MagMod has become known for pushing the boundaries of light modifier design. They always put quality, portability, and ease of use into all of their products. With the release of three new lighting tools, they don’t disappoint.
Magmod recently announced three new products to add to their lineup of existing products: a new MagBox, MagRing, and MagShoe.
MagMod's past lineup of modifiers has always been extremely small and portable. The only problem is those small modifiers can’t produce the soft light found on larger modifiers. The MagBox aims to fix this. The MagBox is a 24-inch octabox that packs a number of revolutionary traits. The first is an integrated gel holder. So no more trying to tape gels to the inside of your softbox. The Magbox also has a built-in side zipper to make changing out gels simple and fast.
The most interesting feature of the MagBox though is in the diffusion panels. The first is a traditional cloth diffusion that you find on most softboxes. But the second is a new diffusion material they call the FocusDiffuser. This diffuser has a microstructure that focuses and directs the light forward. This minimizes spill similar to a grid but also increases the light's effective output similar to a Fresnel lens. What you’re left with is a gridded softbox that now has a two-to-three stop increase in effective power.
The MagRing is basically the mounting system for the MagBox. But in MagMod fashion, this tool has some neat tricks. The main base of the ring is made of metal, which means it integrates nicely with all the magnets found on the MagGrip and other modifiers. This means that you can simply stick your flash to the ring and it will hold there. They have included a set of locking doors to ensure your flashes don't pop off. The MagRing also has a spot for two flashes. This gives you the ability to shoot with double the power or shoot with two flashes to minimize recycling times. Having two flashes also gives you the ability to share the same modifier with a second shooter.
The MagShoe is a new take on the old cold shoe mounts you have grown to hate. This tool aims to make attaching a light to a stand quick and painless. So, no more holding the flash in place with one hand while you twist a small knob to attach the flash with your other hand. Now, you can simply place the flash and rotate a switch with a single hand. The MagShoe also has a squeezable button that allows you to adjust the position of the light with one hand.
Out of all these new products, I’m most excited to get my hands on the MagBox with the new FocusDiffuser. I find it extremely fascinating that they were able to create large softbox diffusion material that gives you more effective power instead of making you lose power. This could open a lot of creative possibilities, and I can't wait to see what people come up with.
What product are you most excited about?