Flashpoint 1820A Monolight, 900 Watt Second Fan Cooled Strobe, 120 volt.

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About Flashpoint 1820A Monolight



The Flashpoint 1820A Monolight is commonly used for General purpose, Indoors, Low light, Outdoor events / games, Outdoors and more.The Flashpoint 1820A Monolight is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Flashpoint 1820A Monolight is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Flashpoint 1820A Monolight: Attach securely, Durable, Good color value, Good power output and Long-lasting

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Good power output (21),Good color value (14),Durable (12),Attach securely (11),Long-lasting (8)
Best Uses:
Indoors (17),General purpose (16),Outdoor events / games (8),Outdoors (7),Low light (5),Night time (4),Portraits (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro photographer (11),Semi-pro photographer (11)

Flashpoint 1820A Monolight Features

  • Can be Fired with the Sync Cord Attached to the Camera PC Terminal, with a PC Adapter on the Hot Shoe (FAHSPCA) or with the Built in Slave Unit.
  • Rugged Housing
  • Fan Cooled
  • Flash Ready Light
  • Stepless Power Output Control from Full Power down to 1/8 Power
  • User Replaceable Flash Tube and Modeling Lamp
  • Separate Modeling Lamp Controls
  • Audible Beep when Unit is Ready to Fire
  • Built-in Slave, Can be Turned Off
  • Low Sync Voltage, only 5.6 volts! Safe for all cameras, film & digital.

Flashpoint 1820A Monolight Specifications

Power (Watt Seconds)
900
Guide Number
282
Flash Duration
1/600 to 1/1000 sec
Power Control
Stepless Control from Full Power to 1/8 Power
Recycling Time
3 seconds
Fan Cooled
Yes
Modeling Lamp
250 Watt
Modeling Lamp Control
Yes
Modeling Bulb Base
E27 - E26
Voltage
110 volts, 5.6 volt sync
Built-In Slave
Yes
User replaceable flashtube
Yes
Dimensions
13" x 5.6" x 7.5"
Weight
6 Lbs
Special Features
Modeling Lamp Proportional Output is the same as the Flashtube Output (on/off) .Audible Signal when Fully Recycled.
Fuse
10A
Colour Temperature
5800° K
Synch Voltage
5.6V
Warranty
2 Year

Flashpoint 1820A Monolight Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.3

(based on 24 reviews)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

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    (1)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very good monolight

I've only had these for a month or two, I can't speak to durability. I can speak to some details that may be important to a prospective buyer. 1) These are Flashpoint Series II monolights, even though the web page does not specifically state it. So use Flashpoint II attachments. 2) These babies are huge. About the same length as a White Lightning, but with a larger diameter. Also about the same weight as a White Lightning - heavy. 3) The attachment ring is beefy, overbuilt even. It uses four ...

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I've only had these for a month or two, I can't speak to durability. I can speak to some details that may be important to a prospective buyer. 1) These are Flashpoint Series II monolights, even though the web page does not specifically state it. So use Flashpoint II attachments. 2) These babies are huge. About the same length as a White Lightning, but with a larger diameter. Also about the same weight as a White Lightning - heavy. 3) The attachment ring is beefy, overbuilt even. It uses four locking lugs with a spring loaded pin retainer. Probably the most secure locking system I've seen. However it's also rough, it feels a bit like dragging a brick over concrete. I ended up using a dremel tool to grind off a tiny bit of the lugs on the softbox adapters to make them fit easier. Both barndoors and reflector lugs were good to go as is. They have smoothed out a bit after some use. 4) Recycle time is great. Don't expect to run off six FPS and get a proper flash each time. One shot per second seems about right up to 1/2 power and then three to four seconds at full power. Pretty darn good - equal to most other monolights I've used. 5)The audible indicator is nice, a subtle beep that's not too loud nor annoying. I like it a lot. 6) The included power cord is about 15 feet long, a very nice addition. I've never understood why some manufacturers ship an 8' cord that won't even reach to full height on light stand. 7) The rear controls are well laid out and won't take any time to get used to. The panel is black with silver-ish lettering. I would prefer a light colored panel with black letters, but my eyes are bad and old. 8) The light stand/tilt adapter is plastic and on the small side. It seems beefy enough, but with the weight of this unit you must tighten down the locking lever pretty good - if you leave the lever a bit loose the weight of the strobe will definitely rotate itself to a vertical orientation. This also means that the light stand adapter is not on line with the center of gravity, so the strobe has most of it's weight behind the adapter. Not a huge deal, but I do like to leave the adapter lever a bit loose so I can just grab the light and change it's tilt without loosening the lever. But I can live with it. 9) The color is a vaguely metallic grey. I find the finish to be unpleasant for some reason, enough so that I am strongly considering painting the housings, I'll live with it for a while and see if I still feel this way in six months. 10) I have not used the slave capability, but they do work perfectly with a radio trigger, as you'd expect. 11) Finally, I love the variety of well priced accessories that you can get with the Flashpoint lights. This was a major selling point for me.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Flashpoint II Model 1820A Monolight,

Did not work out of the box. [...].Got a second 1220A. It works very well.

Reviewed by 24 customers

 
4.0

updated review

By

from Michigan  -  Pro Photographer

Since my initial review I have good news and bad news. The bad - all of my original three units have failed. All have failed at what seems to be either the power supply or the power switch itself. All failures came without warning and with no obvious cause. The last two both failed when I switched them off, moved them less than 20 feet, and tried to turn them back on. One failed after less than a year, another failed after about 18 months. The good news - Adorama stands behind them 100% and replaced all three of them no problems. That two year warranty is important. I keep the original boxes and ship the dead units back in that same box. USPS costs about $15. I'd prefer this not to happen at all, but then I've had all makes of monolights fail. By way of example, Paul Buff will repair a Bee or Lightning for around 50 bucks, plus shipping. Not a bad deal at all, but that's not as good as Adorama sending you a new strobe every 18 months for the cost of shipping. If the warranty reduces to one year, then all bets are off on the 1820A. Just as a note, I picked up one of the brand new 2420A units and it's back panel is very different than the 1820A, so maybe there's been a re-design. I'll let you know in a year!

 
5.0

I'm Impressed.

By

from Omaha, NE  -  Pro Photographer

I have been a commercial photographer for over twenty five years. I've used every type of professional strobe and continuous light source there is, in all price ranges. The only other monolights I've used however are White Lightnings and they drove me back to separate power packs and heads because of their quirkiness. I recently found myself unemployed and entering the freelance game again and needed inexpensive lights. I was considering going back to White Lightnings because of price but came across these Flashpoints in an internet search and decided to give them a try. They are less expensive than the White Lightnings and so far seem to be much better made. They don't have some of the remote features that you can set up with the White Lightnings, but then I always had problems getting that to work with the White Lightnings anyway. I would like to have gone back to Dynalites, but three lights and two power packs to equal the power of three of these would have been thousands of dollars I just don't have right now. The housings of these lights are a little large but those capacitors have to go somewhere. So far I'm very happy and impressed with these lights and plan on getting more. Probably the 1200 watt second versions.

 
5.0

Awesome for automotive shoots

By

from Orlando, Florida  -  Pro Photographer

These 1820A lights are exactly what I was after for automotive shoots. They easily chased away shadows even in the harsh noon sunlight. I could see every detail on a black car with this light. I can also verify the 1820A is powerful enough to light an entire aircraft hanger at night. If you are looking for the biggest bang for the buck for large object or architectural photography, the 1820A is a solid choice

 
5.0

Great value, recommended

By

from Cape Cod, MA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Used as a fill on photos for our retail lingerie site. Recently purchased, so I can't speak for durability, but so far it's been great.

 
5.0

Great

By

from Southern California  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Frequently

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This light is full of Whiz and Bang

By

from Southern California  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This light is seriously powerful paired with a flashpoint 42in silver umbrella you can really light up a models features.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works well.

By

from San Antonio, Texas USA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This light works well and holds its color balance at all settings. I expect those who posted comments about it not holding at low power settings where mislead by some ambient light entering into the picture at low power settings. I use this professionally and the only problem I have had is that if the light is ran at high power and fired as fast as it will charge then the unit will eventually experience a thermal shutdown. Once the light cools off it will start working again.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very good monolight

By

from Haslett, Michigan  -  Pro Photographer

I've only had these for a month or two, I can't speak to durability. I can speak to some details that may be important to a prospective buyer. 1) These are Flashpoint Series II monolights, even though the web page does not specifically state it. So use Flashpoint II attachments. 2) These babies are huge. About the same length as a White Lightning, but with a larger diameter. Also about the same weight as a White Lightning - heavy. 3) The attachment ring is beefy, overbuilt even. It uses four locking lugs with a spring loaded pin retainer. Probably the most secure locking system I've seen. However it's also rough, it feels a bit like dragging a brick over concrete. I ended up using a dremel tool to grind off a tiny bit of the lugs on the softbox adapters to make them fit easier. Both barndoors and reflector lugs were good to go as is. They have smoothed out a bit after some use. 4) Recycle time is great. Don't expect to run off six FPS and get a proper flash each time. One shot per second seems about right up to 1/2 power and then three to four seconds at full power. Pretty darn good - equal to most other monolights I've used. 5)The audible indicator is nice, a subtle beep that's not too loud nor annoying. I like it a lot. 6) The included power cord is about 15 feet long, a very nice addition. I've never understood why some manufacturers ship an 8' cord that won't even reach to full height on light stand. 7) The rear controls are well laid out and won't take any time to get used to. The panel is black with silver-ish lettering. I would prefer a light colored panel with black letters, but my eyes are bad and old. 8) The light stand/tilt adapter is plastic and on the small side. It seems beefy enough, but with the weight of this unit you must tighten down the locking lever pretty good - if you leave the lever a bit loose the weight of the strobe will definitely rotate itself to a vertical orientation. This also means that the light stand adapter is not on line with the center of gravity, so the strobe has most of it's weight behind the adapter. Not a huge deal, but I do like to leave the adapter lever a bit loose so I can just grab the light and change it's tilt without loosening the lever. But I can live with it. 9) The color is a vaguely metallic grey. I find the finish to be unpleasant for some reason, enough so that I am strongly considering painting the housings, I'll live with it for a while and see if I still feel this way in six months. 10) I have not used the slave capability, but they do work perfectly with a radio trigger, as you'd expect. 11) Finally, I love the variety of well priced accessories that you can get with the Flashpoint lights. This was a major selling point for me.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Powerful is an understatement!!!

By

from Charlotte, NC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Excellent light! I used it with a large Octo soft box and I usually have to turn it all the way down for the correct exposure! If you have a solid power source this thing works great outdoors as well! I use mine for fashion shoots outdoors and in studio...very reliable color and average recycle times.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love my 1820a monolight

By

from goldsboro nc  -  Pro Photographer

Used 2 years on a 6 ft octobox. No problems.

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GALYN K  What battery pack is needed for this?
MICHAEL C  It does not use battery, it plugs into the 120v
Tyhesh C  I own 2 1820A strobes why do they keep blowing fuses? I only use 1/8 or 1/4 of the power. Could someone explain why this is happening?
KAYLYNN H  i wish i could. one of my monolights did the same thing and i also use 1/8-1/4 power. it was something on the circuit board. i sent it back and adorama sent me a new one. just contact the support/customer service number. they seem to be pretty good about taking care of us. (the only downfall was that i had to pay return shipping.)
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RICHARD P  I sent this back since it was defective.
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