There is no nice way to say it: pop-up camera flashes are just plain bad, and with an average distance 0.6-3 meters are not much use unless you are looking for a tiny bit of fill light. This can be a real pain if you are new to photography and not ready to invest in an external flash, or if you don’t want to deal with it’s extra bulk and weight, while travelling. The Rogue Safari Pop-up Flash Booster looks to solve these issues by offering a way to boost the power of the DSLR cameras’ built-in flash by up to 8x its normal power, in a small, tough and convenient package.
The Rogue Safari is built to fit most APS-C/DX-sized sensor Canon and Nikon cameras that feature a pop-up flash. Rogue has a convenient compatibility chart on their website. It works by concentrating the light from the pop-up through a Fresnel lens to project light at a greater distance. However, the Rogue Safari will only work with a lens that has a focal length of 100-mm equivalent or greater. Using it on shorter focal lengths will produce a heavy vignetting effect on the picture that looks very similar to shining a flashlight in a dark room.
The results that I obtained when testing the Rogue Safari were extremely impressive, on average achieving the desired extra light levels that a pop-up flash cannot output on its own. When I shot 15 meters from the subject, the result is literally night and day.
My initial concern with the Rogue Safari was that it felt a bit flimsy. Whenever I removed it from my camera, I was worried about breaking it. However, it is made out of high-strength polycarbonate. After testing it, I now have no doubts that this is a tough product that will hold up well.
The Rogue Safari DSLR Pop-up Flash Booster has potential to become the best friend of someone looking to to get the most out of telephoto photography from an entry-level DSLR camera. It will provide enough extra fill light for a variety of applications whether you are looking to shoot indoor sports, concerts or night photography. For more information on the Rogue Safari DSLR Pop-up Flash Booster check out redravenphoto.com or thecamerastore.com.