Forums > Photography Talk > Elinchrom, who's shooting with them ???

Photographer

Hero Foto

Posts: 878

Phoenix, Arizona, US

I would like to see your setup ... port images ... and yes, I AM JEALOUS already ...

Dec 03 12 03:48 pm Link

Photographer

Snyder Studios

Posts: 200

Los Angeles, California, US

I love my Elinchroms...

600RX (x4)
Octobox
Strip Box
Reflectors
Grids
Snoot
Skyport and PW

Dec 03 12 04:34 pm Link

Photographer

David Kirk

Posts: 4502

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I shoot with Elinchrom strobes 600RX and 300RX.

My modifiers are not Elinchrom though.  I have some Chimera softboxes/octa and a Mola beauty dish.

Dec 03 12 09:43 pm Link

Photographer

Fred Greissing

Posts: 6412

Los Angeles, California, US

I've been shooting with Elinchroms for 30 years.

Currently using Elinchrom Micro AS 3000 packs and Classic 6,000 w/s packs

I like being able to use A heads for high speed flash and thr slower S heads for FP flash mode to support very high speed sync with the Nikon D800. Flash sync at 1/8000th of a second at any power setting with the S Heads. More range and flexibility than even Phase One with leaf shutter lenses.

My two favorite modelers for them ( apart from my own designs) are the SL35 giant Fresnel Spot and the Kitchen Sink 44x44 cm gridded box.

With the SL35

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100108/16/4b47d332df088.jpg


http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5204/5317147602_bb1d0ca19b_b.jpg


With the "kitchen sink"

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5250/5356464560_f46a54d63a_b.jpg


and both together:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/091225/19/4b35824fdb0cb.jpg

Dec 03 12 09:48 pm Link

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Photographer

-JAY-

Posts: 6710

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

I had a pair of Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS. Sold them and paid off my car, then bought a dozen speedlites with the remainder. I just don't use them in such a way that their better features are in fact... better.

Dec 03 12 10:03 pm Link

Photographer

Hero Foto

Posts: 878

Phoenix, Arizona, US

Snyder Studios wrote:
I love my Elinchroms...

killer portfolio ... luv that light ...

Dec 03 12 10:10 pm Link

Photographer

Hero Foto

Posts: 878

Phoenix, Arizona, US

there's just something about elinchrom light that I cant put my finger on ...
it has this ummm, quality ??? distinction ??? color cast ??? crispness ???

usually I can spot an image shot with their lights ... lovely light ... it just does something for subjects and scenes that I haven't spotted with other light gear ..

Dec 03 12 10:16 pm Link

Photographer

BareLight

Posts: 509

Kansas City, Kansas, US

I have a pretty complete Elinchrom system and am loving it.  I've added a grid for the beauty dish, another RX600, and a couple of miscellaneous pieces.  The skyports work great, their softboxes are wonderful and I've really not had any problems with the exception of an RX600 that crashed 10 ft down onto the concrete.

http://kcimageworks.com/images/studio/Lights2.jpg

Dec 03 12 10:25 pm Link

Photographer

Al Lock Photography

Posts: 16071

Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

Shoot with Elinchrom (and some other gear). More of the work I show on my webpage (food and product shots especially) shot with studio lights than the stuff I show here (although the newest shot has a couple heads out of frame aimed at the model from behind).

Dec 03 12 11:27 pm Link

Photographer

realistgva

Posts: 441

Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, Switzerland

I shoot with Elinchrome 2 BXRi500
2  square soft boxes
1 Snoot
1 Deep Octa (the small one)
Just got a portable battery pack to use them on location

In my portfolio all the Cool Cool Rain pictures are shot with the elinchrome, I also have 2 triggers to be able to add 2 speed lights if I need to add more effects to the picture
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120515/04/4fb242b008c3f_m.jpg

can't wait to sue them on location where I have been using Speedlights for now

Dec 04 12 03:07 am Link

Photographer

Photography by Riddell

Posts: 654

Hemel Hempstead, England, United Kingdom

I largely shoot everything with my Elinchroms, I've got several heads and plenty of different modifiers though my 1m x 1m softboxes get the most use.

My port is here - www.photographybyriddell.co.uk

Dec 04 12 05:14 am Link

Photographer

p e p e

Posts: 125

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Hero Foto wrote:
there's just something about elinchrom light that I cant put my finger on ...
it has this ummm, quality ??? distinction ??? color cast ??? crispness ???

usually I can spot an image shot with their lights ... lovely light ... it just does something for subjects and scenes that I haven't spotted with other light gear ..

So you can distinguish elinchrom photons from those photons from other brands?

Dec 04 12 05:19 am Link

Photographer

Hero Foto

Posts: 878

Phoenix, Arizona, US

p e p e wrote:
So you can distinguish elinchrom photons from those photons from other brands?

I know it sounds weird ... and unlikely ... but browsing thru portfolio's on flickr, 500px and a few here ... there's just something "different" about the light in the images ... and when I press the photographer on their lighting gear, 9 outta 10 it's an elinchrom setup ...

Dec 04 12 06:21 am Link

Photographer

Neil Snape

Posts: 9473

Paris, Île-de-France, France

I still shoot sometimes with others Elincrom, but don't really like them.

Their accessories are lightweight, good for transporting but fragile, and not robust.

Their optical and IR cells are not really compatible with other flash and when you leave them in full sun, they are ( optical slaves) unreliable.

These days if using the radio triggers though there are no problems I could find.

The Ranger series is nice, not too expensive, and does what it should.

I much prefer Bron and Profoto though to be honest.

Dec 04 12 06:35 am Link

Photographer

Neil Snape

Posts: 9473

Paris, Île-de-France, France

p e p e wrote:

So you can distinguish elinchrom photons from those photons from other brands?

The design of the accessories makes a huge difference. Elincrom have some really good designed accessories so no real problems there.

The colour of the light is in any case acceptable from Elincrom just as much so as the others. They don't have the ultimate systems for CC as Profoto or Bron but for other than the most demanding professionals no you'll never notice a difference.

Dec 04 12 06:38 am Link

Photographer

Hero Foto

Posts: 878

Phoenix, Arizona, US

Neil Snape wrote:

The design of the accessories makes a huge difference. Elincrom have some really good designed accessories so no real problems there.

The colour of the light is in any case acceptable from Elincrom just as much so as the others. They don't have the ultimate systems for CC as Profoto or Bron but for other than the most demanding professionals no you'll never notice a difference.

maybe the diffusion fabrics are the key ... maybe I'm just weird ... but I do know that my next light rig will be the Ranger Quadra RX AS setup ...

Dec 04 12 06:48 am Link

Photographer

Neil Snape

Posts: 9473

Paris, Île-de-France, France

Hero Foto wrote:

maybe the diffusion fabrics are the key ... maybe I'm just weird ... but I do know that my next light rig will be the Ranger Quadra RX AS setup ...

For all flash diffusion materials all have a different colour and with age it is a variable. Surprisingly, even the bowls ( reflectors if you like) also modify flash color.

Yet the CRI and white balance correlated K temperature from most flash are similar. Broncolor of course offer different pyrex domes with UV coatings or not which definitely do alter the temperature of the flash, raw. The tubes though from most flash are around 5900 K +/- 200 K

Dec 04 12 07:00 am Link

Photographer

Image Magik

Posts: 1068

New Orleans, Louisiana, US

BareLight Photography wrote:
I have a pretty complete Elinchrom system and am loving it.  I've added a grid for the beauty dish, another RX600, and a couple of miscellaneous pieces.  The skyports work great, their softboxes are wonderful and I've really not had any problems with the exception of an RX600 that crashed 10 ft down onto the concrete.

http://kcimageworks.com/images/studio/Lights2.jpg

I'm drooling!!

Dec 04 12 07:07 am Link

Photographer

Hero Foto

Posts: 878

Phoenix, Arizona, US

Image Magik wrote:
I'm drooling!!

+1

Dec 04 12 07:24 am Link

Photographer

BrandonLuong

Posts: 1016

Los Angeles, California, US

I love my elinchroms, I bought them as a cheap alternative to profotos and I would say it matches the light quality by 85-90% which is perfectly acceptable to me. big_smile

Dec 04 12 02:24 pm Link

Photographer

Sergei Rodionov

Posts: 867

Dallas, Texas, US

p e p e wrote:
So you can distinguish elinchrom photons from those photons from other brands?

Its not about photons. You do not deal with photons themselves, but with how things registered.

Amount of time you get to spend dealing with issues of inconsistent exposures, floating white balance, ugly modifier results, bad spectrum of light produced - its all very very different if you go between cheapo stuff and properly engineered stuff (i.e from popular consumer crap to stuff like Hensel, Elinchrom, Profoto and of course  Broncolor).

Dec 04 12 02:30 pm Link

Photographer

Gaze at Photography

Posts: 4371

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, US

I love love love them...   600 and 400 and all the toys

Dec 04 12 02:34 pm Link

Photographer

imagesbysg

Posts: 4

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Love Elinchroms. Use the Ranger Rx Speed AS and Quadras mostly.

Also am liking the indirect Octa and beauty dish..I think they are worth every penny..

Dec 04 12 03:06 pm Link

Photographer

Stephen Dawson

Posts: 29248

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A number of years ago, I attended a group shoot, and a photographer had recently bought a pair. I got the name of the salesman he dealt with and went to buy the exact same package.

But the 600RX's had just be released and there was a sale! Bought a pair, and accessories. They are wonderful to use.

Here is a sample:

http://dawsonsphotography.com/photos/20110419-Sandra-0183.jpg

The complete series (mostly 18+) is here:

http://dawsonsphotography.com/viewgallery.php?cid=3

Dec 04 12 07:31 pm Link

Photographer

Ally Moy

Posts: 405

New York, New York, US

They get the job done for a good price. My first experience was actually with the ranger and I had thought it had a slightly weird light quality to it, but in retrospect I think it just wasn't the right light for what I was doing. I ended up buying the BxRi 500/250 set for versatility in small spaces and i have no complaints about the look, i'm just not crazy about the physical design of everything.

This is the only thing i shot with it that has a person so far. They'll probably pick up some use as winter approaches and no one wants to go outside. Setup was something like 1 light reflector only front left for some shots, then 2 lights gridded on left & back right. I don't really know, but figured I'd try to remember for whoever wants to know.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120703/01/4ff2af6d76079_m.jpg

Dec 04 12 08:40 pm Link

Photographer

DAVfoto

Posts: 2324

New York, New York, US

Not a longtime user, but it was my first company 4 years ago for lighting equip.

I have 2 600rxs, 2 ranger packs and 5 heads for those packs

I have the 53" octa, a 22" mola. 2 57x57" quadra softoxes I just picked up

Several reflectors, snoots and hopefully will pick up some stripboxes at some point and possibly a bigger mola 42" maybe?

Dec 04 12 08:45 pm Link

Photographer

Dan Brady

Posts: 610

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Just 4 x 500's and lighting modifiers.

Dec 04 12 08:48 pm Link