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.