New (and better?) Bare Bulb Alternative to Q Flash and Elinchrom Ranger. What do you think?

Started Apr 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
plevyadophy
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Re: New (and better?) Bare Bulb Alternative to Q Flash and Elinchrom Ranger. What do you think?
In reply to John Deerfield, Apr 29, 2013

John Deerfield wrote:

Hi Pal,

Thanks for your contribution

Compared to a QFlash system, I think this system wins hands down (it doesn't hurt that I have thought that Quantum has been robbing us blind for years).

I too have always thought that the QFlash system was excessively priced (and I am drawing a distinction between "expensive" which can often be justified, and "excessive). And I, being a bit girlie and therefore like my kit to look good, have also thought that their flash triggering units are somewhat big clunky and ugly.

However, they do have that massive advantage of being able to link in with your TTL system (provided you are shooting Canon, Nikon or Olympus).

Compared to the Elinchrom 400ws Ranger system, the Godox wins in the price category, which is a good category to win! But the Elinchrom wins everywhere else. Lets add a few more things to your list:

When I said Elincrhom Ranger, what I meant was the portable battery powered QUADRA Ranger kit. Is that what you understood I meant?

- build quality. The Elinchrom stuff is simply some of the best in its class when it comes to build quality. This isn't so much as a "put-down" of the Godox light as much as it is a testament to the quality of the Elinchrom light.

The build quality of the Godox seems very very good from what reviewers who have encountered the system have to say. However, I guess anyone buying into the kit now will in effect be acting as a guinea pig because the kit doesn't yet have a track record of years of being carried on location, getting dropped and bashed etc whereas the Elinchron does have that pedigree (although I do recall coming across complaints about the weakness of the Quadra when it comes to supporting heavier/larger modifiers).

- ability to modify the light. This can be a HUGE deal and two levels. First, just simply the ability to modify the light using virtually any Elinchrom light modifier (and Elinchrom has a huge range of modifiers and then of course speed rings for third party modifiers). The ability to shape the light can often be more important than the light itself. The 2nd level is that if you are looking for a lighting system, Elinchrom has you covered. I don't need to go out and buy two different beauty dishes (or whatever) for two different light systems. My light modifiers stay the same between indoor and outdoor shooting. This would allow one to recreate the same lighting scenario (consistency).

I think I would have to disagree with you here. Because if you look real closely at what the Godox kit has to offer in the way of light-shapers and accessories I don't think it's really much different to that of the Elinchrom kit and as far as I am aware (someone may wish to correct me on this if i am wrong) the Godox kit can take Elinchrom, Bowens, Quantum and a whole variety of other branded lightshapers with and without adaptors.

- Growth potential. Somewhat related to my 2nd point above. If you want a more powerful system, Elinchrom has you covered. Want to shoot with a more powerful light? Or maybe a studio moonlight? Where do you want to take your lighting? With Elinchrom, you have a complete system at your disposal. With Godox, you have a solution.

Yes you are correct. However, it's my understanding that they are soon to introduce a studio lighting system; but then the "system" still won't be as broad as that of the range Elinchrom has to offer.

Now as to whether any of that is worth the substantial cost difference, only the buyer can say. I think it's somewhat clear that Elinchrom is aimed at a different professional than the Godox.

Yeah, I hear you on the price thing but not sure I agree with the second part; I think Elinchrom is just an older brand who have managed, over the years, to broaden their range whilst Godox are the new kid on the block; I don't see the Godox portable lighting solution and that of Elinchrom's Quadra Ranger being aimed at different professionals.

Thanks very much for your insights.

Warmest regards,

plevyadophy

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