Provides: Camera flash/model light
The Adorama Flashpoint DG600 is an inexpensive but effective photography lamp with an impressive feature set. To put it through its paces, I took it to a professional photography studio for some test shots, and I did it in the most terrifying manner possible—with a mannequin head on a stick.
First off, the feature set. Out of the box, the DG600 comes with the lamp, which uses LEDs for the model light (that is, the light that illuminates the subject when you’re not using the flash), a reflector, a sync cable, and a power cord. On the back you get a digital display, brightness control dial, and a button that gives an audible chirp when the flash is charged.
I asked Craig, a professional photographer, to take some test shots using the Adorama in a studio situation. He was impressed with the digital brightness display, as well as the “notched” feel of the brightness control knob, which made it easier to change the level and have a sense of how much it was being increased/decreased.
The FP600 performed well under most conditions, charging quickly between shots. Using a Sekonic L-358 light meter, we set off the FP600 15 times in a row and found consistent light with no variance.
One area where the lamp ran into problems was at faster shutter speeds. While the FP600 synced its flash most of the time with rapid shots, it wasn’t able to keep up with the camera at higher speed. Below is a composite of two shots: the left at 1/200th of a second, the max speed we were able to get a satisfactory photo, and to the right, 1/500th of a second.
But unless you need to shoot at those settings, the Flashpoint DG-600 is an affordable flash with a good feature set and consistent lighting.
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