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I'm considering one of the new BRX kit's anyone have any experience with them are the softboxes any good?

I plan to get manfrotto stands probably.

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I'm interested in the responses to this. My Girl is going to buy this kit for me for christmas (little does she know she's now my 'Muse') and I've played around with the 250/250 system a little. The wireless system is slick and works very well. I wish there was a way to control the settings with a wire rather than the wireless so I can have faster shutter speeds.

The stock softboxes are a different matter. I think they're to small and don't have a grid option. I plan on selling them and getting some knockoffs that have grid options and are larger.

The stands are already Manfrotto, but I plan on selling them also and getting my Lumopro air cushioned light stands as they will match what I already have and are better for what I'm doing.

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The bag is really nice......

The stands are average, a little too light weight for me to feel really comfortable putting the lights on them, but they do work.
The modifiers are generally regarded as a bit of a waste of time, the store I bought mine from broke both kits up and replace the modifiers with proper ones.

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What are you planning on shooting with the kit? Are you going to be combining ambient with flash. I haven't price the kits lately, but in the US they are a deal because you can sell the parts you don't want.

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I plan on doing a 50% studio fashion/glamor/body scape and 50% Cars with models in a studio. I Plan on a 500/500 kit and getting a 250 later.

I'm more looking at the reliability, construction and consistency of the heads and the quality of the other things in the package. also what 'did you know you can or can't do XYZ' kinda thing the gotcha clause if you will.

Also one quick question can you change the setting on the head with a wired option? in case I need faster shutter speed, cause the wireless only goes to 250.

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Can you elaborate on the last part of your post?


Also, do you have a light meter?

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windpig wrote in post #15292296external link
Can you elaborate on the last part of your post?


Also, do you have a light meter?

Yes I do have a Minolta IV F light meter. I have this Idea of using some colored water that I want to shoot but my fear is that 250 shutter speed may be to slow to freeze the action. I know it would be better to do it with constant but I think I can get it with strobes.

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By shutter speed, do you really mean short flash duration? Else the 60D has a 1/250 x-sync and that is the max you're going to get with any of the Elinchrom lights.

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windpig wrote in post #15292405external link
By shutter speed, do you really mean short flash duration? Else the 60D has a 1/250 x-sync and that is the max you're going to get with any of the Elinchrom lights.

ok coo, more research.

So what about the BXRI? What do you like what do you not like from you're Out of the box experience.

BTW what do you shoot?

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I bought a BXRi500 from another PTON member. I only have the DLite4's, Ranger RX AS speeds and the Quadra to compare to. It works fine, the light is wonderful and the built is fine. My only issue with the Elinchrom system is the Skyport transmitters can be intermittent for me when it comes to triggering.

I like to shoot everything. The ambient/flash mix requires either very low power of very high power, that's why I asked. It is possible to have to much light, especially if you're using reflectors and not softboxes or umbrellas.

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