Sinar – Broncolor and Foba at the SPE Conference, in Dallas Texas.

A few weeks ago I attended the National Society of Photographic Education (SPE)  conference in Dallas.  It was a great show.  Students and faculty from around the United States gathered to speak about all that is state-of-the-art in photographic equipment and education today.   Sinar Bron Imaging, along with several other vendors, had all their latest equipment on display along with their educational material and discount programs.   Sinar Bron has been making a huge push into the educational market with an aggressive discount program, educational competitions, and seminars and educational materials for photographic educational programs across the country.

Our booth at SPE contained a great amount of  Sinar, Broncolor, and Foba gear. Educators and students took advantage of SBI’s presence by getting hands on with the equipment and learning about the new and best technology on the market today.     —–DMW

NAB Show 2009 in the Bron Kobold Booth

Kobold HMI in the water at the NAB Show 2009

Kobold HMI in the water at the NAB Show 2009

We visited our sister company Bron Kobold, the US distributors of Kobold HMI lighting systems and the Bron Visatek monolight line of strobes, at the National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB Show) in Las Vegas this week.   Kevin Schill from Bron Kobold was showing off all the latest and greatest in the Kobold line.  As always, the Kobold All Weather 200 watt, 400 watt, and 800 watt HMI’s were displayed under a constant rain shower.  These IP 54 rated lamp heads and ballasts are designed to be used outdoors – no need to worry about the dark clouds approaching (or the rain machines firing up).

The NAB show was filled with some really interesting new products.  The highlights for me were some new innovative LED  designs, a bunch of harnesses and accessories for the Cnaon 5d MkII, and a bunch of 3d demonstrations that were built to impress (and did).   more later…

TIPA: Best Studio Generator: Broncolor Scoro series

Tipa Award Screen Shot Broncolor

TIPA (, the organization known for its annual awards of excellence of photography products, has announced the the broncolor Scoro wins the category for best studio power pack.  We were in good company this year with tons of great complimentary products like the Canon 5d mkII and Canon G10.   Our only disappointment was that our Mobil A2R pack was not considered for best portable pack (as it has been out just a little longer than a year).

From TIPA:

The Broncolor Scoro A4S power pack represents the state of the art in studio flash generators. With three lamp outlets, controlled over three individual (asymmetrical) channels (like 3 power packs in one) it offers 3200 J flash energy. What makes it special is its very high repetitive precision, due to its automatic stabilisation of the colour temperature ECTC (Enhanced Colour Temperature Control) over the whole control range and up to six f-stops in asymmetrical mode.

Tye Studios Shooting broncolor on the Beach

Andre Rowe at TYE Studios in Fort Lauderdale has been making a series of awesome videos about how TYE uses broncolor in the studio and on location for serious professional strobe lighting. TYE is a full service studio with a good supply of broncolor on hand.

In this video, Andre demonstrates setting up a large Para FB focusable light shaper in high winds on the beach. Dave McRitchie of Sinar Bron steps in for an excellent anchorman cameo.

Broncolor and TYE Workshop Weekend – Para on the Beach

Love it When the Competition Needs Our Gear – Verso

Jonathan of normally spends his time down under shooting with the ProFoto packs. But we loved his recent post where he was shooting with the broncolor Verso. We also loved how he seems to have convinced the bride in this shoot to destroy her wedding dress by wading around knee deep in the ocean.

The broncolor Verso comes in a 1200 watt second and a 2400 ws version. Verso is a studio pack that works the same whether it is running off of 110v or 220v mains power or if it is placed on top of its 3-cell lead acid “Power Dock”. The Power Dock turns this studio pack into a completely portable battery operated studio pack. …and since I am writing about this because I found it on a Profoto review site I guess I should just come out and say that the Verso is really like having a Profoto 7a and a ProFoto 7b in one pack. Verso is really that flexible – only better. Verso is a totally functioning fast shooting fashion pack whether it is plugged into the wall or docked on the Verso Power Dock.

Check out Jonathan’s
post here