Calumet has released two new lines of flashes with remote power control.
The Genesis AS250 and AS500 are mains-powered studio heads, or monolights, with built-in radio receivers. They are controlled by a camera-mounted transmitter, which can trigger and adjust flash settings from up to 50 metres away. Elinchrom-mount accessories can be fitted and there is a 10-Watt LED modelling lamp and worldwide voltage support. IGBT circuitry means the flash durations at low power (down to 1/64) are extremely quick: as short as 1/8000 second — good for freezing fast action shots.
The retailer has also introduced a portable, battery-powered photographic lighting system comprising the Genesis GF200 and GF400 bare-bulb flashes. These have a range of dedicated lighting-shaping accessories available, as well as optional 433MHz remote control (not compatible with the AS-series).
The Genesis GF200 and GF400 are re-badged flashes from the Godox Witstro series, so we know that these will be pretty decent lights, unlike the Genesis SP692, which is terrible. Have a read of our respective Witstro product reviews for more details:
In the UK, the Genesis GF-series is priced identically to the Lencarta Atom system, which is the same thing. American pricing for the Cheetah Light and GF200/400 is also very similar, even for bundles.
The Genesis AS250 and AS500 cost $199.99 and $349.99, respectively. The optional 2.4GHz Wireless Remote is $49.99. The AS-series does not appear to be available outside the USA. Visit Calumet UK, Calumet USA or Calumet DE for more information.
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