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I looked online for a portable beauty dish that would be able to take up little space as I traveled. I do a lot of location portraiture and a rigid beauty dish doesn’t pack well with a camera backpack.

Easy to tag along on assignments.
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When I researched the Chimera I was impressed with the build quality. This is very important to me because when you’re on the road it just isn’t always possible to baby your gear. Chimera is a pretty trusted name. But with that name also comes a price.
After substantial shopping I found mine for around $300 for a complete kit (BD, bag, speedring and bracket).

If you are just purchasing the beauty dish, you won’t get a speedring with it or the strobe bracket. I guess it could be a $$ saver if you already own a Chimera speed ring. But by having to purchase one it made entry into the Chimera brand kind of steep.

I mostly use the dish without the diffuser but am very happy with the quality of light with or without it.

Without diffusion

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With diffusion
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Pricewise it is on the upper end of the scale for similar items, but that is mostly due to quality.
I have not regretted this purchase in the least and it is a valuable tool for my gear toolbox.

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