We have now switched all of our lighting system over to the new Cheethastand X system. This is really the best option for Sony users with the built-in transmitter and receiver system capable of TTL and HSS.
1-31-16, Rove light on location with the Sony A7r.
Update: November 27, 2015 Adorama has updated the included trigger to v2 (free of charge) which is an major improvement over the previous version. The new trigger has an extended operating range and works out to 100 ft. So I probably will be using my Odin TX/RX to trigger and fire the Rovelight and use the Jinbei triggers to increase/decrease the power levels. I am still going to order a third Rovelight to complete my traveling headshot studio, the light itself is rock solid and the battery just simply last forever…..This new trigger will be included with all new lights that are ordered and Adorama has the light available onsale $399.95 for the Bowens mount!! Flashpoint Rovelight
Update: April 17, 2015
I had the honors of photographing couples at a military ball and I used the Rovelights as my main light source. The event started at 6:00 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. The light power settings were 1/32 and I was at iso 200 shooting with the Sony A7II. I also used the Odin transmitter and receivers to trigger the lights. The original remote was in my pocket to control the power settings. I do not like the original remote because it will time out after 3.5 minutes of inactivity. The Odin’s allowed me to shoot uninterrupted A couple of behind the scene shots taken by my assistance with the A7s..
March 07, 2015
I received my Flashpoint Rovelight 600 from Adorama after a 2 day weather delay this week and the testing begin. I tested this light with the Sony A6000, Sony a7II and my Odin transmitter and receiver for Sony cameras. I grabbed the A6000 and went out to see if I could surpass the camera synch speed. I attached the Sony 70-200 FE lens and bumped the aperture to f4 and shutter speed to the max which is 1/4000 on this particular camera. The Odin TX was on camera and Odin RX was attached to the flash via an generic male/male 3.5mm cable. Yes you can get HSS with the Sony A6000 and the A7II cameras and the Rovelight. It is all manual meaning you have to enable HSS on the transmitter and turn on HSS on back of the light. The remote that came with the light was in pocket to adjust power from 1/16 to 1/1. Interesting that while in HSS mode that the light will revert to 1/16 power. The TX will allow you to surpass the base camera speed however the Odin transmitter will not allow you to make any exposure adjustments. I imagine it’s only there to enable the HSS function. This setup works equally well with the Sony A7II and A7s you can synch all the way to 1/8000 on that particular camera. I will try and share more information over on my google+ page! The A7r unfortunately does not allow HSS….
Here are some photos of the setup and results:
My previous setup for on location portrait lighting was the Einstein with the Cyber Commander trigger system. I read about the Flashpoint Rovelight from Adorama.com and was really on the fence about making purchase until I attended Jason Lanier workshop in New Orleans back last month. The Light may be a pound heavier than the Einsteins, probably because of the battery but my main concern was getting rid of the external cables and battery pack and compatibility with my Sony A7II and A7s cameras. The Rovelight 600 really lived up to it’s hype we shot for about 5 straight hours with 10 or so photographers and the light kept purring along with no stoppage. We were using the flash in slave mode since there was only one remote. The pictures by the fence were actually the Rovelight’s built in modeling light illuminating the subject along with a portable LED light commonly available. Here are a couple photos from a real movie set while we were in New Orleans: