I'm giving Profoto the flick and looking for new lighting gear.
I was wondering about other photographers experiences good or bad with Elinchrom gear ?
Of interest is the Ranger battery gear and the large packs.
What's the LL verdict ?
I am a bit ignorant about strobes - I ve only ever owned elly classics and a ranger pack - so dont really know the competition
I like the fact that the modifier fittings are the same for both the battery, monobloc and pack systems
I think not all bowens fit each other but am not sure
Of the seven monoblocs I own two are not functioning and one overheated on a catalogue shoot when blapping a way - it came on back after a while (thermal cutout) the oldest monobloc is probably 7 years so that isnt too bad I suppose
I had one pair blown down an aircraft hanger by a helicopter downwash - they survived that unlike the stands - they literally took off and flew away
The Ranger - I have the older one which is not asymetric - I now realise that an asymetric pack is very valuable
What I like about the 'classic' mono blocs is that they work with invotronix battereis and off my petrol generator - digital heads will struggle on poor quality power like this
The big downer is they are ALL TOO BRIGHT !
If you want to shoot and balance with ambient without using a tripod and small aperture
When I say too bright Im talking about putting a softbox just out of shot on a 2/3rds portrait and hoping for 5.6 at 100 you get more like f16 - yuk
Or using the snoot as a hairlight - it has to be too far away for good control
I have had to custom ND my softboxes in a very fire hazardous manner to cut the light
I would love flashes that go down to 1/256 setting - maybe thats just me
I think you pay your money and take your pick elly is not as good as systems twice the price !