Sunday, 28 October 2007

Too Cool Snoot for Vivitar 285HV

Snoot1Trish discovered this inexpensive way to snoot my Vivitar 285HV's. Its a CaseLogic utility holder that she cut the bottom seam out of. There was a hook that annoyed me, so she cut that off as well. The hook was at the top and is used for hanging the holder onto the car's air vents. I couldn't see any practical use for it in this application, so it was gonzo.

The caseholder is made out of neoprene, so it easily slides over the 285HV's big head. There is a plastic ring on the top that is convenient for holding the 'mouth' of the snoot open in a consistent manner. It's pretty cheap, too, costing only $7 at Canadian Tire. Wal-Mart has them for a couple of bucks more.



Here is a shot of the 285HV on "tele" without the snoot:


Here is a shot with the same setup only with the snoot.


I really like the fact that the shape of the light area is the same all the time, because of the plastic ring on the front.


Damien Franco said...

Very cool, I'm off to get one in the morning.

Marty said...

A neoprene stubby holder with the bottom cut out would also work well as a addition to protecting your extension tubes.

Durkin said...

thats ace! Is it possible to use a flash as a light like in your picture? and if so how?

Scott said...

Durkin: I don't understand your question. How do you mean use a flash like a light; do you mean like a light to read by?

Durkin said...

Hi scott, yes i was wondering if a flash can be used as just a light, like a reading light. Does it depend on the model of the camera or is the picture you have taken something to do with exposure.

its kind of a dumb question but i would just like to know, thanks

Durkin said...

when i said camera there i meant Flash sorry...its been a long day

Scott said...


The short answer is 'no, a flash cannot be used as a reading light'.

The longer answer is that a flash is basically a gas discharge tube connected to a capacitor, which when you 'fire' the flash, dumps its energy into the tube. The capacitor gets its charge from a battery. So you have a simple circuit who's sole purpose is to provide a very bright light for a very short duration (1/1000 of a second). It simply isn't designed to illumtinate continuously.

Some newer flahes (like the SB800), do have what is called a 'modelling light', which gives a dim continous light for a short time, but it drains the battery quickly and also heats up the tube (which will be protected by a special 'cut-off circuit to prevent serious damage).

I hope that helps a bit.


Durkin said...

ok cheers, I just got really confused confused but i'm guessing you just took a flash photograph with the camera behind the flash right? For some reason i thought it was just on permanently and i thought that would be pretty damn cool

Scott said...


Typically, a photog will take the shots that he (or she) is working on and then take a photo of the set-up afterwards.

Since the off-camera flashes are already remotely triggered (PW's, eBay triggers, radio poppers, Wein peanut, CLS, whatever), most people do not go to the trouble to turn off the remote trigger.

The result is a setup photo with the light from the flash visible - because it has been triggered just as if the photog took a picture of the subject.

That is exactly what happened in the photos above and why it looks like they might be 'reading lamps'.


Claus said...

I had to have one for myself, so I picked one up at the store. But was less than impressed after trying it out on the flash, it was too floppy and wouldn't stay in position.

But all was not lost... it works wonders to keep a grid in place on the flash head!

Have a look...