Intoduction: The Profoto D4 Air

Introduction Profoto’s D-line of packs and mono heads sits in the middle of the company’s line up of studio strobe lighting, a bit less lofty than the company’s Pro line and more expensive and far more sophisticated than Profoto’s entry-level set of Acute packs.  “D” might well stand for “Digital” with D1 monoheads and D4 packs.  All use tenth-stop digital fine tuning and wide-ranging power.  “Air” equipped heads... Read More

Introduction: The Speedotron 1005 Strobe Pack

Introduction Speedotron, the Chicago-based American maker of tank-like studio lighting products, does not often roll out a new product.  For the faithful Speedo-users of the world, it’s an exciting occurrence, then, when a product is updated with new features.  What we have here, in the Speedotron 1005, is the company’s newest product and one that offers some welcome updates to Speedotron’s classic line of studio strobes. It is a compact box, smaller than... Read More

Introduction: The Broncolor Senso A2

Introduction Broncolor, Swiss maker of fine lighting equipment, holds a long-established seat in the elite ranks of the industry’s finest.  Among the finest and also the priciest, Bron packs are known for scientific accuracy and a degree of control to satisfy the most laser-eyed among us.  Ranged around the Broncolor standard are several high end industry heavy weights from the inescapable line of giant Para reflectors to the mighty Scoro strobe packs. While other companies... Read More

Field Test: The Profoto Acute2 Ring Flash

Introduction: Ring flashes, in their various forms, are a unique way to illuminate a subject and perhaps none more frequently represents the strange breed than the Profoto Acute 2 Ring Flash.  It’s a big, sturdy donut of a light, designed to surround a camera lens, throwing intense and even light on a subject, seemingly from the lens itself.  Ring lighting creates unique effects with shadows and highlights and has been used to great effect by a range of photographers. ... Read More

Introduction: The Profoto Acute 2R 1200

Introduction The first thing a photographer is likely to notice about the Profoto Acute 2R 1200 pack is its tiny size.  This is a little pack, especially for one with 1200 W/s, 6 stops of adjustment range, and the ability — according to my informal tests — to fire consistently at up to 11 frames per second (at its lowest power setting).  It feels beefy, very well constructed, nicely labeled, and has a cute rubber antenna for its built-in Pocket Wizard radio remote receiver. A... Read More