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Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV)

B&H # PH1250UV Mfr # 915755
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You Pay: $495.00
Product Highlights
  • 6 Stop Power Range
  • 120V
  • Fast Recycling: 1.5 Sec. @ Full Power
  • Proportional Modeling Light
  • Photocell Slave
  • UV Color Corrected Flash Tube
  • Flash Duration 1/1,300 Sec.@ Max. Power
  • Fan Cooled
  • Slider Power Control
  • Includes 7.5" Reflector

The Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV) offers speed, power and control, a wide choice of accessories and intuitive operation backed by impressive specs at a very reasonable price.

What good is a light if it keeps you in the dark? The 500W/s keeps you fully informed of your power levels via its simple, straightforward slider control that allows stepless power adjustments across 6 stops. The bright 250W modeling light can be set to Proportional to let you previsualize your final shot when using multiple lights. Other settings include Full On, OFF and manual control of the modeling light output.

The PL1250 recycles to full power in a lightning-fast 1.5 seconds with short flash durations that help you stop every gesture, an attribute which is extremely valuable when working with kinetic subjects like dancers or athletes. The UV color corrected flash tube ensures clean whites and flattering skin tones.

Convenience features include a test button, optical slave and integral handle. The PL1250 comes with a 7.5" reflector and is compatible with a wide range of optional accessories including grids, snoots, parabolic reflectors, softboxes and umbrellas.

Six Stop Power Range
Power settings are steplessly adjustable across 6 stops via a simple slider control.
Fast Recycling
The PL1250DR recycles to full power in only 1.5 seconds to catch even the most fleeting gestures
Modeling Light
The PL1250's bright 250W quartz modeling lamp is independently adjustable from full to 1/32 power. Settings include Proportional, to previsualize lighting effects, Manual adjustment or Full On or Off
UV Color Corrected Flash Tube
The UV flash tube prevents blue hues from creeping into the color balance resulting in the accurate rendition of white fabrics such as wedding gowns and flattering skin tones
Low Trigger Voltage
Digital cameras can be used with Photogenic PowerLights without fear of damage to the camera's electronics
Built-In Slave
This version of the PL1250 has a built-in, highly sensitive, switchable optical slave for synchronization with other flashes
User Replaceable Flashtube
No tools are required to replace this "plug & play" flashtube
Ready Indication
A ready light and audible alert let you know when the capacitors are at 100% charge
Auto Dump Function
When reducing the power output, excess flash power in the capacitors is released before exposure to ensure consistent performance
Fan Cooled
A low noise, high performance fan keeps the flash head's electronics cool while lengthening the flash tube and modeling light lives
Safety Features
The PL1250 incorporates surge protection to handle power spikes and internal thermal protection which monitors heat generated during intense use
System Compatibility
The PL1250 is compatible with all Photogenic Quick-Change light shaping accessories
Maximum Watt/Seconds 500
Guide Number 365 @ 10' (3.0 m), ISO 100 with PL7R reflector, 110 with no reflector
Recycle Time 1.5 Sec. @ max. power
0.5 Sec @ min. power
Flash Duration 1/1,300 Sec. @ max. power
1/640 Sec. @ min. power
Flash Variability 6.0 Stops, full to 1/32 power, 500 to 16W/s
in 1/2 or 1/10 stop increments
User Replaceable Flashtube Comes with C4-15 (non-UV), optional C4-15C (UV), C4-15F (frosted non-UV), C4-15D (frosted UV)
Changeable Reflector Yes
Modeling Light 250W (ESS), optional 100W (ESR) or 150W (ESP)
Control: 6 stops, full to 1/32 power
Voltage Stabilization +/- 0.05 Stop
Material Extruded aluminum
Operating Voltage 105-125VAC, 60 Hz, 10 amps
Power Consumption 0.2 Amps idling, 15 amps charging
Flash Ready Indicator Ready light
Sync Voltage 5V, 1/4" (6.35 mm) outlet
Built-in Slave Cell Photocell
Circuit Protection Fuse, 3AG type 16 amp, SLO-BLO
Fan Cooled Yes
Auto Dump Yes
Mount 5/8" (16 mm) female
Dimensions 4.5 x 4.5 x 6.75" (11.4 x 11.4 x 17.1 cm)
Weight 5.5 lb (2.5 kg)

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PhotogenicPL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV)
 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (9)
  • Good power output (9)
  • Long-lasting (9)
  • Good color value (8)
  • Attach securely (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (9)
    • General purpose (8)
    • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Low light (4)
    • Outdoors (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (8), Professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Mostly Dependable

    I have owned six Photogenic Powerlights over the past twelveyears and have had good service from them. I use two thattravel around with me and get regular use and the othersusually wait in the...Read complete review

    I have owned six Photogenic Powerlights over the past twelveyears and have had good service from them. I use two thattravel around with me and get regular use and the othersusually wait in the studio and do not get near as much work. I usually expect one to give me some trouble about once ayear. Fortunately, I have spares that will rotate into usewhile one is in the shop. On the negative side, theturnaround time is painfully slow for repairs. Servicingprofessional equipment simply should not take that long andif I did not have spares, it would be intolerable for me. Iwould definitely give Photogenic higher marks if they couldspeed up servicing. Otherwise, they have been basicallygood lights.

    Expertise: Professional, commercial, architectural, food

    Problems Encountered: My newer 1250 models have gone out on jobs and enough smokepours out that I fear it will set off the sprinkler system. My older 600's would pop as loud as a firecracker. I'mnot sure which is worse. Fortunately, it does not happenthat often. Biggest problem is time it takes for repairs. TOO SLOW.

    Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Novatron

    Items I Recommend: Definitely UV tube

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not what they used to be. Unreliable.

    I have about 5 of these. I have been using them for 10 years. I have purchased a few new ones recently. I have a rail system in the studio and a Photogenic...Read complete review

    I have about 5 of these. I have been using them for 10 years. I have purchased a few new ones recently. I have a rail system in the studio and a Photogenic rep told me that they are not very compatible for hanging upside down. I have problems with them upside down and right side up. I have had on many occasions had a light fail while on location. This is EXTREMELY frustrating. I will not be buying any more of these lights. Photogenic is not what they used to be - you have failed me for the last time. I have sent many of my lights in for repair - -and they are still not fixed!!! I took one right out of the box and when I moved it I could hear something large clunking around inside. When you spend $500+ on a monolight you want it to work ALL of the time. Shop around and buy a different light.

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    5.0

    Solid, dependable, professional.

    By Ambit guy

    from Ft. Worth, TX

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Good Color Value
    • Long-Lasting
    • Powerful
    • Value

    Cons

    • Placement Of Optical Slav

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors
    • Low Light
    • Night Time
    • Outdoors
    • Portraits
    • Special Events

    Comments about Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV):

    Really I think these are 4.5 out of 1-5. I have about 8 of these that are used a lot. I've owned/used Novatrons, Dynalights, etc, and these are great. As mono-lights, I can put them all over a large area, the don't have to worry about plugging each into one power pack. Love how you can regulate the power to whatever you want.

    I rarely go to full power with these. I use three for location headshots at ISO 100 with either umbrellas or softboxes, and set each at 1/4 power at the most. I've used them in dental clinics, medical offices, industrial areas, outside, churches, reception venues, and always know that I can count on them to give professional results.

    Occasionally the photo (optical) slave from one might not "see" the other flash, and not fire, especially if I am using a softbox, which puts the sensor on the wrong side of the light. Can't they add one to another location?

    Love using one light bounced off the white ceiling at a reception to give me consistant fill light over a large area.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Work horse

    By bunny stories

    from Salt Lake City, UT

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Color Value
    • Long-Lasting
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV):

      For the money, I can't imagine a better product. This light goes for 10 hours day after day for a thousand frames a day. I just purchased a new mono light to go with the one I have been using for over four years.

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      • No

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      5.0

      GREAT PRODUCT: RECOMMEND HIGHLY

      By C-ROB

      from ROLESVILLE, NC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Long-Lasting
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV):

          I have 2 photogenic monolights. I have had them for over 5 years. They are dependable unlike JTL. Excellent customer service

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          4.0

          All I need is more light

          By Warren

          from Billings, MT

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Long-Lasting
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Special Events

            Comments about Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV):

            Built great and lots of light. Can't go wrong with Photogenic's.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great Value!!

            By NPP

            from Waverly, IA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attach Securely
            • Durable
            • Good Color Value
            • Long-Lasting
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Special Events

              Comments about Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV):

              I've used these same lights for years. One of my lights was destroyed when it crashed 10 ft. down on cement. I was only looking to replace it when I found this "kit." Now I have two brand new lights and I LOVE them. I didn't realize how worn my old ones were and am enjoying a whole new set. I'd highly recommmend these!

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great Light

              By ggphotoia

              from Marion, IA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Outdoors
                • Special Events

                Comments about Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV):

                Works great in the studio with my older 600's no issues with the light so far.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Great!

                By sis

                from Knoxville, TN

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Long-Lasting
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Low Light
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV):

                  It's got all the light & power I need to do the job!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Not what they used to be. Unreliable.

                  By Double

                  from Mankato, MN

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV):

                        I have about 5 of these. I have been using them for 10 years. I have purchased a few new ones recently. I have a rail system in the studio and a Photogenic rep told me that they are not very compatible for hanging upside down. I have problems with them upside down and right side up. I have had on many occasions had a light fail while on location. This is EXTREMELY frustrating. I will not be buying any more of these lights. Photogenic is not what they used to be - you have failed me for the last time. I have sent many of my lights in for repair - -and they are still not fixed!!! I took one right out of the box and when I moved it I could hear something large clunking around inside. When you spend $500+ on a monolight you want it to work ALL of the time. Shop around and buy a different light.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                         
                        4.0

                        good function

                        By Jie

                        from Branford, CT

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attach Securely
                        • Good Color Value

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Low Light
                          • Night Time

                          Comments about Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV):

                          Bought 2 heads.

                          Pros: after comparing to other brands, its function/operation/features are overall well balanced, and is a better buy.

                          Cons: the brand does not have complete line of accessories. Beauty dish without honeycomb, etc....

                          One head was exchanged by manufacture for a new one due to disfunction (the first burst after idle tends to be a lot brighter than what it should).

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                          5.0

                          most excellent

                          By Foster

                          from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Build Quality
                          • Fan cooling
                          • Halogen modelling lamp
                          • Lightstand connection
                          • Switching modifiers

                          Cons

                          • Power plug on umderside

                          Best Uses

                          • Glamour work
                          • Portraits
                          • Product shots

                          Comments about Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV):

                          I'm replacing lighting after my studio partner left-this is my second Photogenic-the first I've used hard for 8 years with no problems, unlike the other brand we used. The modelling lamp lasts forever, and fan cooling seems to do the job. Also, switching modifiers is a snap. Highly recommended.

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                          5.0

                          Great light...I would buy this again

                          By gary-c

                          from Canada

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attach Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Good Color Value
                          • Long-Lasting
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                          • NONE

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors

                          Comments about Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV):

                          Well built, very powerful light. I use it with Westcott Apollo Softbox with very nice result.

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                          4.0

                          Great Lights

                          By Mearic

                          from Boston, Ma

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Good Color Value

                          Cons

                          • Poor flash cord

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors

                          Comments about Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV):

                          Lights work great, color is superb. My only issue is the flash cord that comes with it. Had many misfires for a new cord.

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                          5.0

                          Reliable and powerful, yet easy to use

                          By TJ

                          from New York

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Long-Lasting
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use

                            Comments about Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV):

                            Excellent light. Self contained unit, use it by itself or with several lights.
                            The all in one deseign lets you keep working when in a mutli light setup and one power supply fails.
                            set up is very fast.

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                            4.0

                            Pretty good

                            By nermal

                            from logan, ut

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Color Value
                            • Long-Lasting

                            Cons

                            • Flimsy

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Low Light
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV):

                            These lights are fantastic but for one thing. The Socket that the power cord plugs into in the body of the light keeps pulling out with wires trailing after it. Other than that one flaw I would recomend this kit.

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Mostly Dependable

                            By Mpphoto

                            from New Orleans, LA

                            Comments about Photogenic PL1250 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV):

                            I have owned six Photogenic Powerlights over the past twelveyears and have had good service from them. I use two thattravel around with me and get regular use and the othersusually wait in the studio and do not get near as much work. I usually expect one to give me some trouble about once ayear. Fortunately, I have spares that will rotate into usewhile one is in the shop. On the negative side, theturnaround time is painfully slow for repairs. Servicingprofessional equipment simply should not take that long andif I did not have spares, it would be intolerable for me. Iwould definitely give Photogenic higher marks if they couldspeed up servicing. Otherwise, they have been basicallygood lights.

                            Expertise: Professional, commercial, architectural, food

                            Problems Encountered: My newer 1250 models have gone out on jobs and enough smokepours out that I fear it will set off the sprinkler system. My older 600's would pop as loud as a firecracker. I'mnot sure which is worse. Fortunately, it does not happenthat often. Biggest problem is time it takes for repairs. TOO SLOW.

                            Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Novatron

                            Items I Recommend: Definitely UV tube

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