Impact Astral Extreme AS-X-400 Monolight

Impact Ultimate Monolight Portrait Kit

Impact Ultimate Monolight Portrait Kit

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  • 2 x Astral Extreme 400Ws Monolights
  • 1 x Parabolic Umbrella: 7'
  • 1 x Luxbanx Duo Octabox w/ Speedring: 18"
  • 1 x Beauty Dish with Adapter: 20"
  • 2 x Air-Cushioned Light Stands: 10'
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Impact AS-X-400 overview

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B&H has put together this comprehensive Ultimate Monolight Portrait Kit for photographers looking for high performance features backed with quality of light options. The kit includes two Impact Astral Extreme 400Ws monolights, each with a 7" grid reflector and a 10' air-cushioned light stand. The kit's modifiers include a 7' white-interior parabolic umbrella, an 18" Luxbanx Duo Deep Octabox with speedring, and a 20" Angler Beauty Dish with adapter.

  • 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
  • Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White/Black)

    If you had to choose a single light shaping tool, you might do well to pick the Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella with a black exterior and a white interior.First of all, it's a huge broad light source that wraps light around your subject, yielding clean highlights and rich open shadows. But due to the special shape of the umbrella there's a unique mix of soft enveloping light with the kind of crisp detail you only get from reflectors. Put another way, if you combined a beauty dish with a softbox, you'd have a parabolic umbrella.

    This umbrella has a unique structural design as well. Instead of bendable metal, the 16 inner ribs are made of durable fiberglass. The fixed black backing ensures that all of the light output is bounced back on your subject instead of through the umbrella. You can also vary the light-to-umbrella distance along the shaft for a harder or softer look, or for longer throw capability.

    Parabolic Shape
    The parabolic shape produces a more natural wraparound light than a regular umbrella. This soft and natural light is what makes this umbrella a favorite of wedding and portrait photographers.
    Wide Diameter
    The 7-foot diameter ensures a soft light quality. This umbrella produces enough light for stunning group photos. It will also emit a broad enough beam for full-length portraits.
    White Interior, Black Exterior
    The white interior produces a broad light that delivers an even throw, which is perfect for portraits and groups. The soft quality of the light is great for creamy skin tones. The black backing efficiently eliminates back spill so light isn't lost when bouncing the beam toward your subject.
    16-Rib Design
    For an umbrella to be effective, it needs to maintain its shape, and the fabric should remain taut. The umbrella features a 16-rib design that maintains the shape of the umbrella and the tension of the fabric for an even light spread.
    UPC: 847628557055
  • Impact Luxbanx Duo Deep Extra-Small Octagonal Softbox (18")

    The Impact Luxbanx Duo Deep Extra-Small Octagonal Softbox is a versatile 18" 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 500W. 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: 847628564503
  • Impact Speed Ring for Impact, Bowens S, Westcott & Aputure

    The Speed Ring for Impact, Bowens S, Westcott & Aputure from Impact features indexed flex rod holes that allow you to effortlessly mount any square, rectangular, strip, or octagonal Luxbanx softbox to Impact, Bowens S, Westcott, and Aputure 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: 847628003309
  • Angler Beauty Reflector (20")

    The 20" Beauty Reflector from Angler gets its name from the popularity of this light shaper with fashion and portrait photographers.

    Recommended for strobes, the light source is bounced off of a centrally positioned deflector and directed to fill the neutral white reflector interior. The result is a signature soft dispersed look, but with crispness, ideal for hair and makeup, that you can't get from umbrellas and softboxes. An added feature is the natural-looking catchlights that appear in the subject's eyes. Optional accessories include a honeycomb grid to tunnel and direct the light output and a diffusion sock to soften it.

    Adapters are available for the following studio flash units: Paul C. Buff Alien Bee, Einstein, White Lightning, and Zeus; Balcar; Flashpoint, Elinchrom, Impact EX, Calumet Genesis, Interfit EX and Stellar, Bowens; Calumet Travelite, Cowboy, JTL, Photoflex; Rime Lite, Impact monolights, Westcott and Profoto.

    Paul C. Buff Alien Bee, Einstein, White Lightning, and Zeus; Balcar; Flashpoint, Elinchrom, Impact EX, Calumet Genesis, Interfit EX and Stellar, Bowens; Calumet Travelite, Cowboy, JTL, Photoflex; Rime Lite, Impact monolights, Westcott and Profoto
    Optional Accessories
    Diffuser sock and honeycomb grid
    Unique Qualities
  • Natural-looking catchlights in subject's eyes
  • Soft but crisp quality of light
  • UPC: 847628588813
  • Angler Beauty Dish Adapter for Select Impact, Bowens, Interfit, Photoflex & Westcott Flash Heads

    The Angler Beauty Reflector Adapter is a sturdy, interchangeable aluminum alloy mount adapter that allows you to use your flash with the Angler Beauty Reflector.

    Compatible Flash Heads:
    Interfit Stellar, Bowens; Calumet Travelite, Cowboy, JTL, Photoflex; Rime Lite, Impact monolights and Westcott
    UPC: 847628588868
  • 2 x Impact Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 10')

    This Impact Air-Cushioned Light Stand is a black anodized aluminum support that rises to a height of 10' and folds down to 33.5" for storage and transport. The stand will handle up to 8.5 lb and is topped with a 5/8" stud with 1/4"-20 threads. It has a wide footprint of 38" for greater stability. Air cushioning gently lowers the light when making height adjustments to protect equipment and fingers.

    Protects equipment and fingers from damage
    Compact Design
    Will fit easily into most location cases
    Accepts Casters
    For easy positioning of lights
    UPC: 847628030626
  • 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"
  • Impact 7' Parabolic Umbrella (White/Black)
    Size 84.0" / 213.4 cm
    Interior White
    Exterior Black
    Shaft Diameter Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Rods 16
    Material of Construction Fiberglass
    Folded Size L: 43.5" / L: 110.5 cm
    Weight 2.4 lb / 1.1 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 47.0 x 3.5 x 3.5"
  • Impact Luxbanx Duo Deep Extra-Small Octagonal Softbox (18")
    Shape Octagon
    Interior Silver
    Requires Speed Ring Yes, Not Included
    Accepts Grids Yes
    Maximum Wattage 500 W (Hot Lights)
    Removable Front Face Yes
    Removable Interior Baffle Yes
    Circular Dimensions : 18.0 x D: 12.0" / : 45.7 x D: 30.5 cm
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.0 x 10.0 x 1.0"
  • Impact Speed Ring for Impact, Bowens S, Westcott & Aputure
    Material Aluminum alloy
    Compatibility Impact, Bowens S, Westcott Flash Heads, and Aputure LED heads
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    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.9 x 7.8 x 2.4"
  • Angler Beauty Reflector (20")
    Material Aluminum
    Finish Exterior: black
    Interior: white
    Dimensions Diameter: 20" (40.6 cm)
    Depth: 6.0" (15.2 cm)
    Weight 2.65 lb (1.2 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.0 x 20.0 x 8.0"
  • Angler Beauty Dish Adapter for Select Impact, Bowens, Interfit, Photoflex & Westcott Flash Heads
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.6 x 6.2 x 2.1"
  • 2 x Impact Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 10')
    Maximum Load 8.5 lb (3.8 kg)
    Maximum Height 121.5" (308.6 cm)
    Minimum Height 40.5" (102.9 cm)
    Closed Length 33.5" (85 cm)
    Footprint Diameter 38" (96.5 cm)
    Leg Tip 0.8" (20 mm)
    Attachment Size 5/8" (16 mm) stud with 1/4"-20 male threads
    Accepts Wheels Yes, casters
    Air Cushioned Yes
    Weight 2.4 lb (1.1 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 34.0 x 3.0 x 3.0"

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