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PL500DRC Solair 500 Watts Monolight

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The Photogenic PL500DRC Solair 500 Watts Monolight employ “constant color” technology that prevents the flash color temperature from visibly shifting no matter what power setting is used. There’s no warm cast at lower power levels! That’s important in a multi-light setup, where levels can vary greatly.

The PL500DRC provides an extended range of flash output from 500Ws to 4Ws (an 8 f-stop range). The digital display lets you precisely adjust the flash power setting in 1/10 or 1/2 f-stop increments. Microprocessor circuitry ensures the power level you select is delivered accurately, flash after flash, to within 1/20 of an f-stop. The light has a bright 250W modeling lamp that can be fully controlled to any output level you need. The PL500DRC recycles to full power in a lightning-fast 1.5 seconds at full power and 0.5 seconds at minimum power with short flash durations that help you stop every gesture, an attribute which is extremely valuable when working with kinetic subjects like dancers or athletes.

Exposure bracketing can be automatically performed with the Solair light, instead of with the camera. An under- and over-exposure power setting of as little as 1/10 f-stop up to as much as 1-1/2 f-stops can be programmed to fire in addition to the correct exposure setting. Keep your depth-of-field unchanged!  Professionals trust Photogenic Solair monolights for constant color, consistent output, Convenience features include a test button, optical slave and integral handle.The UV color corrected flash tube ensures that blue doesn't creep into your color balance on subjects like a bride in her gown. It also ensures natural, flattering skin tones. The PL500DRC comes with a 7.5" reflector and is compatible with a wide range of optional accessories including grids, snoots, parabolic reflectors, softboxes and umbrellas.

  • Eight Stop Power Range: Power levels are displayed in easy-to-read LED digits allowing settings from 3.9W/s to 500W/s in 1/10 or 1/2 stop increments
  • Fast Recycling: The PL500DRC recycles to full power (1,000W/s) in only 1.5 seconds and 0.5 sec. at minimum power to catch even the most fleeting gestures
  • Modeling Light: The PL500DRC's bright 250W quartz modeling lamp offers independent power control that is adjustable from full to 1/128 power in 1/10 or 1/2 stop increments. Settings include Proportional, to previsualize lighting effects, Manual adjustment or Full On or Off
  • Flash Bracketing: Flash bracketing is a great time-saving feature especially when you'd like to shoot at a specific f/stop. You can set up your Solair for 2 or 3 shot bracketing over or under the prime exposure
  • Low Trigger Voltage: Digital cameras can be used with Photogenic monolights without fear of damage to the camera's electronics
  • User Replaceable UV Flashtube: No tools are required to replace this "plug & play" flashtube. The UV coating ensures clean whites and flattering flesh tones
  • Ready Indication: A ready light and audible alert let you know when the flash is fully charged
  • Auto Dump Function: When reducing the power output, excess flash power in the capacitors is released before exposure to insure consistent performance
  • Fan Cooled: A low noise, high performance fan keeps the flash head's electronics cool while lengthening the flash tube's and the modeling light's lives
  • Safety Features: The PL500DRC incorporates surge protection to handle power spikes and internal thermal protection which monitors heat generated during intense use
  • System Compatibility: The PL500DRC Radio Solair is compatible with all Photogenic Quick-Change light shaping accessories

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Monolight Heads Information
Maximum Wattseconds 500
Sync Voltage 5V, 1/4" (6.35 mm) outlet
Recycle Time 1.5 Sec. @ max. power, 0.5 Sec @ min. power
Modeling Light 250W (ESS), optional 100W (ESR) or 150W (ESP), Control: 6 stops, full to 1/32 power
Flash Ready Indicator Ready light, Modeling light dims during recharging and then powers up when recharged
Voltage 105-125VAC, 60 Hz, 10 amps
Weight 5.5 lb (3.17 kg)
Dimensions 4.5 x 4.5 x 6.75" (11.4 x 11.4 x 17.1 cm)
Flash Duration 1/280 Sec. @ max. power, 1/5,800 Sec. @ min. power
Fan Cooled Yes
  • ESS 250W Modeling Lamp
  • 7-1/2 In. High Gain Reflector
  • C4-15C Flashtube
  • AC Line Cord - 110V, for PL and PM
  • Protective Cap for Powerlight
  • Sync Cord - Monoplug to PC
  • Two Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty
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