On paper the Siros L reads like the perfect blend of legendary broncolor speed and control, married with all the power and portability an on-location photographer like myself could want. To really put it to the test I setup a whirlwind shoot on the waterfront of Brooklyn New York. Together with an incredible athlete for my model we focused on seeing just what this new monolight was capable of.
Quality / Compatibility
The first and arguably most important thing to look at was the quality of the light. With the Siros L’s exposed flash tube it is compatible with every modifier in the broncolor lineup and is designed to evenly spread out and fill each modifier for optimal light quality. I chose to use the Beautybox for our first series of portraits. Nothing beats the Beauty Dish quality of light in a package that breaks down to easily travel with! Adjusting the power of the Siros L remotely using the RFS transmitter allowed me to quickly shoot at various apertures for creative control of the depth of field as well.
Flash Duration / Recycle Speed
In my eyes the next feature I wanted to look at really sets the Siros L apart. And that is its speed. It has both an incredibly fast flash duration and recycles very quickly for a battery powered unit. Anything this light touches is frozen in the frame.
To evenly illuminate the model I used two Siros L strobes here, each with an L40 reflector to concentrate the light for more output and a longer throw. After activating SPEED Mode on each of the strobes we got to shooting! I had the model running along with two assistants tracking his movements while hand holding the Siros L’s on either side of him. I was blown away by the results!! The Siros L recycled fast enough to keep up with the multiple shot burst mode of my DSLR, and the light was so fast they froze the model in mid stride in every shot.
Combine that with the mobility that allowed my assistants to literally run around the streets effortlessly holding the lights, I was sold.
The final thing I wanted to look at was power. At 800 ws the Siros 800 L is one of the most powerful battery powered strobes on the market. Power is important to photographers for a number of reasons. It allows you to compete with the sun on bright days, it gives you fast recycle times when used at less than maximum power, and the extra power helps when using large modifiers with multiple layers of light absorbing diffusion material.
In this last setup all of the above came in handy to make the shot. I used a 5′ Octabox with a grid to really enlarge and soften the light source for this portrait. With all the diffusion and grid it soaked up a lot of light, so having the extra power in the Siros L was clutch. Then I placed the model with the iconic Brooklyn Bridge in the background. To make sure that the bridge wasn’t too blurry and out of focus I needed to turn up the power to get an exposure around f/8 or f/11. 800ws easily got me there.
All this time we were competing with the bright existing ambient light.
The Siros L is even better in practice than it is on paper. I’m excited to make this my go-to light for on-location photoshoots. Make sure to checkout the video for more images from our shoot that day!
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About Erik Valind
Erik Valind is a freelance photographer, born and raised on the Florida beaches, now living in New York City. Specializing in commercial lifestyle photography and environmental portraiture – airy and energetic imagery defines the style and vision of this top pro photographer. Inspired by the form, activity and diversity of people, Erik has lent his expertise to shape the public image of numerous personas and national brands. Erik also shares his visual approach, techniques and passion for photography internationally as a speaker at major photo conferences, as an author, and online as a CreativeLive and KelbyOne instructor.