Hensel upstages Profoto with ‘fastest compact flash’ Cito 500

The Hensel Cito monolight promises flash durations down to 1/100,000 second and a burst rate up to 40 flashes per second.

Hensel Cito 500

Well, this is awkward. At exactly the same time that Profoto vaunt their D2 AirTTL as the “world’s fastest monolight“, German manufacturer Hensel has announced an even faster one.

On show at Photokina this week is the Hensel Cito 500, claimed to be the “fastest compact flash worldwide”. The Cito promises flash durations as quick as 1/100,000 second and a burst rate up to 40 flashes per second. Compare that to the Profoto D2, which claims 1/63,000 and 20fps.

Hensel Cito 500

As well as speed, the Hensel Cito has a 9-stop power range (from 500 J to 2 J), 300W halogen modelling lamp, built-in radio receiver and Hensel EH accessory mount. There is no TTL support.

Hensel Cito 500

The remote control includes Hensel’s Freemask technology, which lights the foreground and background separately in quick sequence, making it easier to cut out objects from the background in post production.

Hensel Cito 500

For more information, visit the Hensel Cito product page. The Cito is also on display at Photokina this week in Hall 4.1, booth I006.

David Selby
Based in Paris, France, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a quantitative analyst.
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