- Power module with connections for two TritonFlash heads.
- Lithium ion battery.
- Additional Lithium ion battery (a limited promotional incentive).
- Four-foot battery cable and an 11-foot plus extension cable.
- Power pack carrying case with shoulder strap.
- AC powered international battery charger (100~240 volts) and power cord with AC plug adaptor.
- All-metal swivel stand mount.
- Flash tube protector cap.
- 7-inch reflector.
- Extra-small OctoDome® SoftBox in carry bag.
- SoftBox connector (OctoConnector).
- Hot-shoe sync cable to connect directly to a camera.
- FlashFire wireless kit for cable-free flash trigger.
Without a doubt, the Photoflex TritonFlash’s primary benefit is how easy it is to
transport. Small and light, it truly allows you to take the studio into the field. Photoflex also concentrated on giving its customers as much value as possible, considering the TritonFlash costs twice as much as other lighting kits, such as the Phottix PPL-400, CononMark DL4 or Strobeam DL4.
Some of that value is found in its portability, but another significant portion is in the addition of a Photoflex track that has improved the head fastener, to which the all-metal swivel can be attached. Its twist-lock handle ensures a secure grip of large softboxes and umbrellas. Plus, the adjustable swivel mechanism allows users to balance the weight whenever large modifiers are used.
More value is returned in the form of identical output sockets on the power module, making room for duplicated heads that are capable of flashing at full power. The lower-cost competitors also have two outlets, but for different flash heads, one studio and the other a Speedlite-style, shoe-mounted flash. One of the few value negatives of the Photoflex TritonFlash is the lack of a case or handgrip, which are included in most of the less-expensive kits.
Third-party tests have been conducted to determine if the Photoflex TritonFlash battery can deliver the 750 full-power flashes the company claims. It passed the test; however, the unit did pause, after approximately 200 flashes, and a number of other times before providing all 750 firings. Part of the hesitations is due to the TritonFlash’s heat-protection circuit, which closes whenever the unit approaches overheating status.
Exposure, coverage and color balance performance were quite dependable at most power settings; although the temperature was a bit cooler at low power and full power didn’t quite achieve the guide number of 56 stated in the specifications. For best results, the tests concluded that you would want to use a flash meter or your camera’s capabilities to determine an exact exposure setting, so your images would not be underexposed.
The wisdom of spending approximately $1,500 for the Photoflex TritonFlash Battery-Powered Flash is primarily a function of the type of photography you shoot and how much of a studio-lighting effect you need at exterior locations. If you’re serious about the quality of images you want to capture and/or are a pro that needs a highly reliable, very portable lighting kit, then the Photoflex TritonFlash is an excellent buy. It gives you the versatility of two-head shooting in a small footprint with a heavy-duty tripod mount, which should satisfy the most hard-core pro.