Touchscreens have already made it on to mobile phones, compact cameras and DSLRs so it was only a matter of time before they started encroaching on studio lighting territory too. At Photokina, Metz unveiled their Mecastudio lineÂ â€” includingÂ touch-controlled flash heads â€” while Sekonic showed off a light meter with a capacitative screen.
NowÂ Quantuum, a Polish photographic lighting company (not to be confused with the U.S. firmÂ Quantum) have updated their T-series of monolights. The original range came outÂ a couple ofÂ years ago, offering large display screens with touch-sensitive controls. The two most powerful models, the T 800 and T 1200, have been upgraded to Mark II versions, which add wireless control.
Unlike the control panel on the monolight itself, the handheld remote has real buttons, so Quantuum might be missing a trick there. The interface looks fairly intuitive though, giving you control over flash power and modelling light intensity with a small LCD that synchronises with the settings of the flash.
|Model||T 300||T 500||T 800 Mk2||T 1200 Mk 2|
|Recycle time||0.1 – 2.0 sec||0.1 – 2.0 sec||0.1 – 2.0 sec||0.1 – 3.0 sec|
|Power adjustment||From full power to 1/32 power in 1/10-stop increments|
|Modelling lamp||150 W||150 W||150 W||150 W|
|Flash duration (t.5)||1/850 – 1/2300 sec|
|Mains supply||180 – 250 VAC, 50 Hz|
The Quantuum T 800 Mk2 costs about â‚¬405 (Â£330) and the powerful T 1200 Mk 2 will dent your wallet to the tune of â‚¬520 (Â£420). Quantuum products are distributed in Europe by Foto-Tip.pl. In China, where the lights are made, they may also be known as the Menik CM series.
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