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MagSphere & MagBounce are the easiest, softest, simplest, most versatile & efficient flash diffusers ever, compatible only with MagMod.
MagSphere & MagBounce are the easiest, softest, simplest, most versatile & efficient flash diffusers ever, compatible only with MagMod.
MagSphere & MagBounce are the easiest, softest, simplest, most versatile & efficient flash diffusers ever, compatible only with MagMod.
2,322 backers pledged $310,348 to help bring this project to life.

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All Stretch Goals UNLOCKED!

Congrats to all of our backers for a HUGE finish on the last day!  Both Stretch goals have been unlocked, and any backers at reward levels of $79 and higher, will receive:

  • (1) Transmitter Band 3-Pack, OR, (1) MagMod Microfiber Pouch for each MagSphere & MagBounce you pledge for!
  • (1) MagGel Wallet - a $25 value!
Woohoo!  ALL STRETCH GOALS UNLOCKED!
Woohoo! ALL STRETCH GOALS UNLOCKED!

Here is the MagMod team celebrating the $300,000 Stretch Goal achievement!

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What is MagMod?

Almost 1 year ago today, MagMod initially launched on Kickstarter because of the lack of quality flash modifiers on the market.  Photographers across the globe rallied behind our cause, and today MagMod is a household name in the photographic community.  

We came back to Kickstarter to launch our next phase of flash modifiers, and today we are proud to introduce to you the best flash diffusers ever created. 

Light appears soft because of two important characteristics: size and direction.  

Size

The larger the size of the light source, the softer the light will appear.   The smaller the size, the harsher the light will become.  

Larger = Softer
Smaller = Harsher

Direction

The direction in which light travels determines the intensity of specular highlights, which are reflections that bounce back towards us (or your camera in the example below). 

When light is properly diffused, less light will bounce back at us (or the camera), thus minimizing their intensity in our photographs.

If we want better light from our speedlite flashes, the light source MUST be larger to increase softness, and if we want less specular highlights from it's focused beam pattern, we MUST have increased diffusion.

These are two critical obstacles you must overcome if you want soft, beautiful light from your speedlite flashes.

The MagSphere is the most beautiful, versatile, and effective flash diffuser ever created.  The MagSphere instantly shapes your flash into a soft, omni-directional bare-bulb light source that works perfectly as an on-camera diffuser or small bounce card.

Larger light = Softer light = Better light from the flash you already own!

Combining it’s efficient semi-transparent diffusion material with a 250% larger surface area, the MagSphere shapes and softens the harsh light from your flash.  

Bare flash, compared to flash with the MagSphere!
Bare flash, compared to flash with the MagSphere!
© Ben Chrisman - off-camera flash with MagSphere
© Ben Chrisman - off-camera flash with MagSphere

Bounce it!

If you prefer to bounce your flash off of nearby walls, the MagSphere also projects light towards your subject through the side walls, adding additional fill light and round catchlights in your subject’s eyes.  

What all this really means is you’ll see better light output with increased diffusion, resulting in softer light and less battery changes because your flash is conserving more energy.

Use the MagSphere for direct flash diffusion, or even when bounced off of nearby walls for softer, cleaner light!
Use the MagSphere for direct flash diffusion, or even when bounced off of nearby walls for softer, cleaner light!

Shoot longer

When compared to direct, on-camera flash, you’ll lose less than 1 stop of light with the MagSphere, compared to 2 to 4 times the amount of light loss from other modifiers.  This just means you'll conserve battery power, letting you shoot for longer periods of time before having to change batteries.

More versatile!

Because it’s so efficient, you really get multiple modifiers in one by simply changing your flash’s zoom function to change the quality of light on the fly.  The MagSphere really makes it easier to control your light, all in one modifier!

Integrated gel slot

Our favorite feature is the MagSphere’s integrated gel slot which allows for up to 2 of our polycarbonate gel sheets to be inserted without any additional accessories or modifiers.  No other flash diffuser is as practical and versatile when it comes to using gels.

© Tony Hoffer - shot with MagSphere
© Tony Hoffer - shot with MagSphere

Shoot quicker!

Similar to the MagBounce, the MagSphere’s soft silicone walls quickly fold up to fit in any bag.  When you’re ready to use it, it instantly pops back into it’s original form and snaps to your flash in less than a second.  Because its so flexible, it can absorb a lot of impact to prevent it from accidentally getting knocked off.

The MagSphere's soft silicone rubber construction absorbs impact to help prevent it from accidentally coming off
The MagSphere's soft silicone rubber construction absorbs impact to help prevent it from accidentally coming off
© Jeff Mosier
© Jeff Mosier

Modular with MagGrids

MagMod is all about modularity, so you can even stack a MagGrid and a MagSphere to give you even more control over your soft light.  Studio photographers will love using this combination as a background light with beautiful fall-off.

How strong is it?

The MagSphere's powerful magnets help keep it attached, even by lifting up the lightstand with it!
The MagSphere's powerful magnets help keep it attached, even by lifting up the lightstand with it!

In a nutshell:

  • Omni-directional diffusion modifier delivers soft, beautiful light
  • Round, spherical shape gives you larger, better looking catchlights in your subject's eyes
  • Increases your light source by over 250%, giving you much softer, better looking light
  • Super efficient!  It's super efficient material allows you to shoot longer with less battery changes
  • Quickly change the light quality by zooming for your flash for wider, or more narrow light
  • Light emits from all sides, sending light towards your subject even while bouncing upwards
  • Versatile gel slot fits 2 MagMod gel sheets, making it even easier to change the color of your flash
  • Freakishly strong neodymium magnets attach instantly to your flash (with MagGrip installed)
  • Modular design allows for a MagGrid to be used underneath, focusing the amount of diffusion!
  • Patented universal MagGrip design allows the MagSphere to be used on virtually any size hot-shoe flash
  • Beautiful design complements your appearance as a professional
  • Super flexible rubber deforms and bends, preventing accidental detachment and folds into small spaces in your bag
  • Solid piece of silicone rubber means no straps to lose or misplace
  • Can be multi-purposed for use on Alien Bee studio strobes
  • Doubles as a creative table lamp cover, or use them as part of a Mega-Man Halloween costume!

The MagBounce is a gorgeous bounce modifier that has been stripped down to it’s simplest, most functional form.  We carefully designed it to not only be beautiful, but calculated to deliver the softest light with the highest output.

Larger light = Softer light!

The MagBounce increases the apparent size of your flash by over 300%! Both it's size and efficient white silicone texture, the MagBounce actually acts more like a small softbox than it does a bounce card.  

© Paul Pruitt - shot using MagBounce
© Paul Pruitt - shot using MagBounce

Efficient, High output

Because of it's design and material, the MagBounce retains a high level of flash output, which puts less strain on your flash and allows it to use less battery power.

The MagBounce also casts a very wide beam pattern, giving you soft, diffused light over a large area.  Below is a comparison showing a very wide shot, and the MagBounce spreads light all over the frame.  It's so efficient that even the trees in the background are also effected by it's exposure!

The MagBounce casts a large, wide beam to light up large areas with soft, diffused light!
The MagBounce casts a large, wide beam to light up large areas with soft, diffused light!
The MagBounce's size increases the size of catchlights in your subjects eyes!
The MagBounce's size increases the size of catchlights in your subjects eyes!

Portrait & Landscape shooting

Using the same freakishly strong “rare-earth” magnets, the MagBounce instantly attaches in four different mounting configurations, giving you the flexibility to shoot in both landscape and portrait orientations. 

The MagBounce can be used in both portrait, and landscape shooting orientations!
The MagBounce can be used in both portrait, and landscape shooting orientations!
MagBounce used off-camera for soft, directional lighting
MagBounce used off-camera for soft, directional lighting

Universal design

Because of the MagGrip’s patented universal mount design, the MagBounce & MagSphere are compatible with virtually all flash heads on the market.

Multi-purpose!

Both the MagSphere & MagBounce fit wonderfully* over your Alien Bees or Einstein strobes!  Finally a quick and easy diffuser in the studio for hair lights and background lights, or even out on location!

*Although silicone rubber is heat resistant to 450° and higher, we only recommend using them with the modeling lamp turned off.  

Durable

We designed the MagBounce as a solid piece of silicone rubber with thin but strong walls that allow for incredible flexibility.  Whether you knock it, bump it, or crush it, the MagBounce effortlessly bounces back to it’s original form.  It’s never been easier to create soft light from a modifier this size.

 How strong is it?

The MagBounce's powerful magnets help it stay attached to your flash, even by lifting up the lighstand with it!
The MagBounce's powerful magnets help it stay attached to your flash, even by lifting up the lighstand with it!

MagBounce highlights:

  • Incredibly soft light, similar to a small softbox
  • Highly efficient design maintains light output -- At 10ft distance = f/5.6 ISO800
  • Increases the size of your flash by over 300%, giving you incredibly soft light
  • White matte silicone texture provides optimal diffusion, reducing specular highlights
  • Rotates 360° in 90° increments, letting you shoot in both portrait and landscape modes
  • Freakishly strong neodymium magnets attach instantly to your flash (with MagGrip installed)
  • Patented universal MagGrip design allows the MagBounce to be used on virtually any size hot-shoe flash
  • Beautiful design complements your appearance as a professional
  • Super flexible rubber deforms and bends, preventing accidental detachment and folds into small spaces in your bag
  • Solid piece of silicone rubber means no straps to lose or misplace
  • Can be multi-purposed for use on Alien Bee studio strobes as a background light or hair light
  • If photography doesn't work out for you, you could at least play lacrosse with the MagBounce and a light stand!

MagMod is committed to making tools that make photography easier, so that you can focus on what matter’s most, creating incredible and creative photography that is unique to you. 

The MagSnoot is our newest modifier that delivers on these goals of simplicity, ease of use, and rock-solid performance.

We decided we wanted to save one last surprise for our Kickstarter campaign and announce the MagSnoot as an Add-on for any reward pledge.

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MagSnoot

  • 5-in-1 modifier gives you precision control combined with an integrated gel slot 
  • Collapsible design delivers precise control with 40°, 20°, 15° and 13° beam patterns 
  • Flexible rubber construction squeezes into tight spaces in your bag 
  • Integrated gel slot holds up to 2 MagMod gel sheets Instantly magnetizes to almost any size flash using our patented MagGrip design 
  • Simple, beautiful design that has no straps or accessories that can get lost 
  • Doubles as a durable funnel if you need to change your motor oil in a pinch! Add for only $35!
Super easy to collapse and expand!
Super easy to collapse and expand!
4 different light channeling options!
4 different light channeling options!
The light beam of each of the 4 MagSnoot stages
The light beam of each of the 4 MagSnoot stages

You can add the MagSnoot as a $35 Add-on to any reward level.  Simply increase your total pledge amount by $35, and we will sort-out what you want these additional funds to be used for AFTER the campaign has finished.  It'll be super easy, we promise.

How does the MagSnoot compare to the MagGrid?

Both the MagGrid and MagGel Slot will continue to be a staple in any photographer’s bag, as they are far more compact and quicker to use. They both require less thinking and tinkering when shooting in fast paced environments, and if you own multiple MagGrids and MagGel Slots, you also increase redundancy and flexibility in your modifier kit.

The MagSnoot will primarily be best suited for commercial photographers that shoot product, food, fashion, or wherever any photographer needs tight precision with their lighting. Studio and portrait photographers will also find it incredibly handy for use as a great hair-light or rim-light modifier.

 Will magnets damage my camera?

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Are you ready to be part of the MagMod family?  We're ready to have you on board!  We are humbled by your willingness to support us by pledging for some awesome MagMod swag.

If you're new to MagMod, or also Kickstarter, follow the steps below!

Kickstarter pledges are technically donations, but in exchange for your support you totally get some sweet stuff!  

Each backer can choose 1 (and only 1) reward.  Each reward varies by price and product.  You can always change your reward down the road, but cannot change it after the campaign ends (December 4).

Rewards list:

Once you have selected a reward level above, you can increase your total pledge amount for extra goodies below.  Don't worry, we'll collect the details of what additional extras you want after the campaign.  

If you have already made a pledge, you can update your pledge on this page by clicking "Manage my Pledge".  Here you can change your pledge, or just add more funds to your reward level for extra goodies.

If you don't want to add anything extra, no sweat!  You can do it later down the road through our awesome custom portal after the campaign has ended. 

Add-on menu:

Details about our Add-ons

If you're not sure what all is included with each specific add-on, you can get up to speed about the original products on the MagMod store and see for yourself!  

All of the prices listed in the Add-ons above are discounted prices for participating in our Kickstarter campaign, so take advantage of them!

 We came back to Kickstarter because of the amazing experience we had with our first campaign.  The very nature of crowdfunding is bring the community together to make something big happen.  Something that couldn't have happened without your collective support!

We rely heavily on grass-roots campaigning, which is essentially word-of-mouth.  Your help in spreading the word is absolutely critical to our success.

Please, pretty pretty please with a cherry on top, share our campaign page on Facebook, Twitter, G+, and other social media channels and help MagMod fund their next project.

If we reach these funding goals, we'll be throwing in some Kickstarter freebeies to EACH backer based on your pledge level. If you like free stuff as much as we do, we need your help reaching these goals so SHARE with everyone you know!

Let's get "stretching" (pun intended)!

Woohoo! This stretch goal has been achieved!
Woohoo! This stretch goal has been achieved!
Woohoo! This final stretch goal has been achieved!
Woohoo! This final stretch goal has been achieved!

 How the funds will be used

We have already paid for the molds and tested our final samples.  But due to the size, weight, and complexity of both of these new modifiers, the minimum order quantities are a bit higher than we anticipated.  We refused to "dumb it down" or make the designs less complex purely for cost reasons.  

  • Minimum order quantities.  The silicone, magnet, and packaging factories in China require a minimum of 3,000 pieces for an order.
  • Assembly.  The MagMod team is ready to kick it in to high gear!  Combined with labor and packaging supplies, it takes a small army of dedicated team members.
  • Shipping & Delivery.  Shipping is included in the price of each reward, and at an average of $10 it adds up quickly! 

If you are as excited as we are about the MagSphere and MagBounce, help bring them to market quicker by pledging your support.  If you're not able to put some skin in to the game, we would greatly appreciate if you forwarded this page to a fellow photographer or friend.

The first round of MagMod assembly for our first Kickstarter last year!
The first round of MagMod assembly for our first Kickstarter last year!

Manufacturing

Our working relationship is fantastic with our partners and we do not believe we will run in to any delays to get everything produced and shipped on time.

Total time for production: 6-8 weeks (+5 days for transit)

Assembly

Last year we were able to crank out 3,000+ packages in a few days, and we've only improved since then!

Total time: 7-10 days

Final Delivery

We anticipate final delivery beginning in mid February 2015.

Almost all of USA deliveries will take 2-3 days.  Canadian backers can expect about 7-9 days for delivery.  Europe and South America are about 12-15 days (based on past experience delivering mass production goods).  Asia and the South Pacific can expect around 12-15 days as well.

Our fist Kickstarter campaign launched on October 29, 2013.  Less than 5 hours after we officially launched, we had reached our funding goal of $35,000, and raised over $210,000 from over 1,750 backers.  We were TOTALLY blown away by the support and response, and it has fueled us to keep innovating on some of the most fundamental lighting tools for photographers.

Shortly after the end of the campaign, we commenced production and proudly became part of only 18% of all Kickstarter campaigns that deliver on time.  We were super grateful for how smoothly things went from start to finish.

Designing the MagSphere - January 2014

While trying to manage over 2,000 orders (1,759 Kickstarter backers + hundreds more website pre-orders before January), we were already working on two modifiers that had already been conceptualized before our first campaign.

The MagSphere came to fruition because I had always loved the quality of light from Profoto studio flashes.  Their color temperature, diffusion dome, and overall shape of light was not obtainable with other studio strobes, and certainly not attainable with standard speedlite flashes.  

One of my favorite modifiers for the Profoto system was their Globe attachment.  It was essentially a giant globe attached to the light to create a beautiful bare-bulb effect, and had a indescribable "shape" to the light.

Profoto Globe modifier served as inspiration to create a beautiful, spherical lightsource for speedlite flashes
Profoto Globe modifier served as inspiration to create a beautiful, spherical lightsource for speedlite flashes

April 2014

We went through quite a number of designs before we landed on something we thought would be fantastic!  Modularity, ease of use, and unique features were important to it's development.

After a few 3D printed prototypes, we were happy with the light quality and were ready to order a production mold and make the final test.  

Prototype history of the MagSphere
Prototype history of the MagSphere

August 2014

Our first samples were a tad heavy, and some dimensions needed a bit more tweaking.  We made our final changes and invested again in to a new production mold.  We were nervous about some of the material thicknesses at first, but once it came back we instantly fell in love with it.  The flexibility, weight, and beautiful light quality exceeded our expectations.

Prototype history of MagBounce
Prototype history of MagBounce

We sent a few samples to beta testers for confirmation and have only heard glowing feedback from their tests.  While it may not be a tool most professional photographers will use every shoot, the light quality is undoubtedly fantastic, which was our primary goal.

Risks and challenges

SUPPLY CHAIN RISKS:
We cannot control the factory, nor their supply chains, nor the weather that effects when their workers arrive. We have had a great working relationship with each of our suppliers, and they helped us deliver on time during our last Kickstarter campaign. We have no reservations about their ability to deliver when they have stated, unless someone like Apple comes in and decides they want to buy the entire production capacity for a month :) We don't think that will happen, so we feel pretty good about our delivery expectations.

DELIVERY CHALLENGES:
We had a pretty good track record during our first Kickstarter campaign, but it wasn't without some small setbacks. One of them was a big carton of orders (around 30) that we dropped off at the USPS for domestic delivery. Somehow they didn't open the carton and start delivering them. It was a small headache for those 30 people, but they eventually got them.

As with any international delivery, there will always be challenges. Making sure you, the backer, supply a proper address is huge. Our international fulfillment partner is pretty good at sorting out addresses that may appear undeliverable, but if not, we'll have to contact you again, or worse case scenario have you supply a different address.

COMMUNICATION CHALLENGES:
We were surprised at the number of backers that DID NOT complete their surveys and supply an address for delivery. It took 4-5 months to get a lot of the information back.

If you want your pledge reward in a timely manner, PLEASE do yourself a favor and use an email address that you use often. I hate spam just as much as any savvy email addict, but, we could tell that many of our first-round backers were new to Kickstarter. Naturally people treat any new-to-you online service (like Kickstarter) with a bit of caution, especially when it comes to email communication. With that said, many backers used an email address that wasn't used very often, probably because they wanted to avoid unnecessary spam. We love to communicate with you, and we feel like we do a pretty good job at it, but PLEASE make sure you read our messages and emails in a timely manner. Yes, some can be boring and long, but they are always important! We can promise a pretty smooth experience if you stay abreast of shipping requirements and project updates throughout the campaign lifecycle.

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