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After a long time using my flash with rubber bands to hold flash accessories, I decided to try the Gaffer's tape method recommended by many photogs. So, I searched for that on B&H's website and got multiple results. Some of the results explicitly mention no residue and some don't.

In the past I bought a "painter's tape" at Home Depot that supposedly leaves no residue as well, but this feature is limited to 14-days of contact.

So, any particular suggestion for a cheap non-residue gaffer's tape? Something that will tear off a year from now without leftover? I just need ~30cm, so spending $8-$10 on a full roll already seems excessive, so I'm more inclined to the cheap side...

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Nobody needs only ~30cm of gaffa. You know the old joke - if it moves and shouldn't, use the tape; if it doesn't and should, use the WD-40... –  Staale S Jan 27 '11 at 13:59
    
@Staale S - LOL! Seriously now, if Gaffer's can keep its adhesion for extended period of times, then I need about that long to wrap around the flash head so I can safely stick stuff to that tape surface without leaving traces once removed. –  ysap Jan 27 '11 at 15:39
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Well, seriously... for my flash I use the wide rubber band with Velcro on it approach to hold stuff in place. Something like this... (argh, hopeless URL; just google for the term "flash velcro rubber band" without quotes, the first one is a reference to a page with a Gary Fong whaletail setup which is the page I mean) It works well enough for me, though I haven't used it for anything heavy. Some quick googling did not look promising for you; "Despite the claims they make about gaffer tape it will not stick very well in the cold and if you leave it on too long it will leave residue behind". –  Staale S Jan 27 '11 at 16:45
    
@Staale S - I do not stick very well in the cold either... but seeing where you are from, I'm sure you last far longer than any tape... ;-) –  ysap Jan 27 '11 at 16:48
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If it's for (semi)permanent use, then don't worry about the kind of tape -- either lighter fluid or isopropyl alcohol will remove any residue (depending on the adhesive). (And yes, there are "goo removers" you can get if you really want to pay more than necessary.) Residue-free tape (and, frankly, gaffer's tape in general) is more about setting up for a shot in studio or on location than it is about Frankensteining equipment -- you want to be able to tear down cleanly when you're done. –  user2719 Jan 27 '11 at 16:49
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For my flash I use the wide rubber band with Velcro on it approach to hold stuff in place. Something like this... (argh, hopeless URL; just google for the term "flash velcro rubber band" without quotes, the first one is a reference to a page with a Gary Fong whaletail setup which is the page I mean) It works well enough for me, though I haven't used it for anything heavy. Some quick googling did not look promising for you; "Despite the claims they make about gaffer tape it will not stick very well in the cold and if you leave it on too long it will leave residue behind".

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