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Apr 25, 2012 05:32 |  #1

Tell me I did the right thing in getting one powerful unit instead of a the 500/500 Bx-Ri kit. I already have stands and sync cables anyway and I value being able to overpower the sun with modifiers. :smile:

I also plan on getting a 230v battery pack in the future.


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Apr 25, 2012 06:33 |  #2

What are you shooting?


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Apr 25, 2012 07:07 |  #3

For fun mostly but I wanted something that could rival the sun because I like the look of such images.
In the past I've relay liked silhouette images and with a good flash these could be great portraits.
But mostly amateur models and product photography otherwise. I sometimes help out a friend and photograph for his small business as well.

I can barely justify the cost of a flash like this but in the past I've always been more content with few high end products then several not so high end. Since my flash setup is Ad-hoc anyway i can always use naked speedlites as fill since i so far use old school PC cables. I've ordered an adapter so it will fit my bowens mount softboxes (quantuum polish quality :) )

Also i've used a 400w Ranger quadra on a bright day and it wasn't enough for what i wanted, Bx-Ri is a good package with lot's of nice features and extras but i feared it wouldn't be enough when i needed power


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Apr 25, 2012 08:24 |  #4

You did the right thing ;)
I have the Quadra and it's just a little shy of enough power to really darken the sky at midday. So I got the Ranger RX, that does the trick!

Don't forget to post pics!


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Apr 25, 2012 11:07 |  #5

FFS you will crush the sun

congrats : D


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Apr 25, 2012 12:39 |  #6

Just remember to have your model wear sunscreen.


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Apr 25, 2012 13:17 |  #7

Damian75 wrote in post #14326959 (external link)
Just remember to have your model wear sunscreen.

:lol: Really


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Apr 25, 2012 13:22 |  #8

The 1200 is a beast. It's rare that I can't overpower the sun with the 600RX. So I opted for several of them rather than the 1200...although I have thought about the 1200 more than once!


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Apr 25, 2012 13:31 |  #9

I prefer multiple strobes to raw power as the former offers more versatile lighting setups than a single strobe. But it all depends on your style. A beauty dish with RX1200 can be a nice combo.




  
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Apr 25, 2012 15:53 |  #10

sdipirro wrote in post #14327198 (external link)
The 1200 is a beast. It's rare that I can't overpower the sun with the 600RX. So I opted for several of them rather than the 1200...although I have thought about the 1200 more than once!

You and me both!


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Apr 25, 2012 16:53 |  #11

Did you consider saving a bit more and going with the Ranger?


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Apr 25, 2012 17:18 |  #12

ben_r_ wrote in post #14328388 (external link)
Did you consider saving a bit more and going with the Ranger?

Yes but I ruled the ranger out because I like the fact I can use the RX 1200 with wall sockets indoors. Also 6' 10" and i don't like to have the controls on the floor :)


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Apr 25, 2012 19:39 |  #13

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Yes but I ruled the ranger out because I like the fact I can use the RX 1200 with wall sockets indoors. Also 6' 10" and i don't like to have the controls on the floor :)

Both use RX Skyports that have remote power control :rolleyes:


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Apr 25, 2012 21:59 |  #14

kokakaste2 wrote in post #14329267 (external link)
Both use RX Skyports that have remote power control :rolleyes:

^^This, what Oskar says

Also, Ranger RX Speed AS has 8.5 stops of range 1100 ws down to 5.5 ws.

Different beast for different uses.

Having that low power can be really nice though.


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Apr 26, 2012 09:13 |  #15

Well 230v is more flexible if one has a battery pack albeit a little more of a hassle.
Also i can use other 230v appliances like wind machines


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