Testing the Dynalite Baja B4 Kit

Dynalite Baja B4

   Ever since the Dynalite Baja B4's came out, I was drooling over their portability and power. The cumbersome nature of high power flashes outside of the studio has always been an issue for me and the B4's looked like the solution. After reading up on these flashes for months, I finally pulled the trigger and hit the order button on BHPhoto. The knock on the door 2 days later was like hearing Santa Clause on the roof the night before Christmas.

The biggest box, and possibly the lightest.

The biggest box, and possibly the lightest.

My initial reaction to opening the box was how light they were, each B4 weighs in around 6 lbs. They are built with a metal body and look like they can take a beating. The Controls are very straight forward with power adjustments in 1/10th stop increments, along with a bunch of cool features like flash duration adjustments and stroboscopic modes.

Features:

  • 2.4 GHz Power Control Wireless Receiver
  • 400Ws, 6-Stop Power Range
  • 1/10 Stop Power Increments
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Power
  • Up to 550 Full-Power Flashes
  • Flash Duration: 1/12800 - 1/500 Sec
  • LED Modeling Light
  • Built-In Optical Slave
  • C-Mode for up to 15 Flashes per Second
  • Bowens Accessory Mount

The Test

   My initial thought was to test out the power of these flashes. I had an Amaryllis in bloom, so I decided to capture its beauty. My first step in lighting this flower was with 1 Baja B4 in a 36" Westcott Rapid Box. The box attaches with speed and ease using the Bowen's mounting system, a relief from Dynalite's studio strobes which have 3 screws to hold modifiers. I was shooting at f:16 to keep my focus from the front of the flower all the way to the back. Needing a lot of power, I had my B4 powered at 6.3 out of 7, and was impressed that I still had more power. The wireless transmitter that comes with the kit was also great to use. It allowed me to dial my flashes up and down from the top of my camera. After getting my light dialed on the left I started using a white fill card for the shadows on the right. I decided to see what a 2nd B4 would look like filling in the shadows instead of the white fill card. Having the B4 dialed down to 1.3, I could use the flash as a subtle fill to replace the white card. I was impressed with the 1/10th stop increments that allowed me to dial the flashes perfectly, as well as the soft quality of light with no modifier. 
   This initial test has me impressed with the flash power, now I'm excited to test these flashes outdoors against the sun, as well as the unique features like adjustable flash duration, high speed sync, and stroboscopic modes.   

The setup

The setup

Built-in receiver, LED controls, and powerful.

Built-in receiver, LED controls, and powerful.

Final photograph of the Amaryllis, using 2 Dynalite Baja B4's.

Final photograph of the Amaryllis, using 2 Dynalite Baja B4's.