The Backscatter Mini Flash 2 MF-2 is a major upgrade to the Backscatter Mini Flash 1 MF-1, with tons of new features and performance upgrades, including Olympus TTL, remote strobe control, high-speed sync, test mode, emergency signaling capability, a faster recycle time, and LED lights that are twice as bright as the previous model. All of the accessories from the Backscatter Mini Flash 1 MF-1 carry over to the Backscatter Mini Flash 2.
This travel friendly, lightweight macro lighting system is the easiest to use and highest performing strobe and snoot combination ever created.
NEW: Automatic TTL For Olympus Cameras
NEW: Wireless Remote Control
NEW: High-Speed Sync
NEW: Built-In 1000 Lumen Focus Light
NEW: Test Mode & Beacon
NEW: Faster Recycle Time
NEW: Bigger Battery, Longer Run Time
Manual Control For All Cameras
Double O-Ring Seal For Reliability
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 Mini Flash 2 is the perfect flash + snoot combination for any serious underwater macro photographer. Its tiny size can get into the tightest spots and the companionOptical Snoot OS-1 makes it the perfect macro strobe to give you the creativity you've been missing.
1000 LUMEN BUILT-IN FOCUS LIGHT
With powerful 1000-lumen 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, simplify their lighting and lighten their rig for easier shooting.
The LED lights in the Backscatter Mini Flash 2 are now twice as bright as the previous Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1 making this the absolute easiest strobe and snoot combination to use. Even in bright shallow conditions, it is super easy to see the target light from the snoot in the same exact shape and position as the flash. With no guessing on where the flash will fire, the Mini Flash 2 makes it as easy as can be to get perfect snooted shots right out of the box. The LED lights will run up to 90 minutes on a full 21700 battery.
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. We designed the Mini Flash and Optical Snoot together to make 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. The Optical Snoot OS-1 is easy to mount, with a simple click on/click off.
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 2 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.
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.
AUTOMATIC TTL FOR OLYMPUS CAMERAS
The Backscatter Mini Flash 2 is compatible with Olympus’s TTL protocol through RC mode. In our testing, the Olympus RC system produces the most consistent and accurate TTL exposures of any underwater system. The Mini Flash 2 takes this a step further by also having an option for finely tuned macro TTL.
Most TTL systems from camera manufacturers have not been optimized for close-up macro use. This usually results in TTL not working well at close distances and lower flash outputs associated with macro, leading to overexposed images. The Mini Flash 2 has a TTL mode specifically tailored to macro that allows for better and more accurate exposures when compared to other systems available.
Exposure compensation is possible in TTL and is controlled directly from the camera, but most likely won’t be needed. TTL even works through the Optical Snoot OS-1 for perfect snooted exposures!
WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL
The Backscatter Mini Flash 2 features a remote transmit and receive function for wireless remote control and triggering.
The remote system works by the main transmitting strobe having the ability to remotely adjust the power level of a 2nd Mini Flash 2 receiving strobes. The Light Pipe accessory attaches to the fiber optic mount of the Mini Flash 2 and allows for receiving the signal from the transmitting strobe without the need for a fiber optic cable or an electronic trigger.
TEST MODE WITH POWER LEVEL CONTROL
The Backscatter Mini Flash 2 includes a test feature that allows the strobe to be fired at any desired power level. This is great to use instead of a video light for light painting as a strobe freezes motion where a video light will not. Another photographic use for Test mode is using it as a manual stroboscopic function with long exposures and multiple flashes per shot.
SAFETY FEATURE—BEACON MODE
The Backscatter Mini Flash 2 includes a safety feature where the LED lights will emit a “ping” emergency signal that will last up to 12 hours on a full battery. The Test mode can also be used as an emergency signaling device by pressing the button to activate the 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.
AUTOMATIC FLASH SYNCHRONIZATION
Setting up pre-flash cancellation is a breeze. Simply plug in a fiber optic cable and take a test shot. The Backscatter Mini Flash 2 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 Mini Flash 2 off and back on and take another test shot to update the setting. No need to worry about the wrong setting on the strobe.
100% COMPATIBLE WITH ALL ACCESSORIES FOR THE MINI FLASH 1 & MACRO WIDE 4300
All of the same great accessories such as the Optical Snoot OS-1, the Backscatter Colour Filter System, and diffuser are all 100% compatible with the Backscatter Mini Flash 2.
OVER 2,000 FLASHES, 90 MINUTE RUN TIME ON LED LIGHTS
With the larger battery capacity, the Backscatter Mini Flash 2 is capable of a mind-boggling 2000+ flashes and a minimum 90-minute run time of the LED lights with a fully charged 21700 5000mAh battery.
Depth Rating: 100m/330ft
Guide Number: ƒ16
Lumens: 1,000 Lumens
Power: Single 21700 Battery**
Recycle time (full): 1.0 seconds
Number of Flashes (full): Over 2000
Weight in Air:14.8oz / 420g
Weight in Water: 5.29oz/150g
Sync Cord: Fiber Optic
Seal: Dual O-Rings
Flash: 6-step Power Level
LED: 3-step Power Level
Dimensions With Ball(LxWxD): 7.36 x 2.31 x 4.06in - 187 x 59 x 104mm
Material: Anodized Machined Aluminium
Included Accessories: 1-inch Ball Mount - YS Mount - Diffuser - Spare O-ring Set - O-ring Grease