ILux Sum­mit 600C

Take your stu­dio with you with this wire­less light­ing so­lu­tion

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Hot­shoe flashes are great sources of por­ta­ble light, but for more il­lu­mi­na­tion you’ll need to use stu­dio flash, which can be un­wieldy. The iLux Sum­mit 600C, how­ever, is both por­ta­ble and pow­er­ful. While the units are much larger than, say, SB-900 Speed­lights, they are smaller and lighter than most stu­dio flash heads, weigh­ing un­der two and half kilo­grams each. The kit is pow­ered by a high-ca­pac­ity lithium-ion bat­tery, which iLux claims will give be­tween 500 and 3800 flashes from a full charge, depend­ing on power. This bat­tery is re­mov­able, and spares cost around £80/$130.

There are two ver­sions, one with an S-type ac­ces­sories mount and the other with an EL-type. This means that as well as us­ing iLux’s own ac­ces­sories, you can at­tach ones from a wide range of other man­u­fac­tur­ers.

The Sum­mit ar­rives in a flight case. The over­all build is good. There are a few nice touches, such as the strap lugs, and a stand slot screw that bolts into the base of the han­dle. In the box you’ll also find the trans­mit­ter that en­ables the wire­less trig­ger, but all mode and power ad­just­ment need to be made through the back of the unit.

The sim­ple in­ter­face is easy to nav­i­gate, with sev­eral modes and op­tions. The most im­por­tant of these is the abil­ity to step the power out­put from full power down to 1/64. There are also op­tions for multi- flash strobe and a se­lec­tion of fo­cal plane (FP) modes. The FP flash op­tions are de­signed for high-speed sync flash, but this op­tion will not work with the trans­mit­ter sup­plied with the kit at present, so you need to use an­other, such as a Pock­etWizard, to get it to work.

It might seem ex­pen­sive, but com­pared with the costly Pro­Foto B1 or a bulky stan­dard por­ta­ble stu­dio flash, the iLux Sum­mit is a very good idea.

It’s stu­dio light­ing, but much more por­ta­ble than you usu­ally see

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