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I was able to use the Stella Pro on two recent projects. One, was photographing a statue at night and two was doing portraits. When I say that this is the power of a sun in the palm of my hand, it is not to defeat Spider-Man, but to create work that reveals the true character of my subjects.
This light is extremely powerful. I wrote an earlier review, but that was before I truly put it to the test. The Reflex combined with a soft box makes skin look so smooth, natural, and the gradient of shadows is very nice transition.
This light is truly changing the game. Shannon, you are awesome and thank you for all your help! Now back to fighting Spider-Man!
I bought the Reflex at a recent convention and love its power and versatility. It works as a video light and a flash, it is small, with a premium build. I will be testing it out in the studio soon.
What I would improve on is the usability. When holding it with the lens forward, I have adjust my thumb to press the small power button on the side. As someone who played video games since a youngling, it would be great to have a big central power button. Also, the light stand connector has an allen wrench with a small screw that could be easily lost. What if you had two screws on opposite sides to secure the connector in place? That way, there would only be two parts, the light and battery handle, that become one.
Another thing down the road would be to make an RGB version. You could get neutral, warm, and cool light and all the colors of the spectrum. This would make the Stella Pro a complete lighting setup the size of a speedlite.
The last thing would be if it came in a case with a hard shell. This is a very expensive and powerful light, so it should come with protection.
I love the power and function, but the user experience can be slightly improved for a truly interstellar (did you see what I did there :) ?) experience! You all have amazing customer service. Thank you!
I recently purchased the Stellapro Reflex and it came just in time for me to use it for a wedding shoot. The wedding was in a home which did not have ideal light. This is bad news for me because I shoot natural light. The Stellapro Reflex light literally eradicated this problem! I was able to use the Reflex to amend poor lighting conditions in the home and produce quality, clean photographs! The unit’s build quality is solid and the ease of use is refreshing. It feels sturdy and like it will hold together if it drops. There is a nice rubberized handle that allows for a good grip which ensures you don’t have to do an involuntary drop test :P. I was able to hold the Reflex in one hand and my camera in the other and easily bounce light off the walls to produce a nice soft lighting profile. The reflex also offers ease of use. I was able to toggle the menus and navigate the controls without even having referring to the manual. The light is extremely bright. During my use, I never had to max the light out once. I was happy between 50-60% of the unit’s power. I have not yet tried utilizing the reflex as a flash but I look forward to doing that.
It is no question that Light and Motion had photographers in mind when creating this product. It is a game changer for me and I highly recommend it!! Thanks!
I was blessed to have some folks ask some great questions about my previous post:
What were the benefits of using the Reflex specifically for these shots and what problem does it solve?
I do a great deal of low-light, old Hollywood style, and film noir inspired portraits. Especially when using hard lights even a half and inch in placement and direction of light can make a huge difference. By using a constant light, a photographer can precisely place lights to achieve the exact effect one is trying for. The second aspect of the Reflex light is that it has the ability to overcharge the LED chip achieving a “flash” of sorts. I know some critics might claim that the Reflex will not compete with a standard speed light in terms of power. In one respect, that’s true as it will only output about the same as a speed light at 1/16 power or so, BUT (and this is a significant BUT), It maintains that “flash power for 1/200th of a second. What that means is that there is no sync speed restriction. The Reflex is much better than a standard speed light if one is forced into using high speed sync with the speed light. I can set my lens at f/1.4 or f/2.8 to achieve a shallow depth of field while shooting at 1/4000th of a second in order to eliminate ambient room light and the Reflex provides all the power I need.
Does the Reflex provide enough LED power to be used as a constant light source?
I have used the Reflex lights inside a 24-inch octabox and have never even been up as high as half power. In using the spot fresnel lens attachment, I have had to use the lowest power setting and even then I have a touch of sympathy for the model because the light is incredibly bright.
How many lights do I use?
Presently I have two lights that I use as a main (with an octabox or with a fresnel lens if I’m looking for hard light.), and the second light I use directly opposite from the main as a hair light/rim light. I have already ordered a third light so that I can have a main light with two edge lights or a main light, rim light, and background light.
What is my lighting setup?
I rarely (if ever) use a light directly in front of the model because I don’t prefer flat lighting. With low-key, film noir images I like the dramatic look that side lighting or Rembrandt lighting affords. Old style Hollywood lighting relies on the hard light that the Reflex fresnel lenses provide. Positioned higher and giving a Paramount or loop lighting pattern mimics what one might see in the Hurrell Hollywood images. Even using a second or third light with a cookie and/or gobo also lends itself to the film noir style portraits. Honestly, I would recommend experimenting with your own setups. I emulate Hurrell on occasion, but I’m not doing exactly what he does . . . , I want to be me not him! Likewise, don’t use my exact setup; I’ve got a 68 year head start on you if you are trying to be me. In addition, I’m just a hillbilly. You might not want to be like me after all. :-)
What are my camera settings?
My camera settings are probably irrelevant. It really depends on where you’re shooting and what effect you’re trying to achieve. I like a shallow depth of field, dark background and hard light. You might want light and airy with soft light. Set your camera to get what YOU want.
Anyone who has additional questions is more than welcome to contact me at [****]. I’d be delighted to talk with you!
Let me begin by saying that I shoot low-key film noir style images, and the Stella Pro Reflex has become my "go to" lighting tool. The constant light component is far more powerful than what I'll ever need for my constant light setups even when using a modifier (softbox, umbrella, etc.) What is game changing for me though is the "flash" component. Technically it's not truly a flash, it's actually an overcharge of the LED chip. (Disclaimer: It's not as bright as a conventional speed light, maybe a speed light at 1/32 or 1/16 power.) However, the selling point for me is that the duration of the flash is 1/200 of a second. That allows me to shoot at ANY shutter speed without having to worry about the sync speed of my camera. What this means is I can shoot with a wide open aperture if I choose to and increase my shutter speed up to 1/4000 of a second to darken the ambient light indoors. As a photographer who looks for low-key images this is nothing short of magic. The Reflex can be triggered with your current Godox or Elinchrom triggers. I haven't had the opportunity to experiment with this light in a direct sunlit situation yet, but for indoor photography, I have yet to find ANY light that competes with it. I presently own two and am looking to add a third to my setup. Also please note that I'm powering mine with the included rechargeable battery. One may choose to order the optional plug in AC power supply which allows one to shoot with even more light than what the battery provides. Thus far, I have not needed the additional light, but it's always nice to have that option. It comes standard with a medium focus fresnel lens which installs via a quick half turn mount. Also available are a wide throw fresnel lens and a spot fresnel lens. For my purposes the spot fresnel lens is much preferred. It also comes standard with an Elinchrom mount if you choose to use it to mount an octabox or other modifier. Additional mounts are also available as optional equipment. It’s also possible to use the constant light as a modeling light while still using the “flash” feature for the actual shot.
Try these lights out. I think you’ll find there’s nothing that fills this niche better than the Stella Pro Reflex.