In this Blog, we take a look at a Review of our Optical Snoot by Photographer Jake Hicks.
The Pixapro® Optical snoot, in conjunction with a Canon EF Mount lens, enables you to project patterns onto your subject or background, to produce creative and dramatic effects with your strobe or LED studio light. Use Gobos to add creativity to your images, creating different shapes and patterns onto your background or subject. This is the ideal tool for any photographer that likes to get creative with their lighting, which can range from fashion, portrait, editorial and product photographers.
The Pixapro® Optical snoot allows you to insert a range of different GOBOS which can be used to project different shapes and patterns onto your background or subject. Any Canon EF Lens can be mounted to the front of the optical snoot (we recommend using light-weight prime lenses such as the 50mm f/1.8 etc.) to focus or de-focus the light to produce softer or crisper projections, depending on the type of look you are trying to achieve. It can also be used in conjunction with coloured gels for creative effects.
Optical Snoot projectors are commonly used by fashion, portrait and editorial photographers, as well as product photographers as the light, can be focused to highlight specific areas of the product.
The snoot also has a unique design which allows it to be used with a wide variety of different flashes, thanks to the interchangeable speedring you can use this on almost any flash on the market. This helps to give all photographers, a high quality, low-cost solution to their modifier needs. These include Bowens, Elinchrom, Broncolor, and Profoto (please view compatibility table for more information)
Also included in this kit is each set of the compatible Gobos to be used with this EF/Mount Optical Snoot. The 16 different included Gobos help to project different patterns and styles onto your subjects.
The Optical Snoot is the ideal tool for any photographer that likes to get creative and add mood with their lighting, which can range from fashion, portrait, editorial and product photographers.
Not Suitable for use with Hot Lights.
NOTE: Canon STM Lenses do NOT work with this Optical Snoot as they Cannot be manually focused unless attached to a camera body.
NOTE: Flash head, stand and Lens are not included with this product.
|Fitting Type||Compatible Brands|
|Bowens S-Type||Pixapro, Lencarta, Godox, Aurora, Lastolite Lumen8, RimeLite, iLux, Walimex VC / K +DS, Jinbei, Bowens, Interfit: Stellar, Venus and Honey Badger Series|
|Elinchrom||Elinchrom, Interfit EX and EXD series, Calumet Genesis Studio Flashes|
|Broncolor (Big)||Broncolor Primo, Pulso, Siros, Minicom, Unilite, Litos, MobiLED and Flashman flash heads|
|Profoto||Profoto Flash Heads|
|Lens Mount||Canon EF/EF-S Mount|
|Max. Gobo Diameter||6cm|
|Gobo Holder Diameter||8.6cm|
|Gobo Projection Diameter||4.5cm|
|Gobo Holder Slot Diameter||8.8cm|
|Optical Snoot Depth||13.7cm (Without Speedring)|
|Optical Snoot Diameter||Approx 17cm|
|Optical Snoot Weight||440g|
|Gobo Material||Stainless Steel|
|Gobos Dimensions||60mm x 72mm|
|Gobos Patterns||Spot, Slit, Boxed, Diagonally, Orb, Wave, Dots, Dream, Blossom, Scatter, Flare, Bubble, Foam, Louvre, Tree, Dens Palm|
The main purpose of the optical snoot is able to project patterns onto your subject or background, to produce creative and dramatic effects with your strobe or LED studio light.
The optical snoot will not give 100% power output of the light as many other light modifiers e.g. softbox and it will depend how efficient of the modifier is. Distance to subject will also affect the lighting output.
Optical snoots are made of different layers glass lens as well as using with focus lens, which will reduce power out of the light. We would advise to use lens with at least F 1.8 aperture. With this set up, you should be able to create a sharp edge and a soft edge (see images) by changing the focus of the lens.
Images are provided by Jason Vaughan
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