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May 14, 2008 13:52 |  #1

If you use a flash in your work, you need to check these guys put. Dave Honl, already an accomplished photographer of international fame, decided he needed the headache (!) of selling flash accessories. We can all be thankful.

He has taken those little cardboard and gaffer tape do-dads that we all make, and remade them into high quality, durable professional products. Prices are extremely reasonable, and the quality is awesome. (I am an importer by trade, and I promise you that he spent a TON of time getting the quality he has into these products.)

Why the fanfare? Because Dave just saved my life.

On Monday, a prospect I had been bugging for a little work called and offered my a job. They needed a particular headshot for some editorial work. Shoot would be Wednesday afternoon.

In looking at what they wanted, I realized that I did not have what I needed. My homemade grids couldn't get it done. So.........

Monday afternoon I order one of Dave's speedgrids (and a few other things I was sure to need soon.) On checkout, I notice there is no place to select ship methods. So I send the company an email-- Can you pretty please send it quick?

They did. I got everything I needed today, and am ready to go. The best part is that Dave sent it to me, then billed me for the extra shipping. No "send me more money and I will see what I can do." He trusted me -- and I just paid him.

Check his products out. They work great, will last forever, are an incredible value, and his team is a great group to work with. Check em out here:

http://www.honlphoto.c​om/servlet/StoreFront (external link)

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May 14, 2008 14:22 |  #2

I have two of the speed straps, and the colored gels. I have to agree with you, they are good quality.

I haven't had to deal with customer service yet, so I can not say anything about that.

I will be ordering the snoots and grids pretty soon.


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May 14, 2008 18:36 |  #3

I've been following his products for 6 months or so, It would be great if you'd post the shot you take with his stuff.


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May 14, 2008 18:46 as a reply to  @ taygull's post |  #4

If you want a speed grid, which would be the best, 1/4 or 1/8?




  
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May 14, 2008 19:32 |  #5

zwollenaar wrote in post #5525684 (external link)
If you want a speed grid, which would be the best, 1/4 or 1/8?


I'm curious about these as well... What's the difference? I've never used grids before.




  
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May 14, 2008 22:14 |  #6

taygull wrote in post #5525636 (external link)
I've been following his products for 6 months or so, It would be great if you'd post the shot you take with his stuff.

Here is one of the shots I got. The right side is a little dark. I was after an effect I did not quite pull off. Used his gobos on the front and rear light.


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May 14, 2008 22:17 |  #7

Cougar548 wrote in post #5525906 (external link)
I'm curious about these as well... What's the difference? I've never used grids before.

The grids focus the light and prevent spill. The 1/4 creates a wider beam than a 1/8. Gives you a sorta "soft snoot" effect.


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May 15, 2008 10:59 |  #8

Thanks for posting this up. Last time they checked they weren't available yet. I have other Honl products and the quality is top notch. Can't wait to play with these.




  
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May 15, 2008 11:17 |  #9

my Honl order was delivered recently. There was a mix up on the delivery, completely my fault that they were able to respond and resolve within five minutes of my sending an email.

I did get the 1/4 & 1/8 speed grid. Haven't shot anything worth posting yet but they are quite nice, especially for the money.

+1 for Honl


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May 21, 2008 13:39 as a reply to  @ shaktipalooza's post |  #10

Received mine yesterday. As usual great quality. Wish it was a little small but I guess they made it this way to be more universal. Not a big deal. I'll post up some pics shortly. I can see different uses for both the 1/4 and 1/8th.




  
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May 21, 2008 13:54 |  #11

I look forward to seeing your results.


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May 21, 2008 14:21 as a reply to  @ mattograph's post |  #12

I have Lumiquest's version of the SpeedStrap called SynchStrap (I think).

Works fine for my purposes for lot's of things...

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May 21, 2008 14:50 |  #13

m3rdpwr wrote in post #5569276 (external link)
I have Lumiquest's version of the SpeedStrap called SynchStrap (I think).

Works fine for my purposes for lot's of things...

-Mario


Heresy!!!!!!:)


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May 21, 2008 14:51 |  #14

mattograph wrote in post #5569476 (external link)
Heresy!!!!!!:)

You're just jealous I only paid $6 for mine... :) hehe

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May 21, 2008 15:46 as a reply to  @ m3rdpwr's post |  #15
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I have the speedstrap things, a gobo and the snoot. They work fine.

But as for the prices "reasonable." The gels are $25 a set (of around 6 colors I think). If you want to, for example, color correct and use two strobes, that would be $50 for two sets. Instead I have far more flexibility (hundreds of colors) with two packs of the tiny Rosco swatch kits. Cost = $.02. And they go on in a smap with some gaffers tape....;)




  
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