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    Broncolor Flash Pack Bonanza

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    Amazing deals are out there on Olde Broncolor stuff. I wanted some newer packs for the studio, started looking around, I have a lot of Universal Blue Heads of all sorts, they are compatible with more modern Broncolor, but are not fan cooled. This PULSO 2 was their -top of the line- 1600WS pack, has every bell and whistle available. New cost $4,300 I paid $150 on Ebay. Then I walk into "World of Used Photography", and back in their clearance room, are two PRIMO A 1600WS packs ($2,595 each new), and two PRIMO A4 3200WS packs ($2,995 each new). So I buy the packs from Gary for $50 each. Also in the clearance room, I pick up another complete Broncolor Impact 21 300WS Monolight for $12. So now I need some PRIMO A4 heads (rated for 3200WS) to work with the A4 packs, but my old heads fit the PRIMO A 1600WS packs, as well as my new to me Pulso 2. So the point here is that there are some uber good deals to be had out there.
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    Re: Broncolor Flash Pack Bonanza

    Not just Broncolor, Similar vintage Elinchrom packs can be had for similar bargains.. Both Broncolor and Elinchrom studio power strobe systems are absolutely excellent in every way. Their flash heads from this era can be re-wired (same connector) to be Elinchrom or Broncolor power pack functional, once re-wired it is a one-way deal.

    3000watt/second classic sold for $130 each. These have three lamp head outlets and power set distributed across the three outlets.

    3000watt/second AS, sold for less than $100 each. These have three lamp head outlets with individual digital control from 188w/s to 3000w/s across the three outlets in any ratio.

    1500 watt/second classic, sold for about $50 each. Identical to 3000 classic but 1500watt/second power.
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    Already have a pile of flash heads..

    Results of the digital camera boom. Powerful studio flash/strobe units and systems like this have extremely low demand today to the one much lower lighting power needs of digital, typically 200w/s or less is more than plenty. Coupled with the current fashion of 1/8000sec/ sync and short flash duration, digital camera. TTL control of multi-lighting and all that has greatly reduces the market need for these great studio strobe systems, where folks are essentially required to know how to use lighting to achieve their image goals.

    They are still extremely useful for lighting large areas (digital applies here), film view camera work in studio and folks making alternative process images like wet plate and such where they using controlled lighting for their images..

    Most of these powerful studio strobe systems have already found homes, get then while they are still some what available and folks that can make then good as new to be used for years ahead.

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    Re: Broncolor Flash Pack Bonanza

    Now I'm getting really discouraged. I was counting on selling my Paul Buff mono package for several hundred but the prices you cite are ridiculous. Ouch.
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    I reformed the caps in the new $12 Impact 21, and the Broncolor IR transmitter trips it. It's going right into use. It also will trip my Pulso 2 and two 404's and C171's, with the optional plug-in IR sensor. The FCM2 meter allows wireless Pulso2 power adjustment (1/10 or 1/3 stop increments, your choice). Nice.
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    Re: Broncolor Flash Pack Bonanza

    A while back I borrowed HOT Moles, 1K and 2K Fresnel

    https://www.mole.com/8011-1000w-molelipso

    Even the stands are amazing

    I was worried my paper backdrop would burst into flames

    so I quickly returned them, my buddy had a dozen
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    I just bought a FOBA 1K Spot 220V cheaply in Germany. Not sure how much I will use it, the studio is wired for 220V. Sure looks cool

    I still have a Mole rolling Stand HUGE had a Broncolor Hazylight attached. Really filled up the studio footprint. I am thinking of reinstalling the Hazylight
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    The Pulso 2 pack is working beautifully. For some reason the sync socket is missing, but I am firing it 100% with my wireless Broncolor IR Transmitter. With the FCM2 Meter I own I can power up and down, change from 1/3 stop steps, to 1/10 stop steps. It has worked like a champ 100%. So a great deal for me. The first Primo A pack also works 100% beautifully, checked all three channels and power levels. The caps are coming back to life nicely so another success. I'm using a single 1600WS Universal olde Blue Broncolor Head to check these out so far. Not fan cooled but really don't seem to get -too- hot for the amount of popping these are getting. I'm using Kevin from KHB's procedures to bring these packs out of coma. Talked to him again today and he's been a great help to me.

    http://www.khbphotografix.com/ServiceParts2.html

    Some of my Broncolor Universal Heads are new in the box and never used.
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    Re: Broncolor Flash Pack Bonanza

    Decades ago I switched to Quantum. Used Pocket Wizards to fire them. Completely cordless. Lightweight stands. Proper temp. Got about 600 flashes per battery before re-charge. Had several batteries.

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    Because when shooting large format, small strobes do not have the light output to do the job, without doing multiple pops. I have resorted to that, but that is why I decided I needed some more modern packs, with some "poke". I've been popping my smaller monolights recently twenty to thirty times on a shoot, to build up the exposure. Not the best way to do it... Digital does not require big strobes, I have 300 w/s Broncolor Impacts, that put out plenty of light for digital. Completely different scenarios IMO
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    Re: Broncolor Flash Pack Bonanza

    Would this provide enough light?

    https://qtm.com/shop/q-flash-model-x...d-200-400-w-s/


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