Pixapro CITI600 T TL
Price: £ 615 ( non- TTL version £ 450) Trigger: Pixapro ST- III TTL- T, £ 45 Power: 600Ws ( IGBT- regulated) Light output ( ISO 100): Tested max power f/ 32 + 0.0 Recycle time: Tested 2.6secs to 100% charge ( 1.8secs with mains adapter) Battery capacity: Approx 500 max power flashes, 8700mah lithium battery Flash durations ( t. 1): Tested max power 1/ 190sec, 1/ 8th power 1/ 2450sec, min 1/ 256th power 1/ 9050sec Colour: Tested 6400- 7200K Auto- TTL control: Yes, for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus/ Panasonic High- Speed Sync: Tested output max EV16.5 Second- curtain sync: Yes Strobo multi- flash: Yes Trigger/ Remote control: Integral radio receiver, optical slave, sync port Modelling lamp: 10w LED, tested max EV5.3 Fan cooled: Yes Modifier fitting: S- type Dimensions: 25x22x13cm ( main body inc battery), Weight 2.7kg Warranty: Two years Website: www. essentialphoto. co. uk
IF IT’S POWER you’re wanting, the CITI600 TTL offers a whopping 600Ws, in a very well made and compact package stuffed with top- spec features. To get the most out of the CITI600 though, a low- profile speedring mount adapter is needed as the flash tube is more recessed than other S- type heads. We used a Dynasun mount adapter (£ 12, ebay) that also has a polished surface as opposed to a dull grey alloy, and it was fitted from the inside facing out, to position the flash tube a couple of cms further forward. Thus cleared of obstructions, output immediately jumped by 0.4 stops to f/ 32 + 0.0 at full power – in line with expectations for 600Ws at ISO 100.
In HSS mode, we got an equally meaty EV16.5, a high figurefi gure that puts the CITI600 well up on the list for outdoors action. For comments on the Pixapro trigger options, see the Hybrid360 review.
The 10w LED modelling lamp is the brightest here at EV5.3, and while that's still a stop or so down on a good mains powered studioflash, it's perfectly adequate as a working light and greatly enhances the CITI600' s functionality as a total lighting solution. Flash durations tend to get longer as power goes up, and true to form the CITI600 TTL delivered t. 1 times of 1/ 185sec at full power, down to 1/ 9050sec at 1/ 256th output. That's a huge range of nine stops, and very useful to have, but unsurprisingly colour balance tends slightly towards blue at minimum power, though easily corrected.
Some notable optional extras include a (£ 70) 2.4m extension head ( shown above), which turns the CITI600 into a two- piece unit ( shoulder bag, £ 20) similar to the Pixapro Hybrid360, and is also ideal on a boom stand. The inevitable power loss in the cable is only 0.2 stops. Then there's a (£ 130) mains adapter that clips on in place of the battery ( good for 500 full power pops) and reduces the recycle time from a respectable 2.6secs at full power down to a nippy 1.8secs. If 600Ws isn't enough, then a head is available that couples two CITI600 units for 1200Ws! We'll be testing this soon.
Above: The optional extension head transforms the CITI600 TTL into a two- piece battery and head studioflash.