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Author Topic: Elinchrom Ranger RX - anyone use them?  (Read 4079 times)

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Ed

« on: October 13, 2011, 14:19 »
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Anyone use Elinchrom Rangers?  I just ordered one of the 1100 ws A series strobes, with two battery packs and a Rotalux 70cmx70cm soft box.

I'm REALLY looking forward to trying the strobe out.  Anyone have any experience with these strobes?


« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2011, 14:52 »
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I don't have portable strobes, I wish I had. Ranger Quadras are nice, but they feel too plasticy and have their limitations.
I have been thinking to buy Ranger RXs instead, but correct if I'm wrong: they still don't have a Skyport receiver (with effect control) ?

« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2011, 15:06 »
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I have the quadras and I find myself using them not only outside, but also together with my Elinchrom studio strobes.  They're fast and reliable.  I recently added the ringflash to the quadra set. 

« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2011, 17:28 »
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I could live with the plasticy feeling of the Quadras, but I find the 400Ws too limiting. It's enough for most indoor uses, but in sunlight it's just not enough (The Ranger RX's 1100Ws is about 1.5 stops more, not much, but could be enough in many cases.)
And two sets of Quadras would still be 800Ws, and cost more than Ranger RXs.

Ed

« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2011, 20:23 »
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I don't have portable strobes, I wish I had. Ranger Quadras are nice, but they feel too plasticy and have their limitations.
I have been thinking to buy Ranger RXs instead, but correct if I'm wrong: they still don't have a Skyport receiver (with effect control) ?

Based on what I was reading, they do have the option of using a skyport transceiver.  I ordered the pocketwizard version since I already have a TT-1 for my Canon Camera bodies.  My understanding is TTL is available through this option.  I usually shoot manual, but I'm curious how things will work out.

Ed

« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2011, 08:51 »
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I ended up picking up the Ranger RX Speed (AS flash head) with two battery packs.  This kit is amazing both in and outside of the studio. Last Saturday we got to the studio, started setting up as the MUA was prepping the models and the power went out on the whole block.  I set up the Ranger with the huge softbox and a couple of speedlights to blow out the background and we were all set.  When the power came back on, I took the speedlights out and continued to use the Ranger as a key light.  There were two of us, shooting two different models from 1:30pm to 4:30pm and it never missed a beat.  I haven't had to use the second battery yet.

It's pricey, but worth every penny IMO.


 

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