Would a honeycomb fitted to a modern head start to achieve the same results. I understand, unlike a fresnel, this could not have a focus pull but it would give a directional beam. I could soften the edge with 1 or 2 layers of trace? any feed back would help (what size of honeycomb, how powerful etc) WDYT.
The most commonly used honeycomb grid is one of 60 degrees. That would focus your light but the difference to the fresnel is that it is more harsh. I suppose you could try to soften the light with your suggestion; it's unchartered territories for me. I've not tried softening a grid or snooted light before because I've used it for quite the opposite effect to create some harsh highlights. Do let me know how it goes.