History

1963

Wolfgang Hensel (picture) etablishes the company and distributes halogen and flash lights to professional photographers.
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1974

Expanding the sales activities to major countries in Europe and Asia. Entering the US market.
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1976

Launch of the first HENSEL flashes that were created and crafted in-house 100%.
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1988

Introducing the self-contained flash light series EXPERT, a bestseller world-wide.
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1989

Completing the flash light series with power packs and accessories.
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1994

Wolfgang Hensel sold the company to the German ELBO Group and retired.
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1995

Introducing world-wide the first professional battery operated flash system PORTY 1200.
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1996

Demonstration of brand new series CONTRA and MONO MAX at the Photokina turned out to be extremely successful.
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1997

TWINSTAR flash head with 1200 HMI lamp introduced for digital scan-photography and cross productions.
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1998

Completing the power pack line with the sophisticated TRIA generators in combination with the new EHT heads.
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1999

The powerful and competitive Compact Flash Series CONTRA E was launched to the market place.
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2000

Photokina 2000 News: TRIA AS Power Pack, equipped with the 3-Mode-Asymmetry defines the latest flash technology.
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2002

Photokina novelties 2002: VELA Generator, eFlash compact flash device und PORTY Premium AS with asymmetric energy distribution.
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2003

Introduction of our Strobe Wizard radio sync & remote control system.
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2004

The new designed EXPERT PRO and PRO PLUS series with built-in radio sync & control are shown at photokina 2004.
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2005

The newly developed professional Ringflashes RF 1200P-XS and 3000-XS: easy and safe to handle with excellent picture quality.
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2006

The PORTY series and the radio control unit became further optimized in terms of flash triggering and power control: PORTY Premium Plus and Strobe Wizard Plus were introduced.
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2008

The new Porty Lithium is introduced at the photokina in Cologne. It’s the first portable flash generator worldwide using a Lithium battery.
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2009

A development by the Hensel industrial sector crosses over to the photo studio. The Speed Max is the world’s fastest compact flash unit to date. Up to 31 flashes per second and with the shortest flash duration of 1/66.660 s
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2010

New at photokina: The entry-level Integra mini 300 offers true quality “Made in Germany” at a surprisingly low price.
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2012

Presentation of Nova DL flash generators, EH Mini i heads with digital communication to Nova packs and the C-Light D, a handy daylight source.
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2013

Introduction of the Power Max L, an extraordinary lightweight and safe portable power supply with Li batteries for Hensel compact flashes.
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2014

Launch of Expert D 250 SPEED, a very fast compact flash for dynamic shootings.
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2015

Porty, the first battery generator – which has become a synonym for this type of unit worldwide – celebrates its 20th anniversary. New in our product portfolio: The Bounce Adapter, a special stand holder with integrated connector ring allowing you to mount Hensel compact flashes and flash heads indirectly in the Grand and large Octa
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