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LED lighting panels for your DSLR are great, but they can be expensive. So why not build your own? I decided to, with a twist - literally, as my panel is flexible and can conform to various shapes for mounting or to broadcast light in various directions.
The basic materials and tools I used are:


Neoprene - I used an old backpack made of the stuff, so free!
Hardware Cloth - not really cloth - basically a fancy name for chicken wire, available at home center
Flexible LED strips - available on eBay and such, which is where I got mine - about $15 for 300 LED strip (Mostly used on Tron Suit)
Velcro or substitute
Flexible Wire - I used an old ribbon cable salvaged from a computer
Needle and Thread - I used heavy duty thread, but standard should be fine too
Type M port and plug (x2) - For power in and output to light panel, any type of quick connect will work
10K Potentiometer with SPST switch - For dimming/power on control


Tin Snips
Drill + bits
Soldering Iron
Epic music to work to.

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owhy1 year ago
Nooo, I love my built bag now that I downsized to a normal laptop. Should have found this a couple weeks ago and I'd have a fun flexible ..

No, I'd just find a different material. I can't think of a time where I'd want this bendable and non.. I'd want ball bearing hinges or something for flexibility. (now I'll actually read)
i love the design! plan on getting a t3 soon and this will help lots! 1 concern, why didn't you use diodes on your positive wires from the battery and from the external power?
jonathan.elwell (author)  gman2000watts1 year ago
I did! LED = Light Emitting Diode, so current can only flow on way (well, if you really over voltaged you could break them down). Even if I were to put in battery the wrong way it just wouldn't work, but it wouldn't harm anything though. Now, if I added a PWM circuit then absolutely I would put in a protective diode.
I was more concerned with the batteries getting over charged from the external power.