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This Extra Lens Is Like a Megaphone For Your DSLR's Pop-up Flash

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It might occasionally come in handy as a bit of fill light for a shot, but your DSRL's pop-up flash is a poor substitute for a dedicated flash perched atop your camera. It makes sense why it sucks; it's designed to be small and compact enough to fold away. But with Rogue's Safari Flash Booster added to the mix, all of a sudden your DSLR's pop-up flash isn't so crappy any more.

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Using a cleverly designed fresnel lens, the Safari booster promises to give you up to eight times more light from your camera's built-in flash, without the need for extra batteries. It does mean you have to carry around an extra accessory that attaches to your camera's hot shoe, but if it delivers as promised, at $35 it's far cheaper than adding a full-sized flash to your kit.

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It doesn't work on all DSLRs, though. Cameras with full frame sensors, or those from Fujifilm, Panasonic, Pentax, Olympus, and Sony won't produce optimal results with the Safari attached. But if you've got a Canon or Nikon APS-C or DX format DSLR built in the past five years, this should work wonderfully for you. [Rogue Safari via PetaPixel]

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'Up to eight times more light from your [...] flash'. This is impossible. There's no such thing as 800% light.

What it does is concentrate the light on a smaller area (rather like some more expensive flashes do with their moving heads to cover different lens lengths). This also means that it will not cover the entire picture area on wider angle lenses. (Hence why the marketing talk says 'optimized for lenses 100mm and over', well into the tele-range).