Elinchrom ELB 400
The workhorse ELB 400 battery pack delivers
424 w/s of flash power for up to 350 full-powered flashes on a single battery charge.
There are two asymmetric power outlets and
flash output is adjustable across a 6.9-stop
range in 1/10-5/10-stop increments. Recycle
times clock in between 0. 3-1. 6 seconds at full
power in the unit’s fast mode. Recycle speeds
ramp up to 0.17 seconds at lower power.
There are three different heads available for
the system. A Pro head offers flash durations
(measured at 0.5) of 1/1,200 sec. at full power
and 1/3,000 sec. at lower power settings. The
Action head prioritizes speed with full-power
flash durations clocking in at 1/2,800 sec. and
low-power speeds up to 1/5,700 sec. Finally,
the new HS head has the slowest full power
flash duration at 1/550 sec. but supports
Elinchrom’s new Hi-Sync technology, which
lets you overpower the sun and shoot at wide
open apertures with faster shutter speeds.
You’ll need Elinchrom’s Skyport HS transmitter
if you opt for the Quadra HS head.
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Ice Light 2
The Ice Light 2 is 50 percent
brighter than the original with
a total output of 1,740 lumens
of daylight-balanced light.
This is a high-quality LED with
a CRI value of 96. While it was
launched a little over a year
ago, Westcott has just now
released an app that lets you
control the Ice Light 2 remotely over Bluetooth (in fact, you can control up to ten of them from
a single phone). The second-gen Ice Light is dimmable in 18 steps, sports a digital display and
a removable battery that’s good for about 1 hour-plus of continuous use. The battery itself
recharges in 2 hours and you can also operate the Ice Light when connected directly to an AC
outlet. It’s compatible with all of the original Ice Light’s accessories such as barn doors and
tungsten gels, features a standard ¼- 20 socket and weighs under 2 pounds.
Chimera Octa Beauty
Despite their reputation in the portrait market, beauty dishes don’t always make it on a road trip due
to their size and fragility. Chimera’s Octa Beauty Dish is a 24-inch collapsible modifier that folds up
quickly. Its center bounce disk can be removed if you want a bare bulb effect, and it includes a front
diffuser. You can attach the Octa Beauty to your flash, including on-camera flashes, with OctaPlus or
Versi Octa speed rings (sold separately).
The LYKOS promises high-quality illumination in a
compact package thanks to its
surface-mounted LED design.
You’ll enjoy illumination up to
1,500 Lux at 1 meter (daylight)
with a CRI value of ≥ 93. The
LED panel uses a lens design
to improve color accuracy and offers a selectable color temperature of 3,000K or 5,600K. On
the rear of the LYKOS is a color display that provides access to key settings such as dimming
levels, remaining battery life and color temperature. You’ll be able to dim the LYKOS from
0-100 percent brightness manually or via Bluetooth wireless control from an iPhone if you
spring for the $100 Bluetooth dongle.