Retra has finally released their updated versions of their Pro and Prime flashes. Pro X and Prime X flashes have a 25% increase in recycle time and 20% battery efficiency improvement, along with a weight decrease, the option of mounting an optoelectrical converter directly to the flash, and a dedicated HSS (High-Speed Sync) mode switch. Retra flash guns are currently some of the best on the market and are the choice of many intermediate and professional photographers worldwide including Alex Mustard (UK) and Brent Durand (USA).
Focus on quality of light
Retra Flash is the world's first underwater flashgun with a fully circular flash tube. Combined with a completely new reflector design it produces a high-quality light output no other flashgun this size can offer. It's not all about guide numbers.
User interface made by photographers
Retra have spent hundreds of hours analysing photographers’ feedback from the field and tweaking their designs. The end result is a back panel you are immediately familiar with. Controls are large and tactile, for all types of hands or gloves. You will always get what you expected when using the control panel of the Retra Flash.
Underwater flashgun for the 21st century
The new Retra Flash connects via Bluetooth to your smartphone or tablet (patent-pending technology). Check the status of your flashgun, set advanced features like HSS, Smart SL, Pilot Adjust and get firmware updates with the Retra UWT App. The new Retra Flash is a true system that is also built for the future.
Powerful central pilot light: ideal for snooting
Securely attached via bayonet mount there are many accessories available for the new Retra Flash. The most prominent is the LSD Ultimate. With a super powerful centrally positioned pilot light you will be able to find your light spot even in very bright conditions. The Retra Flash and LSD Ultimate are made for each other.
A testing regime worth noting
Over the course of development a combined total of more than 1,4 million test shots were made with prototype and pre-production units of the new Retra Flash. Retra was looking for failure in every condition and pushing the material to its limits. The final result is a product that can withstand anything the photographer asks from it.
Double o-ring and leakage detection
The new Retra Flash is the world's only underwater flashgun with a built-in leakage detector (patent-pending technology). In the unlikely event of a battery compartment flood, you will be notified by the Retra Flash to check the battery compartment at your earliest convenience. Retra’s goal is to reach a 0 per cent statistic in damage resulting from battery compartment flooding.
Features of the new Model Retra PRO and Prime Flash
- Up to 25% faster recycle times and up to 20% more flashes per battery charge thanks to an optimized flash triggering system.
- New lightweight housing with an 8% reduction of total mass (all existing accessories remain compatible)
- Redesigned optical sensing module with improved signal processing
- Direct mounting for the E-Opto converter (no optical cable in between)
- Improved TTL accuracy and TTL maximum power output (all existing converters remain compatible)
- Reinforced mode and power dials in case of impact
- Dedicated HSS (High Speed Sync) mode on the control panel
Retra Flash Pro X Underwater Strobe Features
- New lightweight housing
- Redesigned optical sensing module
- Dedicated HSS mode on the control panel
- 150 watts of power
- 500 lumens pilot light
- 2.5 seconds to recycle to 80 percent power (due to higher power output)
- 1.3 seconds to recycle to 80 percent power (due to higher power output)
- Recycle time can be halved with additional supercharger (holds additional 4x AA batteries)
- Depth Rating: 100 m (330 ft)
The Retra Flash PRO X features 50% more flash power and a 65% brighter pilot light compared with the Retra Flash Prime X. Battery indicator and Leakage detector are built-in. Housing dimensions and controls are identical on both variants.
Retra Flash Pro X Underwater Strobe Specifications
[Energy] : 150 Watts
[Colour Temperature] : 4900 K
[Batteries] : 4 x AA or 8 x AA with additional Supercharger
[Number of Flashes at full power *1] : 175+
[Number of Flashes at half power *1] : 350+
[Recycle time (80%) *2] : 2.5 sec.
[Recycle time (40%) *2] : 1.3 sec.
[Number of Flashes at full power with Supercharger *3] : 420+
[Number of Flashes at half power with Supercharger *3] : 820+
[Recycle time (80%) with Supercharger *4] : 1.3 sec.
[Recycle time (40%) with Supercharger *4] : 0.7 sec.
[Depth rating] : 100 m (330 ft)
[Dimensions (Diameter x Length)] : 102.5 x 130mm (excluding ball base)
[Weight] : 865 g (Including 4x AA Eneloop Pro batteries and 1-inch mounting ball) (without Supercharger)
[Underwater weight] : Approx. 130 g / 4.6 oz (Including 4x AA Eneloop Pro batteries and 1-inch mounting ball) (without Supercharger)
Bluetooth Connectivity: YES
Leakage Detector: YES
Power Levels: 13
Multilevel Battery Indicator: YES
*1 Number of flashes and recycle time depends on the battery brand, temperature and frequency of use.
*2 Recycle time of 4 x AA Eneloop Pro Batteries.
*3 Number of flashes of 8 x AA Eneloop Pro Batteries with Supercharger.
*4 Recycle time of 8 x AA Eneloop Pro Batteries with Supercharger.
The package includes:
- Retra Flash PRO X
- 1-inch Mounting ball
- Leakage detector plus Battery indicator
- Retra UWT App
- 2-year Retra Warranty
This is not a regularly stocked item in our Rye dive shop. It will be ordered for you from the manufacturer upon request and typically shipped directly from them to you the same day thus resulting in no delay in delivery. However, if they are out of stock this item becomes a special order from Japan typically resulting in a 4- to 6-week delay.
Note: This item cannot be delivered outside of Australia.