Paul C Buff Incorporated have released new compact, digitally controlled, versions of their AlienBees voltage controlled AC studio strobes.
The DigiBee DB400 and DB800 provide 160Ws and 320Ws of light output respectively, and a 7 stop power range (now going one stop lower than the original AlienBees).
With flash tube shipping cover in place, the new DigiBees are over 3 inches shorter than the original Bees, and now provide a full digital control interface.
Though the most significant advancement is likely the 75 Watt CRI > 90 LED modeling light, which providing 400 Watt Halogen equivalent, can double as a continuous video light.
And combined with the popular portable Vagabond Mini Lithium battery pack, provides 1.5 hours of continuous light at full power, or 3.5 hours at half power.
The DigiBees new digital display provides precise 1/10th stop power control over the strobes 7 stop range.
The digital display will also show the modeling light output, and there are 4 modelling light modes –
- ON – Full
- Flashpower Tracking
- and Independent Adjustment
The DigiBees do not have any radio receiver built inside, though they are compatible with the CyberSync CSXVC plug in radio receiver units, which will provide full remote control of the strobe through the Cyber Commander transmitter.
Or any CyberSync receiver can be used to simply fire the flashes.
DigiBees DB400 / DB800 MAIN FEATURES
- 7 F-stop Power Range (2.5 Ws – 160 Ws / 5 Ws – 320 Ws )
- Digital Controls with LCD Display
- Ultra Bright 75 Watt, CRI > 90, LED Modeling Lamp (5600K)
- Recyle Time – 0.5 / 1 Second at Full Power
- Flash Duration t.1 – 1/1450 Second / 1/975 Second at Full Power
- Internal Fan
- PCB / Balcar Accessory Mount
- Total Weight – 2.9 Pounds
DigiBees and Paul C Buff products are only available in North America directly from PCB, and therefore only in the 120 VAC, 50-60 Hz variety.
Providing 1 and 2 second full power recycle times with the DB400 and DB800 respectively, when using the compact VML pack. (And half that with the larger VLX).
In true AlienBees tradition the DigiBees are available in 3 bright colors as well as black. And now include a quirky new honeycomb embossed compact flash tube cap.
Though the DigiBees still do not offer the increasingly favored Bowens S-type accessory mount (Balcar mount only).
And no HSS offerings, or consideration for high shutter speed sympathetic Long Flash Duration modes.
DigiBees DB400 & DB800 SPECS
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
With orders estimated to begin shipping the week of July 25th 2016.
PCB offer a 2 year warranty, and 60 day satisfaction guarantee.
PCB – Website