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Nicely done review, appreciate the effort. From looking at the Cheetah light on a stand attached to a battery, I'm wondering exactly what is the advantage over a well-supported studio strobe like the Einstein? If you're willing to give up TTL and AA battery convenience, why not go all the way to the Einstein and get two more stops of power plus very deep support?
Thank you for your comment. I only review gear I buy for my use and pay for out of pocket. I do not get anything supplied to me for testing and I am unbiased in my appraisals. I do however, love this flash, and I have given it the highest rating of any item I have tested to date, so yes, I am now a fan of Cheetah.
I am not familiar with or have ever used the Einstein, my field strobe is the Profoto Acute B600. The Cheetahs are not a replacement for high power strobes, yet they are flexible, small and useful in a variety of situations as you can see from the photo posted in this thread.
I use the Cheetah with my studio Profoto kit. I get a self powered third head for my kit at a cost less than a D4 head alone. As it is a lot smaller than a Profoto head as a bare bulb, I can get it closer to parts of a set and dial back the power to as low as 128th power. Like I said, flexible.
Cheetah offers a plethora of light modifiers. I'm awaiting arrival of the 19" beauty dish octabox. It will be interesting to compare it to the Wescott Rapid Box Octa (26") that I reviewed on my blog earlier. I'll post that review in a few weeks.
I am not sure what you mean by deep support, if you are referring to customer service, Ed at Cheetah is among the best.
Profoto soft box, no fill
Profoto soft box main, Cheetah bare bulb fill
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