PhotoFlex announced today what they are calling a “quantum leap” in monolights with the FlexFlash. The FlexFlash is being marketed as the perfect solution for studio photographers of all levels. It comes in two variations, a 200W and 400W with both coming with a Bowens S-Type accessory mount.
Full featured oversized LCD display with bold power
Large digital display that is easy to read at any angle and when positioned high on a LiteStand®
Auto power dumping
5V 1/8” / 3.5mm miniphone sync socket safe for digital cameras
Maximum sync speed wired or radio remote at 250th sec
Maximum sync speed optical at 320th sec
Pre-flash detection system allows infrared synchronization with speedlights
Automatic cooling / ventilation system
Auto voltage detection 90 – 260V (modeling lamp excluded) for worldwide use
Auto Power Save function activates when inactive for approximately 20 minutes, then awakens with external flash
on/off switch for audible ready / recycle confirmation
Proportional modeling lamp adjustment follows the power setting
An additional continuous mode for the modeling lamp allows control of the lamp independent of the flash when used as only a continuous light
Switchable power output display options
a. Decimal display for 1/10th step adjustments 2.0 – 6.0
b. Fractional display for 2/10 step adjustments 1/64 – 1/1
Universal “S Type” bayonet accessory mount suitable for all size softboxes including OctoDome® 7’ / 203cm
While I agree with the marketing that these are good monolights, I would not put them anywhere quantum leap territory. They have a good feature set, but nothing that you cannot find elsewhere. They also do not come with a remote control, or HSS compatibility.. something that is more and more popular amongst monolights coming out.
According to PhotoFlex they will be “attractively priced” but no pricing information has been made available yet. You can find out more about these two units via the FlexFlash product page.