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Review: MagMod 2 Magnetic Modular Speedlite Modifiers for Hot-Shoe Flashes

Overview : MagMod is a magical flash modifier system that frees your speedlite flashes from velcro, straps, and adhesives by geniously incorporating the invisible powers of magnetism.

Each modifier is a single molded piece of high-quality silicone rubber that is sleek, compact, easy to use, and dead simple.

Features :
  • No velcro, straps, or adhesives!
  • One-size-fits-all compatibility. Works with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, and just about every prosumer hot-shoe flash ever created.
  • Instantaneous attachment method using Neodymium "rare-earth" magnets
  • Strong grip on your flash prevents from accidentally falling off!
  • Sleek and compact so you can always leave it on your flash
  • Durable elastic silicone band is incredibly resilient against impact and snapping
  • Sleek and elegant design
  • Compact size makes for easy storage, takes up less space in your bag!
  • Completely modular, stack as many grids + gels as you want!
  • No loose pieces to misplace, magnets come pre-assembled

Quality/Usability : This review is an update to the original MagMod Magnetic Modular Speedlite Modifiers for Hot-Shoe Flashes.

The design and concept is the same. Only difference are the minor aesthetic changes that I will discuss below.

The MagMod Basic Kit now includes everything in one box. The original MagMod had individual boxes for each item.

Just like the original MagMod Basic Kit, it includes: (1) MagGrip, (1) MagGrid, (1) MagGel Kit (MagMod 2 now includes 9 gel sheets). Also included is a Carrying Pouch and a MagMod Transmitter Band (black and not yellow) with each kit. Everything can be purchased individually with the exception for the MagMod Transmitter Band and Carry Pouch.

MagGrid 2

The MagGrip looks exactly the same and identical. Size, shape or form has been changed. I did notice that the neodymium magnet used in MagGrid 2 is smaller in height. I know with the original MagMod, it had an issue of slightly tearing due to the edge of the magnet being so close to the opening. This didn't affect performance or anything but MagGrip 2 fixed that issue.

Left: MagGrip 2 | Right: Original MagGrip

Installation of the MagGrid is the same. Simply slip the MagGrid over the flash head and you're done.

MagGrid 2 and MagGel 2

MagGrip 2 and MagGel 2 had a minor design change. Rather than the neodymium “rare-earth” magnets being inserted from the back, they are now inserted from the sides. This prevents the magnets from accidentally coming out. It also makes it look more cleaner without exposing the magnets.

Left: MagGrid 2 | Right: Original MagGrid

Left: MagGel 2 | Right: Original MagGel

Top: new gel sheets | Bottom: original gel sheets

The gel sheets also look to be the same. 8 gel sheets were included with the original MagMod but with MagMod 2, 9 gels are now included. Quality wise, I actually prefer the originals. I don't know if they changed the method but when I went to load a few gels into the MagGel, one of the gels peeled a little on the edge but is still covered by the MagGel. With the original gels, I didn't have any issues. Maybe I got a weak one?

Even though this picture is from the original MagMod, the concept and design is still the same. You can stack multiple MagGrids and MagGels as you want. Nothing has changed except for how the neodymium magnet is inserted.

Conclusion : Overall, the MagMod 2 Magnetic Modular Speedlite Modifiers for Hot-Shoe Flashes still works the same as the original MagMod. The minor aesthetic changes helps make the MagMod look cleaner.

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