The KOBRA was made to give photographers an effective flash modifier solution that is lightweight, flexible and with an attractive design.
As a professional photographer, I have used all the “on camera flash” modifiers that are available and have been unsatisfied with the results. I decided to stop complaining and make my own.
The “KOBRA Flash Modifier” is molded from a high-grade, flexible, light diffusing clear silicone that is not affected by high or low temperatures. This allows the “KOBRA Flash Modifier” to bounce back to its originally molded shape after folded from storing in your camera bag. The “KOBRA Flash Modifier” gets its backbone from the patent pending built-in reflector. The reflector bounces the light forward through the clear silicone, acting as a second layer of diffusion, giving the photographer the ability to "paint with the light, not spray."
The “KOBRA Flash Modifier” utilizes a molded, patent pending, state-of-the-art attachment system to secure itself to the "KOBRA Band."
The “KOBRA Band,” is molded from a high-grade, flexible, black silicone that is not affected by high or low temperatures. The “KOBRA Band” fits most flash heads. It's simple and self-contained with no need for hook and loop or magnet attachments.
The "KOBRA Band" not only holds the "KOBRA Flash Modifier" but also multitasks by securing our "KOBRA Color Gel System."
Even with the advanced technology of today's cameras, low light conditions subject your images to movement or noise. To avoid this scenario, you need to bring light to the party. You need the "KOBRA Flash Modifier."
You can bring location lighting systems with you such as umbrellas, but that takes extra work and are a hassle to move around. Small “on camera flash” can help, but bouncing your flash off walls and ceilings not only drains your flash but also results in a less control of the ever-changing lighting conditions. Sure you can get a diffused light in return, but when that wall is not a perfect white that same color cast from the wall will fall on your subject, resulting in you fixing color casts in post-production.
In most cases, there are no white walls or ceilings to bounce off of. That is where the "KOBRA Flash Modifier" is a game-changer. Now, you are walking around with your own wall.
My goal in the modifier comparison test was to photograph only the light emitting from the modifiers. The best way to achieve that is too black out the sides & ceiling with gobos. This will help control any light spill reflecting back on the model. Also, this will show how effective your modifier really is. The camera was set to manual, ISO 100, Aperture f5, Shutter1/100. The flash was set to ETTL +1 because of the white rear wall. Why ETTL? Most *Event Photographers use TTL because it is the best way to evaluate exposer in-camera in an ever changing distance to the subject.
What was clear from the start, the flash built-in catch light panel (small bounce card) is practically useless as a serious contender because of the massive light loss of the panel. All the modifiers that had a 360° spraying coverage all lost exposure resulting in unexposed images. The modifiers that had a forward facing reflector exposed correctly were the KOBRA, Magbounce, Foto4easy & Neewer Bounce Cap. The Altura Diffuser did the worst surprisingly as I was using “Through the lens metering.
” Foto4easy Foldable, similar to the Rogue Flash Bender, slips off the flash easily; you’re going to lose the Foto4easy, “real easy” pun intended. Bigger usually means better but that didn’t lead to a better exposer maybe because of its massive footprint this is a little too large to walk around with.
The Neewer Bounce cap named maybe because it looks & feels similar to a shower cap worked ok but again slipped right off the flash too easily. The Magbounce like the KOBRA had the best soft light & skin tones but with weight (12ozs) of all that silicon material plus six large earth magnets put a lot of pressure on rotating the flash head in the wrong direction was definitely a downer. Well, something to consider when you are looking to buy your next flash modifier/diffuser.
Paul McKelvey, Professional Event Photographer Vero Image
*What is an event Photographers? Event photographer can be anybody with a flash from a soccer mom trying to cover her son or daughter's birthday party a weekend warrior, wedding photographers all the way to the professional photographer covering major events.
"Switching between horizontal and vertical is a breeze!"
-Mario Romero, Vero Image
- Allows the user to “Paint with light, not spray”
- Horizontal and Vertical Configurations
- Aesthetically Pleasing
- Highly Portable
- Easy Storage
- No Hook & Loop/Magnets
- Produces Soft Skin Tones
- Heat Resistant
- Rigid yet still flexible
- Non-Flammable or Toxic
The objective of the KOBRA is to bounce light off the internal reflector before it hits your subject. Rendering a pleasing three-dimensional quality to the light. To further enhance the user's experience, KOBRA has a refreshing, cutting-edge look without the need of the weight and bulk of powerful “Earth Magnets,” or noisy “Hook & Loop” attachment systems.
The KOBRA has a brand new, patent-pending, state-of-the-art attachment system. It comes with a unique multitasking silicone band, which not only grips and holds the KOBRA but holds our color gel system.
Due to its silicone grip and flexibility, it is simple and self-contained, fitting most flash heads. It needs no other magnetic or hook & loop attachments.
The KOBRA Gel system comes with six pre-cut colored gels each contained within our rigid and flexible clear plastic gel holder. The gels are inserted into a KOBRA band that is already attached to a flash. To help white balance in tungsten light, the kit comes with 3 CTO's (color temperature orange) Full, 1/2 & 1/4. To add more for dramatic lighting effects you will find Red, Green and Blue filter.
We only use LEE Filters which provide high-quality lighting filters that are accurately consistent from batch to batch, long-lasting and dependable. Every filter is checked against a scientifically generated set of parameters.
LEE Color Gels:
- 204 - Full CTO
- 205 - 1/2 CTO
- 206 - 1/4 CTO
- 182 - Light Red
- 736 - Twickenham Green
- 071 - Tokyo Blue
The idea for this project started in 2011 when out on location shooting an event. We were unable to set-up a studio light with an umbrella due to the tight location and were surrounded with dark walls. In that moment, we wished we had a flash modifier in our kit. After years of research and development and working in the field with multiple 3D prototypes it is exciting to move forward with the release of a production version of the KOBRA flash modifier.
One of the first questions we are asked when meeting professional photographers who have seen the working prototype is, "Where can I get one?”
Red Tusk LLC. is a start-up design studio passionate about photography and efficient design. We are looking to make our mark with cutting edge designs and innovative thinking. With over 30 years in the photography industry and over 20 years in design and manufacturing, we strive to design products that fill a void and better the end users experience.
We’ve worked hard for the last few years developing the KOBRA system and building multiple prototypes. All the while watching the Kickstarter platform grow with popularity and promise. Proving that if you have a well-developed and thought out product, the Kickstarter community will join together and support you. Having exhausted all our resources in development and during the patent process we are looking for the great support of Kickstarter to help us get off the ground!
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Estimated Shipping Costs?
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Canada: $16 USD (approx.)
Australia: $23 USD (approx.)
Europe: $23 USD (approx.)
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Risks and challenges
Developing and bringing a new product to market always carries risks and challenges. From unforeseen design issues to logistics and all the little nuances in between. We at Red Tusk have spent nearly four years working through all the design issues and field testing along the way. Even with our over 20 years of experience in design, manufacturing, and molding; hurdles and delays always happen. We have lined up all our local U.S.A. vendors not only with consideration for pricing but also their willingness to work as a team to promptly address and rectify potential delays that may occur during the fabrication of tooling and production of the KOBRA system components themselves. It is our pledge to you that we will keep you informed of any delays affecting the estimated delivery schedule of your rewards.
Our estimated delivery date is set to begin February 2018 with completion by the end March 2018. By ordering today you are not only getting the KOBRA at 20% off expected retail prices (certain rewards only), but you will be getting your KOBRA before anyone else in the world. What you see in our videos and pictures are prototypes. The final products will be even better!
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