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Backscatter Optical Snoot OS-1



The Backscatter Optical Snoot OS-1 combines with the Backscatter Mini Flash 1 Underwater Strobe MF-1 to provide outstanding macro results. Work amazing well with compact cameras, like the Olympus TG-6.

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.

Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1 with Snoot On and Off
Adding and removing the Optical Snoot OS-1 is simple and easy to do, even underwater.

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.

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.

Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1 with Fish
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.

Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1 with Nudibranch
Using the Oval Aperture Card allows tailoring the light so that it precisely hits the subject, not the surrounding sand.

Backscatter Optical Snoot OS-1 Features

  • 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 and Oval Aperture Cards included
  • Rotate the snoot to adjust the shape of the beam with the Oval Card


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

(04/22 AJG)

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