A Snoot for Your Speedlight

What’s in Your Camera Bag? Here’s a small lighting accessory that easily fits in even the most compact camera bag: Zoot Snoot is one of the most clever speedlight accessories that I’ve come across in a long time. It’s a flexible, neoprene snoot designed to slip over your speedlight’s (or speedlite if it’s a Canon) flash head. You can think of it as the opposite of the Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce diffuser. Where the Sto-Fen broadens your light output, the Zoot Snoot focuses it. There are no Velcro or adapters needed; it stretches snugly over the flash head without requiring fasteners or adapters. A built-in grip strip keeps the snoot in place and a buttonhole lets you clip the snoot to a bag or other gear cases.

The Zoot Snoot is nine inches long but can be adjusted by folding it over itself. It’s machine washable and features a durable one-piece construction. Zoot Snoot is designed specifically for speedlights and is not recommended for use with continuous or high temperature lighting sources. Tip: When folded or compressed for long periods, neoprene forms creases so store your Zoot Snoot uncompressed, clipping it to the outside of a case or lightstand between assignments.

Zoot Snoot is available in two sizes: Medium fits Olympus FL36, Nikon SB600, SB800, SB24, SB25, SB26, SB28, SB50, or SB80, Sunpak 355, PZ40X, or PZ 30X, and Sigma EF430. Large fits Olympus FL50, Canon 580EX, 199A, Nikon SB 900, Sunpak 440, Vivitar 636AF, 283, or 3500, Pentax A540FGZ, Metz 54, Minolta 5400, and Achiever TZ250. The price for either model is currently the same—$26. 

You can also order a Zoot Snoot set from Lightware Direct where you can also see some examples of how it works.

Author: Joe Farace

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