Just months after announcing a 60mm f/2.8 macro lens that has gotten glowing reviews, Chinese gear manufacturer is back with a new product called the KX800. It’s a flexible twin light for macro photography that boasts the world’s highest guide number.
Venus says the device has a guide number of 190 (feet at ISO 100) and has 8 different power levels you can choose from. The power can also be varied independently for the left and right flashes.
“The high output makes it extremely handy for macro photographers who shoot under small aperture and high magnification ratio,” Venus says.
The two arms on the KX800 measure 48cm (~19 inches) in length and can be positioned at various lengths and angles. As a whole, the kit weighs only 1 pound, making it a portable option for macro photographers on the go.
Other specs and features include a color temperature of 5600K, a flash duration of 1/200s to 1/20,000s, 100 full power firings on four AA batteries, 2 second recycle time and a dedicated LED focusing light for helping photographs achieve tack-sharp focus in darker environments.
Here are some sample macro photographs that were lit using the Venus KX800:
Venus says the device is compatible with Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Pentax, but it should work just fine on any camera with a hot shoe or PC port. It’s available from the Venus website for $279.