When we paid a visit to Backscatter’s booth at DEMA this year, the slickest object on display, by a fair margin, was the shiny new Retra Flash—which looks like what would result if Apple engineers decided they wanted to reinvent the underwater strobe. And much like the Cupertino company has done so often, Retra has designed a device that breaks the mold in a number of unexpected ways—only, its engineers hail from (nope, you didn’t guess it!) Slovenia.
It turns out that it was no accident that the Backscatter guys had the strobe proudly on display at DEMA: As their newly published review of the Retra Flash explains in detail, they reckon this is a “seriously cool” underwater flash system. Backscatter breaks down the strobe in both the review’s opening video and in the text that follows, discussing the specs, features, and accessories, as well as how easy the flash is to operate.
While they haven’t yet gotten the flash wet, they evaluate the brightness, light falloff and recycle time in the studio (as they do with all the strobes they sell), concluding that the Retra is “one of the brightest and fastest underwater strobes we've ever tested.” There are various accessories available for the flash—an additional battery compartment, various diffusers, and more—which are covered in detail, and the review also revisits what made Retra the coolest name in underwater lighting in the first place: the Light Shaping Device, or LSD—basically, a snoot on steroids.
Check out Backscatter’s full review here.
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