I just came back from a shoot where we used six Photoflex Triton lights on location. We needed to travel portable and light, which was why I opted to go with the Tritons, so that I could have more lights, and fewer cases to manage, avoid heavy airline baggage fees, and work with small units that could fit in tight spaces. I was able to travel with 6 batteries, chargers, 4-heads, reflectors, speed rings, Flash Fire units, and grids all in one case, total weight, 50lbs. That is remarkable. We shot a full day using all the lights from 8am to 6:30pm with only a short break. From first test frame to last frame of the shoot we were amazed to find we'd only used 50% of the battery life on each and every unit! For the majority of the shoot we had four lights set to 1/1, with the others ranging from 1/16th - 1/2 power. Being accustomed to portable batteries throughout my career, getting so much out of such lightweight and versatile lights is a huge asset. Aside from the power and portability, since the lights come with an adjustable bracket, it's as easy to attach the heads to stands and extension arms as well as right to a Superclamp with a pin and still have the ability to adjust the angle of the head with ease. The Flash Fire transmitter/receiver units, which come with the TritonFlash Kit, are very workable and reliable, however I would have liked to see the transmitter have a screw on option to make sure in unusual positions it doesn’t fall off the camera. It didn’t happen, but I was concerned when shooting off a dock above the bay. As well, the receiver connects a bit awkwardly to the flash unit, and there’s nowhere to connect it to the unit, so it would be great if there were a connection post for it, or at the least a loop on the receiver to hang it on the adjustable bracket. The units have the ability to pack some punch, but overpowering the sun, without a scrim, for a group shot- which was what I shot, would have been tough to do. The short flash duration though is amazing. Taxing the lights at full power of course led to a slower recycle, but I actually found it was good with the group, as I had a second to scan all the subjects and get more usable frames. All in all, I love these units, I’ve been taking two with me on most shoots, at 300 w/s they are much more useful to me than a speedlight, but still lightweight enough to be handheld by an assistant when stands are not available.
Ian Spanier Photo