Impact Astral Extreme AS-X-400 Monolight

Impact Astral Extreme 2-Monolight Portrait Kit

Impact Astral Extreme 2-Monolight Portrait Kit

B&H # IMASX4002LK MFR # ASX400-2KII
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Product Highlights

  • 800Ws Combined Output
  • 2 x Astral 400Ws Monolight Portrait Kit
  • 2 x Reflectors, Flashtubes
  • 2 x 10' Air-cushioned Stands
  • 1 x 39" Duo Deep Softbox with Speedring
  • 1 x 45" Umbrella with Removable Backing
  • Recycling to Full Power: 0.4 Sec
  • Up to 10 Frames per Second
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  • 1Description

The Impact Astral Extreme 2 Light Portrait Kit was put together by B&H to provide an out of the box solution for photographers doing portraits, groups, or fashion. The kit is built around two 400Ws flash heads that recycle to full power in 0.4 sec., each with reflectors, flash tubes, and a 10' air-cushioned light stand. A 45" umbrella with a removable black back and a 39" Luxbanx Duo deep octagonal softbox with speedring and grid are also included.

When describing the Astral Extreme AS-X-400 Monolight from Impact the key word is speed. Recycling time is a fast 0.4 seconds at full power, flash duration is an impressive 1/5,000 of a second, and continuous shooting speed can reach a rapid-fire 10 frames per second. This strong emphasis on speed makes the Astral Extreme a smart choice for fashion and event shooting, and since it's fast enough to capture almost any movement at its peak, it is ideal for high-speed photography. You can even bring the Astral Extreme on location, powering it from a generator or inverter if there's no AC power available. The Astral Extreme's power level, which is adjustable in 1/10 stops over a 6-stop range is displayed on an easy-to-read LCD screen. Both power and modeling lamp intensity are adjustable via simple knobs. A handy feature of the Astra is the adjustable mounting bracket that allows you to find the center of gravity for better balance when using heavy front accessories such as large softboxes. A built-in receiver can support umbrella shafts up to 8mm and umbrellas up to 7' in diameter.

The Luxbanx Duo Small/Deep Octagonal Softbox is a versatile 39" diameter light shaping tool with a textured silver interior for high output, removable front diffuser and a removable interior baffle. It's compatible with strobe lights, fluorescent or LED light sources. The Duo Octa's shape renders a signature quality of soft wrap-around light due to its large surface area and creates round, natural catchlights in your subject's eyes, making it ideal for portraiture and fashion. Additional control is available via the fabric grid included in this kit. The grid narrows and concentrates the light's beam forward, controlling spill and adding directional control to the Luxbanx's attributes. As an additional benefit the softbox reflects round, natural catchlights in your subject's eyes.

The Impact 45" white satin umbrella has a removable black backing that allows the umbrella to be used in the traditional way when or used as a makeshift softbox when removed.

Lastly, the 4-section heavy duty LS-10AB light stand rises to a height of 10' and folds down to 34" for packing. The stand can support 8.5 lb at full extension which makes the 7.15 lb Astral Extreme a great match with along with a softbox or umbrella.

  • 2 x Impact Astral Extreme AS-X-400 Monolight

    When describing the aptly-named 400Ws Astral Extreme AS-X-400 Monolight from Impact the operative word is speed. The light is designed so you'll never miss a shot while waiting for it to recycle. Recycling time is a fast 0.4 seconds at full power, flash duration is an impressive 1/5,000 of a second, and continuous shooting speed can reach a rapid-fire 10 frames per second. This strong emphasis on speed makes the Astral Extreme a smart choice for fashion and event shooting and since it's fast enough to capture almost any movement at its peak, it's ideal for high-speed photography. You can even bring the Astral Extreme on location, powering it from a generator or inverter if there's no AC power available.

    Easy might be the next way to describe AS-X-400. Adjustments are easily made on the light's back panel which incorporates a carry handle. Soft push buttons control the modeling light, ready beep, and optical slave on/off function. The slave allows you set Instant-Fire or Skip Pre-flash modes and trigger the flash head at distances up to 33'. You can also hard wire the AS-X-400 to your camera via the included 1/4" phono sync cord, or easier still, use an optional wireless radio system such as Impact's ControlSync 16 to trigger the flash from up to 150' away and remotely control its power, modeling and audible alert.

    The Astral Extreme's power level, which is adjustable in 1/10 stops over a 6 stop range is displayed on an easy-to-read LCD screen. Both power and modeling lamp intensity are adjustable via simple knobs. The 150W modeling light dims when the flash is triggered while a switchable beep indicates full recycling.

    A handy feature of the AS-X-400 is the adjustable mounting bracket that allows you to find the center of gravity for better balance when using heavy front accessories such as large softboxes. A built-in receiver can support umbrella shafts up to 8mm and umbrellas up to 7' in diameter. The speedring/reflector mount is S-type, providing you with a wide range of choices, not only from Impact but from the many manufacturers who have standardized on this mount. Impact includes a reflector that accepts 7" grids.

    Benefits and Attributes
  • Ultra-fast 0.4 sec. recycle time at full power means you'll never miss a shot while waiting for your light to recycle
  • Speedy 1/5,000 sec. flash duration and 10 fps continuous shooting speed make this monolight great for event work as well as high-speed photography
  • Flash power output is up to 400Ws, with precise output control in 0.1 stop increments over a 6 stop range
  • Built-in 8mm umbrella mount and S-type bayonet mount allow you to attach light-modifiers like umbrellas, softboxes, and beauty dishes to customize and shape your light
  • Fan-cooling system, heat sinks, and speed-dedicated internal components prevent overheating when shooting at high speeds
  • UPC: 847628575707
  • 2 x Impact Heavy-Duty Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9.5')

    This Impact Heavy-Duty Air-Cushioned Light Stand is a black anodized aluminum support that rises to a height of 9.5' and folds down to 42" for storage and transport. The stand will handle up to 22 lb and is topped with a removable 5/8" spigot with 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 threads. It has a wide footprint of 52" for greater stability. Air cushioning gently lowers the light when making height adjustments to protect equipment and fingers.

    Air-Cushioned
    Protects equipment and fingers from damage
    Compact Design
    Will fit easily into most location cases
    Accepts Casters
    For easy positioning of lights
    UPC: 847628012004
  • Impact Luxbanx Duo Deep Small Octagonal Softbox (39")

    The Impact Luxbanx Duo Deep Small Octagonal Softbox is a versatile 39" diameter light shaping tool with a textured silver interior for high output, removable front diffuser and a removable interior baffle. It's compatible with strobe lights, fluorescent or LED light sources. It's also compatible with hot lights up to 1,000W. When using it with hot lights remove the interior baffle. The Duo Octa's shape renders a signature quality of soft wrap-around light due to its large surface area and creates round, natural catchlights in your subject's eyes, making it ideal for portraiture and fashion. Separate purchase of a speed ring is required for use and Impact makes models to fit most popular brands.

    Do not use inner baffle with hot lights.

    UPC: 847628564510
  • Impact Fabric Grid for Small/Deep Octagonal Luxbanx (39")

    The Impact Fabric Grid for Small/Deep Octagonal Luxbanx is a 39" light modifier that attaches quickly to the softbox's recessed front via touch-fasteners. The 40 degree grid narrows the beam spread from your softbox to control spill light and add directionality similar to a reflector, while maintaining a soft quality of light. Unlike unwieldy rigid grids, Impact fabric grids are extremely light weight and fold flat for transport in the included carry case.

    UPC: 847628567030
  • Angler Speed Ring for Bowens S, Impact, and Westcott

    The Speed Ring for Bowens S, Impact, or Westcott strobe from Angler features indexed flex rod holes that allow you to effortlessly mount any square, rectangular, strip, or octagonal Luxbanx softbox to Impact, Bowens S, and Westcott heads. The ring will also fit most other brands of softbox. The sturdy all-metal ring rotates 360 degrees to facilitate orientation or to clear obstacles in tight quarters. It has 3/8"-16 taps on two sides to allow mounting directly to grip gear such as Impact's Swivel Umbrella Adapter, 3 Section Double Articulated Arm, Super Clamp, and more.

    UPC: 847628589148
  • Impact Convertible Umbrella - White Satin with Removable Black Backing - 45"

    This is an Impact 45" white satin umbrella with removable black backing. Umbrellas soften, broaden, and diminish the light output of any flash light source. Umbrellas with a white interior will soften and weaken light more than an umbrella with a silver lining. A white umbrella without a black backing may also be used as a makeshift softbox, although the use of the light will not be as efficient as with a softbox.

    Choosing umbrella size is determined by the size of the subject, and the strength of the light supply being used. Choosing an umbrella surface is as subjective as choosing a paint and brush.

    This size is perfect for a 1 - 2 person half-length portrait, or a 3x4 ft product setup.

    Backing may be removed half way, providing a unique combination of light bounced from different surfaces.
    UPC: 847628013308
  • Impact ControlSync 16 Transmitter

    The Impact ControlSync 16 Transmitter provides photographers with a wireless solution for triggering their select flash head at distances up to 150'. The ControlSync 16 is compatible only with Impact's AS-X-400 Astral Extreme and its kits. It also works with Interfit's Strobies line of flashes and the Angler Q-400. The 16-channel, 16-group transmitter has a built-in antenna and hot shoe and uses a separately purchased 16-channel, 16-group receiver that is powered by its host flash without using batteries.

    Operating on the 433 MHz frequency, the ControlSync 16 Transmitter can raise and lower the power of the slave flash in 1/10 or 1/3 stop increments as well as turn modeling lights and audio alerts on and off. It's also capable of turning the AF assist on or off on flash units that have this feature. The ControlSync 16 transmitter runs on 2 AA batteries and is intended for use with the CS-16-R receiver. Besides triggering your flash from up to 150' away, the ControlSync 16 transmitter can be used as a handheld remote controller to adjust the settings on all your compatible flash units that are connected to a ControlSync receiver, even if you use a different device or method to trigger them.

    UPC: 847628589629
  • Impact ControlSync16 Receiver

    The ControlSync 16 Receiver from Impact is an advanced 16 channel, 16 group radio triggering device that can fire your compatible remote flash at sync speeds up to 1/250 second at distances up to 150' as well as control its power level.

    Operating on the 433 MHz frequency and powered by the host device, the receiver, when used with its separately purchased Impact CS-16-T transmitter, can raise and lower the power of the slave flash in 1/10 or 1/3 stop increments as well as turn modeling lights and audio alerts on and off. It's also capable of turning the AF assist on or off on flash units that have this feature.

    The ControlSync16 Receiver is compatible with the Impact AS-X-400 Astral Extreme 400Ws moonlight and Interfit Strobies flash heads.

    Benefits
  • Triggers flash wirelessly from up to 150'
  • Adjusts power levels remotely
  • Turns modeling lamp and audio alert on and off
  • 16 Channels and groups
  • USB powered, no batteries
  • Compatibility
    Impact AS-X-400 Astral Extreme 400 Ws monolight
    Interfit Strobies flash heads
    UPC: 847628575721
  • 2 x Impact Astral Extreme AS-X-400 Monolight
    Maximum Power 400 Ws
    Recycle Time 0.4 Sec. @ full power
    Flash Duration 1/5,000 to 1/8,000 Sec.
    Power Control 6.0 Stop range: 1.0 to 6.0 in 0.1 stop increments
    Guide Number 213' (65 m) @ ISO 100
    Color Temperature 5,600 K +/-100 K
    Modeling Light Quartz halogen: 150 W (E 27 base)
    Flash Ready Indicator Switchable audio
    Operating Voltage 110 VAC, 60 Hz
    Built-in Slave Cell Optical, optional radio slave
    Circuit Protection 8 A fuse
    Accessory Mounting Bowens S-Type
    Mount 5/8" (16 mm) stand mount and 8.0 mm umbrella mount
    Triggering Test button, sync cord, optical slave, wireless remote port
    Sync Socket 1/4" (6.35 mm) Phono
    Fan Cooled Yes
    Dimensions 16.1 x 5.5 × 5.5" (41 x 14 x 14 cm) Without reflector
    Reflector: 7.0" (17.8 cm)
    Weight 7.15 lb (3.24 kg) Including reflector, flash tube and modeling lamp
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.7 x 10.9 x 8.6"
  • 2 x Impact Heavy-Duty Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 9.5')
    Maximum Load 22 lb (10 kg)
    Maximum Height 114" (290 cm)
    Minimum Height 48" (123 cm)
    Closed Length 42" (106.7 cm)
    Footprint Diameter 52" (132 cm)
    Leg Tip 0.98" (25 mm)
    Attachment Size Removable 5/8" (16 mm) spigot with 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 threaded ends
    Accepts Wheels Yes, casters
    Air Cushioned Yes
    Weight 4.4 lb (2.0 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 42.8 x 5.5 x 5.2"
  • Impact Luxbanx Duo Deep Small Octagonal Softbox (39")
    Dimensions Diameter: 39" (99 cm), depth: 26" (66 cm)
    Shape Octagonaldeep parabolic
    Compatibility Strobes, LED and fluorescent lights. Hot lights up to 1,000W,
    Removable Front Face Yes
    Removable Interior Baffle Yes
    Accepts Grids Yes
    Requires Speed Ring Yes
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 36.0 x 5.3 x 3.2"
  • Impact Fabric Grid for Small/Deep Octagonal Luxbanx (39")
    Construction Synthetic fabric
    Shape Octagonal
    Beam Spread 40°
    Mount Touch-fastener
    Dimensions 39" (99 cm)
    Packaging Infowbcvudfdrecs
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.8 x 4.1 x 2.4"
  • Angler Speed Ring for Bowens S, Impact, and Westcott
    Material Aluminum alloy
    Weight 1.1 lb (0.5 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.9 x 7.8 x 2.5"
  • Impact Convertible Umbrella - White Satin with Removable Black Backing - 45"
    Size 45.0" / 114.3 cm
    Interior White
    Exterior Black
    Shaft Diameter 8 mm
    Rods Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Material of Construction Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Folded Size L: 29.8" / L: 75.5 cm
    Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 31.0 x 2.6 x 1.4"
  • Impact ControlSync 16 Transmitter
    Wireless
    Channels 16
    Groups 16
    Wireless Range 150' / 45.7 m
    Radio Frequency 433 MHz
    General
    Control Modes Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Sync Speed 1/250 sec
    Connectivity
    Ports 1 x 3.5 mm (Flash)
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    Bottom Mount Hot Foot
    Electrical
    Battery Type 2 x AA
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    Dimensions 5.4 x 2 x 1.5" / 137 x 50 x 37 mm (Transmitter)
    Weight 2.3 oz / 65 g
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.0 x 2.4 x 1.5"
  • Impact ControlSync16 Receiver
    Wireless
    Channels 16
    Groups 16
    Wireless Range 150' / 45.7 m
    Radio Frequency 433 MHz
    General
    Control Modes Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Sync Speed 1/250 sec
    Physical
    Dimensions 2.2 x 1.2 x 1" / 57 x 30 x 27 mm (Receiver)
    Weight 0.7 oz / 20 g
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 2.3 x 1.1 x 1.1"
Astral Extreme 2-Monolight Portrait Kit is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Light Stand is too week Light Stand is too week to support the lightings We wanted to use only Impact in the future, but now we are doubting it. This stands is not for the weight of these lights.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i love it I love it, plenty of flash power .the adjustment of the power in real nice . The fan is almost silent . It has a speedy recycle time at full power. The beep can be turn on and off by remote . The modeling light can be turned on and off by remote . How ever the remote will not dim or brighting the modeling light .If it dose i have not come across that. The controls are smooth . The lay out is not cluttered . There space out to were,your not pushing 2 controlls at one time .The controlls are simple to use .The read out for the flash power is easy to read . The light stand it holds the light . How ever one of the 3 legs must be under the soft box. Or a sand bag must be used .Streched out to maxmum it has some sway with soft box on it . It stay's up with the soft box on it . The remote simple to use works as it should. I have a extra Receiver allready. The kit only comes with one Receiver. It is nice to be able to turn and off. Both modeling lights, and the power of the flash. The soft box smooth out the light oh so nice. The umbrella um it was a booger getting into the monolight holder . Once it in there, you dont have to worrie about it moveing around un less you want it to.i like it used it as a reflector. But shoot through works well. I'm planing to order another kit SOON ! I'm hoping it stays on sell at least till the end of the month .
Date published: 2015-07-15
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