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Old 22nd of January 2009 (Thu)   #1
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Default Profoto Compact 600R's

Does anyone hear use the Profoto's? I would like some feedback...I had ordered some awhile back but the place I ordered them from sent the wrong ones (300R's) and I returned them. I have just been debating are they really worth the money?
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Old 22nd of January 2009 (Thu)   #2
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Default Re: Profoto Compact 600R's

If you haven't already invested in Profoto accessories or modifiers I'd take a good look at Elinchrom monolights and accessories.
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Old 22nd of January 2009 (Thu)   #3
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How do you like Elinchrom? Are they about the same price as Profoto?
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Default Re: Profoto Compact 600R's

The Profoto monoblocs, in their current form, are the weakest link in the Profoto food chain. Profoto packs and heads are a different matter. IMO, the best monoblocs on the market at the moment are the Elinchrom RX series (assuming you don't want to spend MUCH more for Broncolor), so if you haven't decided on a system, it might be a good idea to check them out.
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Default Re: Profoto Compact 600R's

I have to agree. You should check out the Elinchrom units are very good for the money. I personally do no like the Profoto monoblocs theydo not seem to be as well thought out as the pack and head systems from them
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Thanks Rudi and Bumgardnern...What models would you guys suggest for a home studio 12x14 room, plus some location shooting?
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Default Re: Profoto Compact 600R's

Yes, the Profoto monolights really aren't worth it. They don't have a wide range of power at all, it's pretty sad.

Elinchrom makes the best monolights out there. The new Ri lights look great, but the 600RX is a tried and tested light that is absolutely amazing in the studio.

Profoto owns the pack market, they are just great. Although Elinchrom makes great monolights, I lean towards Profoto light output being much more pleasing for portraiture.
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I have to say the same that you are already hearing, profoto's weakest link is their monolight line which is very expensive for the few things they are offering, their pack and head system is really something else, I worked in a studio that had the D4 and the 7b and they are joy to use, specially their reflector/speedring mounting system! my biggest complaint is that their reflectors' material -zoom reflector, grid reflector, umbrella reflector, etc.- are super flimsy!!! with the minimum effort they bend quite a lot (I have wondered if this is in order to absorb the shock with big hits but dunno) and for the money I would expect something a lot better :P....

As said before: Packs and head is Profoto's game but monolights isn't at all, they are pretty expensive and the competition offers better stuff IMHO.
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Wow, I'm glad to find that out early!
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Agree with everyone - the three stop range on most of their compacts is ridiculous given how much they cost, as is the lack of digital controls.
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With 3-stop vs 7, that's a big difference and the costs are similar.
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Agree with everyone - the three stop range on most of their compacts is ridiculous given how much they cost, as is the lack of digital controls.
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Thanks guys, I will be looking at the Elinchrom 600RX
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