We have a showroom at our warehouse in West Yorkshire where you can see and try out our equipment before you buy. You're more than welcome to bring your camera along too. It would be helpful if you could ring to make an appointment, but an appointment isn't essential. Also, we have a number of distributors in different areas.Was this answer helpful?
Yes you can. All Lencarta lighting equipment have built in voltage stabilisers, and will automatically adjust to accept mains power of between 180-240 volts. For European customers on the continent, we supply power leads with euro-spec plugs, so there is no need for adapters. Just plug in and use!Was this answer helpful?
It depends partly on the standard of work you want to produce and partly on the type of subject. For some food advertising shots you'll need incredibly consistent colour temperature, but for most portraits a tolerance of up to 300K is fine, although some makes of flash heads can vary by far more than this. All Lencarta flash heads are fully tested for colour temperature at every power setting, and are guaranteed to be accurate. Unfortunately, by no means all suppliers state accurate figures.Was this answer helpful?
It's good safety practice never to use extension leads, but flash heads don't consume much power so can be plugged into multi-connectors provided that they are in good condition and suitable for the amount of amperage involved. Even our most powerful flash head, the ElitePro 600, only consumes just over 2.5 amps so in theory up to 5 can be run from a single extension cable rated at 13 amps.Was this answer helpful?
The guide number is a measurement of the actual power created by the flash head. It's more useful than the power itself, for example 200 Ws, because that refers only to the amount of power stored in the capacitors, not to the amount of power that you actually get.
The guide number is measured with the flash head fitted with a standard reflector (other types of reflector or light modifier will produce different readings) and with the ISO set to 100.
Lencarta guide number tests are carried out in a commercial studio, where the large size produces conservative figures that you can trust. The same tests carried out in a smaller room, and especially if it has white walls, will produce higher figures.
A guide number of, say, 100 (SmartFlash) means that at a distance of 10' from the light, an aperture of f/10 will give you the correct exposure. We arrive at this figure by dividing the distance in feet from the flash meter to the flash head, which gives us the aperture. Using this method, the guide No. of 162 (ElitePro 300 gives an aperture of f/16.2 and the 232 guide No. of the ElitePro 600 gives an aperture of f/23.2.
Some people express guide numbers in meters instead of in feet. To convert a guide No. from feet to metres, multiply the number by 0.328. You'll see that 100 becomes 32.8, 162 becomes 53.14 and 232 becomes 76.1.
Unfortunately, by no means all suppliers state accurate figures.Was this answer helpful?
Yes, you can use the SuperFast 300's and the SuperFast Pro together. The SuperFast Pro has a built in 2.4GHz Receiver. If you are already using the 2.4GHz system (denoted by 2.4 written on the Triggers and Receivers) you wont need to get anything else to use the SuperFast Pro with your SuperFast 300's. If you are using the old 443MHz system (2.4 isn't written on the Trigger or Receivers) you will either need to upgrade your triggers, or simply buy a 443MHz Reciever to plug into the SuperFast Pro.
You can find the 2.4GHz Triggers here.
You can find the 443MHz Receivers here.Was this answer helpful?
SF300 High Speed Studio Flash Head FLA013
6 stops of power adjustment. A full 6.6 stops of adjustment opens the creative possibilities and allows larger apertures to be used when needed
S1/S2 slave options, the slave cell can be set to either respond to or to ignore the first flash, allowing it to be used with hotshoe flashguns that fire a pre-flash
Full remote control via USB port. This allows you to set the controls on the SuperFast using our Wavesync Commander. as well as on the flash head
Uses the same remote control as our other new technology flashes. This means that you can use the SuperFast in conjunction with our other new technology flashes (ElitePro 2, Atom, SmartFlash 2 and future models) and control all of them individually from the transmitter fitted to your camera hotshoe.
S1/S2 slave options, the slave cell can be set to either respond to or to ignore the first flash, allowing it to be used with hotshoe flashguns that fire a pre-flash. The slave cell can also be switched off so that it doesn't flash in response to other people's flashes.
Fan cooled, to avoid the risk of overheating. It also has overheat protection, for extra safety.
Precise digital control of power displayed on the display panel. The digital control knob adjusts the power setting and displays it on the control panel.
150W Halostar lamp, fully adjustable by separate control, and fitted with a safety dome.
This revolutionary new flash head uses IGBT technology to produce incredibly short flash durations that can freeze even really fast action such as jumping, dancing, hair, martial arts and even bursting balloons, as well as all the other jobs that a high-quality studio flash head can do!
Insulated-Gate Bipolar Transistor technology works in the same way with this new flash head as with hotshoe flashes, which means that the flash duration becomes progressively shorter when the power is reduced, this is the opposite of what happens with conventional flash heads. At full power, the SF300 produces 300Ws of flash power and behaves exactly like a conventional flash head, with a respectable t.1 flash duration of just 1/1600th second, this reduces to an incredible 1/20,000th second at minimum power, again this is at t.1. As you can see from the photos, you will even be able to freeze the incredibly fast movement of clothing being hurled through the air, or a jugful of milk hitting the poor model!
And you can easily shoot a sequence of shots in 'machine gun mode' or even make multiple shots on the same frame.
And, as the power is reduced, the recycling times become progressively shorter, and even the fastest cameras can't keep up with it at low power settings!
This is the perfect solution for all studio photographers who, up until now, have been forced to use hotshoe flashguns, with their power and accessory limitations, and the lack of a modelling lamp, whenever they have needed to freeze subject movement.
And our optional Wavesync Commander System allows full remote control of all functions, in addition to triggering the flash head. To get the maximum benefits from the set, it is advisable to have a separate receiver for each additional flash head.
Here are the flash duration test results, published in Advanced Photographer. They (and many other testers) use a spinning disk as the test method, and simply takes a series of photographs using a high-performance camera without flash, these shots are taken at various shutter speeds and provide a benchmark, showing the action freezing potential at any tested shutter speed. The shots are then re-taken, this time using the flash unit under test, and the results can then be compared.
It's a pretty good testing method because shots taken at, say, a shutter speed of 1/10.000th second produce a very similar result as a flash with a t.1 time of 1/10,000th second.
The problem though, is that although this is a very useful and meaningful test, it isn't scientific - a visual comparison needs to be made, and an estimate arrived at.
The first 4 photos (above) show the action being frozen (or not) by using various shutter speeds on a camera, using ambient light. The other photos shows the same subject, with the SuperFast flash head being used at normal shutter speeds. Professional DSLR cameras tend to have a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000th second, which is nowhere near fast enough for comparing their action freezing potential to the SuperFast.
The focal plane shutters fitted to DSLR cameras inevitably create a distorted image of a spinning disk, due to the movement of the disk as the camera shutter moves across the sensor, and this makes estimation difficult.
The camera used in these tests was a Nikon V1, which has a very fast electronic shutter, producing a shutter speed of 1/16,000th second.
You will see that the distortion here is even worse, making an accurate comparison between the freezing effect of a camera shutter and the freezing
effect of a flash even more difficult to compare, but it's the best method available.
This distortion does not occur when taking photos using the SuperFast.
Shot in our studio by Garry Edwards
Shot by ISO100 Studios
Shot by ISO100 Studios
All studio and event photographers, including:
Fashion, dance and sports photographers who need to get pin-sharp photos of very fast moving subjects
Creative portrait, artistic glamour photographers
Still Life Photographers
Who is this flash head NOT perfect for?
|Box contents||1 x SuperFast 300 flash head 1 x 150W modelling lamp 1 x Mains cable 1 x Sync cable 2 x Spare fuses 1 x Protective Head cap|
|Recycling speed||0.8 second at full power 1/20th second at minimum power At intermediate power settings, each power reduction of 1 stop = a halving of recycling speed, e.g. half power = 0.4 sec, quarter power = 0.2 sec|
|Minimum power||2.81 W/s|
|Maximum power||300 W/s|
|Guide No. (feet)||190|
|Guide No. (metres)||57.92|
|f/ with standard reflector @ 10'||f/19|
|f/ with 60 x 60cm softbox @ 10'||f/7.4|
|f/ with150cm softbox @ 10'||f/7.3|
|Colour temperature at minimum power||5530K|
|Colour temperature at full power||5780K|
|Flash duration at maximum power, t.1||1/1600th second. This approximates to the action stopping potential of using a shutter speed outdoors of 1/1600th second. The figure used by most sellers is based on a t.5 time, which produces a much higher figure but which is far less meaningful.|
|Colour temperature consistency||Variation between flashes is too small to measure except at minimum power. At minimum power, the variation is less than 100K|
|Flash duration at minimum power, t.1||1/20000th second. This approximates to the action stopping potential of using a shutter speed outdoors of 1/20000th second. The figure used by most sellers is based on a t.5 time, which produces a much higher figure but which is far less meaningful.|
|Mains/battery||Mains, can also be used with any 3rd party battery system|
|Standard S-fit accessory mount||Yes|
|Power adjustment range||6.6 stops|
|Power adjustment display||Digital|
|Modelling lamp power||150 Watt|
|Modelling lamp dims during recycling||Yes|
|Switchable flash ready beep||Yes|
|Switchable slave sensor||Yes|
|Can ignore pre-flash||Yes, set to S.2|
|Open flash/test button||Yes|
|Length of body (cm)||39|
|Remote control available||Yes|
|Umbrella socket||Yes, at top of flash head. Accepts standard 8mm umbrella|
|Length of warranty||3 years|
|Overheat protection system||Yes|