In the next installment of the “Broncolor: The Light” video series, our friends Amber Gray and Julian Bernstein test the broncolor Scoro A4S against the Profoto Pro-8 Air in the video we like to call “Bron VS Profoto,” the Shoot-Out.
Here’s the set: 1 pack and 2 heads from each brand, main is a silver beauty dish at f16, fill is a head bounced into a vflat at f5.6. The camera is set to 5,000 K, shooting f16 at 1/160. The set also incorporates a model surrounded by flowers, and splashed with water.
First, they test the Profoto Pro-8 Air. The Pro-8 does not directly state the flash duration on the pack, so Julian uses the broncolor FCC meter to measure it.
The results are below. Although seemingly perfect from afar, up-close the Profoto photo clearly shows that there are streaking highlights and the water is blurred, with a warm color shift.
Next, they use the Scoro. Julian is able to select the flash duration right on the pack, and gives a simple step-by-step on how to do so. The Scoro allows users to digitally see the flash duration and adjust it, making it easy to control.
In the picture above, the water is super crisp and clear with no streaking (and is also neutral in color temperature). Because of the 2nd generation cut-off technique, the patented Enhanced Color Temperature Control (E.C.T.C.) allows for consistent color temperature. The Scoro clearly outperforms the Pro-8 in a multitude of ways, not only in flash duration and color consistency, but also in user control.
When comparing the t0.1 measurement to the t0.5 with classic cut off technology, using a multiplier of 3.33 with the t0.5 measurement would give you an accurate conversion to the t0.1 duration. The latest technology used with the broncolor Scoro incorporates a cut off circuit at the beginning and at the end of the flash duration, this new cutoff technology cannot be calculated in the traditional method so we’ve edited the video for accuracy.
For the shot each head was set at the exact same distance from the subject in the exact same position; only two heads were used one as the main and the other as a fill. The heads were then set to a power level that metered at f16.