I've recently heard about two products which claim to be beauty dishes for speedlights. Prior to this, I had only seen beauty dishes for studio strobes -- monoblocs and powerpack-based light heads. So I've got a bunch of questions... The products I've seen are: Interfit Strobies 12" beauty dish with bracket for speedlight http://www.adorama.com/PASTR100.html RPS Studio 12" beauty dish with diffusion sock and bracket for speedlight RPS Studio 20" beauty dish with grid and bracket for speedlight http://www.adorama.com/RPSBDK20.html I understand that a beauty dish works a bit like a small round softbox and many claim it is the preferred light for fashion and beauty. Apparently the light is more specular and gives a nice (less soft) rendition of skin tone, maybe a bit like the "skin pop" we tried to get with 7" reflectors 20 years ago. I've heard it is great for "perfect" models but maybe a softbox is better for normal people. Thinking about how a beauty dish is constructed and how it must work... The construction is a bit like a mirror lens, meaning the light cast is a bit like a life saver, so the lighting might look a bit like a ring flash. The other difference is that the light is focused unlike a softbox where the light is diffused. So, some questions: how close can these speedlight beauty dishes come to the studio strobe version? -- obvious difference is how the speedlight casts its light -- is this a big deal? the advantage of a speedlight over studio strobes is portability and ease of use. This lets you work more quickly on location. Is it sensible to use a speedlight with a beauty dish? Most beauty dish setups I've seen are fixed where the photographer sets up the lights in advantage and controls everything about the shot -- the lighting, the background, the set. Does it only make sense to use a beauty dish when you have this degree of control? are these speedlight beauty dish products new or have I just not seen them before? how do they work in practice? is a diffusion sock necessary? why? when? -- I guess this softens things a bit... maybe necessary on the 12" dish is a grid necessary? why? when? -- This would seem to collimate the light more, which might make it harsher... maybe this is why it's only offered on the 20" dish? what size beauty dish makes best sense? does it make better sense to just go get a monobloc (maybe one with a portable power pack) and use a conventional beauty dish?