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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rogue 3 in 1 Honeycombe Grid is a high quality, rugged, flexible, pack-away product, 11 Jan. 2012
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As you would expect from the price the construction quality of the Rogue 3 in 1 Honeycombe Grid system is very high. It has a robust, well-made feel to it and is a well thought out system.

With this build quality (and price) this product is aimed at the hard working professional or serious enthusiast; in particular those doing a lot of portrait or still life work, probably using multiple light set-ups. You know who you are and can decide accordingly.

The sleeve (attachment strap) is made from high-quality, reinforced Cordura type nylon fastened around a flash with a Velcro strip (tension Strap). This Velcro strip can also be adjusted further by moving it between two stud fasteners on the sleeve so the sleeve can be accommodated on different types and sizes of flash-heads. (I use Nikon SB900s but also attached it to a smaller Canon 430EX.)

The honeycombs and bezel mount are moulded from strong plastic.

Together the components give every appearance that these are the gold standard of honeycomb grid systems and will stand up to years of heavy usage. (The system attached to a flash also looks `professional' and not Heath Robinsonish.)

The 3 in 1 design is clever and straightforward to use. There are two circular precision moulded plastic honeycomb grids, each of a different thickness. These are pushed into a circular collar - or bezel - that is then inserted onto the sleeve attached to the flashlight. Once inserted they and the sleeve look and feel secure; the more so on larger flashes.

The sleeve is pushed into a groove surrounding the top of the bezel to prevent light 'leakage' and keep the bezel in place. (If you want additional security reach for the gaffer tape.)

One honeycomb grid produces a 45 degree spread of light. The other a 25 degree spread of light. (Both grids are clearly both marked on the sides; the thinner is 45 degrees, the thicker 25 degrees.)

Stack both grids together in the bezel (there are alignment ridges on the bezle that line up with grooves on the honeycombs to ensue everything lines up perfectly) and they produce a smaller 16 degree spread of light ~ a little like a spotlight. (I've posted a studio portrait example above.)

In effect the 2 honeycombs act together as a snoot to focus light- this means you can use a wide spread of light for a group and a smaller spread of light on an individual ~ or to light just a part of a scene. Combine this with altering the power of your flash (and distance to subject) and it gives enormous flexibility in lighting effects.

It's worth noting that because the honeycombs are circular they produce a circular spread of light ~ and its fall~off. (Rectangular shaped honeycombs produce a rectangular shaped light). For those that like more of a circular spot-light effect this is ideal. If you want yet more control of the light then masking part of the honeycomb would produce small spreads of light.

The grids and the bezel (grids inside the bezel) can be stored together with the sleeve inside a pouch the size of a small lens case ~ also made of high quality nylon with an elasticated drawstring that can be tightened using one of two toggles at the sides. When inside the pouch it does feel that you could throw the Rogue grids inside an equipment case or back of a car without too much concern about damaging it. It is built to last.

The Rogue 3 in 1 Honeycomb Grid is more expensive than other grids on Amazon or elsewhere; but is very robustly made and you can be confident that it will stay attached to a flash even when it's pointing downwards (i.e. for a hair light) and looks and feels as if it will last for many years and could take quite a lots of knocks in its stride, even if used every day.

With this Rogue 3 in 1 Honeycomb Grid system you also get a free sample of a coloured gel that can fit over the head to vary the colour of the light. An extensive range of gels is also available for these grids, those that need to vary colours of light. (Supplier details are given in the booklet that comes with the honeycombs.)

My order via Amazon resulted in delivery the next day.

I have no hesitation recommending this product or awarding five stars.
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