Get creative with the versatile Hard Reflectors

The name “hard reflectors” reveals two important characteristics of these light shaping tools. As the name suggests, the reflectors themselves are hard – coated in high-quality metal and extremely durable. Secondly, they tend to create a harder light with a more distinct fall off than, for instance, a softbox or an umbrella.

Creatively they help you alter the contrast and the mood of your images by creating a number of lighting effects from direct, focused light with a distinct fall-off to a wider more even light spread across the image area. Their versatility makes them an essential light modifier.

  • Versatile light
    Zoom
  • Versatile light on location
    OCF Zoom
  • Maximum light
    Magnum
  • Maximum light on location
    OCF Magnum
  • Directed even light
    TeleZoom
  • Wide even light
    WideZoom
  • Zoom Reflector
    Versatile light

    The Zoom Reflector with its renowned zoom function has been a firm favorite of photographers all over the world for more than four decades.

    Recommended for: Main light, Background light, Accent light and Rim light when used with grid
    Popular applications: Portrait, Sports and action, Still life

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  • OCF Zoom Reflector
    Versatile light on location

    The OCF Zoom Reflector is dedicated to our flat fronted lights and if you’re shooting on location it’s a great option to the standard Zoom Reflector. It offers a wide zoom range and takes up minimum space if your bag.

    Recommended for: Main light, Background light, Simulating sunlight
    Popular applications: Portrait, Sports and action on location

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  • Magnum Reflector
    Maximum light

    The Magnum Reflector increases light output by one f-stop compared to the standard Zoom Reflector while maintaining a flooded light. As a result, the Magnum is a natural choice when you want smooth and even light with maximum output.

    Recommended for: Main light, Background light, Simulating sunlight
    Popular applications: Portrait, Sports and action

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  • OCF Magnum Reflector
    Maximum light on location

    The OCF Magnum Reflector is dedicated to our flat fronted lights and if you’re shooting on location it’s a great option to the standard Magnum Reflector. It offers lots of punch and also a significant zoom range without taking up more space than a Profoto Zoom Reflector.

    Recommended for: Main light, Background light, Simulating sunlight
    Popular applications: Portrait, Sports and action on location

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  • TeleZoom Reflector
    Directed even light

    While it shares its basic characteristics with the Zoom Reflector, the TeleZoom Reflector has a deeper shape that creates a more directed and even light with a distinct fall-off. This has made the TeleZoom a fixture among photographers who want to work with deep light or throw light evenly over large distances.

    Recommended for: Throwing light over long distances
    Popular applications: Portrait, Sports and action

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  • WideZoom Reflector
    Wide even light

    The WideZoom Reflector has many similarities to the popular Magnum Reflector, but it creates a wider and more strikingly even light spread. These unique features have made the WideZoom a go-to reflector among fashion photographers in need of a crisp, brilliant main light or perfectly even background illumination.

    Recommended for: Main light, Background light
    Popular applications: Portrait

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Shape and “zoom” light

Experience Profoto Zoom

All of the Hard Reflectors feature Profoto’s unique zoom function. This means that you can shape or “zoom” the light by simply sliding your Hard Reflector back and forth on the head. That way you can easily create a variety of light effects without changing reflector or the position of the light.

On each reflector there is a visual indication of the light spread in different numbered positions. The numbers match a scale of white numbers on the side of most Profoto lights and can be used both as guidance and a help to remember your favorite zoom position for each reflector.

Guide

Help me choose

Our short guide below can help you find the right hard reflector for your needs.

Guide

Want a harder, punchy light?

For a harder light with lots of contrast a Magnum Reflector could be the best choice. The high reflective silver surface of the Magnum Reflector gives you a punchy light with maximum light output. If you use Profoto flat fronted lights we recommend the more portable OCF Magnum that gives a similar effect.

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Want an even wide light with nice spill off?

The WideZoom Reflector gives a wide and strikingly even light spread. That’s why it’s often used for background illumination. The versatile Zoom Reflector is also a great choice to achieve similar results. If you use Profoto flat fronted lights the small and portable OCF Zoom is a go-to option.

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Want a focused and directed light?

Because of the physical depth of the TeleZoom Reflector, not only does it give you a deep directed light, but it can also light evenly over long distances. If you are using a ProHead the NarrowBeam Reflector is ideal for long-distance applications with hardly any appreciable loss of light – if you want a spotlight on your subject, for example.

Add ons

Accessorize your Hard Reflector

What many of our hard reflectors have in common, apart from the fact that they create a strikingly beautiful light, is that you can easily attach accessories to their fronts, which allows you to shape the light with even more precision. Some accessories direct the light while others diffuse it.

Grids

Grids are straightforward accessories when you want increased control of the light spread or create a more focused light. Use grids to shape your key light, create background effects in portraits, or accentuate the highlights in still life photography – you’ll find so many creative ways to use them.

Grid 180 mm

5°/10°/20° grids for the Zoom Reflector or Grid and Gel Holder

Grid 280 mm

Grid for the WideZoom Reflector

Grid 337 mm

Grid for the Magnum, TeleZoom and NarrowBeam Reflectors
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Barndoors and other

Barndoors are perfect for flagging off light and shaping the light spread without changing the light characteristics. Each set of Barndoors has four doors. This allows you to create an asymmetric light spread. For instance, you may want a sharp fall-off on one side and a soft, gradient fall-off on the other. The ProTube and Snoot are other helpful light modifiers.

Barndoor for Zoom Reflector

Used to control and flag off light from the Zoom Reflector

Barndoor 337 mm

A barndoor for the Magnum, TeleZoom and NarrowBeam Reflectors

Snoot for Zoom Reflector

A snoot used with the standard Zoom Reflector
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The Light Shaper Spice up your lighting

Spice up your lighting

Andrea Belluso shows how to use the WideZoom Reflector in a creative, out-of-the-box way
The Light Shaper Hard, punchy light at the boxing club

Hard, punchy light at the boxing club

Andrea Belluso shows how to create a hard and punchy light with the Magnum Reflector
Go behind the scenes Power in all the right places

Power in all the right places

Tim Kemple uses the powerful B1X and the OCF Hard Reflectors to capture a series of stunning images on the island of Mallorca

The B2 and the OCF Beauty Dish is very easy to take on location and super easy to mount and dismount. I just love it when my life gets easier.

Sandra Åberg, photographer