Lighting links this week: portable flashes galore

Latest lighting tit bits: Metz release two new flashes, China produces two AC battery packs to show at Photokina. Image Melbourne distribute more Chinese lighting products in Australia. Adorama rebates.

Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-2 digital

Metz

Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-2 digitalTwo new German-made speedlights, the Mecablitz 58 AF-2 and 50 AF-1 digital have been released. Each model offers minor improvements over the previous 58 AF-2 and 48 AF-1.

As previously covered, the latest units feature new metal feet, better flash tubes, wider flip-down diffuser panels and optical slaves (both simple and advanced wireless). You can read the full specifications in the respective press releases:

The recommended retail price of the 58 AF-2 is €399 and the 50 AF-1 is €249. They will be unveiled at Photokina 2010 at the Metz stand (E-009, Hall 4.2).

Adorama

Adorama’s Rebate Blowout offers cashback on the following lighting equipment.

Godox and Visico

Godox Leadpower LP-750Specifications have been published for the Godox Leadpower LP-750 pure sine wave inverter battery pack, one of China’s answers to the Innovatronix Explorer or Paul C. Buff Vagabond. The unit has three AC sockets (vs. 2 on the Tronix and 1 on the Vagabond) and is designed to support flashes up to 3000Ws (Tronix: 2400Ws, Vagabond: 2600Ws). With a lightweight NiMH battery it weighs 30% less than its SLA counterparts at 5.6kg.

Another Chinese portable power offering comes from Visico (China Vistarfoto Co., Ltd.) in the Creator CR-3200. It uses lead acid (VRLA) batteries and weighs 13.2kg, with 2 outputs. There are two versions: 115V 60Hz and 230V 50Hz.

During Photokina 2010, Visico will be at booth C44/D45 in Hall 9 and Godox will be opposite, at C42/D43.

Image Melbourne

Jinbei RD-600Yongnuo’s latest manual flash, the YN-560, is now sold in Australia by Image Melbourne for A$179.95 including a 12 month warranty.

Another interesting new listing is the Jinbei Rechargeable Digital 600Ws portable pack-and-head kit, sold for A$1250.00. The kit includes both a ring flash and a Bowens-mount standard head with symmetrical continuous adjustment down to 1/8 power. You can read and compare the full specifications in our Portable Power Guide.

Other Australian resellers of the Jinbei RD series include StudioGear Australia (Brisbane) and Photo-Shop-Studio (Sydney).

Jinbei will be at Photokina under their new company name “Shanghai Caler Electronics”, stand C40/D41, Hall 9. Yongnuo will be at booth G28, Hall 5.

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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