Adorama has their own line of private label photographic equipment under various brand names, you might recognize the brand Flashpoint and that is one of those brands. I mentioned in an earlier post I have decided to embrace Elinchrom Monolights and Elinchrom’s Skyport technology. This didn’t mean I would remain exclusive to Elinchrom, far from it. I have an immediate need for a 3rd strobe to operate as a slave to my Elinchrom’s, of course I could have used one of my Nikon speedlights but what fun would that be. I decided it would be far more interesting to order the highly rated Flashpoint Studio 400 Monolight for $139.00 from Amazon. My plan is to use the D-Lite RX ONE and D-Lite RX 4 on the human subjects and the Flashpoint Studio 400 Monolight on the backdrop. So let’s see what this inexpensive 400 watts/second studio strobe can do.
Flashpoint Studio 400 Monolight with Built-in R2 2.4GHz Radio Remote System – Bowens Mount (SK400II)
Download: Flashpoint Studio 400 Monolight Manual
The new Flashpoint Studio 400 R2 is a 400 watt second monolight, designed to be compact AC studio members of the R2 Family of wireless radio controlled flashes. The small units deliver GN 213ft / 65m, with standard Bowens reflectors and modifiers. Add the pro quartz modeling light feature and the picture is complete. The incredible amount of power and control in these compact and lightweight flashes, make this design a first choice of all photographers with an eye for flexible multiple light set up in a studio or home environment. You can use many of them on household circuits without blowing fuses. And the same R2 Wireless Remotes that command the Flashpoint XPLOR600, Streaklights, Zooms, eVOLV200, Rapid and Mini’s, work in total harmony with the Studio Series to bring the same R2 ease of control to the studio based world of photography. The Studio 400 R2 has a max recycle times of 2.0 seconds and reliability that only AC can guarantee.
And in this impressive Studio 400 model, the professional specs don’t end with power and speed. Exacting digital details with a full menu of Power, Sync, Channel, and Group is clearly displayed on the rear graphical LCD panel. The onboard Manual controls are in a Tenth (0.1) of a stop increments and, depending on the remote transmitter linked to the flash, at Tenth’s with the companion R2T32C controller, or 1/3 stop, with R2T camera remotes. Throughout the 4 stop range, color and flash duration is spot on. The incorporated R2 radio links to transmitter signal up to over a 100m/328ft range with 32 channels and up to 16 individual groups. Of course, you can simply fire connected to the standard PC port. AC power means there is no limit on modeling lamp use, with an adjustable 5-100% bright 150w quartz lamp. Both the replaceable flashtube and model bulb are surrounded by the industry standard Bowens S-Type 60 degree high efficiency reflector.
Small, lightweight, yet tough and durable, the Studio 400 R2 radio enabled champhas advanced functions you would expect from the highest class of strobe technology. The expanded capabilities of the R2 remote modes assures that a R2 remote signal can coincide with a Manual command to a non-TTL device such as this Studio 400.
This little Flashpoint Studio 400 R2 master flash ‘squares the circle’ of R2 dominance with absolute studio and location solutions from commercial studios to sporting event, evocative portraiture to non-stop parties, coy candid’s to boisterous candidates, the R2 Family has got you covered and ready for action!
Flashpoint, innovators at the cutting edge of studio and location lighting with a wide selection of flash solutions addressing every lighting challenge, now offer light supremacy even further, with the Flashpoint Studio 400 R2 Monolight joining “The Family”. R2, the new proven standard in wireless fl ash,now welcomes one more distinct platforms for excellence in fantastic lighting, joining with the Studio Series to crown the eVOLV200, XPLOR, STREAKLIGHT, ZOOM, and R2 Transmitters.
The R2 Experience:
The Family designed to suit the wishes every type of photographer, from aspiring amateurs to demanding photographers and every shooter in between.
One Remote to Rule Them All.
The R2 TTL Wireless Flash System is the advanced 2.4GHz radio remote that adds camera TTL dedicated custom functions to your multi flash experience. Easy to use buttons command a full range of functions like reliable channel triggering, group mode selectivity, HSS, all with powerful signal strength and exceptional stability to your selected camera flash language. LED panels clearly display the status of all remotely linked R2 compliant strobes so you always have control of group lighting mastery. R2 wireless communication gives speed of light response to on camera or off camera R2 Family devices for a spectacular advantage on the shoot in any environment.
The proprietary TTL and HSS enabled 2.4GHz R2 Radio Remote System transmits atopa modern DSLR body with reliable TTL and pass-through to speedlights, plus laser AF assist. R2 transmitters work with the complete family of Flashpoint Zoom Speedlights, XPLOR600 Monolights and Streaklight Strobes with R2 TTL radio transceivers built right in. Add a R2 receiver to any legacy flash with a sync port and it too becomes part of the R2 Family! The incredible range of these compact and lightweight units as well as their integrated functions and features make them the first choice of professional photographers.
All the R2 Family enabled gear communicates seamlessly: the Lithium powered Zoom Li-on Canon, Nikon and Sony TTL speedlights, the Zoom AA alkaline powered speedlight, the fantastic Streaklight 360 Canon and Nikon TTL powerhouses, the multihead eVOLV200 and portable 600ws XPLOR600 series monolights, and the blazing fast Rapid 600. Other strobes can be fired and controlled off camera while being attached to the R2 Radio Remote Receiver to remote link to earlier models.
Flashpoint Studio R2 Features
- Compact and lightweight body with Bowens mount to add almost any studio light shapers
- Outstanding output stability, no more than 2% shifts when under the same output
- 150W modeling lamp adjusts in 5% to 100% power levels
- Built-in Flashpoint R2 2.4GHz Radio Remote System
- Precise output displayed on LCD panel, 40 steps from 1/16 to 1/1 (or 6.0 to 10.0)
- Use optional R2 trigger to control the flash power ratio, modeling lamp and buzzer, as well as flash triggering
- Anti-preflash function enables synchronization with cameras that have a one preflash firing system
- Auto memory and recovery of adjusted panel settings
Flashpoint Studio R2 Specifications
- Model: Studio 400 R2
- Max Power (Ws): 400Ws
- Guide Number(m ISO 100): 65
- Color Temperature: 5600±200k
- Operating Voltage: 110V
- Power Output Control: 6.0~10.0(1/16~1/1)
- Modeling Lamp (W): 150W
- Modeling Lamp Level: 5%~100%
- Recycle Time: 0.4~2s
- Triggering Method: Sync cord, Test button, Slave triggering, Wireless control port
- Flash Duration: 1/2000~1/800s
- Fuse: 5A
- Dimensions: Flash diameter 5.0″ (12.7cm) height of flash with handle 9.1″ (23.2cm) length of flash with lamp cover 15″ 38cm) Reflector Diameter 6.25″
- Net Weight: 4.6 lbs (2.1kg)
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