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Calumet Genesis 200

Download the Genesis 200 Monolight Manual »Upgrade to the Genesis 200 1 Light Kit (includes stand and umbrella) »Enter the world of studio lighting with these extremely affordable, and yet sophisticated self-contained flash units. The Genesis 200w/s monolight provides you with all the power and lighting control that you will need to create professional-looking portraits and great still-life tabletop photographs. They will provide you with recycling times as low as one second. The Genesis flash units’ 5-volt sync voltage is even safe for today’s digital cameras.Flash operation has never been easier. The convenient rear control panel of each Genesis puts their full range of flash controls at your finger tips. Each model features digital, variable flash-output controls that allow you to adjust power levels over a 5-stop range. You can switch from full to proportional modeling with the press of a button. A built-in optical photo cell provides wireless flash syncronization and it is adjustable to increase or decrease sensitivity, depending upon the environment you are working in. An audible flash-ready alarm lets you know when your Genesis is fully charged and ready to go.Features:Variable flash powerBuilt-in adjustable photo cell sensorHigh quality user-changeable flash tubesEasy-to-use digital controls5 volt sync suitable for digital camerasProportional modeling lampsEasy-lock reflector mountCharge indication lamp/sound1-year limited warrantyAngle of Coverage of standard 8.25” reflector – 65 degrees.(Compatible with Elinchrom Speedrings.)Note About Genesis Modeling Light Operation:The Genesis monolight has three user-defined modeling lamp modes: User-defined (Full), Proportional, and Off.To change modeling lamp output in the user-defined (Full) mode, press the modeling lamp selector button until the top light is green. (The top position is marked as “Full”). If the light is already on, cycle through the settings until you get back to the Full setting. When the light first comes on, the power setting will be flashing on the digital readout. While the display is still flashing, change the unit power setting with the up and down buttons. This will allow you to change the modeling lamp output between minimum (display will read 10) to full (display will read 60) but will not affect the flash tube setting. Once you release the power selector button, the display will revert to your current flash tube setting.In the proportional setting, the modeling lamp output changes relative to the power set for the flashtube. As you adjust the flash tube power, the modeling lamp power will automatically increase or decrease in proportion to flash tube power.
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2 out of 3(67%)reviewers would recommend this product.
Customer Reviews for Calumet Genesis 200
Review 1 for Calumet Genesis 200
3 / 5
3 / 5
Great value for the money and for Elinchrom users
PostedFebruary 23, 2012
Photomaker
from Sarasota FL
Age: 55-65
Gender: male
Features
4 / 5
4 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
3 / 5
Price/Value
4 / 5
4 / 5
Quality
2 / 5
2 / 5
Satisfaction
4 / 5
4 / 5
I have been an Elinchrom user for many years: using both studio power packs and mono lights which I love. Once I switched to digital, my mono lights were too powerful for my portrait work.
Since I have so much invested in light modifiers, I was thrilled when I found these 200ws mono lights which use all my Elinchrom accessories. So far I have used these lights on portraits and commercial still shoots, using my favorite large Octabox and mini spot lights. I have not shot rapid exposures so I am not sure how these lights hold up at full power.
They are noticeably lighter than the Elinchrom mono lights and do not feel nearly as robust. But at 1/2 the price of an Elinchrom, they are a good deal and so far I have no complaints. I fire these with Pocket Wizards.
The things I did find annoying were the flimsy reflectors that come with the lights, the tilt control and the offset umbrella holder. The Elinchrom heads have the umbrella shaft in the center which gives better lighting on an umbrella.
If you are an Elinchrom user, these lights truly work nicely with your accessory. And, unlike the Elinchroms, you can use the standard umbrellas with the larger shafts.
Pros: Easy to Use, Lightweight/Portable, Quiet, Easy Setup, a great back-up for elinchrom users
Cons: ok build quality
+1point
1of 1voted this as helpful.
Review 2 for Calumet Genesis 200
2 / 5
2 / 5
too slow of a recycle time.
PostedAugust 15, 2011
apples
Features
3 / 5
3 / 5
Performance
1 / 5
1 / 5
Price/Value
2 / 5
2 / 5
Quality
2 / 5
2 / 5
Satisfaction
1 / 5
1 / 5
This light kit is only best in a still-life situation. I wouldn't reccomend this product when taking portraits. Its too slow to keep up with the camera. It will only result in every other image being black.
Pros: Easy to Use, Easy Setup, Good for Beginners
Cons: bad for experts
-4points
0of 4voted this as helpful.
Review 3 for Calumet Genesis 200
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great light for the price!
PostedNovember 16, 2010
DAS7282
Age: 35-44
Gender: male
Features
4 / 5
4 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
5 / 5
Price/Value
4 / 5
4 / 5
Quality
4 / 5
4 / 5
Satisfaction
4 / 5
4 / 5
It's a great light for the price. The recycle time is a little slower than higher-end models but it's still fast enough for most uses. My only complaint is the photo cell sensor is on the back of the unit and sometimes, like in large spaces, it doesn't detect a flash and doesn't trigger itself. It would have been better on top of the unit.
Pros: Easy to Use, Easy Setup, Good for Beginners
+4points
4of 4voted this as helpful.