Great strobes, continuous
lights and modifiers for
studios large and small.
PRODUCT ROUNDUP BY GREG SCOBLETE
Bowens Generation X
These studio strobes are no slackers. They include the
battery-powered XMT and the AC-powered XMS strobes.
The XMS flash systems are available in 500, 750 and 1000
W/s models and are fully controllable via the XMSR 2. 4 Ghz
radio control and trigger (sold separately for $290). They
feature Bowens’ Sync Offset functionality for syncing with
cameras at shutters speeds as fast as 1/8000 sec.
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Broncolor Scoro 1600E
The Scoro E pack is packed with a surprise: a built-in Wi-Fi
module, allowing you to control the unit from your desktop
(Mac or Windows). You can store four customized light settings on your computer
for easy recall. As you may have guessed, the 1600E delivers 1600 W/s of power
output through two independently adjustable lamps. It employs Broncolor’s ECTC
technology to stabilize color temperature over the flash power range. You can
adjust power over a seven-stop span in either 1/10th or full-stop increments. The
flash recycles in a speedy .06-1.0 sec. depending on the power setting with flash
durations as short as 1/10,000 sec. (measured at t.01).
The A6 is a 600 W/s strobe that runs off of AC power. You’ll
enjoy 1.3-second recycling times at full power and flash
durations (0.5t) of 1/500 sec. at max power. High Speed
Sync (HSS) is supported for Canon or Nikon cameras (using
optional triggers). You’ll be able to adjust power over
seven stops in 1/10th-stop increments. A stroboscopic
mode has three presets for shooting 5, 10 or 15 flashes
per second. There’s a 300W halogen modeling lamp
and a Bowens S-mount for adding modifiers.
Interfit Photographic’s S1 is a 500 W/s strobe that supports HSS and TTL for Canon,
Sony and Nikon cameras. The S1’s interchangeable lithium-ion battery is good for
up to 350 full-power flashes in either manual or TTL modes and up to 400 full-power
flashes when shooting in HSS mode. Unlike many rival battery-powered strobes,
the S1 can also be run off of AC power thanks to the included multi-voltage AC
adapter. The flash works with an optional remote
for Canon and Nikon cameras ($100) to enable
TTL metering. Recent firmware updates have
given the S1 greater power control with a
newly expanded nine-stop adjustment range,
up from the original seven.