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Old 16th of June 2008 (Mon)   #1
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Default A Beauty Dish Mod for Genesis/D-lites (and others) ...

Tell me this isn't sexy:



Several weeks ago I saw one of these Speedotron 22" reflectors on display at B&H. What caught my eye was the fact that the Speedotron mount was fastened to the dish with four small bolts. The mount itself looked like any other flanged speedring component with the exception of having four holes drilled in its periphery.

So, to adapt the dish to the Elinchrom mount:

1. Remove the 4 bolts (plus washers, lockwashers, and nuts) to release the Speedotron mount.

2. Get youself a suitable Elinchrom-compatible ring (in my case, I used the Norman ring I had on hand).

3. Clamp the Speedotron and the new ring together flange-to-flange like so:



4. Using the existing holes in the Speedotron ring as a guide, drill 4 holes in the Elinchrom ring:



5. The hard part is now done! Bolt your newly perforated Elinchrom mount to the back of the Speedotron dish:



6. Done! Now mount it to the light and admire your handiwork:



Some other views:





So, that's it. The Speedotron dish is $124 at B&H and a Norman Elinchrom-compatible ring is about $19. Resist the urge to get the $10 SP ring; its diameter is too small for this application.

And before anyone asks, yes, the Calumet modeling light most definitely is a problem (again).

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Default Re: A Beauty Dish Mod for Genesis/D-lites (and others) ...

I expected to see the modeling light poking a hole through the diffusion disk, LOL.

Great work tetrode!
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Default Re: A Beauty Dish Mod for Genesis/D-lites (and others) ...

Once again, very nice work Dave. Good mod.

When will you have a chance to test it out and show some images?
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Default Re: A Beauty Dish Mod for Genesis/D-lites (and others) ...

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I expected to see the modeling light poking a hole through the diffusion disk, LOL.

Great work tetrode!
You jest but if I hadn't switched over to my shorter replacement bulb, it would have.

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Default Re: A Beauty Dish Mod for Genesis/D-lites (and others) ...

yes- samples please. BTW- I'll go broke on all the accessories I want.
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Very sexy! Dave came through again with another modification.
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Very sexy! Dave came through again with another modification.
A compliment from the modmeister himself! I'm blushing (but appreciative).

Thanks, Lotto.

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Hey Dave,
Can we see an image of the light produced by the dish to see how even it is and if there are smooth gradations?
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Can we see an image of the light produced by the dish to see how even it is and if there are smooth gradations?
Of course, Robert. As soon as I can. I'm as curious as you.

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Pretty nice. Someone else did one like this with the Hensel dish. Check it out on eBay
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You're right, Dave - that's sexy and can't wait to see results!!!

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Pretty nice. Someone else did one like this with the Hensel dish. Check it out on eBay
I saw that eBay listing several days ago. It looks like that Hensel dish has had a hard life.

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I saw that eBay listing several days ago. It looks like that Hensel dish has had a hard life.

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"The dish has some usual dings..." gotta love that. It looks like it fell outta his car and bounced down the road!
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Default Re: A Beauty Dish Mod for Genesis/D-lites (and others) ...

Very nice mod! I have the Ranger RX AS on the way... looking at adding a dish and this would work great!

Here are the links on B&H if anyone is interested...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Reflector.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...linchrome.html

Thanks again,.
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Very nice mod! I have the Ranger RX AS on the way... looking at adding a dish and this would work great!

Here are the links on B&H if anyone is interested...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Reflector.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...linchrome.html

Thanks again,.
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You've got the right dish, Hatch, but the wrong ring. The SP ring will not work. I have one; I know. The diameter is too small to allow drilling the 4 required holes where they need to be. The Norman ring is what you want:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...apter_for.html

Show up for a shoot wih your Ranger RX and Speedotron dish and you'll have your models swooning for sure.

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