Photogenic 1,500W/s Solair 3 Light Kit (120V)

Photogenic 1,500W/s Solair 3 Light Kit (120V)

Photogenic 1,500W/s Solair 3 Light Kit (120V)

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  • 3 x 500W/s Solair Monolights
  • Constant Color Technology
  • Auto Flash Bracketing
  • UV-Corrected Flashtubes
  • 250W Modeling Lamps
  • 24 x 32" Soft Box, 12 x 36" Softbox
  • 45" Umbrella, Stands, Sync Cord, Case
  • Flash Tube Protectors, Boom Arm
  • 8 Stop Power Range
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Photogenic PL500DRC overview

  • 1Description

The Photogenic 1,500W/s Solair 3 Light Kit (120V) is a great way to achieve studio-quality lighting in-house or on location. The heart of the kit is the Solair Monolight. Building on the foundation of the popular PowerLight series, the enhanced Solair has an 8 stop extended power range selectable in 1/2 or 1/10 stop increments with repeat flash accuracy within 1/20 of a stop. All of the power settings are displayed on the large, digital LED screen. The bright 250W modeling lamp can be set to full, on/off, user preference or proportionate to the flash power.

What distinguishes the Solair however, is Constant Color Technology. It's quite common for other brands' color temperature to vary wildly when dropping from full to minimum power. The Solair varies a mere 100K from full to 1/128 power; indiscernible to most people. Another unique feature is the Flash Auto Bracketing function. Under and over power settings can be programmed into the flash head in 1/10 - 1 ½ f/stop increments around the prime or normal exposure.

Three 500w/s heads are provided in this comprehensive kit. The Solairs are capable of rapid recycling (1.5 sec.) coupled with fast flash durations that make them ideal for capturing every fleeting gesture with active subjects like athletes or dancers. Of course, they're great for product work or portraiture as well and Photogenic has you covered on both counts.

Both 24 x 32" and 12 x 36" softboxes are included in the kit. The first is an ideal source for head and shoulders portraits and the 12 x 36" box is an excellent sidelight or product light which yields long elegant highlights on reflective objects. There's also a 45" umbrella to use as a fill light for 3-point lighting. Two 8.0' light stands are provided, as well as 1 heavy duty 13' stand which is perfect for the included boom arm with counterweight. Use the scoop-type backlight reflector on one of your lights to create sophisticated effects behind your subject. It all fits in a soft-sided wheeled carrying case.

  • PL500DRC Solair 500W/s Monolight

    The Photogenic Solair PL500DRC 500W/s Monolight offers speed, power and control, a wide choice of accessories and intuitive operation backed by impressive specs at a very reasonable price.

    The PL500DRC keeps you fully informed of your power levels via its large highly readable digital display. Power settings are adjustable in 1/10 or ½ stop increments across an impressive 8 full stops. The bright 250W modeling light can be set to Proportional to let you previsualize your final shot when using multiple lights. Other settings include Full On, OFF and manual control of the modeling light output. The PL500DRC Radio Solair even allows 2 or 3 shot bracketing around your prime exposure.

    The PL500DRC recycles to full power in a lightning-fast 1.5 seconds at full power and 0.5 seconds at minimum power with short flash durations that help you stop every gesture, an attribute which is extremely valuable when working with kinetic subjects like dancers or athletes.

    Convenience features include a test button, optical slave and integral handle.The UV color corrected flash tube ensures that blue doesn't creep into your color balance on subjects like a bride in her gown. It also ensures natural, flattering skin tones. The PL500DRC comes with a 7.5" reflector and is compatible with a wide range of optional accessories including grids, snoots, parabolic reflectors, softboxes and umbrellas.

    Eight Stop Power Range
    Power levels are displayed in easy-to-read LED digits allowing settings from 3.9W/s to 500W/s in 1/10 or 1/2 stop increments
    Fast Recycling
    The PL500DRC recycles to full power (1,000W/s) in only 1.5 seconds and 0.5 sec. at minimum power to catch even the most fleeting gestures
    Modeling Light
    The PL500DRC's bright 250W quartz modeling lamp offers independent power control that is adjustable from full to 1/128 power in 1/10 or 1/2 stop increments. Settings include Proportional, to previsualize lighting effects, Manual adjustment or Full On or Off
    Flash Bracketing
    Flash bracketing is a great time-saving feature especially when you'd like to shoot at a specific f/stop. You can set up your Solair for 2 or 3 shot bracketing over or under the prime exposure
    Low Trigger Voltage
    Digital cameras can be used with Photogenic monolights without fear of damage to the camera's electronics
    User Replaceable UV Flashtube
    No tools are required to replace this "plug & play" flashtube. The UV coating ensures clean whites and flattering flesh tones
    Ready Indication
    A ready light and audible alert let you know when the flash is fully charged
    Auto Dump Function
    When reducing the power output, excess flash power in the capacitors is released before exposure to insure consistent performance
    Fan Cooled
    A low noise, high performance fan keeps the flash head's electronics cool while lengthening the flash tube's and the modeling light's lives
    Safety Features
    The PL500DRC incorporates surge protection to handle power spikes and internal thermal protection which monitors heat generated during intense use
    System Compatibility
    The PL500DRC Radio Solair is compatible with all Photogenic Quick-Change light shaping accessories
    UPC: 689670110471
  • 7-1/2" High Gain Reflector

    This 7.5" high gain reflector fits all Photogenic Powerlight and StudioMax II monolights.

    It gathers and intensifies the light output of the flash head. It can be used with any umbrella, and all Photogenic Powerlight accessories, such as barndoors, grid holders and filter holders.

    UPC: 689670070775
  • C4-15C Flashtube

    The standard, clear, UV Coated flashtube for the Photogenic PL2 Series monolights.

    Most current, professional flash heads and monolights are equipped with user replaceable flashtubes that may simply be plugged into, and unplugged from their sockets. With proper handling, these flashtubes may last for tens of thousands of flashes under normal use.

    This flashtube is UV-Coated, or UV-Corrected. UV flashtubes have a yellow appearance, and they counteract the excess blue 5700° or higher output of non-UV coated flashtubes. UV Coating lowers the color temperature to 5500°, which is the color of noon daylight on a clear day.

    UPC: 689670080163
  • ESS 250W Modeling Lamp

    The Photogenic ESS 250W Modeling Lamp is a replacement modeling lamp for Powerlights PL1000, PL500, PL2500, PL1250, PL300, PL1500, PL1875.

    Replacement modeling lamp for Powerlights PL1000, PL500, PL2500, PL1250, PL300, PL1500, PL1875
    UPC: 689670090131
  • Protective Cap for Powerlight

    This is a plastic protective cap for storage and transport of the Photogenic Powerlight monolights.

    UPC: 689670070737
  • AC Line Cord - 110V, for PL and PM

    This is a replacement 110V grounded AC power cord for all current Photogenic PL Series monolights and Photomaster power packs.

    UPC: 689670070751
  • Sync Cord - Monoplug to PC

    This is a straight, 15' sync cable, designed to allow firing of any strobe unit equipped with a 1/4" thick monoplug (old style phono) receptor. The other end plugs into any camera or firing device that has a standrad PC (post connection) terminal.

    Compatible with: Photogenic, Profoto, Speedotron, Hensel, SP Excalbur, and others.

    UPC: 689670071529
  • 24 x 32" Rectangular Softbox with Mount Ring (Silver Interior)

    The 24 x 32" Rectangular Softbox with Back Plate and Mounting Ring for Photogenic Flash Heads provides soft, yet intense light for your subjects. The interior is silver, for a little extra snap to the light. The spring tension rods fit easily into the softbox and into the included Photogenic speed ring. The front panel is touch-fastener fitted, allowing you to place the panel at the edge or 1.5" into the box for improved light direction.

    Suggested use: 1 or 2 person half-length portrait.
    UPC: 689670060448
  • Softbox with Quick Change Adapter for Flash (12 x 36")

    This is the medium strip, 12 x 36" size Softbox with Quick Change Adapter for Flash from Photogenic, which is suitable for a side-accent light or hairlight for group of 2 people when mounted on a Photogenic flash head.

    Photogenic softboxes are designed to enable photographers to illuminate a subject evenly over a specified area. Different geometry softboxes are available to meet specific needs of photographers. Photogenic offers two square and two rectangular softboxes to choose from.

    The recessed front helps prevent lens flare from excess light spill.
    For added stability when using a PL2500DR, you can remove the stand adapter bracket on the bottom of the PowerLight and move the stand adapter to the holes at the rear of the stand adapter bracket.
    UPC: 608967006044
  • EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella

    This Photogenic EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella with its removable black cover has an extra white satin panel added during construction. The result is the elimination of the reflection of the metal frame of the umbrella in the eyes of your subject, or on highly reflective surfaces, such as chrome or brass.
    This size is perfect for portraits of 1 or 2 people, and small product set ups.
    This umbrella is designed for use with strobe lighting.

    Note: Using this umbrella with modeling lights or constant lights brighter than 300 watts for prolonged sessions will result in eventual discoloration or scorching.

    Softens and broadens the light output of any strobe or lower wattage constant light.
    Removable black cover allows the light source to "shoot-through", as a more direct light.

    Note:Ribs are hidden in bounce mode. Removing black cover for shoot-through exposes the ribs.

    UPC: 689670060110
  • Shallow Satin Reflector

    The ability to shape and control the light from a flash source is essential. This is one of many different reflectors available for the Photogenic line of flash heads and monolights. It is used for lighting a background evenly, and softly.

    UPC: 689670070188
  • Air Cushioned Light Stand (8')

    The Photogenic Air Cushioned Light Stand rises to a maximum height of 8'. It has four sections, which enables it to fold down shorter than a three section stand. It folds to 26".

    Brushed anodized finish, rubber grip feet
    Top Baby (5/8") stud has a 1/4"-20 thread
    UPC: 689670177733
  • Talon Air-Cushioned Stand (Black, 13')

    This is a black-finished, 13' Talon Air-Cushioned Stand from Photogenic. The Talon line of light stands from Photogenic are a combination of design quality and practicality, achieving superior stability and longer service life even under constant, rigorous use.

    Optional casters are available for added convenience.
    UPC: 689670130172
  • Boom Arm with Counterweight - 5 - 6.5'

    Photogenic Telescopic Boom Arm with counterweight and swivel bracket for 1/2" stand top. Two sections. Expands from 5' to 6.5'.

    UPC: 689670130769
In the Box
Bundle Items
  • ESS 250W Modeling Lamp
  • 7-1/2" High Gain Reflector
  • C4-15C Flashtube
  • AC Line Cord - 110V, for PL and PM
  • Protective Cap for Powerlight
  • Sync Cord - Monoplug to PC
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Mounting Plate and Speed Ring for Photogenic Heads
  • Storage Bag
  • Limited 30-Day Warranty
  • Rods
  • Adapter Ring for Photogenic Heads
  • Black, Removable Cover
  • Limited 30-Day Warranty
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Counterweight
  • Swivel Bracket
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty

Also Includes

  • PL03CS Extra Large Cordura Soft Case with Wheels
  • User Manual
  • 2 Year Manufacturer's Warranty on Flash
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty on Flash Tube
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • PL500DRC Solair 500W/s Monolight
    Flash Head
    Maximum Power 3.9 to 500 Ws
    Power Control 8 Stops in 1/10-Stop Increments
    Guide Number 110' / 33.5 m at 10' / 3 m, ISO100
    365' / 111.3 m at 10' / 3 m, ISO100 with Reflector
    Flash Duration 1/5800 to 1/280 Sec
    Recycle Time 0.5 to 1.5 Sec ()
    Flash Ready Indicator Visual
    Reflector Changeable
    Accessory Fitting Type Photogenic
    Modeling Light
    Type Tungsten
    Wattage 250 W
    Sync
    Sync Type Optical, Radio
    Interface 1/4" Sync
    Sync Voltage 5 V
    Power
    AC Input Voltage 105to125 VAC, 60 Hz
    Current 10 A (Operating)
    15 A (Charging)
    0.2 A (Idle)
    Circuit Protection Fuse
    Fuse 16 A
    General
    Display None
    Mount 5/8" / 16 mm Receptacle
    Auto Dump Yes
    Fan Cooled Yes
    Dimensions H: 4.5 x W: 4.5 x L: 6.8" / H: 11.0 x W: 11.0 x L: 17.0 cm
    Weight 5.5 lb / 2.5 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.0 x 12.0 x 10.0"
  • 7-1/2" High Gain Reflector
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.5 x 8.5 x 8.4"
  • C4-15C Flashtube
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.55 x 3.1 x 3.05"
  • ESS 250W Modeling Lamp
    Base Type BA15d
    Wattage 250 W
    Voltage 120 V
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.45 x 1.15 x 1.15"
  • Protective Cap for Powerlight
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.433 x 5.354 x 5.276"
  • AC Line Cord - 110V, for PL and PM
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.75 x 9.75 x 2.65"
  • Sync Cord - Monoplug to PC
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.5 x 2.5 x 1.5"
  • 24 x 32" Rectangular Softbox with Mount Ring (Silver Interior)
    Shape Rectangular
    Interior Silver
    Requires Speed Ring Yes, Included
    Accepts Grids Yes
    Removable Front Face Yes
    Removable Interior Baffle Yes
    Rectangular Dimensions W: 24.0 x H: 32.0" / W: 61.0 x H: 81.0 cm
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 30.0 x 7.8 x 4.8"
  • Softbox with Quick Change Adapter for Flash (12 x 36")
    Shape Strip
    Interior Silver
    Requires Speed Ring Yes, Included
    Rectangular Dimensions W: 12.0 x H: 36.0" / W: 30.5 x H: 91.4 cm
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 29.0 x 7.0 x 4.5"
  • EC45BC Eclipse 45" White Flat-Panel Umbrella
    Size 45.0" / 114.3 cm
    Interior White
    Exterior Black
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 29.5 x 2.4 x 0.6"
  • Shallow Satin Reflector
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.4 x 6.6 x 4.75"
  • Air Cushioned Light Stand (8')
    Mounting Options 1/4"-20 Male Thread
    5/8" Stud
    Maximum Working Height 8' / 2.4 m
    Minimum Working Height 26" / 66 cm
    Collapsed Height 26" / 66 cm
    Footprint Diameter 31.5" / 80 cm
    Air Cushioned Yes
    Detachable Base No
    Leveling Leg No
    Reverse Legs No
    Finish Black
    Weight 2.3 lb / 1.0 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 24.0 x 5.0 x 4.5"
  • Talon Air-Cushioned Stand (Black, 13')
    Mounting Options 1/4"-20 Male Thread
    5/8" Stud
    Number of Sections 4
    Maximum Working Height 13' / 4 m
    Collapsed Height 43" / 1.1 cm
    Footprint Diameter 3' / 0.9 m
    Accepts Wheels Yes
    Air Cushioned Yes
    Detachable Base No
    Leveling Leg No
    Reverse Legs No
    Finish Black
    Weight 5.5 lb / 2.5 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 45.5 x 5.5 x 4.4"
  • Boom Arm with Counterweight - 5 - 6.5'
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 36.3 x 6.7 x 6.4"

Photogenic PL500DRC reviews

1,500W/s Solair 3 Light Kit (120V) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 1,500W/s Solair 3 Light Kit Inspection of the light kit showed that the reflectors of the speedring were damaged (would not securely attach to the lights). An e-mail to Photogenics customer service (found via Photogenics' web site) quickly resolved the issue - they sent me two new speedring reflectors (arrived a couple days after notifying Photogenics of the issue). Assembly of the softboxes took some effort - do not reccomend frequent assembly/breakdown.
Date published: 2012-04-19
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