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Monolight and strobe options for powerful studio lighting capabilities

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Paul C. Buff Einstein E640
The Paul C. Buff Einstein E640 is a monolight highly regarded for its above- average capabilities at a below-average price. With variable settings of 2.5 W/s to 640 W/s, nine stops of power can be dialed in at 1/10th of a stop increments throughout the range. The Constant Color setting maintains accurate daylight color consistency, while the Action mode allows faster flash durations in exchange for a slight color shift between bursts. The unit automatically switches powering for use worldwide. List Price: $499.

When used with the optional Jackrabbitpack II power supply, the 400 W/s Dynalite Uni400JRg monolight has flash consistency of 1/10th of a stop in between bursts. With full, 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8 power settings, the range is adjustable in 1/3- stop increments, and an exceptionally fast sync speed of 1/2200th of a second is achievable when using minimum power. The light and power pack are available together in kit purchases. Estimated Street Price: $599 (Uni400JRg Monolight); $459 (Dynalite Jackrabbitpack II); $1,139 (Uni400JR Jackrabbit One Light Kit); $2,245 (Dynalite 2-UNI400JR Kit with Two Monolights).


F.J. Westcott Plus Strobelites
The very affordable 400 W/s Strobelite Plus from F.J. Westcott has an adjustable modeling light and an output offering a range of illumination from 1⁄4 power to full intensity. The unit contains an infrared optical cell trigger and 1⁄8-inch sync port for radio triggers. A ready-light will indicate when the Strobelite Plus is fully charged for the next burst. The Strobelite Plus is also available as a Strobelite Plus 2-Light Kit and a Plus 3-Light Kit for extra lampheads and stands with silver softboxes. Estimated Street Price: $229 (Strobelite Plus); $699 (Strobelite Plus 2-Light Kit); $899 (Strobelite Plus 3-Light Kit).


Dynalite Jackrabbitpack II & Dynalite 2-UNI400JR Kit
From full to 1/64th power, the 400 W/s Impact LiteTrek 4.0 DC monolight includes five stops of variable output and color consistency that measures within plus or minus 100 degrees of 5500K daylight. A Multi Mode is available for fast strobing to freeze action over several exposures while the Quick Mode will power down the system between bursts to work with shutter speeds up to 1/13,000th of a second. The LiteTrek 4.0 is designed for compatibility with the optional Impact LiteTrek (LT) Battery Pack for up to 650 flashes at maximum power or 3500 strobes on minimum. List Price: $499 (LiteTrek 4.0 DC Flash Head); $799 (LiteTrek 4.0 DC Monolight and Mini LiteTrek (LT) Battery Pack Kit); $1,049 (LiteTrek 4.0 DC Two Monolight and Mini LiteTrek (LT) Battery Pack Kit).


Impact LiteTrek4.0 DC Monolight
The Flashpoint 180T Monolight Kit (FPBPLB) from Adorama is designed for location work at a budget price. The kit includes two batteries and a charger for up to 700 flashes at full 180 W/s power. Stepless control is provided over a five-stop output range, and the lifetime of the flash tube offers "25,000-30,000 pops if the user isn't using full power all the time." Estimated Street Price: $250.

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