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Westcott FJ400 Strobe 2-Light Location Kit with FJ-X3s Wireless Trigger for Sony Cameras

Westcott FJ400 Strobe 2-Light Location Kit with FJ-X3s Wireless Trigger for Sony Cameras

B&H # WEFJ400S2KT MFR # 4716S
Key Features
  • 2 x FJ400 Strobe and Batteries
  • 2 x Diffusion Domes
  • 2 x AC Power Adapters and Cords
  • 2 x Magnetic 5.5" Reflectors
$1,99990
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Westcott 2-Light Location Kit with FJ-X2m Wireless Trigger, Rapid Box Switch Octa-M, and 1x3 Strip Bank (EU Plug)

Westcott 2-Light Location Kit with FJ-X2m Wireless Trigger, Rapid Box Switch Octa-M, and 1x3 Strip Bank (EU Plug)

B&H # WEFJ400S2LKE MFR # 4716-MA
Key Features
  • 2 x FJ400 Strobes with Battery
  • 2 x AC Cords for Most European Countries
  • 1 x FJ-X2m Wireless Radio Trigger
  • 2 x Domes, 2 x AC Adapters, 2 x Gel Sets
$1,99990
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Expected availability: 3-7 busine

Profoto D2 500Ws AirTTL Monolight

B&H # PRD2A500 MFR # 901012
Key Features
  • 500Ws Monolight, 300W Modeling Lamp
  • Built-In AirTTL Radio Receiver
  • 0.03-0.6 sec Recycling
  • 1/63,000 sec Freeze Mode Flash Duration
$2,29500
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Profoto B10X OCF Flash Duo with Double Case Kit

B&H # PRB10X2K
Key Features
  • 2 x B10X 250Ws Flash Heads
  • 2 x Li-Ion Batteries, 2 x Chargers
  • 400 Full-Power Flashes, TTL
  • Recycling: 0.05 to 1.3 sec, HSS
$4,11900
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Profoto B1X 500 AirTTL 2-Light Location Kit

B&H # PR901027 MFR # 901027
Key Features
  • 2 x B1X 500 AirTTL Monolight
  • 2 x Li-Ion Battery Mk II for B1 and B1X
  • 1 x Battery Charger 4.5A
  • 1 x Car Charger 1.8A
$5,66900
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Godox E300 Flash Head

B&H # GOE300 MFR # E300
Key Features
  • 300Ws, 5600K Color Temperature
  • 0.4 to 2.5 Sec Recycling
  • Flash Duration: 1/800 to 1/2000 Sec
  • Optional FT-16 Radio Triggering
$11000
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Godox Gemini GS200II 200Ws Monolight

B&H # GOGS200II MFR # GS200II
Key Features
  • Wireless Triggering
  • 200Ws, 5600K
  • 0.3 - 1.5 sec Recycling Time
  • Flash Duration: 1/2000-1/800 sec
$11500
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Godox Gemini DS400 II Compact Studio Flash

B&H # GODS400II MFR # DS400II
Key Features
  • 400Ws, 5600K
  • Recycling: 0.3-1.0 sec, 1/32-1/1 Power
  • Built-In Radio Receiver
  • Optional FT-16 Wireless Transmitter
$14900
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Godox AD100pro Pocket Flash (Pink)

B&H # GOAD100PROP MFR # AD100PRO PINK
Key Features
  • Power: 100Ws in 9 Steps | 1/1-1/256
  • 1 x Lithium-Ion Battery, 1 x Charger
  • Recycles: 0.01-1.5 sec, High-Speed Sync
  • TTL with Additional Equipment
$29900
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Godox QS600II Flash Head

B&H # GOQS600II MFR # QS600II
Key Features
  • 600Ws, 5600K Color Temperature
  • 0.3 - 1.5 Sec Recycling
  • Flash Duration: 1/800 to 1/2000 Sec
  • Optional X1, FT-16, XT16 Transmitters
$31900
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Godox AD200 TTL Pocket Flash with Barndoor Kit

B&H # GOAD200BD07
Key Features
  • AD200 Speedlite Flash Head
  • AD200 Bare Bulb Flash Head
  • 200Ws Power
  • Lithium-Ion Battery Pack and Charger
$27700
Reg. $327.00
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Geekoto GT400 400Ws Monolight

B&H # GEGT400 MFR # GT400
Key Features
  • Bowens Front Accessory Adapter
  • Built-In Wireless Receiver
  • Optional Wireless Commander Trigger
  • 10W LED Modeling Light
$32900
Reg. $475.00
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Interfit Honey Badger 320Ws Compact Flash Head

B&H # INHB320 MFR # HB320
Key Features
  • 7-Stop Power Range
  • Built-In Wireless Receiver
  • Optional S1 TTL / S1 Manual Transmitters
  • LED Modeling Lamp, Glass Flash Tube Dome
$32999
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Godox AD200 TTL Pocket Flash Kit with Round Head and Modifiers

B&H # GOAD200H200K
Key Features
  • 1 x AD200 Speedlite, 1 x Bare Bulb Head
  • 1 x Li-Ion Battery and Charger
  • 1 x Round Flash Head, 1 x Barndoors
  • 1 x Filter Holder, 3 x Warming Filters
$33400
Reg. $434.00
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Godox AD200 Kit with X2 Trigger, Barndoors, and Color Filters for Nikon

B&H # GOAD200KITN2
Key Features
  • AD200 Pocket Flash with Receiver
  • Trigger for Nikon, Barndoors
  • Red, Blue, Yellow, Green Filters, Case
  • Bare Bulb Head, Battery, and Charger
$33600
Reg. $386.00
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Photogenic AKC320 StudioMax III 320 Watt/Second Constant Color Monolight (120VAC)

B&H # PHSM3320AC MFR # 906910
Key Features
  • 320 Ws Monolight
  • Reflector, Sync Cord
$33895
Reg. $423.95
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Godox AD200Pro Pocket Flash Kit with Camera Trigger for Olympus/Panasonic

B&H # GOAD200PTOP2
Key Features
  • AD200Pro Pocket Flash w/ Receiver
  • Flash Trigger for Olympus/Panasonic
  • Bare Bulb Head, Battery and Charger
  • Speedlite Head, Color: 5600K
$35800
Reg. $408.00
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Godox AD200Pro Pocket Flash Kit with Camera Trigger for FUJIFILM

B&H # GOAD200PRTF2
Key Features
  • AD200Pro Pocket Flash w/ Receiver
  • Flash Trigger for FUJIFILM
  • Bare Bulb Head, Battery and Charger
  • Speedlite Head, Color: 5600K
$35800
Reg. $408.00
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Godox AD200Pro Pocket Flash Kit with Camera Trigger for Nikon

B&H # GOAD200PRTN2
Key Features
  • AD200Pro Pocket Flash w/ Receiver
  • Flash Trigger for Nikon
  • Bare Bulb Head, Battery and Charger
  • Speedlite Head, Color: 5600K
$35800
Reg. $408.00
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Godox AD200Pro Pocket Flash Kit with Camera Trigger for Canon

B&H # GOAD200PRTC2
Key Features
  • AD200Pro Pocket Flash w/ Receiver
  • Flash Trigger for Canon
  • Bare Bulb Head, Battery and Charger
  • Speedlite Head, Color: 5600K
$35800
Reg. $408.00
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Godox AD200 TTL Pocket Flash with XProC Trigger Kit for Canon Cameras

B&H # GOAD200XPRC
Key Features
  • Built-In 2.4 GHz X Wireless Radio System
  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • AD200 Speedlite Flash Head
  • AD200 Bare Bulb Flash Head
$31800
Reg. $368.00
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Elinchrom D-Lite 400W/s RX 4 Flash Head

B&H # ELDLRX4 MFR # EL20487.1
Key Features
  • Built-in Skyport Wireless Receiver
  • Multi-voltage Monolight: 90-260VAC
  • Recycling: 0.35-1.6 Sec. (115V)
  • Flash Duration: 1/800 Sec (Full Power)
$38395
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Godox AD200Pro Kit with X2 Trigger and Barndoors for Nikon

B&H # GOAD200PRON2
Key Features
  • AD200 Pocket Flash with Receiver
  • Trigger for Nikon, Barndoors
  • Red, Yellow, Blue, Green Filters
  • Bare Bulb Head, Battery, and Charger
$38600
Reg. $436.00
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Smith-Victor FL550K 3-FlashLite 360Ws Basic Studio Kit

B&H # SMFL550K MFR # 401531
Key Features
  • 3x FlashLite 120i Monolights
  • 3x Quartz Modeling Lamps (60W)
  • 3x Raven 8' AC Light Stands
  • 3x Sync Cords, 2 x Softboxes: 16"
$50995
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Expected availability: 3-7 busine

Godox QS1200II Flash Head

B&H # GOQS1200II MFR # QS1200II
Key Features
  • 1200Ws, 5600K Color Temperature
  • 0.3 - 1.5 Sec Recycling
  • Flash Duration: 1/800 to 1/2000 Sec
  • Optional X1, FT-16, XT16 Transmitters
$51900
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Westcott FJ400 400Ws Strobe with AC/DC Battery (EU Plug)

B&H # WEFJ400SEU MFR # 4700-A
Key Features
  • EU Power Cord
  • 400WS, AC or Included Battery Power
  • 0.05 to 0.9 Second Recycle Time
  • 9-Stop Power Range, 0.1 & 1.0 Increments
$59990
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Expected availability: 3-7 busine

Godox QT600IIIM Flash Head

B&H # GOQT600IIIM MFR # QT600IIIM
Key Features
  • 600 Ws, 5600K Color Temperature
  • 0.01-0.9 sec Recycling
  • Flash Duration HSS: 1/26,100 sec
  • Built-In Wireless X System
$60900
Reg. $639.00
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Godox AD200 Pocket Flash Kit with Camera Trigger for Canon

B&H # GOAD200ADX2C
Key Features
  • 2 x AD200 Pocket Flash w/ Receiver
  • 1 x Dual Power Flash Bracket
  • Flash Trigger for Canon
  • Bare Bulb Head, Battery and Charger
$61600
Reg. $716.00
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Making the Most of Monolights

Also known as studio strobes or monoblocks, monolights are self-contained flashes that house the lamp, fan, and power supply in one unit. They deliver powerful illumination with minimal recycle time, and are extremely versatile. Most are battery-powered monolights that draw power from AC sources such as standard wall sockets. You also find battery-powered strobes that connect to DC power sources such as portable battery packs.


Using a Monolight

Setting up your monolight involves fitting it on a stand, connecting the power and camera, and tweaking the settings. Connection to the camera is usually via cords, such as 3.5mm jacks, x-sync, Prontor-Compur (PC) cables, or IR or other wireless systems. Most models feature adjustable outputs, usually comprising of full, half, and quarter power, with some models allowing outputs of as low as 1/32. Unlike regular strobes, which you can control from a central console, each studio strobe needs individual adjustment. However, remote controls are available for certain models.


Differences Between Monolights and Speedlights

Both monolights and speedlights provide flash lighting. Monolight strobes run on AC power, which means powerful illumination and fast recycling times. In addition, as you position them individually, they don't need long, cumbersome, power-sapping extension cables. However, they can be bulky, which makes them more suitable for indoor studio use. They can also be expensive, especially when factoring in the cost of accessories such as softboxes, battery packs, and umbrellas.

Also known as flash guns, speedlights are devices that you mount either on hot shoes or off camera on light stands. Compared to monolights, they're reasonably priced and compact. In addition, as they usually run on AA batteries, they're very convenient. On the other hand, they deliver slower recycling times and far less illuminating power than monolight strobes.


How to Choose a Monolight

As with investing in any photographic equipment, your choice of monolight depends on your resources and intended use. The more spacious your studio, the more power you need from your flash, and the more units you'll need.

Weight is another matter. Monolights can be bulky, so you need to be sure your stands can handle the weight and size. With power packs and strobe lighting, you get flexible options that feature flash heads, power packs, and kits.

You'll also have to consider the matter of consistency. This refers to the variance in power output from flash to flash. As a guide, units that vary over 1/5 of an F-stop are often inconsistent. Obviously, this makes it difficult for photographers to calculate aperture settings with any accuracy.

Another factor to consider when investing in a monolight is the availability of accessories and spare parts. The more solid the brand, the more likely it is to be available. Leading makers such as Profoto and Godox, for example, come with a full range of accessories.


Discover all your studio illumination needs including brand-name and premium monolights lighting products at B&H Photo and Video.