Light is light. That’s the simple statement. But you can buy lights that cost $200 each or $20,000 each. The old saying “You get what you pay for” is true, but not 100% true. Take the Flashpoint DG600 moonlight. This thing is amazing and at under $200 is probably the best buy in studio lighting I’ve seen in 40 years.
The Flashpoint DG600 300 w/s AC/DC Monolight is Adorama’s house brand. And based on all the gear I’ve tested, their house branded gear is always a great value for the money.
The DG-600 works off AC or DC power. It’s lightweight, very portable and even has a built-in LED modeling lamp. There’s a built-in optical slave and in my tests, the unit worked with both sync cord (supplied) and remote trigger (Pocket Wizard not supplied) to offer the best of both worlds. You can easily control the power and the quality of light, even bare bulb is very nice.
At full power, on AC, the DG600 needs only 1.5 seconds for a full recharge. Shoot at half power and that drops to three quarters of a second. Shoot at one/quarter power, and – well you get the idea.
The above photo was made with the DG600 as the main light. A Flashpoint beauty dish and stand were the other primary components in the shot. The strobe functioned as expected and I got the result I was looking for.
The DG600 ships with a simple 8″ reflector. I like using this unit with the Flashpoint II 27″ Soft Reflector, Beauty Dish ($135 from Adorama.) Throw in an inexpensive travel stand, an umbrella for working with groups and for around $400 you have the control of a studio strobe for less than many hotshoe-mounted flash units cost.
Highly recommended, especially for people who are just starting out and don’t want to commit a large sum of money. I also think this is a better choice than camera flash (it works with both AC and DC power) and is cheaper than the high-end flash units most manufacturers use today.