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Jun 27, 2018 14:28 |  #1

The video pretty much says it all -



It's available now on Kickstarter - http://kck.st/2Kjwa5w (external link)

What are your thoughts on it?


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Jun 27, 2018 14:42 |  #2

I have some MagMod stuff.

The modifiers, frankly, are not anything special. For me, it's the MagGrip & Mag Gels that make it worth having for the sheer convenience of being able to slap on a gel onto my flash, without bands, velcro, tape, or whatever. I like that. For that purpose, I paid the rather silly price for the magnets in rubber to put on some flashes. But, the gel system is the only thing I've found useful and worth keeping around. The modifiers, well, that's another story.

I look at this system with the ring & shoe and the little softbox, and I don't see it solving a problem or filling a void. I'm put off just watching everything wobble actually in the video. They looked up the most janky finicky examples of a mounting and modifier system to show as an example of what they're fixing. They really should have showed it next to real competition. Frankly, an s-bracket takes a speedlite so quickly and securely that this is not competition. And a bowen's ring with a lock goes on just as fast as it takes for you to slap a big magnet ring on something. So again, I'm not seeing a competing product here, just something trying to cash in on the novelty of the magnets (which only work on these small modifiers).

I don't even want to guess at the price, but I would imagine it's beyond over-priced. Their other modifiers are way too expensive for what they actually do (which is little). Basic modifiers are $50~75, so I bet this system will be $150 for the ring and another $100 for the softbox, easily a $250~300 item based on their schemes I would guess... not worth it to me.

I'll stick with S-bracket Bowen's for speedlite modifier use. It's fast, secure (locks), and costs like... $20.

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Jun 28, 2018 12:33 |  #3

MalVeauX wrote in post #18652475 (external link)
I have some MagMod stuff.

The modifiers, frankly, are not anything special. For me, it's the MagGrip & Mag Gels that make it worth having for the sheer convenience of being able to slap on a gel onto my flash, without bands, velcro, tape, or whatever. I like that. For that purpose, I paid the rather silly price for the magnets in rubber to put on some flashes. But, the gel system is the only thing I've found useful and worth keeping around. The modifiers, well, that's another story.

I look at this system with the ring & shoe and the little softbox, and I don't see it solving a problem or filling a void. I'm put off just watching everything wobble actually in the video. They looked up the most janky finicky examples of a mounting and modifier system to show as an example of what they're fixing. They really should have showed it next to real competition.

Precisely that kind of cheesy infomercial style approach is what put me off right away. Reminds me of those ads showing people unable to do simple things like using scissors by completely exagerating how "hard" they are to use. Also when he says two speed lights will give almost as much power as a studio strobe..seriously??! Unless he meant to AD200s lol
They need to tone it down..keep things real and sell the product on what it delivers while killing the used salesman tactics.




  
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Jun 28, 2018 18:44 |  #4

LGabrielPhoto wrote in post #18652984 (external link)
Precisely that kind of cheesy infomercial style approach is what put me off right away. Reminds me of those ads showing people unable to do simple things like using scissors by completely exagerating how "hard" they are to use.

For the people it's aimed at it's probably about right, it does seem a little odd we're still using a design from the 80's (or earlier?) for speedrings and then we've got all those badly designed Chinese copies...




  
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Jun 28, 2018 20:53 |  #5

Some experts assured that the magnet on the original magmod is not harmful if placed near the camera or other electronic devices because the magnet is too weak.

But here we see lots of magnet added, in the flash bracket & in the softbox.
Still safe if put near to electronic devices? :)




  
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Jun 29, 2018 08:39 |  #6

nixland wrote in post #18653251 (external link)
Some experts assured that the magnet on the original magmod is not harmful if placed near the camera or other electronic devices because the magnet is too weak.

But here we see lots of magnet added, in the flash bracket & in the softbox.
Still safe if put near to electronic devices? :)

The magnets used are neodymium and they have no effects on electronics or even memory cards


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Jun 29, 2018 13:15 |  #7

nixland wrote in post #18653251 (external link)
Some experts assured that the magnet on the original magmod is not harmful if placed near the camera or other electronic devices because the magnet is too weak.

But here we see lots of magnet added, in the flash bracket & in the softbox.
Still safe if put near to electronic devices? :)

It's not only safe, but the magnets ensure your strobes will suffer less pain and look 10 years younger. :-)




  
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