The 61-V600-3C is becoming a standard in the finest wedding and portrait studios and higher quality commercial operations in North America. This kit provides 600 watt-seconds of power and is variable.
The Powerpack is Digital Compatible. Sync voltage is 6 Volts, as required by Electronic and Digital Cameras.
Reviewed by 4 customers
The Novatron V600-D kit is a great way to do professional portraits right out of the box. Two of the flash heads have the 1 & 2 stop reducing feature and the third is non-adjustable (1 head must be fully on for the power pack). Portrait lighting w/ the Key, Fill & Background lights are easy. If the Background light is not needed then the third light (w/ Novatron modifier or temporary heavy black paper) can be used for hair or accent light. The power pack has an extra 4th connection for an additional future head. I am using my V600-D pack w/ 4 heads and have yet to need full power from it - but it's nice to have if it's needed. The 2 main black light stands are more than adequate for the flash heads w/ the umbrellas attached. The black background light stand can place the light on the floor aiming it up or it can be raised w/ it's adjustable pole. The umbrellas, made by Westcott, create a beautiful soft light and the flash heads can be used by themselves to create a harder light. I am currently shooting w/ 4 lights - 2 black backed silver umbrellas (Key & Fill) Background & Hair lights w/ Novatron barndoors & honeycomb grid and not using full power @ f11, iso 100. The frosting on the cake is the stiff woven nylon carry case the kit comes with. I have used it to take the system to clients house & office and it doesn't hurt that it looks professional. It's also great storage for the home studio. My no fuss light balance set up is the Key light w/ flash head set at minus 2 stops and Fill light at full power (the non adjustable head w/ the shorter cord). The Key light is closer to to the subject for softer light while the Fill light is farther back at the camera. The distances I set up to give me a 2 to 1 lighting ratio (both lights having an equal intensity /f stop on the subject). Then for 3 to 1 & 4 to 1 ratios I just bump up 1 & 2 stops on the selector switch on the back of Key light flash head! The Background & Hair lights are set once w/ the reducing heads for the particular set up and don't need readjusting. If I want to maintain the same camera f stop I then adjust the power setting on the pack! A while ago I switched from monolights to the Novatron pack & head system for my home studio - I love it. ALSO very important, I don't see why this system would not work for product / commercial photography. In 1989 I bought my first 3 monolights, 2 light stands, wall boom, barn doors, snoot & flash meter from Adorama and have never left them. The sales men, their service & their prices are the best in my opinion.
Have owned two sets for over 10 years and still going strong... expanding studio and will buy more Novatron...
very powerful, easy control of output
While this has been a good beginner set I really wish I had invested in either White Lightnings, Alien Bees or Hensels. They lack of modifiers or difficulty procurring modifiers relegates these to fills.