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Jinbei DC-600 Review

Published January 3rd, 2012

This post is a first look at the chinese flash set.

I bought this pack 4 hours ago, and I just took some pictures to show you guys what it looks like, and to give you my first impression.

First of, the pictures

I bought this flash set for 589 euro, which is 770 US dollar,

The kit contains the batterypack, 1x600 w/s flashhead, a grip for the flashhead, a set of 1 trigger and receiver, and a standard reflector. Offcourse included are the charger, instruction manual etc. All of this comes in a case, which feels pretty cheap.

The pack itself feels pretty sturdy, the buttons feel good, the display does what it's supposed to do, and the weight is manageable.

The pack itself has enough power to over exposure my camera at iso 200, f32 at 1/250th of a second.

I'll be using this primarily outdoors, where I want to be able to handle the power of the sun, for my modelshoots, and I'm pretty sure it can handle it.

The modelling light is a led, and very bright, I'm even thinking about using this with a softbox to record some vlogs.

I'll be testing this over the next week, so stay tuned for more.

If you want anything reviewd, or have more questions about this pack, please feel free to contact me through my site www.lakker.be or send me a mail via 500px.

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Top of the pack; this image was shot iso200 105mm F/36 at 1/200s, the pack was at half power

  • January 3rd, 2012
  • Nikon D700
  • 105mm / f/36 / 1/200 sec
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shot of the head when flashing: iso200 105mm f/36 1/200s

  • January 3rd, 2012
  • Nikon D700
  • 105mm / f/36 / 1/200 sec
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Modelling LED light: iso 200 105mm f/36 1/200s

  • January 3rd, 2012
  • Nikon D700
  • 105mm / f/36 / 1/200 sec

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The flash tube itself; iso3200 105mm F/3.2 1/40s

  • January 3rd, 2012
  • Nikon D700
  • 105mm / f/3.2 / 1/40 sec

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myview
myview  about 5 years ago

Just bought the new DC-600 Pro. A very solid flash head :-)

Bert_Engelmann
Bert Engelmann  over 5 years ago

I also have the set including a second head with dish and softbox and I am absolutely delighted - great value for money :)

lakker
Kevin Van Haesendonck  over 5 years ago

I just bought a beautydish for it, and got the ringflash head. I'll be updating this post somewhere next week!

kentam
Ken Tam  over 5 years ago

I used a 1.5m octa with this plastic head indoor (no wind) without any issue.

lakker
Kevin Van Haesendonck  over 5 years ago

indoor is the key feature here. It's a battery powered strobe, which is usually used outdoors.

lakker
Kevin Van Haesendonck  over 5 years ago

Only one head for now. I'm buying the ringrlash next month.

lakker
Kevin Van Haesendonck  over 5 years ago

The E3 problem occurs when i shoot 3fps, the flash fires a few times, but displays the E3 almost immediatly, this is resolved by turning it off and on again. My octabank is a westcott apollo orb. I plan on buying a beautydish next week, and see if it works proper. The light spread on the apollo is perfect, if you use it barebulb, without the reflector. Because the inside is so reflective, it luminates the entire octa.

AdiMarwan
Adi Marwan  over 5 years ago

ahh..thank you so much!!can't wait to see your result with the beauty dish! =D

how many heads you have on the DC-600?

AdiMarwan
Adi Marwan  over 5 years ago

thank you for your kind feedback..appreciate it so much..

yeah i'm considering it mostly because of the price, the reviews on lightingreview, as well as the power..

i just hope there will be a 3rd party speedring (aluminium or diecast) which can be mounted directly on top of the stand..thus not putting pressure on the head itself..but i can't seem to find any..wheww..here's an example for you..but considering the head mount is bowen's mount, i can't really visualize how to construct or modify the speedring.

www.talkphotography.co.uk/forums/showpost.php?p=4165426&postcount=21

i've read about the E3 problem..did it ever occur to you?

if you are getting a softbox, i'd recommend you get the umbrella style softbox,with the shaft..much like the apollo westcott 28" softbox..it's because you can mount the softbox on an umbrella adapter instead of mounting it to the head mount.. but the trade-off is that the head position will be a bit higher in the softbox and the light might be uneven..not too sure bout this though. How do you find the light spread using the umbrella styled octabox?
But still, i'd hope to modify a mount adapter to mount it directly to a lightstand..

Regards,
Adi =)

lakker
Kevin Van Haesendonck  over 5 years ago

I'm completely sold! I've done 5 or 6 shoots with it, and to be honest the 600ws is very powerfull. Its too bright for use in a small indoor studio, even at minimum power. After these 6 shoots (mostly at minimum power) thr battery still indicates its full, so thats very good? I use it mostly with an umbrella styled octabank, which works perfect, but im afraid if I use the same size modifier with the s type mount, it wil break.

AdiMarwan
Adi Marwan  over 5 years ago

hey mate..how do you find the DC-600 performs?

you mentioned that the head can't hold any heavy modifiers..have you tried any?what's the maximum have you tried putting on it?

i'm considering to buy the Discovery..appreciate your feedback..thx!