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Introducing The Baja B6

Introducing The Baja B6

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Dynalite, America’s leading manufacturer of lightweight, portable flash equipment, just released a second unit in the totally wireless Baja series with the Baja B6 compact flash. The powerful 600 watt second Baja B6 is packed with unexpected features and performance in a battery powered wireless controlled strobe. Inspired by years of working side-by-side with on-location shooters demanding a better portable flash solution, the Baja B6 delivers all the same functions and reliability of the Baja B4 but with additional power providing up to 600w/s!

  The Baja B6’s well laid out control panel clearly gets your attention. From the big LED screen, logically placed buttons and dual function control knobs it’s easy to jump in and start shooting. Light output is easily increased or decreased in 1/10th stop increments with the micro-controller dual-function power dial. A power indicator display just below the main LCD screen gives up to the shot details on the rechargeable Li-ion battery’s status, so you never miss a shot. In addition, a similar power dial for the modeling light provides light level control of the LED modeling light.

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  On-location or in the studio, the Baja B6 sports a impressive 400 full manual flashes on one fully charged battery. With a quick battery change (optional extra battery), you can be back in the action in seconds, while the other battery charges in less than 5 hours. Pumping out an impressive flash duration of 1/500 to 1/12,800th of a second, the Baja B6 can stop action meeting the demands of most fashion and sports shoots. With a 7 ƒ-stop aperture range in 1/10th step increments, the Baja B6 accommodates the sophistication of critical exposure control with repeatable light output and color temperature consistence along with HSS capabilities.

  Sophisticated features such as the fast flash duration mode (T-Mode), provides a quick and repeatable way to select the correct flash duration for high speed flash photography. In stroboscopic mode (C-Mode), it’s possible to select 5, 10 or 15 flashes per second to capture multiple movements of a subject with the flash output power of the Baja B6. Other features such as built-in optical slave, audible flash indicators, Pyrex glass dome and metal light stand swivel mount round out the features.

  In addition, the Baja B6 includes a 2.4Ghz power control wireless triggering system. The receiver with status indicators, mini-channel display plugs directly into the control panel of the Baja B4, while the hot shoe transmitter with full power control buttons and dials mounts directly on the camera. Up to six separate groups of flash units can be controlled with 16 user selected channels per group. Selecting which flash unit fires and at what power level is fully controlled at the camera position up to 590 feet away at 1/250th of a second shutter sync.

  The Baja B6 (like the Baja B4) accepts the standard Bowens lighting accessories mount, offering the convenience of a wide variety of light shaping tools including the full line of Dynalite soft boxes, reflectors and umbrellas.

Introducing the Baja B4

Introducing the Baja B4

 

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6 ƒ-stop Range • 1/10 ƒ-stop increments • Wireless Triggering • 400 Watt second Battery Powered
Digital Power Control • 550 – 800* Full Power Flashes • AC / DC Power

 

 9.15.2014

  Dynalite, America’s leading manufacturer of lightweight, portable flash equipment, just released their new totally wireless Baja B4 compact flash. The powerful 400 watt second Baja B4 is packed with unexpected features and performance in a battery powered wireless controlled strobe. Inspired by years of working side-by-side with on-location shooters demanding a better portable flash solution, the Baja B4 delivers more than expected.

  At first glance, the Baja B4’s well laid out control panel clearly gets your attention. From the big LED screen, logically placed buttons and dual function control knobs it’s easy to jump in and start shooting. Light output is easily increased or decreased in 1/10th stop increments with the micro-controller dual-function power dial. A power indicator display just below the main LCD screen gives up to the shot details on the rechargeable Li-ion battery’s status, so you never miss a shot. In addition, a similar power dial for the modeling light provides light level control of the LED modeling light.

  On-location or in the studio, the Baja B4 sports a impressive 550 full manual flashes on one fully charged battery. With a quick battery change (optional extra battery), you can be back in the action in seconds, while the other battery charges in less than 5 hours. Pumping out an impressive flash duration of 1/500 to 1/12,800th of a second, the Baja B4 can stop action meeting the demands of most fashion and sports shoots. With a 6 ƒ-stop aperture range in 1/10th step increments, the Baja B4 accommodates the sophistication of critical exposure control with repeatable light output and color temperature consistence.

  Sophisticated features such as the fast flash duration mode (T-Mode), provides a quick and repeatable way to select the correct flash duration for high speed flash photography. In stroboscopic mode (C-Mode), it’s possible to select 5, 10 or 15 flashes per second to capture multiple movements of a subject with the flash output power of the Baja B4. Other features such as built-in optical slave, audible flash indicators, Pyrex glass dome and metal light stand swivel mount round out the features.

  In addition, the Baja B4 includes a 2.4Ghz power control wireless triggering system. The receiver with status indicators, mini-channel display plugs directly into the control panel of the Baja B4, while the hot shoe transmitter with full power control buttons and dials mounts directly on the camera. Up to six separate groups of flash units can be controlled with 16 selectable channels per group. Selecting which flash unit fires and at what power level is fully controlled at the camera position up to 590 feet away at 1/250th of a second shutter synch.

  The Baja B4 accepts the standard Bowens lighting accessories mount, offering the convenience of a wide variety of light shaping tools including the full line of Dynalite soft boxes, reflectors and umbrellas.

*800 flashes possible when connecting to AC Battery Charger 

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Vincent Ricardel XP800

Vincent Ricardel XP800

Dynalite XP800: Cutting Through The Mix

By Vincent Ricardel

While on location, the Dynalite XP-800 has proved useful in the most critical of lighting conditions.  That means, cutting through shade, heavy backlight and all the while, utilizing studio quality lighting where access to AC power doesn’t exit.   The following images were made in mountainous and desert conditions that presented numerous lighting challenges.

This set of images were made during the production of an independent short film “AUGUST”  (Directed and Produced by Ian Roach.)  The conditions were challenging due to rain, heavy shade and shifting sunlight.

The following stills are from three scenes where the XP800 served as an effective tool to provide power in shaded and low ambient light conditions.

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  Scene 1 was shot following a heavy rainstorm in the middle of a forest in the mountains of West Virginia.  The sun had just emerged with particles of light emerging through a heavy canopy of treetops.

The XP800 powered a 1000xr power supply, a SH2000 head with an SR-80 Beauty Dish.  This combination cut right through the open shade and clearly defined my subject against the background.

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Scene 2 was shot in a very dark cabin.  The only existing ambient light was a result of sunlight transmitting through the windows and candlelight on the walls. The shadow areas were still heavy. To compensate, I placed the power supply on the same axis with the sun to supplement the window light giving me more dynamic range in the shadows and highlights. The XP800 powered a 1000xr power supply, a SH2000 head with an SR-80 Beauty Dish.

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Scene 3 was made in the open shade on the porch of the same cabin.  The XP800 powered the 1000xr power supply, a SH2000 head with an SR-80 Beauty Dish.  It provided the right amount of fill light to define the tones and mood of this image.

Shooting in the desert also has its challenges, dust, heat, glaring sunlight and the indigenous wildlife that makeup a rich topical landscape. While my time in Joshua Tree was limited, I set out to make a series of images of what ended up being a long and arduous day of shooting.

I ran my equipment hard.   I had to be mobile but have enough power to override the dominating sunlight.  Again, I chose to use one of my older Dynalite power supply packs, a 1000xr with the newer 2060 flash head and a 35’ Grand Softbox.   All powered by the XP800 power supply.     I started my journey about 8am and ended sometime around 6:30pm.  Most of my shots required a heavy output of power.  Shooting at ISO 100 my prime settings were between f11-f16 back-lit by the sun.    My 1000xr was almost at full capacity and the XP800 handled the heavy pace of shooting flawlessly.   I never had to change out the battery.  That says a lot.

Needless to say, by day’s end my equipment had taken it’s fair share of abuse in the elements and had also taken on a new hue of color from the build up dust and desert debris…  nothing a damp cloth and dust gun could not solve.

“For me. It’s all about cutting through the mix…..shade, overcast and back light. This is where the XP800 excels.  It provides the juice to solve these those challenges.   The saving grace is that the battery life is excellent.

Dynalite’s serve me well. They’re light, reliable and tough. It’s just good stuff.

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Coming Soon Vincent’s account on shooting with the XP-800 on location in the Desert

Digital Still Life Photography By Steve Sint

Digital Still Life Photography By Steve Sint

Digital Still Life Photography: Art, Business, & Style by Steve Sint

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Steve Sint started using Dynalite flash equipment over 40 years ago with our original D-Series power packs. When we received his newest book Digital Still Life Photography: Art, Business, & Style, we were interested in seeing what he had to say. Physically the book is thick and comprehensive; his conversational writing style makes each topic covered easily understandable.

 

Although we appreciated images of his Dynalite equipment sprinkled throughout the book, we applaud Steve that he didn’t push any one perticular brand of lighting equipment but was more interested in creating unique lighting solutions making this book ideal for those looking to learn.  He also explained how to build custom studio accessories that repurpose traditional lighting and studio equipment in different ways. Many of them create lighting effects that cannot be duplicated with ready-made products. Not many books show a lot of behind the scenes images letting the reader know in more than words exactly how the image was captured.

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Being a professional studio strobe manufacturer, we found his chapter on business great! His breakdown of how many assignment days a year a photographer can work will open many aspiring photographers eyes and his ideas on marketing a photography business should fill them with ideas. Likewise, his point that photographers have to set a salary for themselves when figuring out the cost of doing business was especially important in todays photographic workplace.

This book created quite a stir around Dynalite’s home office. We feel that everyone who reads it, whether an aspiring photographer or an established professional, will find the information on its pages useful, inspiring, and ultimately refreshing to read. Congratulations on another fine book Steve!

 

 For more images, books, and information visit Steve’s website