FRESNEL FLASH EXTENDER + GOBOS
The MagBeam is the most unique, versatile, innovative, and totally awesome fresnel lens flash modifier ever created for photographers.
Variable spotlight pattern.
Tons of new options.
When fully extended, the MagBeam gives you super-focused light with a hard edge, similar to a stage spotlight. Collapse the MagBeam down one or two stages to create a wider beam pattern while retaining the beautiful shape and crisp edges.
Its like having a Hollywood-style fresnel spotlight that fits in your pocket..
2 to 3 stops brighter
than your bare flash.
Sometimes photographers need more "juice" from their speedlites, and the MagBeam is up for the job. It’s designed to give you up to 2 to 3 effective extra stops of useable light.
This means more light at a greater distance, and your flash recycles 4 times as fast. Ya, its a big deal.
thing of wonder.
The MagBeam’s collapsible design isn’t just for portability. Collapse it down all the way, swap in a Wide Lens, add a MagMask, and now you’ve transformed it into a pattern-projecting-thing-of-wonder. Mind. Blown.
MagMasks are our custom-made stainless steel 'gobos' that create patterns to project through the MagBeam anywhere you want. Sweet huh?
Pattern 1 Set
Pattern 2 Set
Velcro is for grandma's shoes.
Not for speedlites.
Gone are the days of fighting with annoying velcro, sticky adhesives, bulky straps or mad scientist DIY contraptions to secure modifiers to your flash.
With two freakishly strong magnets embedded in the MagGrip, you can add and remove our magnetic modifiers in an instant. You’ll work more efficiently—and look like the professional you are.
In The Box
• MagBeam + Tele Lens
• Wide Lens
• MagMask Standard Set
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
What are MagMasks?
MagMasks are thin sheets of stainless steel and they’re used to create different patterns of light.
The MagMasks share the same geometric shape and fit into the integrated gel slot at the base of the MagBeam.
The MagMasks will only work with the MagBeam, and only with the MagBeam’s integrated gel slot.
Trying to use MagMasks in any other way, will leave you scratching your head in confusion.
What's the difference between the "MagBeam Kit" and the "MagBeam Wildlife Kit"
The MagBeam Kit includes:
1x MagBeam Tele Lens
1x MagBeam Wide Lens
1x MagMask Standard Set
The MagBeam Kit does not include the MagGrip. The Tele Lens can be used for portrait or wildlife photography, and the MagMasks must be used with the Wide Lens to project the different patterns on each MagMask.
The MagBeam Wildlife Kit includes:
1x MagBeam Tele Lens
The MagBeam Wildlife Kit includes everything you need to get started to use the MagBeam for wildlife photography.
Can I use the Wide Angle Lens for Wildlife Photography?
In a word, “No.”
The Wide Angle lens is specifically designed to work with the MagBeam fully collapsed, and in conjunction with the MagMasks.
The main function of the Wide Angle Lens is to manipulate the light from your flash to properly project different patterns of light depending on which MagMask is installed in the MagBeam.
Using the Wide Angle Lens for Wildlife Photography is not recommended.
Does the MagBeam really produce more light out of my flash?
Yes and no. Light naturally wants to travel in all directions in a spherical pattern, from it’s origination point. Speedlite flashes use Fresnel lenses to help focus and collimate (collimate is a fancy word to “point light into a column”) the light to increase the effective output of your flash. Fresnel lenses focus light into a particular direction to make it seem like your flash is brighter than it actually is.
The MagBeam Tele Lens does the same thing that your speedlite fresnel lens does, but it has been designed to be a lot more “powerful”. In other words, it takes the already focused light from your speedlite, and focuses it even more!
While the MagBeam isn’t increasing the total light being created by your flash, it is focusing and directing more light from your flash than you’re probably used to. The MagBeam effectively gives you more light from your flash because the light is being focused—and that means faster recycle times, potential longer battery life, and increased control over your light!
I got the Magbeam Kit system mainly for the GOBOS, but I also wanted to have the option to extend the range of my speed lights. So far I am very happy with the wide angle GOBOS that come with the kit. The MagMod products are built to last. It’s great to have a product that does not take up a lot of room in photography bag. Plus to be able to place a gel or Magmask on it in seconds is awesome. When I am on location at a photo events I don’t have time to Velcro a color jell on my speed light with a BOGO to change my background. If you love to shape your light in photography this is my go to product. I hate attaching Velcro on my speed lights. Velcro is for baby shoes not for photographers.
Everything I’ve purchased from Magmod has been better than described. I am so glad I finally found modifiers that do what I need them to do while being simple to use. These are a must have for wedding photographers.
Really digging this product. I bought it mostly for the gobo part of it to push the creativity of my wedding photography. Combined with the gel kit, it really got my brain going. It’s just as easy to attach to the maget but sort of a pain to get the metal cut out into the rubber. 5 stars for the price.
A must-have for wedding photographers! I’ve had the MagBeam for about a month now and am not sure why I didn’t buy it sooner. The dual use of the MagBeam kit makes it a valuable asset in my bag of tricks.
Being able to use the wide lens to throw a pattern on an otherwise boring blank venue wall with speed and ease is a jaw-dropper with clients during cold midwest winter months.
And what weathered wedding photographer hasn’t been forced to shoot portraits midday in the bright sun? The practical use of the telephoto lens to increase the power of my flash’s output saves the day!
For practical purposes I think the MagBeam is too bulky for on-camera use without a tripod, particularly when extended and some might take issue with that added weight if they don’t have an off-camera set up, however since my purposes for the MagBeam all utilize OCF I don’t find it to be a negative in my case.