Lastolite Lumen8 SV 400w Twin Head Kit
£550, $600 www.lastolite.com
The 400W/s Lastolite flash heads on which this kit is based have the same GN 60 rating as the Interfit EXD400 TI heads. In our tests, power was slightly less potent, giving apertures from f/3.2 to f/14 (four and a third stops) over two metres with a shoot-through umbrella. The power itself is adjusted by a stepless rotary control and there’s no digital display of power, but at least the calibrated markings for f-stops are fairly accurate.
The kit includes two highquality 60cm softboxes, but they’re quite fiddly and timeconsuming to set up. There’s certainly no lack of height in the lighting stands, which reach a towering 2.95m at maximum extension. Overall build quality is very good and reassuringly rugged, including the two strong carrying bags.