I kind of tripped across photographer David Honl’s web site about a month ago, when I was looking for a Velcro system to mount an old Lumiquest softbox to a new Nikon SB-900 Speedlight. Since then I have become quite a fan of his Honl Pro line of strobe accessories.
The Honl Pro line starts with the HonlPhoto Speed Strap for Shoe Mount Flashes … a Velcro strap that has a sticky-ish rubber underside. You wrap the Speed strap around the head of your flash unit, and from there you can attach all manner of attachments to it … from snoots to bounce cards to honeycomb attachments and every other light-shaping tool you can think of. The strap leaves no marks when you remove it, and it’s not like having Velcro stuck to your speedlight permanently.
The system is genius, and so simple, yet elegant, a line of solutions that I’m not sure why someone hadn’t thought of it already.
Anyway, Honl Pro has just come up with a new snoot lined with a gold reflector called, quite sensibly, the HonlPhoto 8″ Gold-Silver Reflector/Snoot. I’ve already got three Speed Straps and a bunch of attachments, but I’m eager to add the gold snoot to the mix. It’s perfect for warming up skintones for portrait work.
If you’re going to give the Honl Pro line a shot, I’d recommend buying the kit … just get all the stuff at once and save a few bucks. You will quickly find yourself wondering how you ever got through a shoot without it.