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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 making the...View 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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I have only tested the Flashpoint II FP320MK in my studio. I have not had a chance to use it in the field. On battery (DC) mode it recycles as advertised and in AC mode it cycles a little faster. I have two other Flashpoint strobes I have had for several years and use in my studio all the time. They have proved to be very reliable. My only negative comment about flashpoint products is the flashpoint strip soft box (8"X36") is flimsy.
I use two of the 320M's to light my green screen background (with 24x24 Glow soft boxes). They're easy to setup and function as expected. The stand that comes with the kit is okay, not great. The case can hold 2 lights, but it's a tight squeeze. The camera-side connector on the sync cord that came with one of the lights wasn't a solid fit. Had to pinch it in some to make it stay connected. Also, one of the sync-cord ports on the light was snug and rough feeling when I tried to plug in my sync cord. As I've seen with most Flashpoint products, manuals leave a lot to be desired. Fortunately, for this product, it's not overly complicated.
Fast shipping, good quality haven't had any problems would order again.
Studio work, people and not. Simple, no cumbersome "features". I can get the lighting I want with a few adjustments. I use the flash trigger with my on camera flash bounced off the ceiling adding one more light source on subject if I want it. I go fully manual and have plenty of aperture latitude. Using a Nikon D800 I get fabulous detail to work with in Photoshop. Hard to believe the quality/price value in this product. Simply sweet!
This item seemed pretty cool and a great value for money but when I went in to buy it the sales man was rude sarcastic and very unhelpful. The sad thing is that apparently he's the head of the lighting dept. I'm taking some photo classes and don't know much about lighting yet but wanted something simple and entry level to at least use the knowledge I have to help me learn more. The sales guy from the get go treated me like I was some dumb low-life that was wasting his precious time. Since I'm of a different color to him, my first thought is that he's treating me like this because he's racist. Not a good look for a store that is in business to make a profit. I had a lot of questions and was hoping he would give me some basic helpful info since he was the pro with a wealth of knowledge. I ended up buying this package and when I tried it out it worked great except I couldn't get it fire as a slave. I went back to the store to buy a soft box and get some help figuring out the slave problem. The lighting dept was closed and the guy that tried to help me was very friendly and suggested I come back when that dept was open as they'd know more. Came back the next day at lunch and after waiting around for about 10-15mins, I was next in line to see the original sales guy, who then decides to help 2 other sales guys figure out another customers problem. A lady interrupts him and next thing I know he's helping her. I'm a little upset about this as I have to get back to work so rather than cause a stink I just leave. I come back after work and there's a young sales guy there calling out numbers I ask him one question "do I need to get a number and which booth do I pull them from?" He ignores me and continues see if the number he calls is there. Eventually he looks at me and says something in not the nicest tone, so tell him whats with the attitude, I asked you a simple question now your being rude to me? He comes back with some sorry excuse, I say don't worry and walk off which ends in him shouting sarcastically "Have a nice day sir!" I go straight home and get everything I purchased in that order and return it. I refuse to spend my hard earned money anywhere that decides to treat me like this. You don't have to treat me like royalty but sarcasm and disrespect make me realize you don't want me or my money there and I won't mind sharing this in my classes.
I bought this light to go with my FP620MPWK Flashpoint II-620 main lights. It makes a great light for background fill, color, etc. when combined with the FPBDK barndoor and filter kit. You have to be a bit careful with placement since it's a bit wide, but it'll still hide safely behind even a fairly small child if you pay attention. I did find that the modeling light was of limited help in aiming a color background fill...the actual strobe illuminated a different radius and space than the modeling light suggested. But beyond this minor frustration it worked flawlessly.
I bought this 2 months ago and loved how it made my portraits look that I'm buying a 2nd one. Works well with my Yongnuo wireless receiver. I use it as a main, and to trigger 2 speedlite slaves. Well made and hard to beat the price!
My softbox had a small tear in it. I'm not overly concerned about it. This item works amazing! I highly recommend it for the price..After setting it up I took a couple pictures of my son. I am more than pleased with the results.
The light is great, and comes in a very convenient carrying cass. However, the light stand that comes with it is pretty weak to handle the large head. It wiggles back and forth and does not seem very steady.
I just bought one of these kits and used it for a few shoots and it worked flawlesly. Very even lighting, fast recycle time. Great value, works great.