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Tips ( DIY )
Battery charge indicator
- Battery holder
Bicycle pump holder
- Flashlight holders :
   - medium
    - mini 1 , mini 2
    - micro

- Lens cap holder
- Flash bouncer
   - small reflector
   - big reflector/ light box

- New tips, 2014 -

Prototypes :
Bicycle bottle holders


PilleVippo - Flash mirrorSvenska

How to make a Flash bouncer 
for Compact, Long Zoom and SLR cameras

Get more out of the built in flash, can be used together with small reflectors or
a "Light box", good for photographing smaller objects, macro etc.
Offer several ways to distribute and modify the light from the onboard flash.

Note: works best on short distances due to the weakness of most built in flashes.
Idea and design by Benny Johansson

PilleVippo - Flash bouncer

- Adjustable mirror angle, control over where the light hits the reflecting surface,
   correct angle depends on the angles between the camera, reflector and photo object.  

- Interchangeable mirror materials, control over how much light that goes direct or
  is reflected, examples: a white semi transparent material gives you both direct (diffused)
  and reflected light, a silver/aluminium (on black) material gives you all reflected light,
  other possibilities: colour filter, example: a piece of yellow-tinted plastic will make the light "warmer".

- Folds flat (all models), fits easily in a camera bag pocket (see how to fold the big one)
- Low weight, only 4 grams for the small and 8 grams for the big PilleVippo.

Example of use,
most of the photos on my websites KabelHolla.com, LampiFix.com
are taken with the PilleVippo bouncer and a "light box" ,
recent examples at Benvelo.com are the photos on this page and these pages: mini 2, mini 1

Comparison, direct vs. reflected light:
- with small reflectors
- macro

The photos below are taken with a Canon IXUS 95 IS
A. Silver mirror, small white reflector.
B. Silver mirror, small white reflector held in a way that blocks light from the background
C. Direct flash, no mirror or reflector .

big reflectorsmall reflectorExample of how to make reflectors
for use with or without the PilleVippo bouncer.

- small reflector 
- big reflector/ Light box
Image gallery - the bouncing PilleVippos

How to make it

- a piece/sheet of polypropylene plastic (PP, recycling code/number 5 )
  thickness 0,7-0,8mm (700-800 micron) (I have used a piece from a cookie box :-)
- a small rubber o-ring (I have used a ID 3,5x1,5mm for the small and ID 4,5x1,5mm for the big),
  (you can also make a rubber ring from a thick piece of rubber )
- self adhesive velcro ( only for the small PilleVippo)
- elastic cord 1,5-2mm thick and 30 cm long (only for the big PilleVippo)

A. Cut out the plastic piece
    (it's also a good idea to cut out a few strips to practice heat-bending on).
B. Print out the PDF template* and tape it on the plastic sheet ,
    make the holes (tool tip), needle marks and mark along the cutting line.
C. Remove the paper template and cut out the plastic part.

* PDF templates: (I have only tested with the cameras named below but many others are
   similary constructed so the templates should fit a lot of them also)
 - Small_1.pdf ( Canon Ixus 95 and likely a lot of other compact cameras ? )
 - Small_2.pdf ( Canon A610 and ? )
 - Small_3.pdf ( Canon S90, S95 and S100 )
 - Big_1.pdf ( Nikon D40 , Olympus c-2100 and ?)

A. The finished part should look like this ( the images above shows an earlier model)
B. Bend the "holy hinge" back and forth all the way a few times to make it soft
   ( this "holy hinge" is surprisingly durable, see my test  or wikipedia about "living hinge")
C. Pre-bend at the places shown below (bend at room temp. and
     make sure you bend in the right direction, the side facing down in the image below
     is the side that faces the flash/camera)

A. Heat bend, use something that concentrates the heat to the bending area,
    start with the pre-bent parts ( the white becomes clear when the right temp. is reached).
    ( how to make a simple "heat concentrator from a piece of aluminium foil).
B. (1) The mirror holders can be a little tricky to bend (bounces back if not heated enough),
         the plastic must be heated to a "butter soft" state before bending ,
         ( I recommend that you practice on a few test strips first ).
    (2) How much to bend, the measure X should be a bit more than the velcro thickness.
    (3) Reduce the height of the stoppers to about 2-3 mm.
C. Mount the rubber o-ring (using a strip of tape to pull it place makes it easier)
    and the velcro, the "hook" side should be on the PilleVippo .

A. Mount the soft side of the velcro on the camera, the lower edge of the mirror base
    should be 2-3 mm below the flash and centered.
B. Make the mirrors.
    I have made the white from plain printing paper laminated with clear packing tape on both sides and
    the silver one is made by taping aluminum tape on a piece of black thin (0,2-0,3mm) plastic sheet

   (some aluminium tape is so thin that it lets light through).


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