Honl Photo Speed Snoot is a Versatile Light Modifier - Review & Buying Guide

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There’s nothing like a light modifier that’s lightweight, easy to use and versatile. The Honl Photo Speed Snoot and Reflector is one such product. This slightly bigger than a sheet of paper silver backed ballistic nylon tool attaches to a strobe via velcro and the Honl system’s speed strap (a $9.95 accessory). The Snoot/Reflector can then serve as either a snoot or a reflector depending on whether or not its wrapped into a tube shape or just partially attached to work as a reflector. It has a light gray interior to produce a soft, gradual light falloff.

Karina shows the Honl in snoot configuration.

Karina shows the Honl in reflector configuration.

Using the Honl Photo Speed Snoot (5 out of 5)

The 8" long light modifier folds up to fit in a camera bag pocket and easily attaches to the flash via a speed strap or velcro that’s permanently attached to the flash head. It fits a wide variety of flash units (check the company’s web site for instructions on how to tell if it will fit your flash). To use it as a snoot, just wrap it all the way around the flash head (see photo). To use it as a reflector just wrap it part way around the flash head. The extra large reflector (compared to many other choices on the market) throws a lot of light from the flash forward and up, while in the snoot configuration restricts the light to a tight circle whose size varies depending on how close the flash is to the subject.

Price to Value (3 out of 5)

At $29.95, the Honl Photo Speed Snoot and Reflector is a little bit pricey, especially if you buy the $9.95 speed strap to go with it (you can get by with just plain velcro though). This is a versatile, easy to use and rugged device that will last a long time and find a place in a photographer’s camera bag.

Disclaimer: Honl provided the author of this article with an evaluation unit of the product for use in the David Busch Quick Snap Guide to Photo Gear