The Backscatter Mini Flash (or MF-1 for short) is a small, lightweight, and easy-to-use strobe designed to pair well with compact cameras, like the Olympus TG-6, and provide outstanding macro results. We think it's the easiest-to-shoot strobe EVER.
VIDEO A Flash Beam Tailor-Made For Macro
Most of the conventional wisdom surrounding underwater strobes is that brighter and wider always equals better. If you're shooting macro underwater photography, you want the exact opposite. You want a tightly controlled light to pinpoint the subject and keep the background as dark as possible. The Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1 is the perfect light + snoot combination for any serious underwater macro photographer. Its tiny size can get into the tightest spots and the companion Backscatter Optical Snoot OS-1 makes it the perfect macro strobe to give you the creativity you've been missing.
Streamline Your Macro Rig
— Strobe And Focus Light All In One
If you've ever used a larger strobe made for wide-angle, you know it can be hard to get in tight spots, especially with dual strobes and managing a separate focus light as well. The small size of the Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1 makes it easy to maneuver and get into tight spaces. With powerful LED focus lights built-in, there's no need for a separate focus light to manage on your rig. It makes a perfect companion for compact camera shooters looking for a great all-around streamlined strobe solution. It's also the perfect solution for Advanced mirrorless and SLR shooters looking to reduce their footprint and simplify their lighting and lighten their rig for easier shooting.
The Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1 is the perfect companion for a compact
camera system like the Olympus TG-6 to keep your camera rig a compact size
for travel. The Easiest To Use Macro Strobe + Snoot Combination
Using a strobe with a snoot was once really difficult. Aiming a snoot took lots of practice. The Backscatter Mini Flash and Optical Snoot were designed 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 modelling flash to check your snoot placement without continuously disturbing a light-sensitive critter.
Adding and removing the Optical Snoot OS-1 is simple and easy to do,
The Backscatter 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.
This eel was back deep in a hole. The small size of the Backscatter
Mini Flash MF-1 made it easy to get into a tight spot and the Optical
Snoot OS-1 focused the light only on the subject. Super Bright Snoot Output For Dark Backgrounds
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. Precise Lighting Control With Aperture Cards
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.
Using the Oval Aperture Card allows tailoring the light so that it
precisely hits the subject, not the surrounding sand. This Little Beast Also Lights Great Wide Angle Images
Even though the Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1 was designed with macro in mind, by adding included standard diffuser or the optional dome diffuser this tiny powerhouse can shoot wide too. While it won't replace a high powered flash for a full-frame SLR system, it can brilliantly light most wide-angle photographs with the wide diffuser installed. The Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1 is the perfect strobe for a macro photographer that also wants to light up a passing stingray, dolphin or turtle with a pocket-sized lighting system.
The Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1 combined with a wide angle diffuser can
shoot great wide angle images too. This is not just a macro strobe. Big Power In A Little Package
Don't let the tiny size fool you. The Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1 has a flash guide number of 16 and is capable of up to 1400 flashes and the dual-beam LED lights run at 500 lumens on high power for over 1 hour, when using the recommended Nitecore 18560 3500mAh 3.6V battery.
The Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1 has plenty of power to spare and won't
let you down when you come across a killer subject like this octopus at the
end of an 80-minute dive. Six Strobe Levels And 3 Light Powers
— With Oversized Controls
Dial-in the perfect exposure with six strobe power levels, while the LED lights have three power levels. An oversized and cold water-friendly big red nob makes it easy to have precise strobe power control without having to take your attention away from shooting to look at the dial position. The oversized and easy to press silver button toggles through the three power levels on the focus lights and a press and hold activates the modelling flash.
Dual O-Ring Seal = Double Waterproof
The battery compartment features a double O-ring seal to keep you safe from O-ring maintenance errors. Of course, you need to clean and maintain the O-rings before every use, but our double seal will help reduce water damage from common errors.
Fiber Optic Simple — Automatic Flash Synchronisation
Setting up pre-flash cancellation is a breeze. Simply plug in a fibre optic cable and take a test shot. The Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1 will automatically detect the camera's internal flash shooting mode on the first flash after power-up and store it in memory on your first test shot. If you change cameras or settings, simply turn the MF-1 on and off and take another test shot to update the setting. No need to worry about the wrong setting on the strobe.
Get Creative With Coloured Filters
Advanced photographers and beginners alike can open up some really freaky possibilities and create some surreal effects. Coloured backgrounds, backlighting, and bokeh tricks are all much easier to do with a strobe rather than a torch or video light. Colour filters for the MF-1 have been tested and are coming in the first quarter of 2020. We're ready to help you get your freak on.
Using the Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1 with a colour filter for the background
lets you add more creative elements to your compositions... and get freaky. Backscatter Mini Flash 1 Underwater Strobe MF-1 Features
Compact yet powerful flash
Great for compact camera shooters
Easiest macro strobe for compact, mirrorless, and SLR
Optional Optical Snoot for more creativity
Battery and Charger NOT Included. Specifications:
Depth Rating: 100 m (330 ft)
Guide Number: ƒ16
Lumens: 500 Lumens
Power: Single 18650 Battery**
Recycle time (full): 2.5 seconds
Number of Flashes (full): Up to 1400**
Weight in Air: 375 g (13.25 oz)
Weight in Water: 150 g (5.29 oz)
Sync Cord: Fiber Optic
Seal: Dual O-Rings
Flash: 6-step Power Level
LED: 3-step Power Level
Dimensions With Ball(LxWxD):
187 x 59 x 104 mm
7.36 x 2.31 x 4.06 in Material: Anodized Machined Aluminium
1-inch Ball Mount
Spare O-ring Set
* Specifications are from pre-production model testing. Production specs may vary slightly.
** Only use approved 18650 Battery &8212; Nitecore 18560 3500mAh 3.6V
Battery and Charger Not Included.