USA based photographer and electrical engineer Raman Evazians has set out to produce the worlds first speedlight system dedicated for off camera use, currently pitching the very ambitious RadioSTROBE on Kickstarter.
The RadioSTROBE basically combines a speedlight, with an 8 cell AA battery pack, and a TTL and HSS enabled radio receiver, all built into one compact and very convenient unit.
Moving away from the traditional on-camera swivel head speedlite design also allows a larger capacitor to be used, providing more power in a unit just one inch longer than a traditional speedlight.
A larger Xenon flash tube is also used allowing more pops before overheating. So the RadioSTROBE addresses all the limitations, of power, recycle speed, and overheating associated with current traditional speedlights.
And if all those advantages weren’t enough, the RadioSTROBE (unlike current speedlights) can also run off mains AC power as well. Even be powered by inexpensive 12 volt batteries, instead of requiring expensive dedicated high voltage external battery packs.
The RadioSTROBE system aims to be a very ambitious TTL and HSS compatible with Canon and Nikon systems (a separate dedicated transmitter is required for each system).
The lynqT-1 transmitter aims to provide a very tactile analogue style interface with can be easily adjusted by feel. No crazy Canon menus to deal with (no menus at all).
Four groups are provided, each of which can be turned on and off quickly, or switched from TTL to manual, so mixing groups is also possible. 1/3rd stop adjustments are provided.
The lyteR-1 Speedlight is built into an easily stackable, and storable, solid rectangular case. With the flash head still fitting into regular speedlight modifiers and mounts.
A manual zoom head is adjustable though a slider tab on the top of the case, and 8 AA battery cells are housed inside the flash.
The lyteR-1’s interface is again very simple and straightforward without any LCD screen as most regular speedlights offer. Power, groups, channels, and volume are all quickly accessed switches.
Another feature of the lyteR-1 Speedlight, and large advantage over regular speedlights is the ability to run of mains AC power when desired as well, using a relatively small and inexpensive 12 volt adapter.
And inexpensive 12 volt sealed lead acid or gel batteries can be use to directly power the lyteR-1 Speedlight as well. High voltage battery packs are not required.
An external battery pack reduced recycle time from around 2 seconds with AA batteries, to around 1 second. As well as providing more shot without battery changes.
A larger and higher rated Xenon flash tube allows for more pop before getting hot, allowing the lyteR-1 to provide more shots than a regular speedlite, addressing what is one of the biggest limitation of regular speedlights.
And a larger capacitor than a regular speedlight provides 28 to 100% more energy (therefore more light).
The RadioSTROBE lyteR-1 speedlight and lynqT-1 transmitter also offer a number of other technical features rarely seen before, like Hybrid Flash Durations, Soft Sync Switch Over, Time-Aligned Flash Bursts, and Range Extender Routine.
You can read more details on the many features of the RadioSTROBE on the Kickstarter campaign.
The RadioSTROBE system will be available in two radio frequencies to FCC and CE requirements. 916 MHz for the USA and Cannada, and 869 MHz versions for the UK and Europe.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The RadioSTROBE lyteR-1 speedlight and lynqT-1 transmitter are available for pre-order on Kickstarter from $650 for the pair (saving $300 or the regular price).
Please note – Kickstarter is not a store, and there can be risks involved in backing projects.
RadioSTROBE – Kickstarter
RadioSTROBE – Website