The Shed - - Buyers Guide -

Bron­color builds on its wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and in­no­va­tion with the Siros L, which is able to con­trol light across a va­ri­ety of sit­u­a­tions. It’s the lat­est of­fer­ing for per­fectly pitched light­ing — whether in a mo­bile form, eas­ily in­te­grated into Bron­color units and mod­i­fiers in-stu­dio, or for on-lo­ca­tion shoots in the great out­doors.

As one of the most pow­er­ful com­pact de­vices cur­rently avail­able, the Siros 800 L has a max­i­mum out­put of 800 joules, while the smaller 400 L head man­ages half the en­ergy of its big­ger brother. They’re pow­ered by lithium-ion bat­ter­ies that aren’t housed in ex­ter­nal packs con­nected by a cable but, rather, fit in­side the head. De­signed to with­stand the el­e­ments, the Siros L units op­er­ate from a chilly –10°C right up to a scorch­ing 60°C. With a con­trol range of up to nine f-stops, and ca­pa­ble of pre­cise ad­just­ments of two joules of power, the Siros L al­lows pho­tog­ra­phers a near un­re­stricted choice of aper­ture. While at higher set­tings it’s pos­si­ble to out-flash the sun, lower set­tings al­low for shoot­ing wide-open for soft por­traits or dra­matic scenes. Plus, the 25-watt LED mod­ules of­fer a bright mod­el­ling light with a colour tem­per­a­ture of 3000K — match­ing that of the halo­gen mod­el­ling lamps of mains-pow­ered Siros S units.

There’s no doubt that speed is cen­tral to the de­sign of the Siros L. The En­hanced Color Tem­per­a­ture Con­trol (ECTC) tech­nol­ogy from Bron­color’s high­end Scoro and Move power packs is again uti­lized within this model, guar­an­tee­ing flash du­ra­tions as quick as 1/19,000th of a sec­ond — fast enough to freeze wa­ter droplets and cre­ate other stop-ac­tion ef­fects — and all the while en­sur­ing con­sis­tent colour across the flash curve. Re­cy­cle times get as quick as 0.03 sec­onds, al­low­ing for con­sec­u­tive fullpower ex­po­sures and en­sur­ing no op­por­tu­nity is missed. Ideal for on-lo­ca­tion shoots, the Siros’ ful­ly­charged lithium-ion bat­tery stores enough en­ergy for a Siros 800 L to flash more than 220 times at max­i­mum power.

These func­tions are ad­justed by way of a sin­gle rotary con­troller — or, the menus and con­trols of up to six units can be ac­cessed via your tablet or smart­phone.

Bring­ing stu­dio light­ing into the dig­i­tal arena, the Siros mod­els of­fer this Wi-Fi con­trol with iPhone and iPad through Bron­color’s spe­cially de­vel­oped light-con­trol iOS app, bron-Con­trol, with an An­droid al­ter­na­tive soon to be re­leased. The app al­lows users to con­trol the power out­put and other set­tings, with­out hav­ing to use the man­ual con­trols on the back of flash units. Plus, Bron­color adds a nice touch with its mul­ti­colour LED iden­ti­fiers that help tell each unit apart when ad­just­ing them from the app.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to pur­chase, go to pho­to­ware­ or visit your near­est Photo Ware­house store.

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