ILUX Summit 600C II
SPECIFICATIONS Price: £ 654 Trigger: iport TX- C01 ( included) Power: 600Ws ( IGBT- regulated) Light output ( ISO 100): Tested max power f/ 32 + 0.3 Recycle time: Tested 6.9secs to 100% charge, half- power 2.8secs Battery capacity: Approx 400 max power flfl flashes,ashes, 6000mah lithium battery Flash durations ( t. 1): Tested max power 1/ 160sec, 1/ 8th power 1/ 2130sec, min 1/ 128th power 1/ 4780sec. FP1 to FP5, 1/ 18900sec to 1/ 4500sec Colour: Tested 6450- 7050K. FP1- 5, 5850- 7600K Auto- TTL control: Yes, for Canon only High- Speed Sync: Tested output max EV17.0 Second- curtain sync: Yes Strobo multi- flash: Yes Trigger/ Remote control: Integral radio receiver, optical slave, sync port Modelling lamp: 5w LED, tested max EV4.1 Fan cooled: Yes Modifier fitting: S- type Dimensions: 25x11x11cm ( main body) Weight: 2.4kg inc battery Warranty: Two years Website: www. photomart. co. uk
THE ILUX SUMMIT 600C II might be the smallest and lightest of full- size units here ( if not by much) but it also manages to be the most powerful – recording a stonking f/ 32 + 0.3 in the test rig. That's a third of a stop up on the potent Pixapro CITI600, also rated at 600Ws, and it held a similar advantage in HSS mode at EV17.0.
The downside is the a longer recycle time of 6.9secs to 100% charge, though that reduces dramatically at half power to 2.8secs – where it's still putting out more light than the Pixapro Hybrid360 – and only 1.4secs on quarter power. The battery is good for 400 full power flashes,fl ashes, with over 1,000 claimed at half power. The 5w LED modelling lamp measured EV4.1.
The high output also affects flash durations that are a bit longer too, with 1/ 160sec at full power ( t. 1) down to 1/ 4750sec at 1/ 128th power. However, much shorter durations are provided by the five FP manual modes, from FP5 at 1/ 4500sec down to 1/ 18900sec at FP1. The FP modes are very handy to have, though brightness is low with FP5 being equivalent to around 1/ 25th output, down to something like 1/ 500th power at the fastest FP1 setting. Colour balance tends a little towards cool, but consistently so throughout the normal power range and not a problem. Price includes a tough metal case and the ILUX Summit 600C II is quality built with the white body of aluminium rather than plastic. While none of these bigger battery powered units are exactly light, the ILUX'S lower 2.4kg weight is noticeable and welcome, and the mounting handle gives a good grasp. The control panel is large and clear, but it's actually the radio trigger that you work with, to access auto- TTL and other features, and these functions are only available to Canon users. The trigger certainly works well enough but it's not particularly clear or intuitive. Unfortunately this is a common criticism and most remote controllers haven't properly caught up with their new role as the main user- interface, which deserves higher priority when being designed.
Above: With its aluminium body, the Summit 600C II feels lightweight and robust. Below: The trigger interface can be a bit tricky to get to grasps with at first.