The MagBeam Tele Lens

The MagBeam is the most unique, versatile, and totally awesome fresnel lens speedlite flash modifier ever created for photographers. Use the Tele Lens* for a laser-like precision beam with 2 to 3 effective extra stops of useable light.

What is a “fresnel”? Its a funny word. You can say “fr-eh-nel”, or “fr-ez-nel”. But you gotta pronounce it like it’s French, cause it is.

Way back in the early 1800s, a French physicist named Augustin Fresnel designed a new type of lens for lighthouses. The lenses were monstrous, and that was a good thing because lighthouses need to project crazy bright beams of light out 'to sailors who can’t hardly see good' (thanks Derrick).

Fresnel lenses were designed for lighthouses -- the "collimated" light beam can be seen from 5+ miles away!
Fresnel lenses were designed for lighthouses -- the "collimated" light beam can be seen from 5+ miles away!

If you’re not a 19th-century sailor, you’re probably more familiar with their modern, evolved cousin used in Hollywood and stage lighting. Hollywood style fresnel lights were used to collimate light since the days of silent film.

Collimate, by the way, is another fancypants word. But it just means “to make light travel in a straight line". The point is, the only artificial light sources available in early film days were so hot, they could literally burn your house down--so they used lenses to shape their light rather than softboxes or other types of flammable materials.

Collimating light is a fancy word for making it all go in a straight line -- the more light that is focused, the greater the output!
Collimating light is a fancy word for making it all go in a straight line -- the more light that is focused, the greater the output!

 

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. Think of it like a magnifying glass: when you concentrate light it is effectively more intense. This means more light at a greater distance, and your flash recycles 4 times as fast. Ya, its a big deal.

Without changing the power, the MagBeam produces the same output 3.6x the original distance! Superpower!
Without changing the power, the MagBeam produces the same output 3.6x the original distance! Superpower!

 

The MagBeam gives you that extra fill flash when your bare flash doesn't cut it, plus better catchlights!
The MagBeam gives you that extra fill flash when your bare flash doesn't cut it, plus better catchlights!

 

Sometimes a bit of fill flash makes an image pop that much more
Sometimes a bit of fill flash makes an image pop that much more

 

While your bare flash can help, the MagBeam's additional 2 to 3 effective extra stops of useable light allow you to lower your flash power for faster recycle times, which also gives you more pops per battery charge!
While your bare flash can help, the MagBeam's additional 2 to 3 effective extra stops of useable light allow you to lower your flash power for faster recycle times, which also gives you more pops per battery charge!

 

What else can you do with brighter, concentrated light?

  • Use a faster shutter speed with wildlife and bird photography for sharper photos. With 2 to 3 stops, you could go from 1/50s to 1/200s or 1/400s! That's a big deal.
  • Use a lower ISO speed to improve your image quality. Going from ISO3200 down to ISO800 or ISO400 is a huge improvement!
  • Place your flash further away from your subject -- this is especially helpful with photographing people outdoors, and you want to overpower the sun, but a bare flash doesn't cut it, so you have to bring your flash in real close. Move it further away for a wider composition!
  • Overpower sunlight for outdoor portraits. Sometimes you want that darker sky, but don't want to bring out a big, heavy, expensive flash to give you the power you want. With 2 to 3 effective extra stops of useable light, your sky can go from near-white, to a rich blue!
  • Turn your flash power down to improve your recycle times. You'll get more flashes, more consistently, in a shorter amount of time when your flash doesn't have work so hard to recycle its power, which means you'll capture more photos with better flash quality!

 

The MagBeam, 12 feet from the subject, STILL meters at f/16 ISO100! Thats a guide number of 192!
The MagBeam, 12 feet from the subject, STILL meters at f/16 ISO100! Thats a guide number of 192!

 

The MagBeam's concentration of light can overpower sunlight easier, and with greater distance, than a bare flash. It opens up new opportunities to shoot in difficult lighting situations!
The MagBeam's concentration of light can overpower sunlight easier, and with greater distance, than a bare flash. It opens up new opportunities to shoot in difficult lighting situations!

 

Clean light!

The MagBeam’s rigid lens focuses light better than the wobbly, paper-thin alternatives. The more light that’s focused, the brighter and stronger it appears.

The MagBeams rigid lens focuses light better than competitors products. What this really means is cleaner, more intense light!
The MagBeams rigid lens focuses light better than competitors products. What this really means is cleaner, more intense light!

 

 And thanks to its lightweight silicone housing, the MagBeam prevents unnecessary light spill out the top and sides without sacrificing portability and ease of use. Less spill means better efficiency, and a cleaner, prettier light.

 

We rest our case.
We rest our case.

 

Sharp, multi-spotlight control!

When fully extended, the MagBeam + Tele Lens give you super-focused light with a harder edge, similar to a stage spotlight. Not to mention the 2 to 3 effective extra stops of useable light, the MagBeam delivers light shaping like you've never had before.

The MagBeam can operate in 3 different stages
The MagBeam can operate in 3 different stages

 

MagBeam + Tele lens
MagBeam + Tele lens

 

MagBeam + Tele Lens -- overpower the sun with pinpoint control
MagBeam + Tele Lens -- overpower the sun with pinpoint control

 

Collapse the MagBeam down one stage and now you have a slightly wider beampattern with beautiful shape and crisp edges.

MagBeam + Tele lens semi-collapsed © Tony Hoffer
MagBeam + Tele lens semi-collapsed © Tony Hoffer

 

MagBeam (semi-collapsed) as main light -- wider spotlight control!
MagBeam (semi-collapsed) as main light -- wider spotlight control!

 

Collapse the MagBeam down all the way and now your wide beam turns super-wide, without losing the sharp edge and control. Its like a grid but with less spill + 2 more stops of light!

MagBeam + Tele Lens (collapsed) gives you the widest beam while retaining its hard edge
MagBeam + Tele Lens (collapsed) gives you the widest beam while retaining its hard edge

 

 We've shot, tested, and measured lots of different light outputs. Below is a quick demo on how the MagBeam stacks up against a bare flash. Both the light shaping and total output are totally transformed.

Bare Flash vs MagBeam!
Bare Flash vs MagBeam!

 

Check out even more information about the MagBeam here: How to use the MagBeam

 

 

*These lenses are designed to magnify and or shape light. Do not leave outside, in sunlight, or near bright or hot light sources unattended. When used improperly, lenses can produce intense light output that can cause combustion, start fires, or damage eye sight. Do not look directly into any magnified light source.

 


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