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KOBRA, the Ultimate Flash Modifier. "Paint with light, not spray."
A lightweight Speedlight Flash Modifier/Diffuser with a built-in r
KOBRA, the Ultimate Flash Modifier. "Paint with light, not spray."
A lightweight Speedlight Flash Modifier/Diffuser with a built-in reflector.
KOBRA, the Ultimate Flash Modifier. "Paint with light, not spray." A lightweight Speedlight Flash Modifier/Diffuser with a built-in reflector.
1,553 backers pledged $91,355 to help bring this project to life.

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KOBRA Flash Modifier

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KOBRA is back!

If you backed us on our earlier campaign, we want to thank you and say welcome back! If this is new to you, we are proud to introduce the KOBRA.

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.



Prototype - Patent Pending
Prototype - Patent Pending

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 being folded from storing in your camera bag.  

Making sure the KOBRA was aesthetically pleasing front & back was paramount in the early design process.

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." 

KOBRA's light is bounced forward and not wasted.
KOBRA's light is bounced forward and not wasted.
The problem with most modifiers, light is sprayed everywhere.
The problem with most modifiers, light is sprayed everywhere.

The KOBRA Modifier & Band weighs in at a mere 4.3oz! 

The KOBRA is super light on your flash.
The KOBRA is super light on your flash.
KOBRA gets its backbone from the built-in reflector, which is white inside with a black exterior.
KOBRA gets its backbone from the built-in reflector, which is white inside with a black exterior.

First Time Using Flash in Event Photography  

Photographer Cole Ferguson, was shooting an event and asked if he could borrow the KOBRA Flash Modifier prototype. The resulting images are remarkable from a photographer who is a self-proclaimed newbie to event photography. The KOBRA allowed him to be in control of capturing moments that otherwise would have been lost to low light conditions. This is why we made KOBRA.

Gallery: Link  

                                 
    
With the KOBRA - Nice light, soft hair & skin tones.
With the KOBRA - Nice light, soft hair & skin tones.
Without the KOBRA - Direct flash is a good light for a police mug shot!
Without the KOBRA - Direct flash is a good light for a police mug shot!

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. 

The KOBRA flash modifier generates softer fabric & skin tones.

"One step closer" you get soft shadows with your subject.
"One step closer" you get soft shadows with your subject.

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

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. 

KOBRA Band
KOBRA Band

Incorporated into the design of the KOBRA Band are vent holes to allow air to circulate over the flash head and assist with preventing the potential for overheating. 

Air Vents help with air flow.
Air Vents help with air flow.

Will fit almost all flash heads.  

The KOBRA Band not only holds the KOBRA Flash Modifier but also multitasks by securing our KOBRA Color Gel System. 

KOBRA Color Gel's System
KOBRA Color Gel's System
  
                                                                                                                                                                                            
The KOBRA flash modifier is light & flexible and easy to pack.
The KOBRA flash modifier is light & flexible and easy to pack.
KOBRA Attachment Band
KOBRA Attachment Band
  
Flash Modifier Comparison - Size, weight & coverage matters.
Flash Modifier Comparison - Size, weight & coverage matters.

One of the first questions we are asked when meeting professional photographers who have seen the working prototype is, "Where can I get one?” 

The KOBRA Flash Modifier is used off camera on a light-stand, which offers greater coverage than direct flash.
The KOBRA Flash Modifier is used off camera on a light-stand, which offers greater coverage than direct flash.
High-speed sync: Lens (mm): 16 ISO: 320 Aperture: 3.5 Shutter: 1/4000
High-speed sync: Lens (mm): 16 ISO: 320 Aperture: 3.5 Shutter: 1/4000

Event Photography Video - Off Camera Flash "Painting with Light." 

Above is a short video to demonstrate the quality of light you get from hand holding the KOBRA Flash Modifier. At the start of the video, the camera was set on a tripod and the modifier is used on the right side, then the left side. The equipment used was a Canon 6DMarkII with a combination of different speed lights, including Canon 600EX RTII with the Canon ST-E3-RT and Godox v860II with the Godox Xpro-C TLL. 

Wider Coverage with the KOBRA off Camera. Photo Credit: Cole Ferguson
Wider Coverage with the KOBRA off Camera. Photo Credit: Cole Ferguson

Upon reaching $85,000, we will add a Genuine Leather Slim Minimalist Wallet to every KOBRA reward package. The wallet has a pocket for each of the six gels and a center pocket to store other essential personal items. The slim design is easy to stash in your photo kit and keeps your gels in one easy to find place. If you pledged for multiple KOBRA Gel kits, we will add an extra wallet for the extra gels pledged.

Help us spread the word and share our campaign on your social media -- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and any press contacts you have. Let’s make this happen! Every share helps!

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 user's experience. 

Website: www.kobrafm.com   
  
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1. You will receive a survey via email. In the survey, you will be asked to confirm which reward you backed. Upon returning the survey we will send you a shipping code.

2. After you get the shipping code you will visit our website (http://www.kobrafm.com) where you will build an order from our Kickstarter Rewards page and check-out as if you were purchasing the items from our website normally.

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c. Enter “SHIPPING CODE” – Order total will adjust to $0.00 plus shipping.

d. Enter your credit card info (FOR SHIPPING ONLY).

NO shipping costs will be collected via Kickstarter.

3. Once your order ships, you will get an email with tracking information.

4. That’s it! Just watch your mailbox for your order.

Shipping Cost

We strive to provide you with the LOWEST cost possible for shipping. To accomplish this we do NOT charge shipping here on Kickstarter, because Kickstarter charges a flat cost, regardless of weight & packaging. For this reason, you will pay for shipping separately when you checkout on our website.

Is there a charge for shipping on Kickstarter? – NO

Why Not? - Kickstarter charges a flat fee regardless of weight & packaging.

How do I pay for Shipping? – Via our website (www.kobrafm.com) with shipping code at checkout. 

Do we make money on Shipping? – NO! You pay what we pay.

Do you ship outside the USA? – YES, we ship worldwide.

Shipment Tracking – After checking out on our website you will get a confirmation email and a tracking link once your order ships.

Estimated Shipping Costs?

USA: $11 USD (approx.)

Canada: $16 USD (approx.)

Australia: $23 USD (approx.)

Europe: $23 USD (approx.)

Everywhere else: $30 USD (approx.)

Why Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is a great platform for validating and getting a following behind an idea for a new product. Allowing early adopters the opportunity to know they helped bring a new product to market.

Any plans for the future?

Our current focus is the production and fulfillment of the KOBRA products. We have many ideas lined up for future new products and accessories to expand the KOBRA system.

What was the biggest challenge when designing and developing KOBRA?

The attachment method of the KOBRA Flash Modifier to the speed light was one of the biggest challenges. We didn’t want to use hook ‘n’ loop, magnets, or adhesive; yet needed a strong, reliable, mechanical method. All while not adding excess weight or size to the speed light. Second, was giving the photographer control of the light and still have the ability to store the KOBRA Flash Modifier in a small space.

 

Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns at info@redtuskllc.com

Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

Developing and bringing a new product to market always carries risks and challenges; from unforeseen design and logistics issues to all the little nuances in between. We at Red Tusk, LLC. have spent nearly four years working on the design issues, field testing all along the way.

We have lined up all our 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.

Even with over 20 years of experience in design, manufacturing, and molding, hurdles and delays always will happen. It is our pledge to you that we will keep you informed of any delays affecting the estimated delivery schedule of your rewards.

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