My name is Wolfgang Lonien, and I’m from Germany. I work in IT in one of the world’s largest computer companies, and photography is only a hobby of mine.
In June 2011, I got my first studio strobe, a Simock E300, which was recommended as good and not too expensive by a fellow photographer. Here’s one of the first shots I took of that flash:
And here are some specifications from the manufacturer’s site in China:
Two and a half years later, the thing still works like a charm. The housing is completely metal, the flash bulb itself is (according to the seller) of German origin, and color shifts are negligible regardless of the power settings over 5 stops. And it has the standard Bowens mount. The modeling light was advertised as a 150W type for the 300Ws strobe, but mine came with even a 250W modeling light.
Plus it has a CE sign, and is of really good and sturdy quality. Misfires? Well once I had a battery in my radio remote failing, and some people think it misfires when turning the power down, but that’s only to discharge the capacitors before the next shot.
Oh, yes – before I forget it: the umbrella mount is a bit unconventional. You have to loosen the screw, and the umbrella shaft is then held by a spring and a metal stop within the mounting frame. Haven’t seen anything like that before, but once you get used to it, it’s a no-brainer as well.
Here are some images I took of and with it:
I’m planning to buy some more lighting modifiers and also at least one or two more of these flashes. A double pack of the bare strobes is under 300€, so what’s not to like?
This 300Ws studio strobe, the Simock Mythos E300, can be bought from Germany starting at 164.90€ or together with a light stand and a 36″ (90cm) Octabox for still under 200€, which is what I bought. I got it from PhotoStudio-Shop.de and you can find out more information on the manufacturer’s web site.
Recommended by this German hobbyist photographer.
Thanks for reading, as I always say on my own pages.