Lighting Equipment

Object of Desire: Priolite Ultra

November 4, 2016

By Greg Scoblete

This 500 w/s strobe supports High Speed Sync (HSS) shooting at any power output from 9 w/s to 500 W/s at up to 1/8000 sec. shutter speeds using the company’s Hot Sync technology. It’s syncing abilities are complemented by its portability—it’s a battery-powered strobe that can deliver up to 220 full power flashes on a single charge. The removable battery can be recharged inside the strobe using the included AC adapter. It has a built-in 2.4GHz wireless receiver that’s compatible with Canon, Nikon, Sony and Pentax cameras with support for up to 36 lights in four groups. You’ll need the optional $273 Hot Sync Remote for triggering. The Ultra’s power is adjustable in increments of 1/10th of a stop and the flash has a recycling time of 2.5 seconds at full power. You’ll find an LED modeling light that’s equivalent to an 80 W halogen bulb. The Ultra is also incredibly compact at just 8 inches—though what you lose in length you gain in weight, as the Ultra is a hefty 11 pounds. It boasts an all-metal build and a modifier mount that accepts Priolite, Hensel and Bowens S mount modifiers. An adapter is available for Elinchrom and Profoto modifiers as well. 

PRICE: $1,399