Strobeam DL4 Kit with D4 Battery Pack Complete Kit 400W/s
A compact, high power flash gun. Think of it like a studio flash head that you can take outside.
1. A 400 w/s flash head with parabolic reflector. This has a slot for an umbrella and takes a standard 7 inch grid. It’s a custom fitting to the flash head (though see below for the adapter).
2. A battery pack. The pack has 2 sockets so you could run 2 heads off it at a maximum of 200 w/s each.
3. A battery.
5. Carry case for battery pack.
6. Two cables to link the head to the battery.
7. Hotshoe cable.
8. Two interchangeable fittings for the flash. One allows you to attach it to a lightstand, tilt the head and attach a brolly. The second is a handle so you can hand hold the flash.
9. A Bowens S-type adapter. This fits to the front of the head and allows you to fit any of the vast range of Bowens S fit modifiers.
As an optional extra you can also buy a camera bracket so you can attach the flash head to the side of your camera. There’s also a transmitter in the kit.
Back view of flash gun
> From the top and working down towards the bracket:
> First is the battery warning light
> Then the LCD panel
> Left of LCD panel is the sync socket for triggering devices pocket wizard etc.
> Beneath the sync socket is the modelling light button
> In the middle is the mode knob (press in to navigate) and increment and decrement if turned clockwise and anti clockwise
> There is a test button and a slave on/off button to the right of the mode knob
> There is a Photo cell light above mode knob for triggering from other flash gun
Left side (as if looking at back)
> 3pin socket for flash to battery cable
Right side (as if looking from back)
> Locking screw for light modifier attachments
> Flash bulb
> Parabolic dish
> Modes can be moved between by pushing the mode knob in like a button. There are 5 modes to access by pushing the mode knob.
> The mode that was last used will be the mode that comes up when you turn the flash on.
> If you're not already on manual mode ( top left of LCD should say manual ) then push the mode knob in until you navigate to it.
Here you will see the power output. This ranges from 1/1 to 1/64 in one step increments making 7 power output variations. There are 2 ways of monitoring the recharge. On the top left of the LED is a series of blocks. When all 7 are showing you will see a flash icon with an 'OK' next to it, charge is then full and ready. On the top right side of the LED there is a sound icon with an 'X' through it and one without. Whichever is set will be showing here. If showing sound icon without the 'X' through you will hear a beep when recharge is full and awaiting next use. If the sound icon is not on you will need to refer to the 7 blocks and the 'OK' on the other side of the display as mentioned above.
The next mode is Quick mode (left of LCD should say Quick with one flash icon and multi next to it)
With the mode knob you can turn to set the power to FP = FULL POWER, F2 = HALF POWER, F3, = THIRD POWER, F4 = QUARTER POWER, F5 = FIFTH POWER
The next mode is Quick mode (left of LCD should say quick with one flash icons and cont next to it)
In this mode the speed of the pulse can be set from 1 slowest to 10 the fastest. The speed is set by turning the mode knob.
The next mode is Quick mode (left of the LCD should say quick with a flash icon and cont next to it)
And beneath that three flash icons with multi next to it) turn the mode knob and you can set how many flash pulses you require 5,10,15 or 20 are selectable.
In the 5th mode nothing appears to the left of the led and there will be no power output numbers. If you turn the mode knob you will be able to set the beep function too on of off. Check the sound icon in the top right of the led to see which is selected.
To the right of the mode knob there is a slave on or off option. If used on the flash head will behave as a normal studio flash head set to this mode . it will pick up the light from another flash head and fire.
The enhanced battery pack that comes with the DL4 kit has 2 terminals for flash heads. These can be used by x1 or x2 400watt Strobeam heads. If you use x2 it will change the output to 200 watts each channel. Fully charged the battery pack will give approximately 700 flashes on full power with a recycle time of 1.9 seconds.
> The battery pack has also been designed to be used with your existing Nikon and Canon flashguns. So for Nikon you can use a SB900 or SB800. For a Canon you can use a 580EX or 550EX. The pack will recharge these flashguns up to 4 times faster than the standard AA batteries making recycle times of 1.8 seconds for rapid shooting.
> The battery pack has an adapter for recharging it from the mains and takes 4 hours to fully re-charge.
> The battery pack has a detachable battery section that can be replaced with an additional section allowing for 2 times the amount of power without having to buy another whole battery pack.
> The battery is small and portable enough to wear on the provided shoulder strap for many hours.
*Note: D4 Battery Pack, unlike almost all other Battery Packs, this pack can provide full power to 2 flash heads at the same time. Most other packs will split the power 50/50 or 30/70*
Photographs by Jonathan Ryan, lit using Strobeam DL4 Kit with D4 Battery Pack Complete Kit 400W/s