As a working professional photographer I tend to buy gear that is made for my work and of course, it has to be reliable and rugged. Usually, this comes at a dear price. A good example would be my Profoto strobe lighting kits, the 1200 W/S Acute series and the battery pack 600B versions, both beautifully built and great performers, but it comes at a dear price. There are times when I need a less cumbersome kit, as last year when I started doing more overseas travel assignments. I rarely use on camera flash so when I need to supplement light I need a powerful, compact, battery powered alternative. There are a lot of brands like Quantum and Bolt, I settled in on the Cheetah CL-180 bare bulb flash, reviewed earlier on this blog, and have been quite happy with it. The unit puts out a decent amount of light and uses a lithium-ion battery pack. I have two of these little guys with a couple of light modifiers and they do work well. However there are times when I would like a lot more power and up to now, that meant bringing out the Profoto 600WS B600 battery pack and strobe head.
On slow days I spend too much time going through the "For Sale" listings on Fred Miranda.
This is a very dangerous place to hang as there are way too many cool items to fire up impulse buying. Every now and again I come across something that catches my eye, is relatively cheap, and, surprisingly, fills a need.This was the case when I came across a lithium battery rechargeable wireless 600WS mono light, in a nice padded metal box with reflector, diffuser, light stand adapter and a handle for use without a stand, all for about $300! Yes, Virginia, there is a santa Claus. C'mon, for 3 Benjamins this is almost a gift.
Chances are you have not heard of this Chinese brand. The company is Nice Photo. The model is The Nice Classic 600 W/S mono-light. While it isn't particularly light - around 5 1/2 pounds, or small, it is feature laden, so let me go there first.
- GN 68
- 600 Watt Seconds
- 320 full power flashes to a charge
- Color temp: 5500K +/- 200K
- Built-in remote trigger
- 5 W LED modeling light
- Interchangeable lithium ion memoryless battery (12V, 600 mAh) 6-hour recharge