Which MagBeam Lenses Do I Need?
The MagBeam is a revolutionary fresnel lens modifier for speedlites that focuses the light from your flash for brighter effective flash output at greater distances.
But that’s not all—it’s also a pattern projecting thing of wonder that creates crazy cool patterns using MagMasks.
The MagBeam can use two different types of lenses: the MagBeam Tele Lens, and the MagBeam Wide Lens. You can tell them apart with this nifty half circle notch we cut out of the MagBeam Wide Lens.
There’s a right way, and a wrong way to install these lenses. These lenses are awesome, and they have an important feature in common. They have these really fun grooves that feel weird when you rub your fingers on them.
The MagBeam Tele Lens is used to focus light into a tight, more intense pattern. The MagBeam Wide Lens is used to project the designs on each MagMask.
In order for either of the lenses to work properly, you need to install the lens with the grooves facing toward your flash. This is VERY important. You can use the MagBeam Tele Lens in just about any configuration: Fully collapsed, semi-collapsed, and fully extended—which is where the telephoto lens, really shines!
If you want the cleanest light output while using the MagBeam Tele Lens for a spotlight effect, set your flash head zoom as wide as you can, like 24mm or wider. The wider the zoom on your flash, the cleaner the light will look from edge to edge.
If you want the highest flash output possible with the MagBeam Tele Lens, which is what most wildlife and bird photographers need, then set your flash head zoom to 70mm or greater. Between 70mm and 200mm, the output is essentially the same.
On the other hand, the MagBeam Wide Lens will only be effective when the MagBeam is fully collapsed. There’s some incredible mathematical precision at work here, and if you try to use the Wide Lens with the MagBeam extended, math is gunna kick your butt.