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Aug 17, 2018 00:33 |  #1

I want to get a snoot for my monolight/backlight that I use a gel with, so it does not bounce any light back to my subject. I have zero experience with snoots. The snoot sold by Hensel for my Hensel monolight is $118, and I see others from Impact going for $30.

1. Are snoots generally universal with all monolights? Should you stick with snoots from the light manufacturer? OR can I get the Impact one or any other model?
2. Anything in particular I should be looking for?
3. Any downsides to using a snoot?

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Aug 17, 2018 07:35 |  #2

I have a Eli with the 10Deg grid, and its really good at controlling the light. Do note that snoots do eat a lot of power unless it is placed close, and I don't use them as much as I thought I would. Another option, even cheaper is the Balcar discs in front of the standard 7 inch reflector. These discs reduce the spill of light.

When you go shopping for a snoot, pay attention to the angle ; Smaller diameter= smaller coverage/angle. Some are 15 deg, Impact is a 20 degree coverage to facilitate the plastic gels. You can also use your regular gels in any one of them. Some of the other thing to look at is the length of the tube.. Longer tube=more defined edge.




  
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Aug 17, 2018 07:46 |  #3

kat.hayes wrote in post #18685726 (external link)
I want to get a snoot for my monolight/backlight that I use a gel with

Background light?

A snoot is used to focus or concentrate the light into a specific area.

If eliminating spill while lighting a large area of the background is your goal you'd be better served with another solution.


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Aug 17, 2018 07:57 |  #4

snoots are over rated.


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Aug 17, 2018 08:52 |  #5

kat.hayes wrote in post #18685726 (external link)
I want to get a snoot for my monolight/backlight that I use a gel with, so it does not bounce any light back to my subject. I have zero experience with snoots. The snoot sold by Hensel for my Hensel monolight is $118, and I see others from Impact going for $30.

Aside from the mount being compatible, you only need to be concerned with the shape. Before buying one, you can experiment with a cone made from construction paper or cardboard. Snoots are generally used to concentrate light in a small area. Grids might better serve you to control spill. Moving the position closer or using barn doors are also options.




  
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Aug 17, 2018 21:51 |  #6

I’ve got an Eli snoot. Used very little. Never on backgrounds. Standard reflector with grids and/or barn doors is far more versatile. For me at least.


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Aug 18, 2018 10:54 |  #7

I use a snoot (Impact, Bowens mount. Under $40 with grid and gels from B&H) to light BGs for my food/beverage shots. Often gelled, sometimes shuttered with gaff tape for effects. Love it.


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Aug 25, 2018 22:05 |  #8

An alternative:

Cine foil makes a great snoot and you can customize the shape and size to suit your purpose.


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