This is one of the more interesting strobes we've come across. Priolite has begun a Kickstarter campaign for their MBX500HS Ultra, a battery-powered monolight that promises to be able to shoot at any shutter speed available to your camera and at any power setting.
High-speed sync is amazing technology, but the tradeoff is a loss of power: because the flash begins firing before the shutter opens and stops firing after it is closed, not all of the light hits the sensor, which means in turn, one has to use a higher power setting to achieve an equivalent exposure. This means shorter battery life in HSS and typically that only the upper power settings are available to the photographer. On the other hand, HyperSync allows one to shoot without a loss of power, but requires high power settings to avoid issues with gradation. Elinchrom does offer Hi-Sync, which is HyperSync tuned specifically to their equipment, which resolves these issues, but this requires the purchase of a separate head. Priolite seeks to alleviate all those issues by allowing the photographer to shoot at whatever shutter speeds their camera allows at any power they care to use with a single head using their proprietary technology, HotSync.
Check out the specs of the light:
- Power range of 17-500 Ws in 1/10 stop increments
- 80 W LED modeling light
- 2.5 s recycling time at full power
- 1/8,000 s sync speed with Priolite Remote Control RC-HS at whatever power setting chosen
- 5,500 K color temperature
- 220 full-power flashes on battery
Altogether, this looks like a potentially intriguing option for strobists. Head over to their Kickstarter page to learn more.