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Tell me this isn't sexy:

IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3149/2584063265_fcd3cea469_o.jpg

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:

IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3258/2584893034_39d54bd837_o.jpg

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

IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3180/2584063007_8975d2792a_o.jpg

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

IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3185/2584893080_7f60dc23c9_o.jpg

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

IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3146/2584063151_6bf92d3a93_o.jpg

Some other views:

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IMAGE: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3095/2584063197_3dfe2e713c_o.jpg

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).

Dave F.

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

Great work tetrode!

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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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shooterman wrote in post #5732381external link
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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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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Lotto wrote in post #5732892external link
Very sexy! :) Dave came through again with another modification.

A compliment from the modmeister himself! I'm blushing :oops: (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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TMR Design wrote in post #5733400external link
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?

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 eBayexternal link

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You're right, Dave - that's sexy and can't wait to see results!!!

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DavidPhoto wrote in post #5733803external link
Pretty nice. Someone else did one like this with the Hensel dish. Check it out on eBayexternal link

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

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tetrode wrote in post #5733934external link
I saw that eBay listing several days ago. It looks like that Hensel dish has had a hard life.

Dave F.

"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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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.bhphotovide​o.com ...36_22_Grid_Reflecto​r.htmlexternal link

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ..._Ring_for_Elinchrom​e.htmlexternal link

Thanks again,.
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Hatch1921 wrote in post #5734306external link
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.bhphotovide​o.com ...36_22_Grid_Reflecto​r.htmlexternal link

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ..._Ring_for_Elinchrom​e.htmlexternal link

Thanks again,.
Hatch

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.bhphotovide​o.com ...eed_Ring_Adapter_fo​r.htmlexternal link

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

Dave F.

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