Honl Photo Speed Grid review: first impression

Sep 02 2009

Honl Photo Speed Grid is one of the several hot shoe flash accessories that are being distributed as the Honl Photo Speed System.

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Photo Speed Grid, 1/8
Photo Speed Grid, 1/4

The grid has a honeycomb design and comes in two flavors, 1/8" and 1/4", which differ only in size of the round honeycomb cells. The 1/8" model produces more focused light. (The spot created by 1/4" grid is about 30% bigger.) Please refer to our Honl Photo Speed Grid test for sample images and comments on the flash zoom setting.

The Honl Photo grids are made of durable plastic and very likely to give years of service to their owners. The sturdy plastic frame has inner dimensions of 3.5" x 2.25" (89mm x 58mm), meaning that the grid fits most, if not all, flash heads on the market today.

Honl Photo Speed Grid: on the flash, angle view Honl Photo Speed Grid: flash fired
Honl Photo Speed Grid: frame logo Honl Photo Speed Grid: not mounted

To be able to attach Honl Grid to your flash head, you need to either buy Honl Photo Speed Strap or simply have two Velcro patches adhered to the flash head. The important thing to remember is that the Velcro straps on the sides of the grid's frame must be tense after you attach the grid. Otherwise, the unit will be loose. Thus, while the way Honl Grid is attached to a flash head may require a bit of getting used to, it works pretty well and provides a universal fit.

Honl Photo Speed Grid: on the flash, side view, strap Honl Photo Speed Grid: on the flash, tense straps

Honl Photo Speed Grid works with various gels (filters) and gel holders. For example, you can use LumiQuest FXtra gel holder as easy as the dedicated Honl Photo Gels.

Honl Photo Speed Grid: with LumiQuest FXtra Honl Photo Speed Grid: with Honl Photo Gel

All-in-all, Honl Photo Grid is a very easy to use, high quality flash accessory for those looking to create dramatic lighting effect with their flashguns. It is priced at $29.95 and can be a great choice for a hot shoe flash grid.

Also read: Honl Photo Speed Grid test

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