Jinbei’s new Milestone New 2, Digital Master 2 and Discovery

China's largest studio lighting manufacturer, Jinbei (aka Caler Electrics), have revamped three major product lines.

Jinbei Milestone New 2 at Photokina

Shanghai: China’s largest studio lighting manufacturer, Jinbei (aka Caler Electrics), have revamped three major product lines. At Photokina they displayed two updated monolights and a new battery flash system. Many thanks to Michael Sterzenbach for these tips and pictures. Click on the photographs to find more.

Digital Master 2

Digital Master 2 (DM2) at Photokina
Digital Master 2

The Digital Master 2 (DM2) is a low-range monolight, replacing the Digital Master in 200J, 300J and 400J versions (previous version was 150/250J only). Additions since the DM1 include control from full to 1/64 power, an LED display on the back of the flash, an active cooling fan and a proportional modelling lamp.

Like all Jinbei lights, the DM2 has a universal Bowens “S”-type bayonet. Compared to the rest of their lineup, the Jinbei Digital Master 2 fits in somewhere just above the Spark but below the Digital Pioneer.

Milestone New 2

Jinbei Milestone New 2 (MSN2) at Photokina
Milestone New 2

Superseding the high-end Milestone New series, the Milestone New 2 (MSN2) will come in 300J, 400J, 500J and 600J models, adjustable from full to 1/32 power. Included with each light is a 150W modelling lamp, upgradeable to 300W. The MSN2-300 has a claimed t0.5 flash duration of 1/3000s.

The MSN2 has a more refined, rounded case compared to the MSN and the controls seem easier to read. A remote-controlled version of the Milestone New series is also planned but with no price or release date yet.


Discovery is the successor to the Recharge Digital (RD) series, a portable battery-powered pack and head system.

  • 600J and 1200J models (DC-600 and DC-1200)
  • Adjustable from full to 1/16 power
  • Lithium battery pack (rated up to 430 full power flashes)
  • Two lamp sockets with an asymmetric 1:2 power ratio
  • Smaller heads compared to Recharge Digital series (Bowens S-mount)
  • 10W LED modelling lights
  • t0.5 flash duration of 1/800~1/1200s
  • Optional ring flash head
  • Recycle time of 1.8s and 3.0s (lamp A, fast mode)

The Jinbei Discovery series should be available “by the end of the year”.

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