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The Flashpoint 320M AC/DC Monolight is the lightweight power champion of our M Series family of portable studio monolights. The flash incorporates all the features of a professional 150 WS strobe within a sleek and tough housing. Features like completely continuous variable power settings from 1/32 to full output (5 stops)with self-bleed circuitry, a 100 watt modeling lamp that can be linked to power settings, built in optical slave photocell trigger, replaceable flash tube, visual and switchable audio verification of recycle signals, and sync connections to camera or remote devices.
The advanced design self contained strobe head delivers consistent bursts of light with an efficient guide number of 192 (ISO100/ft) to create studio quality images from still life sets to portraits. The quick recycle gives you the edge on action and the impressive output, a sweet f stop for sharp imaging. Used on location, the 320M provides multiple lighting for weddings and events without the weight and limits of multiple head pack generator systems. The flash duration assures rich color and full spectrum vibrancy with a full power recycle time at a snappy maximum of 1 second on AC. The unit stays stable and cool even when using the bright quartz modeling lamp.
The use of affordable portable, lightweight strobe units adds real image controlto your work without the major expense of high energy generator packs. Portraits become masterful. Event coverage a b reeze. Product photography is brought to life. Food and beverage pictures become tempting. Buy several of the 320M's or mix it up with the larger 1220M and 620M's for a powerful lighting system.
The optinal lightweight external NiH battery pack frees you from AC wires for total lighting independence for at least 400 full power shots. The 2.6 pound M Series PowerPack keeps you in the action without the restriction of AC wires and extensions, anywhere.
Includes softbox and ring to mount on flash unit.
The Flashpoint 320M is commonly used for General purpose, Indoors and more.The Flashpoint 320M is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Semi-pro photographer among others.One reason why the Flashpoint 320M is popular is because of its Durable
Most Liked Positive Review
Quality strobe, wrong softbox picture
The strobe is excellent and is of better quality than you would expect at this price point. Here are some key points:. At max power, I got around F8-F11, which is 1.5 stops more light than my Canon 550EX shoe-mount flash on the same softbox. That means 3 times more powerful.. Recycle time is fast, around a second at max power.. Auto dump - when turning the power down, the strobe will automatically fire to drain excess power from its capacitor. Cheaper strobes don't do this and thus makingView full Review
The strobe is excellent and is of better quality than you would expect at this price point. Here are some key points:. At max power, I got around F8-F11, which is 1.5 stops more light than my Canon 550EX shoe-mount flash on the same softbox. That means 3 times more powerful.. Recycle time is fast, around a second at max power.. Auto dump - when turning the power down, the strobe will automatically fire to drain excess power from its capacitor. Cheaper strobes don't do this and thus making the first shot over-exposed.. Modeling light can be proportional to flash power, or left at max brightness, or turned off. . An audible beep will sound when ready for next shot. Can be turned off and just look at the red light indicator instead.. Works fine with my Alien Bees Cybersyncs trigger.. Can also be triggered by the optical slave, but it won't ignore the E-TTL preflash. So you won't be able to trigger it with the Canon DSLR built-in flash.. Comes with a long PC sync cord for those who still prefer to trigger with the wire.. Strobe has good build quality - light weight aluminum and I really like the handle on the back, which makes tilting and carrying easy.. There's no internal cooling fan. Probably won't need it anyways because this is a low power unit.. In real world usage, I really don't see any difference between this strobe and the Alien Bees strobes.Accessories:. Aluminum reflector: good quality. Must be taken off to mount the speedring.. Speedring has an independent ring inside the rim, which allows the softbox to rotate. Can lock after rotation.. The "neck" can tilt up/down and lock with a lever.. There's a small plastic cap at the bottom of the light stand that fell off. I don't know what it's for.. The knobs on the light stand are a bit stiff and sticky. It's hard to tell by feel whether it's locked or not.. The softbox has an inner baffle for diffusion. Putting it together is the same as any other softboxes, which is not easy. If you need to uninstall it each time, buy something else with an umbrella/collapsible design. Softbox quality is average, and doesn't smell bad like the ones from[...].I got a different soft box than the one pictured. Mine doesn't have the raised velcro tab for mouting egg-crate grid. I believe FlashPoint has 2 lines of softbox, the normal and the PZ. I received the normal one, while the picture is of the PZ line. This is misleading because I bought the egg-crate grid for PZ softboxes and had to modify the grid to hook on.[...].All in all, I think this is the cheapest strobe that doesn't have huge compromises (like slow recycle time, small power adjustment range, non-dimming modeling light, poor construction.) I'm just a little mad that I can't mount the same branded grid on it without custom modification.
Most Liked Negative Review
It seems to be a good product for the price, alot of people I hear use it with not problems, but I was so unlucky with this unit that I baught. The slave function does not work, and the biggest problem is that I cant fire the flash with any wireless trigger for some odd reason, I have baught new triggers, I tested many others, low and high voltage triggers also. but no luck with it, at all. It looks mine is faulty and something is wrong inside it and I wish it can be fixed! Though I can still...View full Review
It seems to be a good product for the price, alot of people I hear use it with not problems, but I was so unlucky with this unit that I baught. The slave function does not work, and the biggest problem is that I cant fire the flash with any wireless trigger for some odd reason, I have baught new triggers, I tested many others, low and high voltage triggers also. but no luck with it, at all. It looks mine is faulty and something is wrong inside it and I wish it can be fixed! Though I can still fire the flash with the test button. Still I have the softbox and the stand, I can use it again for another flash, which is not bad at all.
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Great Monolights for the money. The important thing is that it gets the job done. well built renders exelent lighting and well colored balanced so far so good. And yes I would buy these again and again. thankyou Adorama.
I have been using these lights for a year. Recently, I bought another 320m light for spotlighting certain areas on the model/background, and it works great. I have had no problem using these lights. They are reliable and sturdy.
This new model M has it all. I used White Lightenings for years but they broke a lot. Not this one. Runs cool also.
After shooting with nikon CLS on a once new d200 and 2 sb800 bouncing off umbrellas, I picked up 2 of these 320m and 2 glo medium soft boxes and I want to kick myself for not shooting with strobes from day 1. They are more responsive in getting those sharp popping images. I shoot a lot of glamour stuff and they are decent for the price. I picked up an impact powersync16 radio system, 1 trigger 2 receivers so I can trigger the sb-800 ' s and the 320m together and it works great. Also picked up a vello freewave wireless remote shutter release, so I don't have to hold the camera and take a selfie. Also picked up a 60 inch b&w umbella from adorama dirt cheap for 20 bucks, throws great light, but will need a 3rd light perhaps the 620m and some sort of portable power supply that can hold 3 strobes. Even tho I can mix the monolites with speedlite via radio triggers I want a little more power for a main light where I have the option to turn them down like I would most likely have to do with the 620m series, I feel. I will most likely still use the sb800 on outdoor shoots on the 60 inch umbrella just because it a lighter load carry.
I have three of these strobes now. I have never had any issues and they work great. After thousands of flashes I have never had a misfire. The stobe is light and has a quick recycle time. Add the battery pack and you get portable light that is cheaper than a speedlight. Even though this is only 150 watts it is enough power even for outdoor portraits. I have used this with a beauty dish, in full daylight, with the sun to the models back, and it was powerful enough to light the subject.
The light itself is great, the recycle time is fairly quick, I using it at half power and takes a little less than a second to to recharge. That being said don't expect to do and Fashion Photography with it, There is more than enough power to do Studio work.
Paired with a beauty dish this has become my go to monolight for portraits and headshots. I also attach it to an overhead boom and create unique toplit touches. Especially like the built in slave unit, when it becomes necessary in a three light situation. Light, portable, fast recycle. At this point I've not had any negative situations arise
I use it for portrait, fashion, and product photography. In the studio it takes all flashpoint (Glo) light modifiers which makes it very flexible. On location it runs on the optional battery pack and is rugged enough to bounced around on a rolling light stand over grass, rocks, sand etc. This is my 4th Flashpoint. My first 320 became unreliable, so I returned it and the replacement was an M model, which work very well form over a couple of years, and convinced me to buy a second one. My other monos are the FP 620 and 1220, both of which are fan cooled. I would like to have the 320 fan cooled,but it is not. I suspect that heat may have been the problem with my first light so I've been holdings my breath with this one, but it has worked flawlessly ..... Still ....
For the price point this monolight delivers. I was looking for a decent light from the Flashpoint II series to go with my Flashpoint 21" beauty dish and this fits the bill as the beauty dish fits right on without any additional adapters.