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A great little strobe
on January 11, 2012
This is a fun little strobe. I initially planned on using it strictly as a background light in addition to my main studio strobes but I have found it also serves well as a no frills, cheap, lightweight key/main light. It would make a cheap entry for someone getting into off camera lighting. It just plugs into the wall so you don't have to worry about charging/changing any batteries.
To use this effectively you will need a camera with a manual mode that allows you to set aperture and shutter speed. To trigger the flash you can either use your camera's flash or the included sync cord assuming your camera will accept a standard flash sync plug. I took some test shots with a Canon 5D mkII using the included 10 foot sync cord. I found that a shutter speed of 1/200th worked well. Any higher than that and you will start to see part of the picture fade to black because the shutter and flash become out of sync. There is no power adjustment so if you do use this as a main light you will need to control the exposure by changing your aperture, ISO, or distance between the strobe and your subject. I have a light meter but I have found it is just as quick to guess the exposure and take some test shots. There is a hole/screw to insert and secure an umbrella but the stand base is too small to support an umbrella without tipping over. You can fix this by either weighing down the legs or using a larger stand. The adapter/socket can be attached to any light stand with a standard mount.
I have only done a few test shots so I can't comment yet on the strobe's longevity/output power with continued use.