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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).

Flexloc: A Strong, Reusable Cable Tie

Flexloc releasable cable ties are made from tough, flexible nylon, and their 50-pound tensile strength ensures they won't snap under pressure.

Why Waste Gaffer Tape and Zip Ties?

Flexloc releasable cable ties are perfect for tying up all the cords and cables that photographers and other audio-visual professionals struggle with every time they work. A ribbed inner surface makes them self-locking and secure; just a quick pinch of the fingers releases the tie. Unlike zip ties, you can use Flexloc ties over and over again.

Flexloc cable ties are made from tough, flexible nylon, and their 50-pound tensile strength ensures they won’t snap under pressure. Their 10-inch length accommodates any diameter up to 2-3/4 inches, and they can be joined together for larger bundles. They’re available in orange and black. We’re sure they’ll become an essential part of your studio’s workflow.

Suction Mount: Place Cameras and Lights Wherever You Want

Tripods Can’t Help You Out of Some Situations

Suction Mount lets you place cameras and lights in those places tripods can't help you.Have you ever wanted to mount a light high in the corner of a room? (Trick question — of course you have.) Suction Mount lets you use any flat, non-porous surface as a non-permanent mounting spot for a camera or lights — enabling you to get your gear into positions that would be impossible with light stands or tripods.

Suction Mount is a high-quality suction cup and vacuum pump mounted to a rock-solid 1/4-20 tripod screw and 5/8″ stud. The DV6B model incorporates a heavy duty ball swivel joint for added flexibility. Suction Mount is made in the USA, and is far more compact than a tripod.

How much weight your Suction Mount will support depends on which model you’re using and what you’re attaching to (in an ideal world, this would be a clean pane of glass.) Also note that the vacuum pump indicator will display strength of suction — for longer installations, the indicator will turn red, alerting you that the seal should be “pumped up” to maintain suction. Please do not leave suction-mounted gear unsupervised.

Suction Mount Models and Specifications
Model Mount Size of Suction Cup Maximum Load
SM-3 Fixed 1/4-20 tripod screw 3 inches Up to 20 lbs.
SM-6 Fixed 1/4-20 tripod screw 6 inches Up to 70 lbs.
DV6B 5/8” stud on swivel ball head 6 inches Up to 70 lbs.