With my Canon 430EX III came a tungsten filter than neatly clips on to the flash head. However, it seems this is the only filter available.

I notice the Canon 600EX series comes with a clear filter holder that allows you to place a pre-cut gel inside.

Is there a clear filter-holder available to the 430EX III? Perhaps from a third-party? I've checked online extensively and can't find anything, so I'm assuming such a thing isn't available. And, I can't see anyway to make or adapt one. So, I figure it's back to sticking velcro strips to the flash head. It's a shame as a clear filter holder would be a neat solution.

  • \$\begingroup\$ well, you could certainly make or adapt one: just take the amber filter, cut out the area that actually covers the flash diffuser, and glue in a piece of clear acrylic. That will give you a snap-on "clear filter". From there, you can make pre-cut gels to sit behind the clear holder you just made. Perhaps not convenient or easy, depending on your DIY skills. But doable, I imagine. \$\endgroup\$
    – scottbb
    Commented Apr 9, 2019 at 2:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ If you don't want to go the velcro route, you can use any of the neutrally colored slip on diffusers available for the 430EX III-RT to hold the filter strips on the flash. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Commented Apr 9, 2019 at 7:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ Canon even makes an "official" one for the 430EX III-RT. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Commented Apr 9, 2019 at 7:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ @scottbb Unfortunately, the amber filter protrudes a fair distance from the flash. To cut away the amber material so it would not cause a colour cast at the margins would mean removing so much of the filter that there would be anything appreciable left to work with. I could tape over the amber bits, but then I'd be restricting the spread of the flash by doing so. \$\endgroup\$
    – mooie
    Commented Apr 9, 2019 at 11:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MichaelC When I need to diffuse the light, that would work fine. However, more often than not, I don't use the flash diffuser. Diffusers only really work well indoors. Outdoors, where there's nothing to bounce the scattered light back towards the subject, a small diffuser only has a negligible effect other than reducing the output. \$\endgroup\$
    – mooie
    Commented Apr 9, 2019 at 11:22

2 Answers 2


Check out MagMod (https://magnetmod.com/collections/packages/products/magmod-basic-kit2)

Kits have a lot of different gels and a gel holder that need not be used with any other modifier. (I say gel, but it's colored plastic).


There are also other non clip-on filter sets available that might help you out. For example the Rogue Filter sets which feature an elastic silicone band. There are also cheap knock offs, many of which work as well as the original.

Rogue Filter Set


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