The three models differ in both power and features. Top Flash Pro Max has a power output of 140 Watt-seconds (Ws), includes a leak detection system, OLED display on the back, and high-speed sync (HSS) functionality. midrange Prime Minister Flash+ has 90W of power and the same features as the Pro Max except for the back screen. Finally, the entry level Pure Flash has 70W output and has no leak detection, back screen or HSS features. Interestingly, Flash Pro Max and Flash Prime+ each deliver 10W lower maximum power than the previous respective models, Flash Pro X and Flash Prime X.
Retra says the latest strobe lights have “completely redesigned” electronics, so that the new models require “less power for the same amount of light output”. The optical activation system is now more reliable, with the strobe light working even when using “suboptimal fiber”. In addition, the control dials are now sturdier and easier to operate, especially with gloves. Perhaps the biggest news is the redesigned battery compartment, which accepts four AA batteries as standard and adds four AA batteries with the addition of the Booster. Unlike the Supercharger, which performed this function for earlier models but protrudes significantly behind the flash, the Booster only protrudes a small amount. According to Retra, Booster doubles battery life and halves recycling time.
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Imagine the perfect light source
It’s all about improving our best. The new Retra Flash series is the culmination of our relentless pursuit of the perfect lighting tool for underwater photography. The next level of Underwater Flashing Technology is here:
Retra Flash Pro Max
It is simply the best underwater strobe light we have ever produced. The new Pro Max features the highest output power in the new Retra Flash Series, a new OLED back panel display and is the ultimate lighting tool for any underwater photographer.
Retra Flash Prime+
It has the same lamp and reflector design as the Pro Max but 50% less power output and no back panel display. Retra Flash Prime+ provides smooth lighting in almost any condition.
Pure Retra Flash
Pure is our entry-level strobe light with a smaller light and reflector that will satisfy the needs of any beginner or a serious macro photographer.
Pro Max Features
- Rugged & Elegant Design: Solid aluminum alloy housing built to withstand depths of up to 100 meters, providing superior cooling and better vibration resistance
- Round flash tube: Round flash tube provides high quality light output with softer and more evenly distributed light
- Bayonet mount: The front of the Retra Flash features a classic bayonet mount with a locking mechanism for securely attaching all existing Retra accessories
- Optical connector: The new optical trigger system is even more reliable than before, able to read optical input even from an optimized auxiliary optical cable. Seamless compatibility with Inon threaded connectors and Sea&Sea . plug connectors
- Mode Button: Retra Flash has many modes to choose from:
- BATT/TEST (battery level & test)
- M (manual mode)
- TTL (via lens mode)
- HSS (high speed sync mode)
- U (user defined mode)
- SOS (emergency signal)
- Backlit OLED display: The backlit OLED display shows you all the information you need in one spot – clearly visible in all lighting conditions. Info: current mode, power settings, battery life, recycle time
- Leak detection: Leak detection system will warn you if water gets into the battery compartment
Designed to perfection
For over a decade, a team of underwater engineers and photographers have collaborated with a single goal: developed a realistic lighting tool for underwater photography.
To this end, we constantly check feedback from our photographers during each step of the development process. The end result is a travel-friendly strobe light the size of the most advanced underwater strobe light.
So whether you are a professional photographer or just starting to explore the world of underwater photography, Retra Flash will be your trusted companion in all your underwater adventures.
4th generation of underwater flashing technology
With the 4th generation product line, we’ve listened to all of your comments and made changes to Retra Flash to better suit your needs.
The electronics have been completely redesigned with an emphasis on efficiency and performance. Therefore, the new Retra Flash requires less power for the same amount of light output.
We have also improved the optical trigger system to make it more reliable. It can now read optical input even from suboptimal fiber.
Intuitive back panel controls
We’ve spent hundreds of hours analyzing feedback from field photographers and tweaking our designs to give you the rear panel you’re instantly familiar with.
We are also introducing a brand new innovation that is at the heart of the new Retra Flash line. The OLED display on the back of the Retra Flash Pro Max lets you see all relevant information with a single glance – even in sunny shallow water!
The display shows current mode, power level, battery status, advanced controls, etc.
The control dials are firmer to allow for easier operation and more control when using gloves.
A reliable power source is key
Our 4th Generation Retra Flash models feature a completely redesigned battery compartment that can now hold 8 AA batteries without the need for a separate battery compartment when using Booster.
The Retra Flash is also the only underwater strobe light with a built-in leak detection system to warn you if water gets into the battery compartment.
Advanced signal processing system
Features Our 4th Generation Retra Flash Series The most advanced optical signal processor ever fitted to underwater strobe lights.
The new optical signal processor can filter and detect signals in almost any condition. Signals are analyzed with microsecond precision and analyzed using lab-grade algorithms always runs seamlessly in the background.
It’s hard to explain but the amazing results are easy to love.
We have made no compromises when it comes to light output and power. The new Retra Flash triggering system is our most efficient design yet.
The Retra Flash features a new circular flash tube, reflector, and new translucent dome design. This allows for soft and evenly distributed illumination of the subject, resulting in stunning results in a variety of conditions.
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RETRA UWT . APP
The world’s first underwater strobe light with smartphone connection
We want our users to have as much control and information about Retra Flash’s performance as possible. That’s why we have created a Retra UWT App (for Android and iOS) that can be paired with your Retra Flash via bluetooth.
The Retra app provides basic information like current version, battery level and number of flashes, as well as advanced features like firmware updates and a programmable Advanced user mode.