers. Available in four sizes and nine surfaces, it’s a highly portable and efficient lighting solution.

Flexfill is fast. The riveted spring-steel rim allows any Flexfill to open up or fold down to one-third its working size, instantly, with the flick of a wrist. And you can hold Flexfill reflectors flat, concave, or convex, depending on whether you want neutral, spot, or diffuse light.

There have been many copycat products, but none compare well to Flexfill. Flexfill reflectors have always been made in the USA; built to last from tough, non-fading materials. Cheap knockoffs often come apart at the seams, and the manufacturers often include the rim fabric in their measurements. Rest assured: when you buy a genuine 48″ Flexfill, you’ll get the full 48″ of usable area you paid for.

The circular Flexfill is available in 20-, 38-, 48-, and 60-inch diameters. Each Flexfill comes with its own zippered nylon carrying pouch, is fully guaranteed by Visual Departures, and is made in America. It can be mounted on lightstands with the Flexfill Adjustable Holder FH-1, which is compatible with any size Flexfill (and frees up your assistant for other tasks. If you don’t have an assistant, you’ll appreciate the FH-1 even more.)

Types of Flexfill Surfaces

White: The standard reflector surface, a white Flexfill bounces light back into the subject to lower contrast without affecting the light’s character.

Silver: Similar to a white reflector, but produces a more specular fill. Use it for brightening shadows–especially important when moving a white Flexfill closer would cause it to intrude into the frame. Metallic Flexfills are made with a high-grade aluminized nylon.

Gold: Similar reflecting power to silver, but also adds warmth to the subject. On a sunny day, it can eliminate the blue cast open sky contributes to shadows; indoors, it can warm up cool window light. Minimizes the need for a warming filter that would otherwise rob light.

Black Absorber: Produces an effect just the reverse of a reflector, reducing the amount of light reaching the shadows–and creating higher lighting contrast. Especially good for adding snap when soft ambient light makes a subject appear flat. Made from a dead-matte velvet-like fabric, it’s also useful for “flagging” — keeping unwanted stray light off your lens and/or subject.

Translucent: Designed for placement between the light source and subject, a translucent Flexfill softens hard light to improves modeling. It reduces light by 1.2 stops.

Silk: Similar in its diffusing effect to our translucent surface, but transmits twice as much light. Its less heavy ripstop nylon reduces light by only .7 stop. Use it when you need more light and want somewhat harder shadows.

Black Net: Also placed between source and subject, but only to reduce the strength of the light, not its quality. Use it the way you would a neutral density filter on the camera; less light allows you to shoot at wider apertures, for example. Ideal for controlling lighting ratios, it is available in single net (.8-stop density) and double net (1.5 stops).

The Flexfill Adjustable Holder

Flexfill Holder FH-1

Pair This With a Light Stand, and You Can Hire One Less Assistant

Ideal for stationary, still life, and portrait subjects, the Flexfill Adjustable Holder has a telescoping design that slides to fit all Flexfill reflectors (20″, 38″, 48″, or 60″ diameters.) Flexible rubber grips keep a firm hold on the rim of the reflector, while locking knobs hold each tubular section in place. Standard 5/8-inch sockets accommodate most light stands and will accept a threaded screw-mount adapter for use on tripods. Custom-made in Italy for Visual Departures by Manfrotto.