LumiQuest Snoot XTR for Portable Flash

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LumiQuest Snoot XTR for Portable Flash

You Pay: $24.95
Product Highlights
  • Produces a Narrow 10° Beam of Light
  • For Use With Portable Flash

If you want studio effects with your speedlight, a snoot like this LumiQuest Snoot XTR for Portable Flash can give you a very narrow 10° beam of light. With the included telescoping extender, you can achieve a 5° beam. Automatic exposure operation will be affected, so testing is suggested if you plan on using automatic exposure functions. The snoot folds flat to 5.75 x 7.25" (14.6 x 18.4 cm). Touch-tab fasteners for attaching the snoot to a flash are not included--the LumiQuest UltraStrap (B&H #LUUS) non-adhesive touch-tab fastener will secure any LumiQuest to your flash and is available separately.

Produces a narrow 10° beam of light
For use with a portable flash or speedlight
LumiQuest Snoot XTR for Portable Flash
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    LumiQuestSnoot XTR for Portable Flash
     
    4.0

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attach securely (3)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

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        3.0

        Much like DYI

        By Glass Eye

        from Indianapolis, IN

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fold Flat
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Flimsy
        • Fussy To Attach

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

        Comments about LumiQuest Snoot XTR for Portable Flash:

        The usual Lumiquest construction. Vinyl, folds up flat, easy to carry. Pretty flimsy, but kinda works. Not professional looking, looks home made.

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        4.0

        saw it in a photography class

        By niners

        from SAN JOSE CALIF

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Long-Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Low Light
          • Portraits
          • Special Events

          Comments about LumiQuest Snoot XTR for Portable Flash:

          very useful product for portablity

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          4.0

          Use Case: Live Concert, Dark Venue Hall

          By Photographer for Falsebit

          from New York City, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Does the job
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Low Light
          • Night Time
          • Special Events

          Comments about LumiQuest Snoot XTR for Portable Flash:

          Brought this snoot for a concert because it was: lightweight, adjustable (5-10 Degrees) cone of light, folds flat for just a dump in bag and go. The snoot does the job and for anyone needing to adjust the lighting situation based on the spur of the moment. During the event the snoot was used, the adjustable illumination proved handy as this is what I needed. Shooting an artist on stage while not illuminating the audience/crowd was what I was going for and it worked as expected. The artist remained lit, the background visualizations were not washed out and the audience were visible and was lit as if you were there in the audience with them. Shooting from about 50 feet away gave me an illuminated circle with a diameter of about 15 feet at nearly full extension of the snoot. A full extension would cause the tube to be wobbly and fall out. It did the job as intended and the adjustable piece gave the versatility of getting well lit crowd shots and artist shots in an adjustment in less than a second. If used long enough you will probably adjust on the fly while shooting bursts of images in an attempt to gain the best spotlight possible. Images taken with snoot can be seen within the Falsebit blipfest 2012 gallery articles.Pros: -Super Light Weight-Folds flat-Split Second Adjustable spotlight-Quick to store, just dump it in your bag and go-Velcro attaches securely enough-Useful for a small concentrated spotlight from a distanceCons:-When folded flat, feels flimsy and doesn't feel like it can stand up to much abuse more than consistent bumps and scratches-Makes your flash overheat upon repeated discharges. Like with all most snoots, it restricts the airflow and keeps the temperature higher than normal.-Velcro tabs holding snoot long enough to block sensor and obstruct the vertical adjustment of the flash (SB-900)-Velcro tabs long enough to create gaps in which the flash reflection from the white surface inside to go into your eyes when shooting. Do cover it up with tape if you shoot a lot or you will hurt your eyes.-Adjustable tube has a high possibility of slipping out based on: if the snoot is pointed down, vibration/movement, humidity of the area causing condensation on the tube, assisting the slippage-Extending the tube too far will make the tube wobble and make you feel like it will fall out. There is no catch at the back of the tube to prevent it from slipping out easily.Notes:-Shooting with the tube causes a fuzzy halo around the concentrated spotlight. You could probably remedy this by reverse wrapping the tube to use the black colored side but there is no velcro to help you to keep that tube shape; you would need tape-Normally the tube in the snoot feels stable and not moving about, but you would have to readjust after extension/retraction. Because it doesn't keep a straight lateral movement and may point slightly up or down because there is no guide rail to keep it consistent.

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          5.0

          effective in focusing the light beam

          By Jean

          from Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Attach Securely
          • Good value for the money

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about LumiQuest Snoot XTR for Portable Flash:

            Unconventionally, I used it on my SB-600 to push a little fill light on the unlit side of my model's face. Although it focuses light effectively, the light/shadow transition remains very smooth (without the extender tube). Correct placement is a bit touchy if shot from a distance, but overall, I'm happy of the way the snoot is performing.

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            4.0

            Good Construction

            By Svadle

            from Irving, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Attach Securely

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about LumiQuest Snoot XTR for Portable Flash:

                I've only tried to use this a few times with varying results. I use the removable velcro strap sold separate with this. It is constructed very well and fits both my SB-900 and 600 easily. I'm just not getting the results yet, but I am looking forward to using it more with more practice.

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                4.0

                Compact, Versatile, A Tad Expensive

                By AlrightOk

                from New York, NY

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                Pros

                • Attach Securely

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Strobist

                  Comments about LumiQuest Snoot XTR for Portable Flash:

                  Used with a Vivitar and 430ex II. A little snug on the Vivitar.

                  Comes with two parts: the tube and the part that holds the tube. Everything folds flat.

                  I like the that the tube insert folds flat but be warned: I reversed the snoot's tube so that the black part was facing in and now I've got a little crease along the white side. Not a huge deal but it is slightly annoying.

                  Seems sturdy but I cannot speak to its durability because I've had it for only about two weeks.

                  Finally, it does what it's supposed to do. That is, it allows you to restrict the light tightly (pull the tube out) or spread it out a bit (push the tube in).

                  One thing that's a bit annoying is that the tube, because it folds flat, has a variable diameter depending on how accurately you align the velcro when rolling it into the tube shape. If you make it too big, you have a tough time wedging into the housing and if you make it too tight, it will just fall right out of the housing or kind of hang from the housing limply, as if it were sad.

                  With a little practice, it's a quick and simple set up. It requires velcro to stay on.

                  Lastly, it loses a star because it's a little expensive for what it is. I feel like it could be sold for half of what they charge and still make a huge profit. I guess that's the price one pays for early adoption (at the time of this review, the XTR has only been out for a few months)

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                  4.0

                  Performs As Advertised

                  By Larry

                  from Lake Forest, CA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds flat
                  • Good focus control
                  • Small compact

                  Cons

                  • Glue-on velcro fasteners

                  Best Uses

                  • Background light
                  • Fill light
                  • Hair light
                  • Kicker

                  Comments about LumiQuest Snoot XTR for Portable Flash:

                  Good choice for hair light in portraiture. Also use as background light with portraits or close-up (macro) shooting of flowers. Small, compact, lightweight, reasonably sturdy, folds flat, and really narrows the light beam. If you don't want to glue velcro patches to your speedlite you need a separately priced strap.

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