PRIOLITE MBX 500 HOT SYNC

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(The Behind the Scenes Video above is German, sorry guys)
High Speed Syncing with Strobes at shutterspeeds lower than 1/250 of a second have always been available on small Flashes. But not too much power. Or you use the quite expencive new Strobes for about 4000,- Euro. With battery pack and cable attatched. What is missing so far, is a portable strobe with internal battery pack, no cables, high speed syncing and low price.

At Photo & Adventure in Vienna, Daniel Schalhas from Priolite told me they would be working on a high speed version of their MBX500 strobe. Priolite is about to bring a portrable strobe to the market, keeping the price tag under 2.000,- Euro they say. The MBX500 is a very nice strobe. In case you didn´t see this, Scott Kelby also gave it a try and did a Audi R8 Shoot with the MBX500. He also seemed to love it quite a lot.

We brought the MBX500 Hot Sync together with Cri Maierhofer from CMH Heliskiing to the Tauplitz in Styria to test this prototype. The snow conditions were ok für Dezember, though we would have loved to see more deep powder there. However, Cri managed to do some jumps there. Fast movement with shutter speeds between 1/2500 and 1/8000 were no problem at all, and even with sunlight in the back, the 500ws from the MBX500 were just enough to get quite good shots.

 

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In Portrait photography it is also great to have the ability to shoot with short shutter speeds sometims. Using the Canon 1Dx with the 85/1.2 at f2.2 needed shutter speeds about 1/6400 to 1/8000 in sunlight. To get the shutter speed down to 1/200 or 1/250 we would have needed a ND filter. Not that this is so bad, but Autofocus doesn´t like ND filters too much, at f2.2 you should be very exact with the focus and you want to see what you are shooting. With the MBX500 it was just much easier to get these shots with wide open aperture without any ND filters attatched.

 

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As this is a prototype, i won´t do a too detailled review here. We can do this when the final version is on the market. Hopefully soon. But so far – this is a great strobe, filling the gap between expencive high speed strobes and small on Camera Flashes. No Cable, internal Battery, very portable. Shutter speeds up to 1/8000 are no problem for the MBX500 Hot sync. It works great, didn´t leave us hanging at any point (Even if we didn´t treat it too good to be honest and the wind was really cold up there). At full power the battery can give you around 200 flashes. The high speed sync has to be calibrated once with your Camera (Canon and Nikon will be supported) and you can save up to 9 Cameras as a Preset in the trigger. Once this calibration is done, the High Speed Sync works fine.

A very promising Strobe under 2.000,- Euro which gives you the full range of shutter speeds in a low price segment. Available soon on priolite.at

 

 

Download full size Photos here (72MB)

 

 


10 comments
Christian Anderl
Christian Anderl

Das Problem mit dem Leistungsverlust gibts bei Systemblitzen, weil die nicht einen Blitz auslösen im High Speed Modus sondern viele kurze Blitze hintereinander. Deshalb gibts da nicht volle Leistung. Der Priolite löst weiterhin nur einmal aus für 1/200 Sekunde und das mit voller Leistung ;)

Anja Reiermann
Anja Reiermann

1st Shootcamp Congress mit Blitz-Lichtworkshop in der Schladming. Coole Locations gibt's genug ;-)

Anja Reiermann
Anja Reiermann

Na dann könnt ihr heuer ja ein Tal weiter fahren und am Hauser Kaibling shooten. Dann kann ich mir das auch mal anschauen (und lernen) ;-)

Markus Schneeberger
Markus Schneeberger

Naja Highspeed sync für den Systemblitz heißt eben, dass er erheblich an Leistung verliert. Mit einer Spiegellosen kannst den auch ganz normal syncen ohne HSS und ohne Leistungsverlust, dass sie dennoch ein bissi schwach auf der Brust sind, is schon klar. :) Das Limit ist eben die saulangsame Mechanik des Spiegels. Ach ja apropos Chinakracher, die Yongnuo´s zum Beispiel stehen von der Leistung, Lichtqualität und Zuverlässigkeiten den Systemblitzen der namhaften Markenhersteller um wirklich nix nach, außer am Preis. :)

Markus Schneeberger
Markus Schneeberger

Schon mal mit einer Systemkamera ohne Spiegel probiert, die syncen auch einen ganz normalen Systemblitz oder anderen Blitz. Getestet mit einer Sony NEX und einem billigen "Chinakracher" bis zu 1/4000 -kein Problem.

Christian Anderl
Christian Anderl

Systemblitze lassen sich auch mit einer SLR High Speed syncen. Haben aber dabei zu wenig Leistung. Das ist also nicht das Problem. Chinakracher sind leider für professionellen Einsatz untauglich. Was uns eben wieder zu dem Punkt bringt an dem wir hier waren - professionelles, zuverlässiges Licht mit zumindest 500ws Leistung und High Speed Sync ;-)

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