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Photogenic AKC160 Studiomax III 160W/s Monolight

B&H # PHSM3160AC Mfr # 906894
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You Pay: $229.00
Product Highlights
  • 6 Stop Power Range
  • 120V
  • Fast Recycling: 1.5 Sec. @ Full Power
  • 100W Modeling Light
  • UV Color Corrected Flash Tube
  • Flash Duration 1/7,400 Sec.@ Min. Power
  • Convection Cooled
  • High-impact ABS Housing
  • Includes 7.5" Reflector
  • Only 2.6 lb

The Photogenic AKC160 Studiomax III 160W/s Monolight is an ideal way to add a lightweight (2.6 lb) fixture to your kit for a main light, backlight or fill light. The AKC160 offers a six stop power range from 5.0 to 160W/s, steplessly adjustable via a simple knob. Constant Color technology ensures that the color balance remains within 200K of an ideal 5,400K regardless of the power level chosen, to insure shot to shot consistency and minimize post-production work.

The AKC160 comes with a UV color corrected, user-replaceable flash tube that renders fabrics and flesh tones accurately. The monolight comes with a 7.5" high-gain reflector but accepts the entire line of Photogenic Quick-Change reflectors, grids, snoots, and diffusers. An AC cord, sync cord, 100W quartz modeling lamp and a protective cap are also included.

Six Stop Power Range
Power levels, accessed on the rear panel, are adjustable from 5.0 to 160W/s with a simple twist of a knob
Fast Recycling
The AKC160 recycles to full power (160W/s) in only 1.5 seconds, and 0.5 sec. at minimum power to catch even the most fleeting gestures
Modeling Light
The AKC160's 100W quartz modeling light allows you to preview the effect of your lights before tripping the shutter
Low Trigger Voltage
Digital cameras can be used with Photogenic monolights without fear of damage to the camera's electronics
User Replaceable UV Flashtube
Replacing this "plug & play" flashtube is a snap. The UV coating ensures clean whites and flattering flesh tones
Ready Indication
A ready light lets you know when the flash is fully charged
Power off Auto-discharge
As a safety precaution, the AKC160 drains the capacitors when you turn it off
Surge Protection
The AKC160 incorporates surge protection to handle power spikes
System Compatibility
The AKC160 is compatible with all Photogenic Quick-Change light shaping accessories
Maximum Watt/Seconds 160
Guide Number 81 @ 10' (3.0 m), ISO 100 with PL7R reflector, 25 with no reflector
Recycle Time 1.5 Sec. @ max. power
0.1 Sec @ min. power
Flash Duration 1/175 Sec. @ max. power
1/7,400 Sec. @ min. power
Flash Variability 6.0 Stops, full to 1/32 power (stepless), 160 to 5.0W/s
Color Temperature 5,400K ± 200K
User Replaceable Flashtube C4-12C (UV)
Changeable Reflector Yes
Modeling Light 100W (ESR)
Control: On/Off
Voltage Stabilization No
Material ABS plastic
Operating Voltage 105-125VAC, 50/60Hz, 3.0 amps
Power Consumption 1.0 Amp idling, 5.0 amps charging
Flash Ready Indicator Ready light
Sync Voltage 5V, 1/8" (3.5 mm) outlet
Built-in Slave Cell Photocell
Circuit Protection Fuse, 3AG type 8.0 amp, SLO-BLO
Fan Cooled No, convection
Auto Dump No
Mount 5/8" (16 mm) female
Dimensions 5.25 x 5.25 x 7.0" (13.3 x 13.3 x 17.8 cm)
Weight 2.6 lb (1.17 kg)

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PhotogenicAKC160 Studiomax III 160W/s Monolight
 
4.1

(based on 9 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (5)
  • Reliable (5)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Durable (3)
  • Easy to set up (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (3)
    • Strobe lighting (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
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    4.0

    Good for the Money

    By Vibe Portrait Art

    from Rutland, VT

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Cheap For A Monolight
    • Consistent
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Delicate Flash Tube
    • No Variable Modeling Ligh

    Best Uses

    • Strobe Lighting

    Comments about Photogenic AKC160 Studiomax III 160W/s Monolight:

    I'm a pro photog and needed a low power monolight for location shoots that put me in small rooms and call for strobe but need shallow depth of field. I wanted to stay with Photogenic because all my other equipment is that brand. It's very nice to take such a light weight light on location. I'd replace all my location lights with this IF it were more ruggedly constructed and IF the flashtube weren't so delicate. I feel very tentative about changing modifiers too often for fear of breaking the flashtube. Also, the power switch is cheap...I do wish it were a rocker switch. Oh, also, the modeling light is either on or off....not variable power. All of these features would be found on a more expensive light, so all in all, I feel like I got my money's worth for a less expensive Photogenic monolight. If I find it is just too lightly built for location work, I'll still use it every day as a background light in the studio.

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    4.0

    Monolight Shines

    By pingpaul

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Reliable
    • Sturdy

    Cons

    • Assembly challenging

    Best Uses

    • Photography
    • Portraits
    • Strobe Lighting

    Comments about Photogenic AKC160 Studiomax III 160W/s Monolight:

    Portraits are my most important product for the monolights, although I will use them with a light tent for commercial work. The controls worked as advertised. On the negative side, there should be a better way to mount the flash tube. Banana plugs do not seem secure. We will see.

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    5.0

    Good for Portraits

    By Joshua

    from Schaumburg, IL

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits
      • Weddings

      Comments about Photogenic AKC160 Studiomax III 160W/s Monolight:

      Very easy to use and enough power for portrait setup. The price is right for the job it does. Recycle time is good. Very easy to attach to light stand and easy to operate. Great for beginners.

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      5.0

      Solid Value in Lighting

      By Bill the Headshot guy

      from Atlanta GA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting
        • Portraits
        • Strobe Lighting

        Comments about Photogenic AKC160 Studiomax III 160W/s Monolight:

        Pros:
        Comes with everything you need to get started
        Lots of Light for the price
        Tubes are easily replaceable
        Easy to tote around - weight and size
        Has optical slave
        Work great in pairs with Cowboy Studios wireless
        Head is built in - ready for stand

        Cons:
        Plastic
        Larger than Alien Bees

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        4.0

        good light

        By Doliometer

        from Birmingham, AL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Photogenic AKC160 Studiomax III 160W/s Monolight:

              good: clean balanced light, so far as I can tell. Lightweight.bad: a sensitive photo cell was listed as a selling point. It is not sensitive (compared to much cheaper lights). The on/off switch is a 3-way switch, the middle setting, on without model light, is difficult to stop at. Not a problem if you always want the model light, irritating if you don't.

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              1.0

              Meltdown

              By Blackthorne

              from Austin, Texas

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy Setup

              Cons

              • Plastic case construction
              • Short Lifespan

              Best Uses

              • Beginner's light

              Comments about Photogenic AKC160 Studiomax III 160W/s Monolight:

              This unit seemed reliable until recently when the plastic in which the metal reflector attachment ring is housed melted during a shoot. This is not a professional grade product.

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              5.0

              Great Light

              By fotobrian

              from Huntington Woods, MI

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy Setup
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photography

                Comments about Photogenic AKC160 Studiomax III 160W/s Monolight:

                I wish I would have realized that it came with a pc cable but I must have missed it. I have been using these lights for years - great performers.

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                4.0

                Cost-effective & lightweight studio gear

                By Rivermist

                from Houston, TX

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Good Value

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mobile Studio Lighting

                  Comments about Photogenic AKC160 Studiomax III 160W/s Monolight:

                  This is the fifth StudioMax that we purchase, for our mobile studio setup. It makes sense to mix 320 W/S and 160 W/S units because most light settings involve different power levels for the different lights. This type of light can suffer color drift at very low power settings. The StudioMax units are pretty solid. They allow the user to change the flash tube (always carry a spare), and the 160 and 320 use the same tube. A large array of accessories for light control make this a very comprehensive lighting solution. The units are relatively lightweight.

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                  5.0

                  Great mono for the money

                  By pcostanzo

                  from Burlington, CT

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use

                    Comments about Photogenic AKC160 Studiomax III 160W/s Monolight:

                    I have both a 160 and a 320RF. I use them for products and still lifes where I'm relatively close to the subject with a soft box. They work flawlessly and plenty of power at that distance.

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