This Monolight Flash with LED Modeling Light from Impact is a compact, 180 watt-second monolight strobe that has the same features of larger strobes, making it a great starter strobe unit, as well as an addition to existing setups. Offering a variable output range of five f-stops, the monolight has an integrated optical slave for wireless triggering and includes a 3.5mm sync cord for a direct connection to a camera or a wireless triggering system.
- 180Ws, 5-Stop Manual Power Range
- Bowens Mount
- 0.5-2.0 Second Recycle Time
- Integrated LED Modeling Lamp
Impact SF-ABRL180 Overview
- 2Optical Slave
- 3LED Modeling Light
- 4Bowens Mount
- 5Replaceable Flash Tube
- 6Audible Recycle Alert
Impact SF-ABRL180 Specs
|Maximum Power||180 Ws|
|Power Control||5 Stops|
|Flash Duration||1/800 Sec|
|Recycle Time||0.5 to 2.0 Sec|
|Color Temperature||5600K +/- 100K|
|Flash Ready Indicator||Audio, Visual|
|Accessory Fitting Type||8 mm Umbrella Shaft, Bowens S Type|
|Sync Type||Button, Cable, Optical|
|Built-In Wireless Receiver||No|
|System Connection||Barrel 3.5 mm PC Sync|
|Sync Voltage||5 V|
|Power Source||AC Adapter|
|AC Input Power||110 VAC, 60 Hz|
|Fuse||5 A (US)|
|Mount||5/8" / 16 mm Receptacle|
|Dimensions||H: 7.0 x W: 5.5 x L: 7.5" / H: 17.8 x W: 14.0 x L: 19.1 cm|
|Weight||2 lb / 907 g|
|Package Weight||3.3 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||9.1 x 8.2 x 5.7"|
Impact SF-ABRL180 Reviews
I picked this up on sale to go with my new 36 octagonal Softbox. Though I haven't used it for a shoot yet, I did test it with my Nikon D850 and wireless flash transmitter. It worked perfectly. This is my first experience with something other than an on-camera flash. I'm looking forward to using it soon for some head shots.
25 year portrait photographer here...After buying all the expensive stribes, I thought I'd try this strobe, less than $100. Works great, with an umbrella for portraits, etc. Why pay more?
Very happy for this light, Working very well,
Great quality product
This brand Has never let me down I've always loved impact products good quality affordable price and you can always count on consistent lighting.
Part of my downsizing kit mission. These replace heavier units. Albeit they have less watt seconds and are plastic bodied but should do well for the work this kit is for. They are very easy to operate and well made so far.
Very powerful little flash! I have heavy weight studio strobes and they can be a hassle sometimes to bring on location. Sure, I can also use speed lights and modifier adapters but I prefer this Impact little strobe for letting me have a true Bowen’s mount which allows me to bring and mount anything I want in front of this strobe from domes to huge parabolic modifiers, and many things I shoot could require more power than a speed light which I won’t have with speed lights not to mention they can overheat. Having that option for outdoors it’s a big deal to me! The Impact Starter Flash has some pretty solid light power output on something this light and tiny. It’s even lighter and smaller than those Alien bees as a reference. I never thought I was going to use this flash so often. I loved how ultra portable and small it is! . Another this is, I never break things anyway, so, I prefer plastic body over metal any day. The WEIGHT. Sometimes, to me, plastic is better than metal. I took this flash for a spin immediately the same day I received, first to a photo shoot in the park, then, next day, to a corporate shoot shooting a fountain aerator by the pool as the background for extra fill. Both situations, both outdoors and dealing with the sun, I had to dial down the flash power which is a simple knob. This little thing is a beast! Only a little bit of power was enough to light whatever subject I was working on outside, on daylight. Doing a quick test to give you some reference numbers while I was writing this review, measuring with a light meter as far as my one arm can reach between the light meter and the other to press the fire button, flash set at MINIMUM POWER, ISO 200, BARE bulb, I got a F/5.6 (about 6 feet from the flash) Adding a lantern modifier at same settings ISO 200 I got a F/16.5 at full power at the same 6 foot distance. With bear bulb at full power at ISO 200 I got a (out of range) on the meter. Had to back up the light. This unit is as light as a feather, and to the fact that it’s limited to plugging in a wall, well, it’s NOT. You can take this strobe anywhere outdoors using an AC power bank (see pictures). I do this on every light that’s not battery capable. This flash is 180 watts hour, it doesn’t mean it consumes that power even recycling the charge. It’s a lot less. But I recommend buying a power bank rated at 300 watts capability. And make sure it’s a PURE SINE WAVE device, not the cheap generic ones you find in retail superstores. Pure sine wave means: 3% THD, and equivalent to the same quality of an electrical home or commercial outlet. Square waves damage electronics. So there you go. You can use it outdoors without an outlet. You can use the sync cable provided but you can certainly go wireless if you have it or thinking about purchasing a set. I use this strobe it as wireless trigger. Works like a charm! The Impact Starter Flash has everything you need: a beep signal (you can turn it off) wvych lets you know the flash is ready to fire. Don’t turn that off. It has shave capabilities, with a press of a button. Everything is very simplistic and it does the job very well. The quality of light the strobe emits is accurate, and powerful. But it can also give you very little light if needed. Just dial that knob. Doesn’t come with a case but I immediately found one for about the price of 2 packs of cigarettes (see pictures) it’s an electronics organizer you can find anywhere online. Not a lot of protection these cases give but at least it will let you transport it better than bringing it in the box. You can get a fancier bag if you need but to me that’s good enough. I love this little flash. I’ll be using it a whole lot! Cons: NONE. (Having a battery option like a Sony NPF would be awesome!!!) the LED modeling light consumes “nothing” stays cool versus a halogen one and it does the job. Not as bright as a halogen but it works fine, even with a modifier installed I could see what I was aiming at. [I have received this product in exchange for my honest review]
Worked great for Christmas portraits
Combined with Impact 7' parabollic, no light modifier, I thought it was great. Lit up everything nicely with what looked to me to be a good shadow fall off and nice eye high lights. Great combination that I'm glad I bought.
My only gripe is that I wish it had more power settings on the dial.
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