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?
The Slave Cell
The SuperFast Pro has a built in slave cell, located at the rear top, where it reacts to a flash from any other flash head or flashgun, and fires the flash if required.
The Slave Cell can be set to either S1 or S2, or can be switched off if required.
When set to S1, the flash will fire in response to every flash that it sees
When set to S2, the flash will ignore a pre-flash, which typically occurs when using a built in camera flashgun or a hotshoe flashgun that fires a pre-flash, for example when the flashgun is using an intelligent metering system.
The SuperFast Pro has a built in 2.4G Receiver. This accepts commands from our Wavesync 2.4 Transmitter (optional extra). This combination provides both flash triggering and full remote control.
The Flash Head also has a USB port that allows backwards compatibility with our other flash head and has a standard sync socket, for use with 3rd party flash receivers.
The Flash Tube
The Flash Tube has an expected lifespan of 100,000 flashes and replacements simply plug in. There is no need to return the unit to us for a replacement flash tube.
The flash tube is protected by a safety dome.
Shot by Ben Mark
The SuperFast Pro 400Ws High Speed Studio Flash Head
This is the brand new SuperFast Pro! It's an amalgamation of the benefits of the SuperFast and the ElitePro 2. This fantastic new head comes with some great features including: a built in 2.4GHz receiver; outstanding output stability and colour temperature consistency; insanely fast recycling times (even when used at full power) and much more!
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?
The Main Features
7 Stops of Power Adjustment - (full power to 1/128th power) A full 7 stops of adjustment opens the creative possibilities and allows larger apertures to be used when needed.
High Power - When fitted with our standard reflector, the 400Ws of power produces a guide number of 323 (ft) / 98.48 (m). When set to minimum power, the guide number is reduced to 3.124 (ft) allowing even the largest apertures to be used.
IGBT Technology -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.
Ultra Fast Recycling - Even at full power, the recycling speed is an incredible 0.61 second, and at minimum power this reduces to 1/20th second, allowing any camera to be used in continuous fire mode.
A Built-in 2.4GHz Receiver - This allows you to use the head remotely without any extra plug-in receivers!
Compatible with all other flashes - Can be used with all other flash heads and with all flashguns. Some flashguns can be used with the same, state of the art triggering/remote control system.
USB and 6.2mm Sync Port - This allows you to use our previous generation Wavesync Commanderor any 3rd party triggers.
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 flashes.
Fan Cooled - An internal cooling fan prevents the risk of overheating. But just in case, there are also overheat protection systems integrated for extra peace of mind.
Precise Digital Control - Every feature of the SuperFast Pro can be adjusted from the control panel, to give you total command of the flash, which gives you the power to take your perfect shot. Most features can also be adjusted using the Wavesync Commander 2.4GHz and the Wacesync 2.4GHz Mach triggers.
150W Halostar Modelling Lamp - The modelling lamp is fully adjustable from the control panel in 5% increments..
High Speed Sync Enabled - This flash head is geared up to allow HSS, when using our new Wavesync 2.4G Mach Trigger.
Digitally Displayed t.1 Times - The flash durations are displayed in real time on the LCD display when in Manual Mode.
This revolutionary new flash head comes with every feature you will ever need, making it future-proof for your photography. Whether you like to take pictures of your family on a weekend, or you're a top level professional fashion photographer, this is the flash head that can do everything! The SuperFast Pro can be set to many different modes, including: Manual; Stroboscopic; HSS; Speed; Timer; Rear Curtain Sync; and Colour Consistency. Whatever type of photography you want to do, the SuperFast Pro will do it with you, perfectly and effortlessly, leaving you to concentrate on your subject, with no technicalities to worry about.
In short, the SuperFast Pro can do everything, and it outperforms even the most expensive, premium-brand flash heads.
The rear control panel has full digital control, and has both simple buttons and a menu system. In most operating modes It's just as simple to use as ordinary flash heads, and when specialised functions such as Multi mode, HSS, Speed mode, Colour mode, Rear Curtain Sync or advanced modelling lamp settings are needed, these are accessed via a menu.
Multi Mode allows you to use the flash head in stroboscopic mode, for when creating images that need multiple images taken very close together on the same frame. This allows you to set the flash head's power between 1/8th - 1/128th power in 1/3rd stop increments. A single press of the Set Dial allows you to adjust the delay (Hertz) between each flash. A second press of the Set Dial allows you to adjust how many flashes are produced. Multi mode can only be used in conjunction with function settings F2 and F4.
|Test||The Test Button allows you to fire the flash directly from the Control Panel.|
|Lamp||The Lamp Button allows you to adjust the modelling lamp. A single press will turn on the modelling lamp. A second press will allow you to adjust the intensity of the modelling lamp in 5% increments. A long press will turn the modelling lamp off. The modelling lamp can also be set to dim automatically when the flash fires, or it can be set not to dim.|
|Beep||The Beep Button controls the sound indicator. When enabled the flash head will beep when it is ready to fire again. When enabled, a visual indicator is displayed on the LCD screen.|
|S1/S2||The S1/S2 Button controls the slave cell. A single press will enable S1, which activates the slave sell so that the flash head will fire whenever it sees another flash. A second press will enable S2, which activates the slave cell so that the flash head will fire when it sees every other flash - this is for use with hotshoe flashguns which use a pre-flash. A third press will disable the slave cell. When enabled a visual indicator is displayed on the LCD screen.|
|Mode||The Mode Button changes the flash head between 3 main modes: Manual(M); Stroboscopic (Multi); and High Speed Sync (HSS). Each mode has a visual indicator which is displayed on the LCD screen.|
|GR/CH||The GR/CH Button adjusts the group and channel of the internal 2.4GHz receiver. A single press will enable you to adjust the Group. A long press will enable you to adjust the Channel.|
|C.Fn||The C.Fn Button allows you to change the function settings of the flash head. A single press will turn the internal 2.4GHz receiver on/off. A long press will take you to the settings menu, where you can change the 4 function settings: Speed/Colour Mode (F1); Timer Function (F2); Mask Function (F3); Modelling Lamp Function (F4).|
|Set Dial||The Set Dial allows you to the change the power of the flash head as well as the settings activated by the buttons shown above. The Set Dial can also be pushed as a button, which acts as a next/ok button.|
|On/Off Switch||The On/Off Switch turn the flash head on/off.|
||Manual Mode allows you to set the flash head's power between 1/1 - 1/128th power in 1/10th stop increments. While in manual mode the t.01 time (flash duration) is also displayed on the LCD panel. Manual mode can be used in conjunction with any of the function settings.|
|Multi Mode (Stroboscopic)
Multi mode allows you to use the flash head in stroboscopic mode, for when creating images that need multiple images taken very close together on the same frame, as illustrated below . This allows you to set the flash head's power between 1/8th - 1/128th power in 1/3rd stop increments. A single press of the Set Dial allows you to adjust the delay (Hertz) between each flash. A second press of the Set Dial allows you to adjust how many flashes are produced. Multi mode can only be used in conjunction with function settings F2 and F4.
|High Speed Sync Mode
||HSS Mode enabled the use of High Speed Sync, which allows your camera to be set to literally any shutter speed if required, this feature is essential when shooting in bright lighting conditions, e.g. sunlight. HSS allows you to set the flash head's power between 1/1 - 1/16th power in 1/3rd stop increments. While in HSS Mode no other technical data is displayed on the LCD screen. HSS Mode can only be used in conjunction with function settings F3 and F4. In order to use HSS you need our Wavesync 2.4G Mach trigger (available separately). The standard Wavesync Commander 2.4GHz will not allow the use of HSS.|
The Function Settings
|Speed/Colour Mode (F1)||The F1 settings allow you to change between Speed Mode and Colour Consistency Mode. Speed mode produces much shorter flash durations (1/35,086th second). This approximates to the action stopping potential of using a shutter speed outdoors of 1/35,086th second and is more than 4x better at freezing action than nearly any pro DSLR camera. There is some shift in colour temperature as the flash duration changes, and at its lowest power setting the colour temperature cools to 9000K . When used in colour mode, the colour temperature remains constant at around 5600K, but the flash duration is greater, with a minimum flash duration of 1/4,983th second. Typically, 1/3,000th second is enough to freeze nearly all action, so you can use your SuperFast Pro in Colour mode to freeze almost all action, with the option of switching to Speed Mode for those rare subjects (for example splashing liquids) that need even greater speed performance.|
|Timer Function (F2)||The F2 setting allows you set a timer on the flash. The timer can be adjusted between from 0.01 seconds - 30 seconds in 0.01 second increments. This allows you to take long exposure shots with a flash at the end, (known as rear curtain sync). If you want to take a long exposure shot with a flash at the beginning, set the timer to 'OFF'.|
|Mask Function (F3)||The F3 settings allow you to set the mask feature, which provides an alternative and more detailed means of controlling the attributes of the slave cell. The Mask can be set to either 'OFF', 'N1' or 'N2'. If you trigger the flash head twice while Mask is set to N1, the flash head will only fire the first time and not the second. If you trigger the flash head twice while Mask is set to N2, the flash head will only first the second time and not the first.|
|Modelling Lamp Function (F4)||The F4 settings allows you to set the function of the modelling lamp. This can be set to either 'On' or 'Off'. When set to 'Off', the modelling lamp will dim when the flash is fired and then turn back on when the head is ready to fire again. This gives you a visual indication of when the head is ready to fire again. When set to 'On', the modelling lamp will remain on throughout the flash cycle, which can be an advantage in some shooting situations.|
|Box contents||1 x SuperFast Pro 400 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||0.61 second at full power 0.05 second at minimum power|
|Maximum power||400 W/s|
|Guide No. (feet)||323|
|Guide No. (metres)||98.48|
|f/ with standard reflector @ 10'||f/32.3|
|f/ with 60 x 60cm softbox @ 10'|
|f/ with150cm softbox @ 10'|
|Colour temperature at minimum power||4800|
|Colour temperature at full power||5000K|
|Flash duration at maximum power, t.1||1/416th second|
|Colour temperature consistency||Variation between flashes is too small to measure.|
|Flash duration at minimum power, t.1||1/35,086th second. This approximates to the action stopping potential of using a shutter speed outdoors of 1/35086th 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||7 stops (full power > 1/128th power)|
|Power adjustment display||Digital|
|Modelling lamp power||150 Watt|
|Modelling lamp dims during recycling||Yes, can also be set not to dim if required, can also be switched off|
|Switchable flash ready beep||Yes|
|Switchable slave sensor||Yes, can also be set to S1/S2 modes, and further options are available via the menu system|
|Can ignore pre-flash||Yes, set to S.2|
|Open flash/test button||Yes|
|Length of body (cm)||41cm (with protective head cap fitted)|
|Remote control available||Yes, and has built in radio receiver. Transmitter included free|
|Umbrella socket||Yes, at top of flash head. Accepts standard 8mm umbrella|
|Length of warranty||3 years|
|Overheat protection system||Yes|