K5600’s Joker 1600
There’s no clowning around with one of K5600’s three
portable, big gun lighting variations for the Joker 1600.
First, there’s The Bug, the company’s core, bare-bulb
flash head that’s comparable to over 6,000 watts of
quartz fixture output, creates even distribution and
eliminates hot spots. Next, add a fixture: The Beamer
includes an 8-inch specular reflector and a set of four
traditional PAR 64 lenses that provide varying light pat-
terns; the ZOOM Beamer is lens-less and focusable,
giving 15 to 65 degrees of even light output. Purchase
a kit or just The Bug, and add your own accessories.
Prices start at $6,200; kits are $9,500 depending
PocketBox by Westcott
Want to light and learn all in one package? Westcott’s PocketBox flash system not only
includes three modifiers and a compact carrying case, but also an educational DVD by pro-shooter Erin Manning. Manning takes viewers on multiple photo shoots, explaining the ins
and outs of on-camera and off-camera flash. As for the modifiers, each kit will include the
Round PocketBox ( 8. 5 inches wide, and perfect for getting round, catch lights in subjects’
eyes); the Square PocketBox ( 6 x 7 inches, and ideal for fill light while still maintaining compact diffusion); and the Rectangular PocketBox (the largest at 8x 12 inches, and made for
shooting portrait and couples).
Also demonstrated at WPPI 2012 was a prototype of
the upcoming GL-1, or Gunlight. With an outward ap-
pearance of what Rettie describes as “a large electric
drill,” the Gunlight is used for painting light over a small
area and then allowing the light pattern to change size.
Full details are not available yet, but a description from
the manufacturer states that the Gunlight provides “a
constant, dimmable, focusable light source with no
wires attache. . .moving freely around a location with-
out worrying about big umbrellas or wires.” There’s a
10-percent-off pre-order discount for this tool that will
soon become available online.
Price rumored to be less than $800 at press time.
Rotolight available through RTS Photo
Previously available in Britain, Rotolight is just now buy-
able in the U.S. through RTS Inc. What looks like a mini
LED ringlight, Rotolight can be placed on a camera and
even around a hot shoe mounted mic. It includes a set
of gels for changing the color and white balance, and
as the manufacturer states, it delivers “naturally warm,
‘shadowless’ light,” and “studio accurate 6900K, day-
light 5600K, 4100K and tungsten 3200K light fast.”