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250Ws monolight, Bowens or Elinchrome?

 
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Aug 17, 2013 22:17 |  #1

Hi,

I am considering buying a 250W/s flash monolight to do one-light portrait indoor mostly, or for illuminating the background when I use the fluorescent lamps as a key/fill lights. When it comes to one-light portrait I will be using a softlighter (umbrella + difusser) or a 65 degree parabolic reflector, that's all. So, this is why I need just ONE light, not that much powerfull (250W/s) and not that expensive.

It comes down to the 250Ws BXR by Elinchrome the 250Ws Gemini by Bowens. The only difference on the tech specs I have found so far is that the bowens has a 250W modeling lamp while the BXR has only a 100W modeling lamp; I don't know if that's a big deal though.

Well, the Gemini has 1/10 of a stop adjustment steps while the BXR only works with full stops. The BXR is a little cheaper yet appears well built. Are there any differences in the flash bulbs?

Could anyone please point me to the right direction?

Thanks ever so much!




  
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Aug 18, 2013 17:45 |  #2

For the money, it looks like these are about $550 per strobe?

You could snatch the speedotron Force10 at keh for $465 which is a lot more power, much more ruggedly built, and you can roast find a lot of modifiers for it. Cheaper, more power, and faster recycling!

Ultimately the 1/10th stop power adjustment feature is not going to be something you use a lot. I can't think of a time I've used 250 watt/seconds!


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Aug 19, 2013 07:50 |  #3

The Bowens are pretty bullet-proof, and yes, you will enjoy 10th stop when shooting portraits. One of the nice things about the Gemini (or any of the Bowens / Calumet style units) is there are a lot of inexpensive accessories & modifiers available.

For shooting portraits, especially solo / head shots, 250ws is more than enough. Unless of course you like shooting at f/16 or smaller :-)

One of my all time favorite systems was the Photogenic Studiomaster II 200ws pack/head combo. Absolutely brilliant quality of light and worked very well with many different modifiers.

Either way, I don't think you'll be disappointed! Good luck!


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Aug 20, 2013 14:50 |  #4

The thing with the 250Ws BXR is that it comes with an E27 100W modeling lamp and if I understand correctly, that keeps me from using the dome satin on the bulb.




  
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Aug 20, 2013 17:03 |  #5

I assume you meant to say the Elinchrom "BRX" 250. If so, it has 1/10th of stop power adjustments. The predecessor, BXRI, also adjusts in 1/10th stops.

You can also use a converter for the modeling lamp if you want to use the smaller profile G type lamps. Not sure about clearance for the frosted dome though.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_23101_2_Pin_La​mp_to.html (external link)


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Aug 20, 2013 18:30 |  #6

OneyedJack wrote in post #16225455 (external link)
I assume you meant to say the Elinchrom "BRX" 250

Yes, http://www.elinchrom.c​om/product/BRX-250.html (external link)




  
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Aug 20, 2013 20:51 as a reply to  @ Vitoflo's post |  #7

A couple of questions about tech datas when it comes to monolight flash units: the color temperature is said to be at 5360K at max power; does it mean that at lower power the color temp may go down? Also, the guide number (F-stop) for the BRX 250 is said to be at 64 (1m, 100 ISO, 1 meter, with reflector 48 degrees); what's the shutter speed value when it comes to this sort of measures?

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