Braun UNA softbox
A fold-flat mini softbox for your flashgun, with an equally small price Get a clearer picture from your Nikon’s LCD screen
Plenty of gadgets claim to soften the light from your flashgun for a more flattering look, but finding one that doesn’t hog precious kit bag space can be quite a mission. The Braun UNA Softbox could be just the ticket as it folds flat for transportation. Putting it together is a piece of cake, and attaching it to your flashgun (it fits most hotshoe-mountable options) is just as easy thanks to its elasticated mounting collar.
When it’s attached, you can expect to dial in up to two stops of positive exposure compensation to counteract light loss, but don’t expect a great deal of light softening. Although the UNA softbox does take the edge off harsh shadows and exposures are slightly more balanced, the difference in light quality isn’t as great as you may want.
No matter how bright your Nikon’s LCD, put it up against direct sunlight and you can wave goodbye to accurately reviewing colour and contrast. The sun doesn’t stand a chance against this gizmo, though, as it shrouds up to a 3.2-inch screen and adds two times magnification so you still get a clear view.
A rubber eyecup keeps things snug and light-fast against your eye, but the camera mounting system is slightly less secure, especially when the device is fitted to D-SLRs without a left-hand mode dial to anchor the elasticated strap.