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MagMod Announces Two New and Exciting Flash Modifiers | The MagSphere & MagBounce

By Kishore Sawh on November 19th 2014

MagMod was introduced about a year ago in the hopes of providing the photographic community with a clean, effective solution to a common problem. If you’re a wedding or event shooter, or ever use speedlights, you’ll be well versed in the need for modifiers that turn that punch of harsh light into something soft and pleasing – color corrected too.

The good modifiers and even some bad ones, aren’t usually cheap, and most often not universally adaptable to a broad range of flash models. Furthermore, they can be cumbersome, have many pieces that are easily lost, and are not often quick to change. MagMod promised it would be universally adaptable to almost all flashes, and make the speed and ease of adjustment fast and easy.

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A year on and it’s clear they have delivered on their promise, and MagMod has become a staple in many a photographer’s bag. We actually use them here at SLRL and Lin & Jirsa Photography, and so we’re excited that MagMod has created something new, the MagSphere and MagBounce flash diffusers.

MagSphere

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The MagSphere is touted as the most versatile flash diffuser ever, that shapes your flash into a soft and resilient silicone omni-directional bare-bulb light source. It has 250% larger surface area than the average flash allowing for significantly softer diffusion, and the omni-directional nature of it works well for bouncing whilst still maintaining catchlights.

According to MagMod, other modifiers eat 2 to 4 times the amount of light than MagSphere, meaning you’ll lose less than a stop of light with it, which allows for longer shooting. It also has an integrated gel slot that can take 2 gel sheets without the need for any other accessory, and is strong enough to take a beating and be scrunched and shoved in a bag to save space, and always coming back to form.

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MagBounce

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MagBounce is the other new modifier which is to increase the apparent size of your flash by 300%. In combination with the white color and soft silicone texture, this means for serious diffusion, and the casting of a very wide beam, which would appear great for events.

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Both of these new designs use the same MagGrip magnetic system to attach to flashes, so they retain the ease, speed, and practicality of the original MagMod system, and can even be attached to Alien Bees and Einstein strobes.

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As with the first MagMod, this is being funded on Kickstarter with a host of great early supporter/adopter perks. Given how good the initial system has proven to be, it’s certainly worth having a look at, and you can find their Kickstarter project here. Also, below, is a video review we did of the first system for those of you who aren’t familiar. Let us know if you use this system, and what you think, as we’d love to hear from you.

About

Kishore is, among other things, the Editor-In-Chief at SLR Lounge. A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

14 Comments

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  1. Wale Ilori

    Just hearing about these. Nice to see their options for alien bees which I use at events I shoot. Looks like they built a pretty solid modifier cos I’ve used loads and made mine too. Flexibility is a big thing which is why I couldn’t keep a Gary gong in my cam bag. May just check this out.

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  2. Dave Smith

    Another horribly overpriced photography accessory. It’s truly disgusting that for something that cost pennies to produced is then classified for photography use and a horribly exaggerated price is attached. It no wonder guys wait for the Chinese knock offs and then get them at 1/5th the price.

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    • Paul Muirhead

      Respectfully, can you name a product in any market that isn’t highly marked up over the cost to produce it? From a restaurant meal to an automobile, from clothing to camera gear, there isn’t anything out there that isn’t marked up. And with products that lead the way, we’re paying for the ingenuity and innovation, as well as the increased functionality. In a supply-and-demand market economy, I expect nothing less.
      Don’t get me wrong: all of these items are of course way overpriced. But I weigh my needs and desires against my principles and angst, and I sometimes choose to pay those high prices. I simply ask if what I’m about to buy is worth the value (not the price), and when I say yes then I click “shut up and take my money!”

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    • Dave Smith

      There is a difference between making up a product and horribly marking up a price. This is just a spin on other products already on the market. FYI the entire yongnuo line is fairly priced for good products. If this priduct is successful it will be cloned for much less

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  3. Dre Rolle

    Back the original and can’t wait till February to get the three new modifiers.

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  4. robert s

    I just got a clone flash benders from ebay from an asian seller for $13 shipped and I returned the original branded one. I dont see a reason to pay so much for modifiers. its exactly the same. comes with 3 adjustable bars inside. great quality, great price. economy is down and these prices are just crazy. I wanna put my extra money in things that matter more so and thats lenses.

    if someone wants to save even more money. grab a white card and extend the built in one and youll get the same effect.

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Hi Robert, I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with you on this one. ‘things that matter’ is somewhat dependent on the circumstance. While, I do understand that it is often hard to comprehend why some light modifiers cost what they do, some, do the business. There’s just no way that an extension of the built in white card is going to give you the same effect that some modifiers, these included, are going to give you. Cheers

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    • adam sanford

      Robert, I agree lenses are vital, and that’s generally been first on my mind when I size up new accessories: “Do I need this badly enough to tap into money I’ve been saving for a new lens?” Usually, the answer is no.

      But for photographers that do a lot of portraiture outside of a studio — engagement photography, event photographers, etc. — these modifiers might be a great deal more important than getting a new focal length they’ve always wanted. A high quality, small, versatile, rugged, reliable system like this may (for some shooters) be worth every penny.

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    • robert s

      @ Kishore Sawh

      I wasnt talking about the white bounce card. im talking about paying full retail for a brand name and buying cloned products for less than a third.

      with such a bad economy many people will find better alternatives. gorilla pods for instance. I bought 4 different sizes from sellers in china. costs the same as one OEM product. great quality, works great for my weddings. very happy.

      and taking a white 3×5 index card and attaching it to a flash will do a great job. things dont have to be complicated to get a nice portrait.

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  5. Ralph Hightower

    I don’t know if it will fit my flash, a Sunpak 522, a handle mount flash. The head is 3 1/4″ x 2 1/14″.

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  6. adam sanford

    I skipped the original MagMod product for my speedlite, but I see value in these new ideas. My Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce softens light well but tremendously saps its strength.

    But some of these silicone materials pass light very well — I have a modifiable silicone hiking head-lamp (from Snow Peak) that similarly can shape-change to shift it’s lighting function and it’s impressive to use.

    I generally an available light shooter, so I only crack out the flash when I must. I’m curious from regular flash users: which of these two new modifiers they feel will be more heavily used, and why?

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Adam, this is the first set of speedlight modifiers that has gotten me really keen. I like the portability, and ease of them system – and I’m anxious to try it

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    • adam sanford

      But what is more important to you if you had to choose just one: softening or bouncing?

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    • Kishore Sawh

      I’m not typically an event shooter, though i have done. Portraiture, beauty and fashion, lifestyle – which typically use softer light. That’s not really black and white, but bouncing is less needed for me. Speed lights aren’t generally large enough for what I would want for anything other than a little highlight or fill anyway.

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