Speedotron 1205CX 1200 w/s Power Pack (120V)

Speedotron 1205CX 1200 w/s Power Pack (120V)

Speedotron 1205CX 1200 w/s Power Pack (120V)

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Speedotron 1205CX overview

  • 1Description

The Speedotron 1205CX Power Pack offers true power output ratio, variable dial-down power and model lamp intensity give precise control over power distribution to the flash heads. Electronics are engineered for reliability and safety on location shoots are housed in a dust-proof and compact sealed case. This pack is also available in a 220 Volt model: #11249I.

Compact Design
Perfect for location photography.
Fast Recycling
0.9 sec. recycle @ full power
Variable Output
Three Stop range Variable Power Control
Variable modeling light control on each channel.
Arc Proof Outlets
4 arc-protected outlets in 3 power channels
Heavy-duty switches.
LV Model
Low 6V trigger voltage is safe for virtually all photo gear.
UPC: 689670188760
In the Box
Speedotron 1205CX 1200 w/s Power Pack (120V)
  • AC Power Cord
  • 15' Sync Cable (13562)
  • 2 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Table of Contents
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    Speedotron 1205CX specs

    Maximum Watt/Seconds 1200
    Guide Number 500-270 @ ISO 100, in feet w/202VF Light, 11.5" reflector forward (350) & back (900) positions
    Recycle Time 0.9 second @ full power
    Flash Duration In Seconds:
    w/103B: 1/770 @ full, 1/1300 @ 1/2, 1/1800 @ 1/4 power
    w/102: 1/400 @ full, 1/670 @ 1/2, 1/1250 @ 1/4 power
    w/202VF: 1/500 @ full, 1/900 @ 1/2, 1/1425 @ 1/4 power
    w/105: 1/2000 @ full, 1/3570 @ 1/2, 1/5000 @1/4 power
    Distribution Symmetrical/Asymmetrical
    Head Outlets 4
    Flash Ready Indicator LED
    Built-in Slave Cell None
    Circuit Protection Circuit Breakers - one for flash, one for model light
    Dimensions 6.4 x 8.8 x 10" (16.25 x 22.35 x 25.4 cm)
    Weight 15 lb (6.8 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 20.06 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.5 x 12.0 x 9.65"

    Speedotron 1205CX reviews

    1205CX 1200 w/s Power Pack (120V) is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 2.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reliable & Versatile The 1205 CX is the right size and the right power for me. From a medium soft box with both baffles in, at normal portrait working distances 800 WS gives me f:16 + so I turn the power down. Even in a larger soft box or with a multi light tree I usually need to power down to about 600 WS to achieve the larger aperture I want. If you use one of the giant 7 foot + beauty boxes / umbrellas with a diffuser or bounce light into foam core you still do not need more than 800 WS. For overpowering the sun, right around 800-1000 WS on the key light is enough to make a sunlit background or bright sky go 2 stops darker than the subject. Dialing power up & down is a breeze. For the way I work it is clearly optimal to have at least two packs - rather than one large pack - so I can move lights around - each pack closer to a stand or boom. 2 1205's are more useful than one 2400, and so forth. Speedotron is still the most durable, most reliable, high quality of light flash I have seen. When you buy a pack you buy into the whole system. When you work for a while with variety of booms, stands, reflectors, diffusers & light modifiers and getting into regular rigging, packing and testing you begin to appreciate the Speedotron system and the way it is strong enough, versatile enough and configurable enough to do anything you want. All of my Chimera, Photek and Elinchrom (including the Elinchrom indirects with adapters) modifiers work with Speedotron heads. The light out of a 1205 with 102 & 202 heads is consistent shot to shot - all day long. Speedotron flash duration has a longer spec up over 1200 WS (which I do not exceed out of choice) than some other brands - but it is more than adequate for stopping human movement or catching flying hair. If you are trying for the frozen water droplet thing you already know what equipment is best for that purpose. You can get a Speedotron bi-tube head for that if it is what you want. On rapid recycle the 1205 is very fast. On slow recycle it is still fairy quick and as practical matter I hardly ever notice the difference. Slow recycle helps if you are at a location with low amperage like an older building or are drawing from an inverter / battery pack. Speedotron does not currently use a digital display or controls on their studio packsI am not sure why. It may be that it would affect their legendary reliability or that there is simply no need. While the 1205 CX is small and relatively light it could be even smaller & lighter. I have been using Speedotrons for 30 years. I have never had any issues with their equipment other than a set screw coming loose on a knob that was fixed in 20 seconds without shipping the pack. Speedotron service used to have a reputation for being quick and inexpensive from anywhere in the country. The company has recently been absorbed by Promark. My understanding is that Speedotron is still acting as an independent division with its own service, but I have never had to ship anything back to them.
    Date published: 2014-03-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good back-up pack or Low level lighting I bought this pack as a back-up to my 2405 pack. I use it when I need more than 3 lights or when placement of lights require more spacing than one pack will give. I have been completely satisfied with the Speedotron equipment (packs and heads). I use the pack for studio work and for lication work.
    Date published: 2011-01-02
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