Impact Crushed Muslin Background (Grey Mist) Review

About a year ago, I reviewed an Impact background (Impact reversible muslin background). Out of curiosity, I decided to grab another one. This time instead of one that was reversible, I chose the Impact Crushed Muslin Background in Grey Mist. What’s the difference you might ask? Let’s just see…

Impact Crushed Muslin Background

NIKON D800 + 85mm f/1.4 @ 85mm, ISO 200, 1/200, f/5.6

1) Product Specifications

– Suitable for Video / Still Photography
– 100% High-Quality Cotton Material
– Helps Absorb Light/Minimizes Reflections
– Seamless / One-Piece Fabric
– Five Eyelets on Top for Hanging
– 4″ Rod Pocket
– Includes Carry Bag
– Machine Washable
– Size: 10’x12’ (3.0×3.7 m)

2) Packaging and Field Use

Honestly, this muslin is very similar to the Impact reversible muslin I’ve already reviewed. So that I don’t repeat myself, please read that review, but note the following differences:

– This muslin is not reversible.
– The “crushed” aspect is not much different from the reversible muslin, at least not as far as texture goes. The only real difference I noticed was that there was more color variation than in the reversible.

3) Samples

I started out my testing using natural light so that my subject and background had the same exposure. The following three images were taken with my 85mm at f/1.4, f/2.8 and f/4.0 respectively:

Impact Crushed Muslin Background

NIKON D800 + 85mm f/1.4 @ 85mm, ISO 400, 1/400, f/1.4

Impact Crushed Muslin Background

NIKON D800 + 85mm f/1.4 @ 85mm, ISO 400, 1/100, f/2.8

Impact Crushed Muslin Background

NIKON D800 + 85mm f/1.4 @ 85mm, ISO 800, 1/100, f/4.0

I also lit my subject, allowing me to underexpose the background. This image was taken at f/2.8:

Impact Crushed Muslin Background

NIKON D800 + 85mm f/1.4 @ 85mm, ISO 400, 1/250, f/2.8

4) Summary

If I’m going to compare the Impact Crushed Muslin to the Impact Reversible Muslin Background, there are really only two major differences that stand out to me. The crushed background has more color variation, which is a look that I prefer. On the other hand, having a reversible background can be very convenient if you want to get two different looks with minimal effort. If I could only grab one to use on a regular basis, I’d take the crushed muslin.

5) Pricing and Where to Buy

The Impact Crushed Muslin Background is priced at $69.95 (as of 6/20/2014) and is available at B&H Photo Video.

Impact Crushed Muslin Background (Grey Mist)
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  1. 1) Patrick O'Connor
    June 23, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Have you tried using gels to light the muslin different colors? I like the two variations but wonder if you could stretch that $70 out a little more.

    • June 24, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      Patrick, gels on flat color muslin (like pure white or black) works great, but the colored texture is not suited for gels…

    • June 25, 2014 at 9:26 am

      I didn’t try it, but as Nasim said, I think the existing color variation on the muslin would look strange with a colored gel. BUT, the next time I have it out I’ll give it a try just to see how it works!

      • 1.2.1) Patrick O'Connor
        June 25, 2014 at 9:43 am

        Thanks Nasim and John.

  2. 2) andrew s
    June 23, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Also curious about lighting with gels. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work, I’ve lit my black backdrop but I’m in for answers.

    • June 24, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      Andrew, please see above – colored muslin backgrounds don’t work too well with color gels.

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