The Westcott Flex Panel
Whether you’re a photographer or a videographer, trying to find the most versatile light for your craft can often be a real challenge. On certain shoots, large lights may offer more power but come with the downside of being very difficult to adapt to confined quarters. Then their smaller brethren offer the opposite, giving more portability and ease of use while often lacking in the power department. That is what made the Westcott Flex Panel such an interesting prospect—power similar to larger lights with the versatility of smaller LED panels.
Westcott has made their line-up of Flex Panel products quite diverse in a short period of time, offering several different size and colour-temperature variations. For my test I used the 10 x 10” Flex Daylight kit, which is one of the company’s mid-range lights. It offers an output of 2100 lux at 1 metre and reproduces a daylight colour temperature of 5600K rated 95 (out of a possible 100) on the colour rendering index. The flex is also dimmable down to 5% of its full power. All of this is packed into a body that is under 7-mm thick, weighs less than 200 g and is water-resistant. Needless to say, this is one powerful light.
© Jordan Drake
Whenever a situation arises that requires on-camera flash, I immediately start thinking of ways to get that flash in a more interesting place than just stuck on the hotshoe over my lens. I’ve done everything from using flash brackets and grip sticks to just holding my speedlight out to the side and triggering it with my pop-up flash. But all these options were fairly clunky and required an expensive TTL cable if I didn’t have time to manually adjust my flash output.
Optex heard my pleas for a better option, and they responded by introducing the new TTL Flex Arm (distributed in Canada by Gentec International). This little device looks like the standard flexible mounts I use for holding flags or other lighting modifiers, but the difference is that on both ends it has standard shoe mounts and additional little contacts that allow you to use TTL flash metering (for Canon and Nikon systems)! Using this I can now easily elevate the flash well over my lens to soften the background shadow or swing the flash to the left or right, allowing for much more dimensionality in the image.
Image taken with direct flash on the hotshoe. © Jordan Drake
The great thing about the Optex TTL Flex Arm i…
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