Strobes and Monolights
When you are ready to move beyond the relatively low power of hotshoe flash, take a good look at the wide range of strobes and monolights in this section. Some operate on AC power only. Some operate on battery packs. Depending upon your needs and your budget, a larger light might cost about the same as a hotshoe flash or it might cost several thousands of dollars. The key, of course, is to balance your needs with your resources.
Impact LiteTrek and Battery Pack Kit
The Impact LiteTrek is a 400 watt/second strobe that is powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery pack. The power is adjustable over seven stops from 1/1 down to 1/64. An economical combination is the Impact 24″ x 32″ softbox. You will need the Impact Reflector Adapter to connect the LiteTrek to the included speedring.
Einstein E640 Monolight
The Einstein E640 is a full-featured 640 watt/second monolight from Paul C. Buff Inc. It has a 9-stop power range from 1/1 all the way down to 1/256. The system is ala carte—meaning that you order everything individually; reflectors, grids, softboxes, etc. The Einstein runs on AC power. There is a lithium-ion battery that can be used to power a pair of Einsteins in the field.
Elinchrom D-Lite Monolight
Elinchrom D-Lites are well-built, value-priced monolights that offer 5-stops of control from 1/1 down to 1/16 in 1/10 stop increments. Requires the purchase of a reflector (which is shown in the photo). Available in ready-to-shoot kits with stands and umbrellas or softboxes.
Profoto D1 Air Monolight
Profoto is recognized worldwide for the quality of their gear. The D1 Air monolights provide an opportunity to get started with Profoto lights and modifiers in an expandable, modular system. Fully compatible with Profoto’s extensive range of softboxes, beauty dishes, grids, and other modifiers.
Elinchrom Quadra Ranger
The popular Elinchrom Ranger Quadra is a miniature version of the rugged Ranger battery-operated strobe. The Quadra delivers up to 400 W/s, over a 6+ stop range, yet weighs less than four pounds for the battery pack and flash head. For super short flash durations (down to 1/6000″) order the kit with the A head. Due to the compact size of the Quadra’s flashhead, you will need an adapter to connect it to larger modifiers. The Lastolite adapter will allow you to connect the Quadra to the back to the Impact QuikBox or the Lastolite Ezybox. The Elinchrom Reflector Adaptor will allow you to use the Quadra with Elinchrom metal reflectors and softboxes.
Elinchrom Ranger RX Battery-Operated Strobe
The rugged Ranger RX system is a full-sized, battery-operated strobe that provides up to 1100 watt/seconds of power. The power adjusts over a 8.5-stops range from 1100Ws down to 5.5Ws in .1-stop increments that can be controlled precisely on the digital display. For ultra-short flash duration, order a kit with the A head. Fully compatible with Elinchrom softboxes, beauty dish, grids, and other modifiers.
Profoto Acute B2 600 AirS Power Pack + Pro-B Head Plus
Thi si the new version of Profoto’s 600Ws portable flash system. Now comes with a Lithium Ion Iron Phosphate battery (LiFe) that brings the weight to under 9 pounds and still provides 200 full-power flashes. Power can be adjusted over 7-stops from 600Ws down to9 Ws. The AirS radio sync operates up to 1000′ away. Flash duration is 1/6800 to 1/1000 sec. Fully compatible with Profoto’s extensive range of softboxes, beauty dishes, grids, and other modifiers.
Profoto Pro-B3 1200 AirS Power Pack + Pro Flash Head
This is the 1200 watt/second power pack that has been field-proven on location shoots around the globe. It battery provides up to 300 full-power flashes. When less power is needed, it can be dialed down in 1/6-stop increments from 1200 Ws to 9 Ws (8-stop range). Two outlets will split the power symmetrically or asymmetrically with a 2:1 ratio. Built-in AirS radio sync receiver operates up to 1000′ away. Flash duration ranges from 1/7400 to 1/2200 sec. Fully compatible with Profoto’s extensive range of softboxes, beauty dishes, grids, and other modifiers.
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