radioSTROBE is the World’s First Off-Camera Speedlight System

May 6, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

radioSTROBE is the World’s First Off-Camera Speedlight System

May 6, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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radioSTROBE_1One of the first things photographers hear these days after they buy their first speedlight is to avoid mounting it directly on the camera.

Using off-camera flash has become widely popular in recent years, with many accessories designed to adjust the hot-shoe mount device to work better remotely, but that’s exactly what they do – adjust an existing product to work differently.

Raman Evazians decided that photographers deserve a dedicated off-camera flash system specifically designed for their needs, and that’s where the radioSTROBE comes in.

The two-part system comprises of a flash unit and an advanced commander, and promises to be the first and only lighting option for off-camera flash photographers.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/radiostrobe/radiostrobe-the-worlds-first-off-camera-speedlight

There are many advantages in building a product from the ground up, rather than building on an existing one, and this can easily be seen in the design of the dedicated speedlight unit. Be it due to a lack of economic interest or incentive, or lack of technological know-how, existing hot-shoe flashes are often useless or seriously handicapped as a standalone device.

The lyteR-1 speedlight on the other hand seems extremely capable with its built-in RF receiver, space for 8 AA batteries and an included AC adapter, and basically replaces not only your existing speedlight but also the radio receiver and battery pack.

lyteR-1The control unit, lynqT-1, was also obviously thought through properly and solves what I personally find to be one of the annoying aspects of using speedlights -having to lower my camera to change the settings. With the lynqT-1 gone are those days. In contrast to almost every other electronic device these days that seems to be getting an LCD screen, no matter how useless it is, this controller doesn’t have a screen or any menus. Everything you need is done at the push of a slider or click of a button.

As for power, you can select anywhere between 1/1 to 1/128 in 1/3 stops – again, without having to take your eye away from the viewfinder.

Allowing most photographers to control the entire set with just one control unit, the lynqT-1 can operate up to four speedlight groups as once.

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Judging by the long list of features one could easily think one of the big names is behind this product:

  • High-speed synch – allowing a shutter of up to 1/8000, while automatically determining your camera’s x-sync limit.d894526c6b5be3af59c01a5c880f225a_original
  • TTL – you can set all four groups to TTL, manual or mix them anyway you like.

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  • 2nd curtain sync – all you need to do is toggle the switch and the lynqT-1 will do the rest, while automatically transitioning between 2nd-curtain and high-speed sync in order to avoid limiting your shutter speed.

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  • Autofocus assist – this feature works even in complete darkness, as the control unit automatically instructs the connected speedlights to fire low-powered assist flashes. No need to worry, the autofocus assist flashes will not affect the speedlight’s recycle time, so it’s all win.
  • AC adapter – nothing fancy about this, just a convenient, easy to use endless source of power. OK, this free accessory is a dead giveaway that a big-name company is not behind this product…
  • Power – radioSTROBE says the lyteR-1 holds 28%-100% more energy than hot-shoe speedlights thanks to its 1500uF and 360v capacitor. The extra space for the oversized capacitor is available due to the lack of a tilt/swivel mechanism.
  • Fast recycle time – just 2 seconds after firing the flash at full power with a new set of NiMH batteries. This is up to 3-times faster than regular speedlights, according to radioSTROBE, and as an added bonus the recycling is silent. It also avoids heating your batteries, so they survive longer and you get more flashes out of each set.

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  • Less overheating – this product doesn’t say it will completely eliminate overheating issues, but its larger and higher rated Xenon bulb, as well as the flash’s design, means you will get more work done before having to let your gear cool down.
  • Multi-photographer usage – several photographers can share the speedlights, while each one triggers the flashes based on the settings determined on his specific control unit. You can also share the flashes while using different brand cameras.
Two images taken at nearly the same time by two photographers sharing the speedlights.
Two images taken at nearly the same time by two photographers sharing the speedlights.

Head over to radioSTROBE’s Kickstarter page for more features and full specs for the speedlight and control units.

The lynqT-1 will be available in two versions (Canon and Nikon), while the lyteR-1 will work with either system as it communicates directly with the transmitter.

Super early bird packages are still available at the moment, so if you hurry you can snag a transmitter and speedlight for $650. If you wait too long the same set will cost you $750 or an expected $950 after the Kickstarter campaign.

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17 responses to “radioSTROBE is the World’s First Off-Camera Speedlight System”

  1. Todd F Avatar
    Todd F

    Shares an awful lot of features with the Canon 600 EX-RT/ST-E3 to be the FIRST off camera speed light system. #redflag

    1. Ian Hecht Avatar
      Ian Hecht

      There’s an interesting comparison between this product, Canon’s 600EX + ST-E3, Nikon’s SB-910 + Pocketwizard, and Prophoto’s B1 500 on the Kickstarter page. While this project seems to have some unique features, I’m not sure the combination of all the features warranted an entirely new product, not compatible with any other system. I wish them luck with their project, but I will be waiting to see what happens.

  2. Eddy Dejesus Avatar
    Eddy Dejesus

    really cool, but damn it is pricey but not denying its value, it is just a bit too much for a starting company.

  3. Rob Morris Avatar
    Rob Morris

    Hmm – not really sure what this does that my YN560’s do with my YN560tx doesn’t already do, other than HSS (which I have yet to really need).

    1. Jeff Grundman Avatar
      Jeff Grundman

      Also TTL. Of course what good is TTL when you are using multiple lights. More trouble than it is worth.

  4. radioSTROBE Avatar
    radioSTROBE

    Great summary, straight to the point! Much appreciate it. Check us out #strobist photographers.

    1. Spoonie Avatar
      Spoonie

      Hi, in context of Canon’s RT system.can you explain how this is the first off camera system? Most of us on this blog see your product as the sane thing.

  5. Andrew Sible Avatar
    Andrew Sible

    Can someone sparknotes why this is cool and worth 900 big ones?

    Somehow I feel like I’d rather buy a bunch of speedlights and triggers…

    1. عبدالرحمن مصطفى Avatar
      عبدالرحمن مصطفى

      exactly ..

    2. Enrique Avatar
      Enrique

      I’ve tried to, but I can’t. For that money, get 2 YN568EX plus 4 YN560IV and the transmitters for both, and put the rest of the money on something else. Now you’ve got… 4 manual flashes + 2 ttl flashes, lots of power, & flexibility, HSS, AF assist, stroboscopic, 2nd courtain, backups if needed, off AND on camera, remote power control for everything (by radio, cls, whatever, even the 560IV is a controller itself), separate groups, shooting from 2 cameras (wich also can be triggered from the flash triggers), standard hot shoes so you can mount them in your ass if you want. While you’re figuring out the possibilities, you can eat something with the money you’ve saved…

      …ohhh yes, I’ve just get it!! This thing has ac adapter, now you can buy it :-)

      1. Andrew Avatar
        Andrew

        ROFL, thanks, perfect example.

  6. jakecarvey Avatar
    jakecarvey

    The claim is simply not true. Yongnuo 600EX RT and Canon 600 EX RT seem to already do everything i see here, and are even cross compatible, rather than requiring a new system.

    1. jakecarvey Avatar
      jakecarvey

      And the Yongnuo is well under $150 USD (+ $80 for the master controller (or a second, camera-mounted 2nd 600EX) , although most functions can be controlled by optical wireless via pop-up flash (60D and up))

  7. GOLDAR Avatar
    GOLDAR

    I’ll wait for the Yongnuo clone…

  8. Class A Avatar
    Class A

    How can it claim to be the “…the first and only lighting option for off-camera flash photographers”? There so many other affordable options where the radio receiver is built into the flash already (e.g., from Cactus, Godox, or Yongnuo). The lack of a guide number specification is a big no no. The fact that the recycling with the AC adapter is slower than with 8 AA batteries is very puzzling. Recycling times in general are nothing special. There are speedlights which are a lot slower, indeed, but they are old, i.e., technically obsolete. It is not possible to adjust the power of all four groups together and the list goes on. I have high respect for the inventor, but at this price point with this feature set, the product is dead in the water.

  9. radioSTROBE Avatar
    radioSTROBE

    Hi All,

    This is Raman from radioSTROBE.

    I’ve read all your comments and I appreciate them very much. I’ve been in your shoes on the consumer side, and now being on the design & manufacturing side, honest feedback is very valuable.

    Just wanted to let you know that I’ve posted a youtube video to address some of the popular questions. It is here: http://goo.gl/mI8n6O

    Also, please check out the FAQ section at the bottom of the Kickstarter page. Some additional details are there.

    Not everything you’ve brought up here has been addressed. Questions (good ones) are getting to me from several sources !

    Regards,
    Raman