Adaptalux Flash Lighting Arms smash Kickstarter target, enter home stretch

Adaptalux Flash Lighting Arms smash Kickstarter target, enter home stretch
(Image credit: Adaptalux)

UPDATE 14 NOVEMBER: The Kickstarter campaign for the Adaptalux Flash Lighting Arms has smashed its £35,000 ($45,000) target, currently sitting at a cool £52,080 ($66,982). The crowdfunder for the macro photography flash unit ends on Saturday, so get in quick to take advantage of the Kickstarter early offers!  

ORIGINAL STORY: If you're a fan of macro photography and you've been looking for a revolutionary new way to approach your craft, then you may want to hold onto your hat. UK-based company Adaptalux has been trying to solve the problem of lighting macro photographs since its inception in 2015 – and has brought some fantastic products to market as a result.

However, founder Samuel Granger has a new trick up his sleeve – the Flash Lighting Arms. Each Arm houses a high-speed manual flash that can be accurately positioned wherever the light is needed most to produce unique flash macro images. 

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We were first impressed by the Adaptalux Pod and Arms at The Photography Show 2019

We were first impressed by the Adaptalux Pod and Arms at The Photography Show 2019 (Image credit: James Artaius / Digital Camera World)

The Flash Lighting Arms have a Xenon flash built into the head with five output settings, Bluetooth app control, quick flash recycle times and a long battery life. These features are all designed to help make flash macro photography as simple as possible. 

Even more excitingly, the Flash Lighting Arms are backwards compatible with every version of the Adaptalux Studio Control Pod, which means that anyone who's ever invested in the Adaptalux system will be able to use this new product. The Control Pod sits on your camera's hotshoe and has five input ports for Lighting Arms (whether they're flash or continuous). 

The Flash Lighting Arms have five output settings, and each individual Arm can be independently controlled directly by the Control Pod or wirelessly via the app. The flexible Lighting Arm design means you can position each Arm exactly where you need it to have ultimate control over your lighting.

With fast flash recycle times, you don't have to worry about the frustration of missing a killer shot. Meanwhile, a battery life of up to 18 hours means a shoot will never get cut short. 

The Flash Lighting Arms use Infra Red triggering, which is very reliable over short distances. The IR emitter is powered with replaceable batteries and has a universal hot shoe connection that works with all modern cameras. 

With the Flash Lighting Arms enabling the ability to use both flash and continuous lighting simultaneously, this is another revolutionary product from Adaptalux that macro photographers will surely love.

If you're interested in picking up the Adaptalux Flash Lighting Arms for yourself, check out the Kickstarter page for some early bird details. 

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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.