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Smith-Victor FL550K 3-FlashLite 360Ws Basic Studio Kit

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 business days
Godox BOORAY Kit for Nikon

Godox BOORAY Kit for Nikon

B&H # GOAD200PRKNK
Key Features
  • Speedlight & Bare Bulb Head
  • Built-In 2.4 GHz Wireless X System
  • Compatible with Nikon i-TTL
  • 31.5 x 31.5" Softbox & 9.5' Light Stand
$51870
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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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Interfit Badger Unleashed 2-Light Backpack Kit

B&H # INHBU2502K1 MFR # HBU2502K1
Key Features
  • 2 x Badger Unleashed 250Ws Flash Heads
  • 2 x Battery Packs and Charging Cables
  • 2 x Pop-Up Softboxes: 24 x 24"
  • 1 x Two-Light Backpack
$55499
Reg. $824.99
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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 business days

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
$63900
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Godox AD400Pro Witstro All-In-One Outdoor Flash with XProN TTL Trigger Kit for Nikon

B&H # GOAD400PROTN
Key Features
  • Built-In 2.4 GHz Wireless X System
  • Compatible with Most TTL Systems
  • 400Ws, 1/256 to 1/1 Power Output
  • Lithium-Ion Battery Powered
$71800
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Godox AD200Pro Dual Flash Kit with Bracket and X2 Trigger for Canon

B&H # GOAD200PRDC2
Key Features
  • 2 x AD200Pro Pocket Flash w/ Receiver
  • 1 x Dual Power Flash Bracket
  • Flash Trigger for Canon
  • Bare Bulb Heads, Batteries, and Chargers
$81600
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Godox QS600II 2-Light Studio Flash Kit

B&H # GOQS600IIC MFR # QS600II-C
Key Features
  • 2 x QS600II Flash Heads
  • 2 x Light Stands
  • 1 x Softbox: 31.5 x 47.2"
  • 1 x Umbrella: 40"
$82700
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Photogenic PL1250DRC 500W/s PowerLight Monolight (UV)

B&H # PH1250DRC MFR # 915871
Key Features
  • 6 Stop Power Range
  • 120V
  • Fast Recycling: 1.5 Sec. @ Full Power
  • Proportional Modeling Light
$85695
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Godox QS400II 3-Light Studio Flash Kit

B&H # GOQS400IID MFR # QS400II-D
Key Features
  • 3 x QS400II Flash Heads
  • 3 x Light Stands
  • 1 x Softbox: 31.5 x 39.4"
  • 1 x Umbrella: 40"
$97801
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$98995
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Expected availability: 3-7 business days

Godox AD100pro Pocket Flash 3-Light Kit

B&H # GOAD100P3K MFR # AD100PRO 3-LIGHT KIT
Key Features
  • 3 x AD100pro Pocket Flash Heads
  • AK-R1 Accessory Kit
  • S2 Speedlight Bracket for Bowens
  • 34" Silver Umbrella
$99900
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Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 500 Flash Head

B&H # ELELCPHD500 MFR # EL20613.1
Key Features
  • 500Ws
  • Recycling Full Power: 0.7 sec @ 115 VAC
  • Seven Stop Flash Variability
  • 90-265 VAC, 50/60Hz
$1,19595
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Westcott FJ400/200 2-Light Portable Portrait Flash Kit with FJ-X3m Universal Wireless Trigger

B&H # WEFJW2LPPFKT MFR # 4714M
Key Features
  • FJ400 with Battery, FJ200 with Battery
  • FJ-X3m Wireless Flash Trigger
  • FJ400 Magnetic Gels, FJ200 Grid and Gels
  • Lite Traveler Backpack
$1,19990
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Photogenic 1,000W/s PowerLight Digital Travel Kit (120V)

B&H # PHPL2315K MFR # 900040
Key Features
  • 2x 500W/s PowerLights
  • UV-Corrected Flashtubes
  • 250W Modeling Lamps
  • 24 x 32" Soft Box, 45" Umbrella
$1,97395
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Expected availability: 3-7 business days

Profoto B10X OCF Flash Head and 2' OCF Octa Softbox Kit

B&H # PRB10XBSB2K
Key Features
  • 250Ws Flash Head
  • 2' Octa for Soft Lighting
  • 9.5' Air-Cushioned Light Stand
  • Easy Snap-In Design Speed Ring
$2,26795
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Profoto B10X OCF Flash Head and 51" Deep White Umbrella Kit

B&H # PRB10XUDLWK
Key Features
  • 250Ws Flash Head
  • 51" Deep White Umbrella
  • Deep Shape Provides More Precise Control
  • Large Diffuser
$2,46795
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Profoto B10X Location Kit

B&H # PRB10XK
Key Features
  • 250Ws B10X OCF Flash Head
  • Deep White 51" Umbrella
  • 1.5 Stop Front Diffuser
  • Heavy Duty 9.5' Stand
$2,46795
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Broncolor Siros 800 L Battery-Powered Monolight

B&H # BRS800LWFR2B MFR # B-31.720.07
Key Features
  • 800Ws, 220 Full-Power Flashes
  • Li-Ion Battery, High-Speed Sync
  • 70-Minute Recharge
  • 0.03 - 2.7 sec Recycling
$2,81495
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Broncolor Siros 800 S Expert 2-Light Kit

B&H # BRS800SE2K MFR # B-31.685.07
Key Features
  • 2 x Siros S 800Ws Monolights
  • 1 x Umbrella (33.5")
  • Softbox with Speedring (23.6 x 23.6")
  • 2 x Basic M Stands (8')
$3,70995
Reg. $4,123.95
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Profoto B10X OCF Flash Duo Kit

B&H # PRB10XDUOK MFR # 901194
Key Features
  • 2 x B10X 250Ws Flash Heads
  • 2 x Li-Ion Batteries, 2 x Chargers
  • 2 x Stand Adapters, Core Backpack
  • 400 Full Power Flashes, TTL
$3,95000
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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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Broncolor Siros 800 S Pro 3-Light Kit

B&H # BRS800SP3K MFR # B-31.695.07
Key Features
  • 3 x Siros S 800Ws Monolights
  • 2 x L40 Reflectors
  • 1 x Octabox (29.5")
  • Softbox with Speedring (23.6 x 23.6")
$6,24495
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Godox DP300II Flash Head

B&H # GODP300II MFR # DP300II
Key Features
  • Recycle Time: 0.3-1.2 sec
  • 1/2000 to 1/800 Flash Duration
  • 300Ws
  • Built-In 2.4 GHz Wireless X System
$14500
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Expected availability: 2-4 months

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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Angler Glamour Flash 300Ws Monolight

B&H # ANG633 MFR # ANG-633
Key Features
  • Four Stop Power Adjustment
  • 100W Proportional Modeling Lamp
  • Auto Power Dump
  • Rubber Coated Housing
$18895
Reg. $238.95
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Yongnuo YN200 Flash Kit

B&H # YOYN200KIT MFR # YN200KIT
Key Features
  • 200Ws, Bare Bulb Flash Tube
  • TTL, Manual, Manual Modes
  • Lithium Battery, Charger
  • 500 Full-Power Flashes, Reflector
$19500
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Expected availability: 2-4 months
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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.


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