ILUX Sum­mit 600C II

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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.

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