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 Profoto Air Remote

  Introduction The Profoto Air Remote transceiver can be purchased from Samy’s Camera here. In recent years, the single aspect of strobe lighting to advance most noticeably has been control.  Strobe packs like the Broncolor Senso (reviewed here) and the Profoto D4 now offer precise digital control of flash power in compact, go-anywhere boxes.  With wide-ranging power and asymmetry, advanced packs like theses have practically done away with ND filtering and separate... Read More

Review: The Broncolor Litos Strobe Head

Introduction Infrequently in professional photography are the serious tools of our trade to be called “cute”.  In the world of sand bags, grip heads, gaff tape, and C-stands, there is little room for snuggly little objects designed for smiles.  This newest flash in the mighty Broncolor family is capable, practical, and tough.  But, people might say, it is also “cute”. If we look past cuteness, though, the Broncolor Litos is an exciting new product from... Read More

What’s Up With “Flash Duration”?

Flash Duration? A topic of great discussion around the studio lately has been flash duration.  What is it exactly and what’s all the hype?  Two things have become clear – it can’t be had without compromise, and there are a lot of terms on the chalk board. In simple terms, studio strobes function by filling slowly with a bucket of electricity and pouring it quickly out through flash tubes.  The blink we see is one quick splash of light, but the reality is... 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 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