WHAT'S IN THE BOX
Update of original review.
To test the Reflex vs a Stobe in HSS, I took images of my son and put the noon day sun behind him.
Set the camera on Manual, ISO 50, and shutter speed at 1/1000th and placed light stand 3 feet away.
I used a Bare Bulb Godox V1 at Full Power and used Reflex with Spot Lens. Reflex was powered by 100w PD battery. Used the same Godox remote to fire both units.
V1 measured f4.0
Reflex measured f4.5
I shot the test several times until the cold made my son run inside. But I repeated the test inside with same parameters and the output was still the same.
But the real plus was that the V1 missed frames while recycling but the Reflex kept outputting the same amount of light while never missing a frame. I'm going to try the same test again when I get my Sony a9 and see if the Reflex pumps out 20 frames per second with no missed frames.
NO the total output of the Reflex is Not more powerful than the V1 in NON HSS mode. But when used as a HSS vs Digital Burst, the Reflex is 1/3rd more powerful and seems to never miss a shot.
The Reflex is already proven to be a Great lightweight yet Powerful LED, but coupled with the Digital Burst shows how this is such a versatile and powerful tool for wedding, event and portrait photography.
I was impressed when I used the CL8000 for the first time. The results were great! Now I’ve added the Reflex! In my eyes they’ve added a pop to my images that I would have to add in editing. I would highly recommend your products!! I’m looking forward to purchasing one more CL8000! Eric Anthony, 4 E’s Photography, Denton, TX
Let me start by saying the Light and Motion Reflex and CLX10 are the BEST Lighting products that I have ever use. Period!
NO, they are not the most power lighting solution I have used, but they are the Most Versatile, Most Powerful LED and with the Reflex, the Smallest 10,000 Lumen LED light in the World. Yes, I said 10,000 lumen LED. I will explain shortly. Let’s not get hung up on whether the Reflex is a Stobe or LED, instead focus on what it is. A Powerful Lighting Tool that can work wonders for any skilled photographer.
As a professional photographer who has shot weddings for over 30 years. I am a huge fan of adding light via on or off camera flash, strobes and now LED’s. After investing into the StellaPro LED System, they are now my most used and valued part of my Lighting Kit. To be clear, I am not a sponsored photographer from any company, I purchased two CLX10’s and two Reflex’s with my own money. So, I am sharing an unbiased opinion based on how these products have performed in my workflow on fast moving wedding days and for portraits.
These lights are Crazy Bright, I use them with the Fresnel on Bright days for Engagement couples and single subjects and they work great with the Sun as Back light and the Reflex as the Main Light, wonderful for outdoor portraits. And I have already used them in the rain twice with a problem.
Compared the 10,000 lumen CLX10 to the Reflex. To me the Reflex is a Variable Lumen light based on what Power supply is attached. It’s rated as a 6000-lumen light but when you attach a 100-Watt PD battery to the Reflex you get an entirely different light.
For this test, each light was placed 3 feet from light meter, side by side on stands, ISO 100, shutter speed at 1/125th.
CLX10 @10000 Lumens f8.0
Reflex @6000 Battery Handle f10.0
Reflex @9000 Lumens f12.7
CLX10 @10000 Lumens f7.0
Reflex @6000 Battery Handle f8.0
Reflex @9000 Lumens f10.0
CLX10 @10000 f8.0
Reflex @6000 Battery Handle f8.0
Reflex @9000 Battery Handle f9.0
The consensus was the Reflex @6000 with the Battery Handle was equally as bright as the CLX10 @10000 lumens. But with the 100-watt PD battery attached via USB-C the Reflex output MORE Light than the CLX10. And that is amazing because the CLX10 is the Brightest Compact LED with a built-in Power supply that you can buy.
Using Battery Handle, Digital Burst Measured f20 using the Medium lens. This is extremely useful for wedding photographers who shoot with manual flash.
Battery Life is AMAZING using the 100 watt PD battery. At 9000 lumens I got 50 minutes and at 5000 lumens you will get at least 2 hours of run time. And Keep in mind that the 100 watt battery cost me $41, which is less than an OEM camera battery.
The On-Board LED Chips for the Reflex and CLX10 or different from what I can see and measure. The Reflex creates a tighter light pattern than the CLX10 no matter what Direct Modifier and with slightly softer edges of the light. The CLX10 makes a Larger, very even light pattern in comparison.
The Reflex lights have a ¼-20” mount on the top which I have placed a MagMod Cold Shoe Screw adapter on each one and so that I can mount them in my MagMod Handles. The Small size of the Reflex allows easy discrete mounting. I mounted one on a Wooden beam with a clamp that had a mounting stem at a wedding barn this weekend, eliminated one light stand.
Of course, the best benefit of LED lights is the WYSIWYG, but we also get Better AF reliability because the Reflex creates contrast on the subject which allows Contrast Based cameras to not hunt in low light situations.
I have also placed the Reflex inside of my MagMod MagBox and my Westcott Rapid Box Switch using the Light and Motion Bowens Mount Adapter, great for family group shots. And the StellaPro lights have been God send for the Video teams and 2nd photographers because with indoor ceremonies and receptions we are all using the same light set up. And they can be easily gel for Tungsten venues.
To summarize, experienced wedding photographers who shoot all year round know that we don’t shoot most of your wedding in bright mid-day sun. we shoot in all kinds of light situations and subject, from the people of the wedding to the details and amazing for Sunset images. I cannot think of a wedding this year that I could not have used the Reflex and CLX10 and I know that they will be used on EVERY wedding day from now on. They make setting up lights easy, they allow guest with cell phones to get a better shot, which I don’t mind at all, and they let us see the shadows before we shoot. I average about 350-400 images per hour on a wedding, so having the versatility of the Reflex and CLX10 has been refreshing and liberating. These are my New Favorite Tools for Weddings and Portraits. I am sure that anyone who tries one will feel the same way.
Light and Motion has created an Exceptional Tool for us Working Pros. The only limitation is our imaginations with these lights.
I am a professional Wedding and Portrait Photographer who will shoot over 50 weddings and engagements events this year. For 80-90% of my wedding day, I supplement additional lighting via on or off camera flash, battery powered stobes and now LED. After using the StellaPro Reflex along with my CLX10's at several weddings and portrait shoots, I can say without a doubt that the StellaPro system is now my Go To lights.
The Reflex is the Smallest, Most Powerful, and Versatile LED on the Planet and it's a light that every wedding pro can benefit from.
Power - I used a Sekonic Flash Meter to measure the Reflex vs my CLX10 and I was really blown away with the results. I used a $42 100W PD battery to power the Reflex in place of the handle battery and the Reflex is 1/3rd stop BRIGHTTER than my CLX10! At 3 feet from meter
First, the Reflex is NOT a Flash, and I don't think it is desighed to replace Profoto a1 or Godox V1 for outdoor use, but it works Great as a Burst flash for pretty much everthing I would do with my V1.
I was hesitant as a traditional photographer to start in the world of LED lighting, but I have test many light monolights strobes such as flashpoints, Godox, and lastly profoto as my primary light for portraits, I decide to try Reflex Stella pro, and as the out of the box charged for 6 hours and then I did a photoshoot of school recital and took about 500 plus pics, this mighty LED light not only have not misfires on 10 continuous shots bout also the battery after 500 shots was still full capacity, and the light on a chimera softbox was so soft and beautiful that photoshoot was a success thanks guys for this amazing creation great job!