The MagMod system is, to quote the company site,
“the simplest, easiest, strongest, fastest, and sexiest speedlite modifier system, period.”
The silicone rubber construction and magnetic
connection innovation together make this the easiest, most reliable way to use gels and grid
spots on my flashes. Since I already had the Basic Kit, it was an
easy decision to use some of this year’s income tax refund money to buy the newly released
When it comes to the snoot, I do have some basis for comparison. I got the
LumiQuest Snoot XTR in 2011, and in 2014, I
made my own snoot out of a cereal box.
The DIY snoot is perfect for home use, but is bulky and fragile for traveling. The LumiQuest model
folds flat and seems durable, but has light leaks and is tough to attach to the flash. The
MagMod MagSnoot beats both: it collapses for storage/transport and is incredibly tough, snaps
easily to the MagGrip via magnets, and even has a built-in MagGel holder.
My justification for buying the MagMod basic kit was that I wanted to
make more images like the one above, where I can more completely control the light, including its
color. The kit has definitely helped with that.
The addition of the snoot just made sense: I use snoots on occasion, but they’re flimsy and
otherwise imperfect. The MagSnoot solved those issues.
Worst Things First
• Ships Via USPS
As with the basic kit, I was disappointed that there were no options
listed for shipping when I ordered. It turns out that MagMod ships through USPS
(U.S. Postal Service), with which I’ve always had
difficulties — compared to UPS or FedEx, though I’m sure it’s slightly cheaper.
My shipping fee for the MagSnoot was $5.
Like all the MagMod attachments, the MagSnoot requires a MagGrip — see in the image
at right installed on a LumoPro LP180 speedlight. Once the MagGrip is on, the snoot just snaps to it
via the powerful magnets that both contain.
As for the built-in gel slot, it’s in back and as easy to use as the MagGel holders I
already owned. The rigid gels simply slide in.
Build, Quality & Size
All the MagMod products are built solidly. As always, durability is something that can only be
tested with time, but the MagSnoot feels just as durable as the other products from the same company.
I’ve had the basic kit for more than six months now, using some of the pieces daily.
The image below includes 10 photos comparing various light modifiers I own, including the MagSnoot
at all four positions, and a few of my DIY snoots. For purposes of this review, we only need to
look at five of them. The first (upper left) is the bare flash. The image just below it is with the
MagSnoot in the flat position. The last three images on the third row are also with the MagSnoot,
in the other three elongated positions. In all cases, the speedlight used the same settings and
was 4.5 feet from the curtains.
If you don’t need a snoot, there’s no reason to buy a MagSnoot. The same would be true
if you already have a snoot that works for you. But if you want a snoot, this is a good one to
get (remember it requires the MagGrip to be useful).
I was happy with my homemade snoot, but the MagSnoot will be better for having in my camera bag
when I travel. In the past, the cost ($45) would have been prohibitive to me, but this time I
had a little money to spend, and I’m thankful for that.