Best portable flash kit: 04 Lencarta Safari Li-on Portable Flash
Price: £1000, $1600
This kit includes two lightweight heads, driven from a single li-ion cell that clips to the main control unit.
The control unit has two output sockets, rated at 400W/s and 200W/s respectively. If you’re only using one flash head, you can switch the full 600Ws power to one channel.
In our tests, this gave the most powerful output of any flash head in the group, requiring an aperture of f/22 when using a shoot-through brolly at a range of two metres.
The battery takes about six hours to charge, and has sufficient capacity for 400 full-power flashes, regardless of whether both heads are used.
The LED modelling lamps are bright while minimising drain on the battery. Total weight is 9.6kg.
Pros… Powerful yet light, portable, and very versatile.
Cons… You may not need the second flash head.
We say… Compact, competent and very user-friendly.
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