Westcott FJ400 400Ws Strobe

Introduction

The latest announcement of Westcott’s FJ400 came as a surprise for the photography market. For the longest time cheaper units produced in mass in China had flooded the market driving out major players from acquiring a foothold in the more affordable lighting market segment. These Chinese companies had gone from producing products for their Western customers to becoming global players in a market that had a ubiquitous number of rebranded lighting products.

Westcott known for their high-quality softboxes and continuous lighting products in one big sweep announced not only their incredibly affordable Westcott FJ400, 400Ws strobe but also a flash trigger that can work with a variety of cameras, a first of its kind a market that thrived on selling brand exclusive triggers and flashes. 

Technical Specifications

FJ400 Flash Head

  • Maximum Power 400 Ws
  • Flash Duration 1/19,000 Sec
  • Color Temperature 5500K ± 150K
  • Exposure Control TTL (via Additional Equipment)
  • Flash Modes Hi-Speed Sync, Second-Curtain Sync, Stroboscopic
  • Flash Ready Indicator None
  • Reflector 5.5″ / 13.97 cm Changeable
  • Accessory Fitting Type Bowens S Type

Battery

Westcott FJ400 400Ws Strobe is equipped with a Lithium-Ion Battery for FJ400 AC/DC Strobe that can deliver up to 480 full flash which is significantly higher than its more expensive rival in its segment. The FJ400 features a removable 14.8V, 4400mAh Lithium-Ion battery that will provide hundreds of low power flashes lasting through a respectable photoshoot session with a 2.5-hour charge time for the battery.

Westcott Lithium-Ion Polymer Battery for FJ400 AC/DC Strobe

Key Features

  • 480 Full Power Flashes
  • 14.8V, 4400mAh, 65Wh
  • Charge Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Battery Charge Status LED Lights

 The battery also has  LED status indicators to keep you abreast of remaining power. If electricity is available on location, Westcott FJ400’s battery can be charged simultaneously while using it. 

Power

The flash head recycles in just 0.9 seconds at full power giving it an edge at a recharge time of less than one second for a battery-powered flash unit. Fj400’s 9-stop power range makes it a versatile tool for professional applications which include such features as High-Speed Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, and TTL capabilities to round out its features as a well-designed light. 

Flash Trigger

Westcott FJ-X2m Universal Wireless Trigger is the accompanied unit that will deliver professional results with FJ400’s radio receiver which is compatible with many Canon, Nikon, Sony (with adapter), Fujifilm, Panasonic Lumix, and Olympus cameras, and as Canon RT flash system. 

Westcott FJ-X2m Universal Wireless Trigger

  • 6 Groups and 16 Wireless Channels
  • 2.4 GHz TTL, Manual Triggering & Control
  • Compatible w/ Nikon and FUJIFILM Cameras
  • Compatible with Panasonic Lumix Cameras

Westcott FJ-X2m Universal Wireless Trigger has radio transmission which means you no longer have to have a line of sight with the flash unit and the trigger, operable up to a distance of 985’ with full power and  exposure compensation adjustments. 

The wireless system offers 16 channels with 6 groups which is designed to prevent interference with other photographers who may be using radio transmitter in the vicinity. 

Sync

  • Sync Type Button, Cable, Radio
  • Wireless Channels 16
  • Wireless Groups 6
  • Wireless Range 985′ / 300.2 m (Radio)

The flash trigger is also equipped with Bluetooth capability that permits four additional groups via a free mobile app among other features. 

The FJ-X2m‘s wide range of  features include TL Mode, High-Speed Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Canon RT flash compatibility, group and channel assignment, group exposure compensation, and modeling lamp settings. The unit runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery is designed with a tiltable shoe that allows the trigger to be positioned for individual choice of use.

LED Modeling Light

Westcott FJ400 400Ws Strobe has a 20W LED modeling light, although not powerful enough for video recording setups it is more than an ample resource to see how the light is falling on the subject for better compositions. 

Modeling Light

  • Type LED
  • Wattage 20 W

If you are in a studio, it may be worthwhile to leave the LED modeling light on when the unit is plugged into an electrical outlet. 

Reflectors

Unlike high priced name brands that demand exorbitant prices for accessories, Westcott FJ400 400Ws Strobe comes with a magnetic 5.5″ reflector with three CTO filters to match other fixtures that may be operating at tungsten color temperature, or simply to warm ambient light conditions for creative expression.

There is also a magnetic diffusion filter that is included to soften the output of the flash. It can be used readily with any of Westcott’s Rapid Box Switch softboxes. 

Carrying Case

A custom-made travel case is also provided for storage and transport with Westcott FJ400 400Ws strobe for those situations when on-location shooting requires transport of strobe.

Verdict

Overall, Westcott FJ400 400Ws strobe delivers best value for every dollar spent for a strobe unit. Its capabilities fulfill the needs of professional applications and surpass the competition. It also comes with Westcott’s reliable quality and service.

Where To Buy

Westcott FJ400 400Ws is available through a number of retailers. However, for the fast delivery and savings on shipping and price it is best to purchase it from a reliable retailer. Here I have included some links for you which include specs and other details about this strobe.

Key Features

Battery

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