Monolight meets speedlight in new Falcon Eyes Strobe Gun

Is it a strobe? Is it a flashgun? No, it's the Falcon Eyes Strobe Gun SG-100. Packing 100Ws of flash energy into an accessory-taking, speedlight-sized body at an estimated price under €200, this is no April Fools' joke.

Falcon Eyes Strobe Gun SG-100 with barndoors

Falcon Eyes Strobe Gun SG-100 with barndoors

Hong Kong-based manufacturer Falcon Eyes have unveiled the Strobe Gun SG-100, a flash unit designed to bridge the gap between studio lighting and speedlights. Bearing some resemblance to a Quantum Qflash, the Strobe Gun is a speedlight-sized 100J flash unit powered by an external battery pack. The power supply can be loaded with Li-ion batteries or AAs in a manner similar to a camera body grip.

Manufacturer description

The Strobe Gun SG-100 inherits the characteristics of both a studio strobe and camera flashgun. It is far more powerful than a flashgun, yet greater in mobility as it can be mounted on the camera hotshoe and is DC powered.

The SG-100 has a built-in adaptor for our Flash Gun Accessories Series (SGA). No extra adaptor required. With the mini diffuser ball, soft reflector, honeycomb, etc. you are now ready to take your mini studio outdoors.

With AA/Li-ion batteries, photographers can take photos all day long! There is no boundary to creation, imagination and execution!

Falcon Eyes Strobe Gun SG-100 with snoot

Features

  • Hotshoe mount
  • Analogue knob to control power setting
  • Compatible with Falcon Eyes SGA-series accessories, no adapter necessary:
    • Conical Snoot SGA-CS
    • Reflector SGA-SR178W
    • Mini Softbox SGA-SB2030S
    • Barndoors SGA-BD4
    • Diffuser Ball SGA-DB150
    • Honeycomb Grid SGA-HC1010-3
  • Modelling lamp of 10 Watts
  • Power pack (MV-AD1) powered by lithium ion or AA batteries
  • 12 month warranty

Falcon Eyes Strobe Gun SG-100 with softbox

Specifications

Model SG-100 (SG-100BK)
Power Output 100 Ws (J)
Guide Number 38 (54 w/ reflector)
Tilt 0-90°
Swivel 330°
Power Input 12-15 V DC
Modelling Lamp 10 W
Colour Temperature 5600 ±100 K
Power Adjustment Full – 1/8 (stepless)
Recycling Time 1-3 seconds
Net Weight 650g
Dimensions 12 x 12 x 17 cm
Estimated Price €200 including VAT

There is no definitive release date, exact price or list of distributors for the Strobe Gun at the moment. For more information, please visit the Falcon Eyes web site, where you will find full specifications and more images in the company’s 2010/2011 product catalogue.

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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