BRONCOLOR SIROS 800 S
Bringing studio strobes into the Wi-Fi era.
Broncolor isn’t the first manufacturer to merge lighting with
Wi-Fi, but their Siros monolight is one of the most ambitious
integrations we’ve seen to date. Together with our frequent
collaborator David Patiño ( www.davidpatino.com), we tested
a pair of Siros 800 S Wi-Fi/RFS 2. 1 lights to see if this high-tech merger paid off.
The Siros line of monolights comes in both 400 w/s and
800 w/s varieties with support for either Pocket Wizard or
Broncolor’s own RFS wireless transmitter system. Versions
of both Siros models are also sold without Wi-Fi.
The 800 w/s model we tested is capable of flash
durations as short as 1/500 sec (measured at t0.5) at
minimum energy and 1/1,100 sec at maximum energy. If you
spring for Broncolor’s optional HyperSync flash tube, you
can achieve flash durations as short as 1/8,000 sec, though
you’ll also need to use a Pocket Wizard transmitter to
skin tones produced by the X100T
to be flawless, and the overall
image quality to be excellent.
Patiño said he enjoyed good results
up to ISO 1600, and useable images
at ISO 3200. He particularly liked
the ability to use the camera’s
built-in ND filter to shoot wide
Videos are recorded at
1920x1080p at either 60 or 30 fps
and are definitely serviceable for
an advanced compact. We liked
that you can apply the camera’s
film emulation to your videos as
well, which is a nice touch.
One innovation that Fujifilm added
to the X100 was an Advanced
Hybrid Viewfinder that blends
a rangefinder-style mechanical
viewfinder with electronic overlays
of data and focusing assistance.
It’s a great feature for manually
focusing the lens and with the
X100T can now be used during
video recording. The electronic
viewfinder is now able to preview
film emulations as well, though
Patiño found it hard to justify
squinting into the EVF at all since
the 3-inch display is so gorgeous.
The camera starts quickly and
is surprisingly quick shot-to-shot.
Patiño found the autofocus to be
very responsive and really liked the
inclusion of focus peaking to aid in
manual focusing. The fine-tuned
manual controls definitely make
the X100T a powerful creative tool.
As the old saying goes, if it ain’t
broke, don’t fix it. Fujifilm’s
incremental approach to
upgrading the X100 series works
for us, and we think it will work
for anyone who digs the fusion of
rangefinder-style operation, retro
design and advanced features.
If you own an X100S, we’re not
sure if an upgrade is absolutely
necessary—the larger, crisper
display and Wi-Fi are nice, but
not necessarily worth shelling out
$1,300 for. If you own the original
X100, we think you’ll find the
X100T quite compelling.
Beyond those already in
Fujifilm’s camp, we see the X100T
appealing to photojournalists,
street photographers and those
looking for an advanced compact
with plenty of room for creative
PROS: Solid image
quality; beautiful display;
Hybrid Viewfinder aids in
CONS: Aperture ring difficult
to operate; no dedicated
video recording button.
BELOW: Fujifilm enlarged the LCD
display on the X100T, bringing it to
3-inches and boosting the resolution
in the process.
ABOVE: With built-in Wi-Fi, the Siros can be controlled via apps for iOS
and Android devices.