Backscatter Optical Snoot OS-1


  • Compatible with the Backscatter Mini Flash
  • Easiest to use macro strobe + snoot combination
  • LED aiming light of the flash shows exactly where the flash will hit
  • Brightest aiming light of any snoot
  • Aperture Cards adjust the size of the light beam
  • Circular & Oval Aperture Cards included
  • Rotate the snoot to adjust the shape of the beam with the Oval Card


Backscatter Optical Snoot OS-1


Using a strobe with a snoot was once really difficult. Aiming a snoot took lots of practice. We designed the Mini Flash and Backscatter Optical Snoot OS-1 together with the purpose of making shooting with a snoot as easy as possible. With bright LED lights that project the same beam pattern as the flash through the snoot, you can easily see the exact placement of the snoot beam on your subject when framing a shot and know you are hitting your target. Have a critter that doesn’t like a constant light on all the time? Use our short duration modeling flash to check your snoot placement without continuously disturbing a light sensitive critter.

The Optical Snoot OS-1 is easy to mount, with a simple click on/click off. The Optical Snoot OS-1 is small enough to keep in a pocket, allowing for a quick and easy switch from wide to macro.


Using a snoot used to be difficult. The Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1 and Optical Snoot OS-1 make it super easy with the bright LED lights showing you exactly where the beam is pointed so you can frame the shot with ease.


The key to success in snoot photography is having dark backgrounds in bright ambient light conditions. The Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1 and Optical Snoot OS-1 combination were designed together to allow the most efficient transfer of light through the snoot optics. The result is an exposure that is brighter than any other snoot on the market and will help you make the darkest backgrounds. When projecting a 6mm hole, a shot can be done at ISO 64, ƒ32 which is a perfect setting to get inky black backgrounds and perfect light on the subject.

The Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1 and Optical Snoot OS-1 combination has a brighter output when compared to other snoot/strobe combinations on the market. This shot was done at ISO 64 and ƒ32 at 1 click down from full power on the strobe. No exposure adjustments were made in post.


The The Backscatter Optical Snoot OS-1 includes 2 Aperture Cards, 1 circular and 1 oval set with 4 different sized holes on each. Shoot a sharply focused light beam or pull back a little for a softer edge. Shoot a projected beam as small as 6mm. The full range of aperture cards will let you shoot an ultra-tiny subject to even a large fish portrait. When shooting the snoot at an angle to the subject with the oval aperture card, the snoot can be rotated to change the shape of the projected beam from an elongated oval to a circle. No other strobe and snoot system offers this level of precise control.

Includes circular and oval aperture cards.

insert pic of snoot with aperture cards by the side

One of the key features of the Backscatter Optical Snoot OS-1 is the ability to not only easily change sizes of the projected hole, but also the shape of the beam of light by simply rotating the snoot with the oval aperture card installed.

Using the Oval Aperture Card allows tailoring the light so that it precisely hits the subject, not the surrounding sand.


  • Compatible Strobes: Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1
  • Depth Rating: 300ft/100m
  • Weight in Air: 9.70oz/275g
  • Dimensions (LxD):
    • 7.24 x 2.56in
    • 184 x 65mm
  • Material: Anodized Machined Aluminium
  • Included Accessories:
    • Circular Aperture Card
    • Oval Aperture Card
    • Lanyard


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