delsol9400 wrote in post #12584343
Ok, looking for people's opinions here... I've been using an Elinchrom Quadra while shooting weddings. I'm down here in Sunny SWFL... and on bright days I find myself needing a little, but not much more than 400ws. I thought about switching to the Profoto Acute... But the weight of the acuteb head comes in at almost 4 pounds... which is about the same weight as the Einstein. What do you guys think about me using the Einstein and vagabond mini on weddings... too much to lug around?
While the Einstein has some awesome features many people report a high rate of quality control related problems, just a while ago Mary Duprie bought 4 Einsteins and the 4 were dead.
While the mini saves on weight the problem is that as you can see in Rob Galbraith´s review it doubles the recycling time compared to other (and heavier) solutions (even when he embellishes the results with praises they are still abysmal IMHO).
The Quadra while nice featured has limitations like the adapter you have to get to use Elinchrom modifiers with the Quadra heads can only hold softboxes, octas, etc. up to 100 centimeters, bigger than that and it flexes (and it flexes quite a bit) this flex on the metal eventually means it could break, so you are limited with the size of octas, softoboxes, etc.
400ws can be adequate even in bright sun (depending of the distance from the subject and the modifier used) I have shot photos with BD´s and a Parabolic umbrella and underpowered the sun without much problem (at a good distance from the subject).
The Ranger RX isn´t much more expensive than the Quadra RX, and it is less heavy than the Profoto Acute, also the heads for the Ranger RX can handle the weight of big modifiers without problem.
However the biggest advantage of getting Profoto is that you can rent more profoto gear in most civilized cities of the world which is great to complement with more gear whenever you need to.
There are lots of things to consider in this decision, however if you need something lighter than the Acute I would go for the Ranger RX instead of the Quadra or the Einstein + Vagabond mini´s.