LumiQuest Snoot XTR review

Jan 12 2011
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LumiQuest Snoot XTR

LumiQuest Snoot XTR is a recently released flash accessory that allows you focusing the light of your flash gun in a way that was never done before. This new unit is based on the original LumiQuest Snoot that the company has been manufacturing for years. The uniqueness of Snoot XTR is in its tube that makes it possible to quickly and easily change the size of the light spot.

With some other accessories like, for example, Honl Photo Speed Snoot or Rogue FlashBender Reflector, it is also possible to achieve some variance in the spot size, but they are not really built for that, and the variance is not really significant.

LumiQuest Snoot XTR adds to the original snoot an extender (a tube) with several hash marks. The tube inserts into the snoot and slides back and forth effectively changing how the light is focused, which ranges from 10 to 5 degree angle.

The new XTR unit is not only capable of effortlessly changing the spot size but it also delivers very good repeatability. Thanks to the marks on the extender, you can easily achieve the same lighting over and over without any guess work.

LumiQuest Snoot XTR: folded flat LumiQuest Snoot XTR: Velcro attachment on the snoot
LumiQuest Snoot XTR: snoot on flash, no extender LumiQuest Snoot XTR: logo on the extender
LumiQuest Snoot XTR: extender hash marks LumiQuest Snoot XTR: extender set to the narrowest beam position

Both, the snoot and extender, fold flat for storage and transportation. They take very little space in your gear bag and can be assembled and ready to use in seconds. LumiQuest Snoot XTR attaches to a flash head with the included self-adhesive Velcro pad or any Velcro strap that is sold separately (like, for example, LumiQuest UltraStrap or Honl Photo Speed Strap).

The only concern we originally had about this accessory was the design of the extender. It does not offer any rails or something that would keep the tube straight. Indeed, it is possible to set the extender off-axis especially when pulling it out to the extreme position. However, when you set the tube straight, it stays in that position and doesn't drool down. So, it turns out that the friction is enough to hold it in place.

LumiQuest Snoot XTR: extender can be off-axis

The following images show the difference between the shortest and the longest extender position.

LumiQuest Snoot XTR: example with the largest spot LumiQuest Snoot XTR: example with the smallest spot

LumiQuest Snoot XTR is a great example of how it is possible to make an existing product even better taking it to the next level and offering more for a very little premium.

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