New high speed, remote-controllable monolights

Three different studio flash units have been released by Shenzhen-based manufacturer CononMark. The G4.0, GID50 and GE400 monolights add to the "3G Wireless" series of remote-controllable monolights.

CononMark 3G wireless controller

Three different studio flash units have been released by Shenzhen-based manufacturer CononMark. The G4.0, GID50 and GE400 monolights add to the “3G Wireless” series of remote-controllable monolights.

The defining feature of the system is the CononMk 3G trigger, a 3GHz wireless controller which may be handheld or camera mounted and allows adjustment of all flash settings from a distance. Since it mounts on the camera it also functions as a wireless flash trigger. The test button may be used for metering.

 

CononMark 3G wireless controller

Specifications

ModelG 4.0GID50GE400
Flash Energy400J500J400J
Power SourceDC onlyAC/DCAC only
Guide Number565858
Modelling Lamp35W DC75W - 150W60W E27
Accessory MountCometCometBowens
Power Levels1/1 - 1/641/1 - 1/1281/1 - 1/64
Recycle Time0.1 - 3.5 sec0.01 - 1.2 sec (AC)
0.2 - 3.5 sec (DC)
0.5 - 2.8 sec
Cooling FanNoNoYes
Weight0.90kg1.75kg1.85kg
PriceUS$685US$6992 for US$599

CononMk G4.0

Effectively a remote-controllable version of the popular CononMk DL 4.0, the G4.0 is a Comet bayonet battery-powered monolight with IGBT circuitry. At full power, the specified flash duration is 1/3200 second, dropping to 1/8600 at minimum power and 1/13000 in stroboscopic mode. Perfect for freezing action!

Without remote control, it’s known in different countries as the Impact Lite Trek, Strobeam DL4, Phottix PPL-400 or Photoflex TritonFlash.

CononMk GID50

Very similar to the G4.0, the GID50 can be powered by either a battery or the mains. IGBT control provides quick flash durations at low power settings. It can be turned down to 1/128 of full power. Recycle times are slightly quicker when powered from the mains than from the battery.

CononMark GID50

CononMk GE400

The odd one out in our line-up, the GE400 can’t be battery-powered and doesn’t have IGBT control. Nonetheless, the Bowens S bayonet is much easier to find accessories for, and the device has a cooling fan to keep the light going longer during intensive shoots. The claimed flash duration is 1/1900 second (t 0.5).

Another advantage is that a two head GE400 kit is cheaper than a single G4.0 or GID50. On eBay, a two head kit is a comparable price to the Hobo Merlin (see below).

CononMark GE400

 Where to buy

 

David Selby
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