2. As with its other products, ExpoImaging only uses extremely high quality materials to be sure Rogue Gels are very durable. Plus, the people at ExpoImaging take the time to give Rogue Gels a professional design.
3. Rogue Gels are available as a Universal Kit or Grid Kit. True to its name, the Universal Kit is compatible with almost any flash and many flash accessories. The Grid Kit is meant for use with the Rogue Grid.
4. The Rogue Gel Kits contain 20 filters (1 white diffusing, 5 color correction and 14 artistic color filters). The filters in each kit have custom shapes, so they fit any flash, in the case of the Universal Kit, or the Rogue Grid (Grid Kit). ExpoImaging has made the gels in either kit very versatile, since you can use them together in even more creative combinations.
5. You might say the Universal Gels are a Goldilocks size—not too big and not too small. Photographers find that they are easily installed on either large or small flash heads. Although, ultra-wide flash heads will require a bit more precise placement of a gel piece, these are not widely used heads. ExpoImaging was more concerned that its Rogue Gels fit all the most popular flashes from Canon, Nikon, Sony and other manufacturers.
6. Any of the Universal Gels are attached with two side tabs to a flash. As you hold them in place, put the included rubber band around the flash head to secure the tabs. The original band was doubled, but ExpoImaging has revised the design, with a thicker, single band, which photographers report is much easier to use.
7. Photographers just love the organization of the pouch that is included with each kit. There are three cardboard dividers that list all filters with similar characteristics, so you can access any filter quickly. The pouch also makes it easy to protect the filters.
8. Another organizational benefit of Rogue Gels is that the name of each filter is printed at the edge of the piece. Better yet, the filter information also includes the light loss (in f-stops) value. When you are shooting with your flash in manual, you can use this information to calculate the difference of light loss values, change filters and select the precise flash output.
Additional information can be found on the color correction filters in the Rogue Gel Kit, relating to color temperature and white balance, which you can match with the settings on your camera.
9. Rogue Gel Kits are definitely winners when compared to the competition, such as Honl Photo Gel System and LumiQuest FXtra. Honl Photo gels may be a bit easier to use, but you must trim them to fit and they’re packaged in a rather large case. In the LumiQuest FXtra system, all of the filters are attached to the flash head, which can create problems if you must change them quickly, and can lead to them being lost or damaged, since there is no carrying case.
Rogue Gels wins in four categories: the pouch, labeling, dividers and delivering more for your money. Either kit costs less than the equivalent Honl Photo Gel System. The LumiQuest Fxtra may be cheaper than Rogue Gels, but it only includes 8 Rosco filters, and no organizational system.
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