Interfit’s new Honey Badger strobe looks an awful lot like AlienBee’s DigiBee

Aug 3, 2017

John Aldred

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Interfit’s new Honey Badger strobe looks an awful lot like AlienBee’s DigiBee

Aug 3, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Now, we’re not suggesting Interfit just ripped off the design of Alien Bees’ Digibee lights. But you have to admit, the resemblance is just uncanny. Not to mention the fact that the specs are also pretty close. As is the name. In fact, the only real difference appears to be the Interfit “Honey Badger” has a Bowens mount on the front.

The Alien Bees lights have such a distinct design that it’s hard to imagine this is a coincidence. And if the appearance didn’t convince you, the specs and price are bound to.

Let’s look at the two side-by-side for a better comparison at a glance.

Interfit Honey Badger

AlienBees DigiBee 800

Power 320Ws 320Ws
Range 7 stops 7 stops
Increments 1/10 stop 1/10 stop
Flash duration 1/900 (t.1) 1/975 (t.1)
Recycle Time 1 second 1 second
Modelling Light 60W Daylight LED 75W Daylight LED
Flash Sync 1/250 1/250
Modifier Mount Bowens S-Fit AlienBees
Weight 3lbs 2.9lbs
Price ~$300 $309

One can’t help but notice the similarity in name too. Bees… Honey?

There is one other difference, though, besides the modifier mount. The DigiBee lights are compatible with PCB’s CyberSync triggers, which is a separate purchase. The Honey Badger features a built in receiver that can be triggered with the Interfit S1 TTL and manual remote triggers. This offers remote control of up to 8 groups with 15 channels. The Honey Badger also comes with a 24″ double diffused popup softbox.

So, assuming the quality and reliability are similar, the Interfit light may be the better deal if you’re building up a new flash system from scratch.

A decade ago, I probably could’ve understood a move like this. Confuse new users with a flash that looks similar and has similar specs. Today, though? A flash that only syncs up to 1/250th? With the likes of Godox offering some major competition to the established brands with a way bigger feature set, I can’t see these being all that popular.

I’d be going for an AD200 or AD360II over either of these any day.

If you are interested in learning more about the Honey Badger, head on over to the Interfit website.

But if you’re going to criticise, always remember, Honey badger don’t care.

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15 responses to “Interfit’s new Honey Badger strobe looks an awful lot like AlienBee’s DigiBee”

  1. Elvie Orocho Avatar
    Elvie Orocho

    Well, honey badgers don’t give a shit, so….

    1. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      Last sentence of the article. :)

  2. Michael Turcotte Avatar
    Michael Turcotte

    For that extra $9 you get some amazing customer service. Of course the real tell is if you pop the cover off of both.

    Depending on if the Bee has a patent, Bluff could block the import of the Interfit. Of course if the board artwork is the same, they could also claim Copyright infringement. With the right lawyer Bluff could require all Honey Badgers to be recalled and destroyed.

    1. Vanitas Foto Avatar
      Vanitas Foto

      It could be a rebrand of Paul c. Buff’s product too.

  3. Dieter Greven Avatar
    Dieter Greven

    Both are not shipped to Germany. So both are crap. ?

    1. Bill Avatar
      Bill

      Buff lights are absolutely the best value in strobes on earth!
      The Cyber Commander is the best remote control system for strobes on earth.
      The Buff reflectors are the best on earth. As with everything engineered and made in America, Buff is the best, when money and service are factored in the equation.

  4. Grant Watkins Avatar
    Grant Watkins

    Lawsuit in 3..2..1

  5. Brandon Leow Avatar
    Brandon Leow

    If you look carefully, both are made in China. Rebranded.

  6. Gerry Kingsley Avatar
    Gerry Kingsley

    Also, that interfit Softbox is identical to the Lastolite EzyBox

  7. Alexander L. Harris Avatar
    Alexander L. Harris

    article written as an excuse to be able to reference that video? :-)

  8. David Hennes Avatar
    David Hennes

    Only it would be nice to drop the price a few $100 that would be fun.

  9. Petr Avatar
    Petr

    …obviously none of you understand how manufacturing is done – these ARE made by Buff and slightly repackaged for the Interfit label. Many products are made on the same production line and only labeled or packaged differently for various brands.

  10. Vanitas Foto Avatar
    Vanitas Foto

    Could it be rebranding? (like Godox and Jinbei gear with Adorama’s Flashpoint brand)

    If it is, it would be a smart move to bring Paul c. Buff to Europe or to extend the market in the US (interfit’s products are sold in stores like B&H)

    Having at least one studio flash is nice just for the modeling light, I have 2 Godox AD360 and a couple of monolights too :)

  11. Vanitas Foto Avatar
    Vanitas Foto

    Let us be even more super dramatic and paranoid please

  12. Motti Bembaron Avatar
    Motti Bembaron

    The AD200 is a much better investment. For the same price exactly you get built in battery, radio, TTL and HSS. Yes, it is slightly less powerful but still a better unit to work with.