Battery-powered monolights are all the rage these days. Flashpoint’s XPLOR 600 is an inexpensive way to get in on the fun of cutting the power cord. This 600 w/s flash has an interchangeable lithium ion battery good for up to 450 full-power flashes. Extra batteries will set you back $150. To save some juice, the flash will automatically power down after being idle for one hour. Power is adjustable over a nine-stop range, from 1/256 to full power in 1/3 stop increments. Recycle speeds clock in between .01 and 2.5 seconds, depending on the power setting. You’ll enjoy flash durations from 1/220 sec. at full power down to 1/10,000 sec. at the lowest power setting. A 32-channel R2 2.4GHz radio receiver is built in for triggering, high speed sync and TTL metering with both Canon and Nikon cameras. The flash can also be triggered via a sync cable or optically. It has a stroboscopic mode and supports flash exposure compensation (FEC) and first or second curtain sync. It has an adjustable 10W LED modeling light and is firmware upgradeable via a micro USB port. The XPLOR 600 accepts Bowens S-mount light modifiers.
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