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?
- Minimum Power 9Ws
- Maximum Power: 300Ws
- Adjustment range: 5 stops (full power to 1/32nd power)
- Guide No. 160 (ft) @100 ISO
- Modelling lamp: 150W Halostar
- Modelling lamp adjustment: Infinite, from off to full power and anywhere between
- Modelling lamp dims whilst recycling
- Sync socket: Traditional sync socket for use with any radio trigger or PC cable, if required
- USB socket: For use with remote control/radio trigger
- Slave cell: Switchable on/off, located at top rear of unit
- Accessory fitting: Standard S fit
- Stand fitting: Standard 16mm / 5/8th inch fitting
- Power adjustment: Via control knob or Wavesync Commander remote control
- Modelling lamp adjustment: Via control knob
- Modelling lamp on/off: Via button or remote control
- Slave cell: Via button or remote control
- Open flash/test: Via button or remote control
- Cooling: built in fan
- Overheat protection in case of fan failure: Yes
- Tilt adjustment: Adjustable locking lever
- Umbrella fitting: Standard 8mm, with locking fitting
Setting 1 = 5090K
Setting 2 = 4915K
Setting 3 = 4915K
Setting 4 = 5000K
Therefore, total possible variation from different flash heads set to different power levels cannot exceed 4000 K, which is insignificant.
Variation between flashes at any given power setting is too small to measure.
Power setting dial:
Setting 1 = 1/32nd power
Setting 1.5 = 1/16th power
Setting 2 = 1/8th power
Setting 3 = 1/4 power
Setting 3.5 = 1/2 power
Setting 4 = Full power
Power adjustment is in 1/10th stop increments, and can be adjusted both by means of the adjustment dial and via the Wavesync Commander.
Please note that the Wavesync Commander is supplied separately.
The SmartFlash 3 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 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 SmartFlash 3 accepts a standard Edison Screw (E27) replacement modelling lamp, and its 150 watts of power is ideal for all types of studio photography.
The Swivel/Tilt adjustment is simple and positive, and allows the head to be fully tilted.
The SmartFlash 3 accepts all S-fit accessories and light shapers, and the accessory release is made from steel, it is located at the side of the flash head.
The Stand mount accepts the standard 16mm / 5/8" fitting, used by all lighting stands.
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The Brand New SmartFlash 4
The brand new SmartFlash 4 takes the best of the SmartFlash 3 and combines it with the user interface of the SuperFast Pro. With a built in 2.4GHz receiver and fractionalised power display, the SmartFlash 3 is fully compatible with the Godox X1T and XPro triggering system, as well as older triggering systems sold
Pre-Order now at the same price as the SmartFlash 3 - but be quick, once the SmartFlash 4 is in stock the price will rise
The New SmartFlash 4 Is Expected In March 2018
The SmartFlash 3 Studio Flash Head
Small, Light, Crammed With Technology
The Lencarta 300Ws SmartFlash 3 Studio Flash Head
The newly designed Lencarta SmartFlash 3 is the perfect addition to any studio of any size. Thanks to it's lightweight size the SmartFlash 3 can easily be packed away when not in use making it ideal for photographers starting out in flash as well as seasoned veterans
With 300Ws of power, the SmartFlash 3 is ideal for studio photography, with the S-fit bayonet mount you can use the majority of light shapers out there in the market. The SmartFlash 3 flash head strobe has been designed to be the ultimate affordable studio workhorse, capable of many different types of photography, ideal for portraits, product photography and more.
Just starting in studio or flash photography? We have designed some set kits that are ideal for portrait and family photography, product photography, creative photography, and more. Find out more by clicking here
Easy To Use
Power Setting Dial
- Setting 1 - 1/32nd Power
- Setting 1.5 - 1/16th Power
- Setting 2 - 1/8th Power
- Setting 3 - 1/4 Power
- Setting 3.5 - 1/2 Power
- Setting 4 - Full Power
Power adjustment is in 1/10th stop increments, and can be adjusted both by means of the adjustment dial and via the Wavesync Commander.
Please feel free to ring our customer support helpline on 44 1274 955440 for advice, we're here to help.
Who Is This Perfect For?
- Home studio photographers, who need an economical studio lighting solution that's also very versatile.
- Event Photographers, who need a capable, economical, rugged flash head.
- Creative portrait, artistic glamour photographers
- Still Life Photographers
- Product Photographers
Who Is This Not As Perfect For?
- Fashion, dance and sports photographers who need to get pin-sharp photos of very fast moving subjects - Please choose a kit from our Action Freezing Kits Range or take a look at our SuperFast Pro
- Location photographers who need battery powered flashes. Please choose a flash head from our Location Flash Range instead
The Main Features Of The Lencarta SmartFlash 3
- 5 Stops Of Power Adjustment - (full power - 1/32nd power). A full 5 stops of adjustment opens the creative possibilities and allows larger apertures to be used when needed
- Full Remote Control via USB Port - This allows you to set the controls on the SmartFlash 3 using our USB radio trigger and remote control set. As well as on the flash head.
- Compatible with All Other Flashes - This means that you can use the SmartFlash 3 in conjunction with all the other flash heads we offer, such as the SuperFast Pro, SuperFast 300Ws and the complete portable Godox Witstro AD Range and control all of them individually from the transmitter fitted to your camera hotshoe.
- 3.5mm Sync Port - This allows you to use 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 people's 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 - displayed on the LCD display panel. The digital control knob adjusts the power setting and displays it on the LCD control panel.
- 150W Halostar Modelling Lamp - The SmartFlash 3 is supplied with a 150W modelling lamp. The power of the modelling lamp is fully adjustable. The modelling lamp also dims while recycling, so you'll have a visual confirmation that it's ready to fire again even if you've switched off the ready beep.
- Small and light - With the head cap fitted, the SmartFlash 3 is just 30cm long, 13.2cm diameter, and weighs in at just 1.56kg.
- F1/F2 Options - Holding the modelling lamp button for 3 seconds will allow you to change between F1 and F2. F1 causes the modelling lamp to turn off after 30 minutes. F2 causes the modelling lamp to turn off after 120 minutes.
What's In The Box?
- 1 x Protective Head Cap
- 1 x Mains Power Lead (Either UK or EU dependent on location)
- 1 x PC Sync Cable (used to directly connect the flash head to your camera)
- 1 x 150W Modelling Lamp
- 2 x Spare fuses
Here Are Some Independent Reviews
Please note these are for the predecessor the SmartFlash 2 however the SmartFlash 3 is almost exactly the same apart from it's 50% more powerful!
The Three Year Warranty
We love to give our customers piece of mind. That's why we offer three year warranty on all of our Studio Lighting Kits
Here at Lencarta we have our own in-house repair facility, operated by our factory-trained electronic engineers. Because of this, our warranty is unlike most others, fully comprehensive with no strings attached. We will even continue to provide repairs outside of warranty, this even stands for discontinued stock
Read More About The Warranty Here: Please Click Here
|Box contents||1 x SmartFlash 3 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||1.2 sec at full power 0.3 sec at minimum power|
|Guide No. (feet)||318|
|Guide No. (metres)||97|
|f/ with standard reflector @ 10'||f/31.8|
|f/ with 60 x 60cm softbox @ 10'||f/16.2|
|f/ with150cm softbox @ 10'||f/11.8|
|Colour temperature at minimum power||4755K|
|Colour temperature at full power||5090K|
|Flash duration at maximum power, t.1||1/900th second. This approximates to the action stopping potential of using a shutter speed outdoors of 1/900th 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 not more than 40K|
|Flash duration at minimum power, t.1||1/400th second. This approximates to the action stopping potential of using a shutter speed outdoors of 1/400th 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||5 stops|
|Power adjustment display||Digital|
|Modelling lamp power||150 Watts|
|Modelling lamp dims during recycling||Yes|
|Switchable flash ready beep||Yes|
|Switchable slave sensor||Yes|
|Can ignore pre-flash||Yes, set to S2|
|Open flash/test button||Yes|
|Length of body (cm)||30|
|Remote control available||Yes|
|Umbrella socket||Yes, at base of unit. Accepts standard 8mm umbrella|
|Length of warranty||3 Years|
|Overheat protection system||Yes|