Can I use my Broncolor flash anywhere in the world?
Yes, all current Broncolor flash units are compatible with worldwide voltages. In the case of the Senso power packs you must select the appropriate voltage (either 120v or 230v) with a switch on the side of the pack. With all other current Broncolor power packs, monolights and battery chargers the voltage regulation is done automatically. You will need to use a proper wall plug adaptor (not a voltage transformer) to be able to plug the power cord from the light (or battery charger) into the wall outlet in the country you are traveling to. Wall outlet configurations vary greatly from one country to another. Another important thing to remember is that with a few exceptions, you must change the modeling lamp to the proper voltage. For example, flash heads that are purchased in the USA come fitted with 120volt modeling lamps, if you want to use them in other parts of the world such as Europe, you would need to install 230volt modeling lamps. These 230volt modeling lamps can be purchased from your broncolor dealer. Always check the electrical voltage in the country you are traveling to and ensure you have installed the correct voltage modeling lamp; otherwise damage can occur. Some Broncolor units do not require you to change the modeling lamp and can be used as is anywhere in the world. These units include the MobiLed, Siros, and Siros L.
Why would I use a F focusing tube verses a FT focusing tube with the Para reflector system?
The F focusing tubes are designed to be used with many different lampheads via a specific adaptor. Adaptors available include ones designed for Broncolor or Profoto flash heads as well as a universal adaptor that allows the use of almost any manufacturers flash head. We also offer adaptors for Broncolor and K5600 brand HMI lights. The FT focusing tubes are designed specifically for either the Broncolor FT1600 HMI or the Broncolor FT1000 Tungsten continuous lights only. One of the great things about the Para system is that you can change from one type tube to another, giving you maximum versatility in your lamphead choices, all while using the same Para reflector.
What do the Para diffuser numbers represent?
There are three different diffusers available for each size Para reflector.
Diffuser 1, diffuser 2 and diffuser 3. The higher the number, the denser and more apparent the level of diffusion is.
Diffuser 1 = ¼ stop of light reduction
Diffuser 2 = ½ stop of light reduction
Diffuser 3 = 1 stop of light reduction
Can I travel on airlines with the batteries from my broncolor stobe power pack?
FLYING WITH LITHIUM ION BATTERIES AND THE SIROS L OR MOVE 1200 L ON DOMESTIC AIRLINES The New Broncolor Siros L and Move 1200 L units feature the latest in battery technology which is Lithium Ion In the case of the Siros L it is 28.8 volts / 2.5 Ah / 72 Wh In the case of the Move 1200 L it is 14.4 volts / 6.6 Ah / 95.04 Wh There are some regulations to consider when traveling on domestic airlines: .
1. Batteries that are installed in the flash unit are allowed in both carry on or checked baggage without any quantity restrictions.
2. Spare uninstalled batteries are permitted in carry on baggage as long as they are protected against short circuit* without any quantity restrictions.
3. Spare uninstalled batteries are forbidden in checked baggage.
*Battery terminals must be protected from short circuit (i.e., the terminals must not come in contact with other metal). Methods include: leaving the batteries in their retail packaging, covering battery terminals with tape or putting them snugly in a plastic bag or protective pouch.
****It is always advisable to consult with your individual airline as some may have, especially for international travel, more restrictive rules****
Error code: Blinking power level...?
If the power output of your broncolor pack is blinking after firing the pack (the head may or may not have fired). This generally means that the head has misfired. Check the cabling and check that the flashtube is in good condition and is properly seated.
How do I replace fuses on packs and heads? What fuses do I use?
Prior to replacing fuses, disconnect the power pack and the lamp from the power supply!
Broncolor flash light systems should only be equipped original Broncolor spare parts!
Only sand-filled fuses of the type indicated on the fuse type plate on the lamphead should be used; otherwise you may cause damage to the modeling light during a power surge.
Are all broncolor lamp heads compatible with all broncolor power packs?
Yes, all broncolor heads are compatible with all broncolor packs back to 1972. there are a few things that you should know though. The broncolor Mobilite heads have a low current draw modeling light designed for use on the Mobil a2r pack. This means that the Mobilite heads modeling light will not work when plugging the head into a regular AC powered studio pack. Conversely, Unilite and Pulso head modeling lights will not function when plugging them into a Mobil a2r pack. Either way there is no risk of damage to either the pack or the head. The pin outs on the heads are different so the only behavior is that the lamphead modeling light will not turn on.
Update: As of the release of the Litos lamp head in September 2010 that above statement s no longer accurate. Litos is a lightweight head that was created specificall for use with teh Senso pwer pack. Litos will only operate on a Senso power pack and not on other broncolor packs. But in addition to the Lito head any other broncolor head can be used with the Senso power pack.
Click here to download head/pack compatibility chart from BEAG
What is a broncolor mini-satellite reflector and how does it work?
A mini-satellite is the smaller version of the Satellite Evolution. It is an extremely high output and an adjustable light angle. The Satellite and mini-satelite reflectors provide a great imitation of sunlight and can be used to project a shaft of light across a large distance with minimal light spill.
The mini satellite provides a focusing shaft to allow a mounted lamphead to travel back and forth to provide focusing. The Mini-Satellite should be used with a small collar mounted to Pulso and Unilite lampheads to prevent light spill from the lamphead. When using a focusable Pulso lamphead you also have a second focusing mechanism in the lamphead that allows precise control over the focus.
In the focusing block of the lightning bolt represents how to position the Pulso head focusing dial to optimally place the flash tube in the lamphead for a given position of the head on the focusing rod. Since the modeling light is in a different position as the flash tube, the bottom row showing the lightbulb shows you how to focus the head to see the effect of the actual flash from the modeling light.
Also note that the Satellite and Mini-Satellite both function most effectively with the broncolor clear dome attached to them.
What is the differences between the different power packs and monolights broncolor offers?
Click here to download the Broncolor Strobe Highlights comparison chart.
Where can I find modeling lights, domes, or flashtubes for my broncolor or Visatec products?
You can buy replacement glass (protective uv domes, flash tubes, and modeling lights) from any authorized broncolor dealer. You can find out which model you need by visiting our product website at Hasselblad Bron Products Page and searching on the type of head that you have. The replacement products show up as related items under each flash head.
What is the difference between a 1600 ws and a 3200 ws lamp head?
A Pulso G2 (1600 ws) and a Pulso G4 (3200 ws) lamphead are the same lamphead body. The only difference is the flashtube that each uses. The same is true of the Unilite line of lampheads the 1600 ws and 3200 ws versions of the heads are the same, but the flash tube in each is much different.
The 1600 ws models are designed for use in any pack, but only up to 1600 ws of output. These flash tubes are less expensive and will wear out much faster if used above their rated 1600ws. There is no danger in using them above 1600 ws - only a shorter life. The 3200 ws tubes on the other hand can be used at any power up to 3200 ws.
What is the difference between Watts and Watt seconds?
Modeling lights are measured in Watts, flashes in Watt seconds. Let's take the Move with its 30W LED modeling light and leave the LED on for 40 sec:30 Watts during 40 seconds is 1200 Watt-seconds! 40 sec of modeling light costs us 1 full power flash at 1200 Ws.Or instead of 200 flashes at full power we can get 200 times 40 s of modeling light: about 2.25 hours. (If we compare this with a Verso with its 300W modeling light:4 sec costs the energy of one full power flash. 1 minute costs 15 flashes! Of course in practice these values may differ a little bit, but this physical correlation gives us a good idea what we can expect.
What is broncolor HS?
broncolor HS is an added feature for select broncolor flash packs and monolights that allows you to sync up to 1/8000s on Canon, Nikon, and Sony camera systems.
What is required for broncolor HS?
broncolor HS requires an RFS2.2 transmitter for Canon, Nikon, or Sony and a compatible flash. Currently, Siros 800L, 400L, 800S, 800 WiFi / RFS2, and Move 1200L are compatible.
What lights support broncolor HS?
Currently broncolor HS is supported via HS mode on Siros 800L, 400L, 800S, 800 WiFi / RFS 2, and Move 1200L.
Is broncolor HS TTL?
No, broncolor HS utilizes the same hot shoe connection as a TTL flash, but the power level is not affected by the camera’s metering system. broncolor HS will not adjust the power output of the flash unit automatically, but you can still manually adjust the power with an RFS2.2 transmitter.
What situations are broncolor HS best for?
broncolor HS is best for with mixed ambient or existing light to provide control over the image. Shooting outdoors with narrow depth of field (f/2.8, f/1.4), darkening sunlight, or eliminating existing light are all scenarios where broncolor HS comes in handy.
Does broncolor HS diminish the power output of the light?
No, the power output of the light is unaffected in HS mode. While you may have to adjust to compensate for camera exposure settings, you still retain the maximum amount of light output from your lights with, or without HS.
Am I limited to certain power levels with broncolor HS?
In HS mode on Siros and Siros L, power levels 4-10 are available. On Move 1200L, power levels 6-10 are available.
Does broncolor HS affect color consistency?
A small influence on color temperature occurs in HS mode, however when mixed with ambient light this is not as noticable. For instance in bright sunlight (where HS excels), a color shift is negligible.
Does broncolor HS affect battery life?
In most cases, HS does not have a significant impact on battery life, or number of flashes per charge of the battery.
Can I use an RFS2.2 transmitter on a camera other than Canon, Nikon, or Sony?
Use on a non-matched system is not recommended. For use on cameras other than Canon, Nikon, or Sony, the existing RFS2.1 is recommended but broncolor HS is not supported.
Will an RFS2.2 transmitter fire my RFS 2 packs?
Yes, RFS2.2 in all versions will sync to flash packs or monolights with RFS2.1 or RFS 2, as well as adjust the power output as previous generations of RFS 2 offers. broncolor HS is not be compatible on packs or monolights that do not have HS mode available.
What about brightness gradation with broncolor HS?
In studio conditions, a certain degree of brightness gradation may occur on the frame. This varies from camera to camera, and is a result of the curtain-shutter design. When mixed with existing light, this gradation is much less noticeable.