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Jan 15, 2014 19:30 |  #1

Have Elinchrom strobes (600RX's and BRXi500's).
I have been looking at the elinchrom octa's, 53"mid and 39" deep. But wondering if there are better options out there for cost and quality?
Would be nice to have the option to use grids but that is not a make or break deal.
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Jan 15, 2014 21:47 |  #2

The Rotolux are very light weight and easy to assemble.
Photoflex fairly inexpensive and quality
FotoDiox are inexpensive, well made and a snap to assemble.
I use the 53 octa, small and large Rotolux strips with the hooded diffuser and intend on getting the hooded diffuser for the 27 and 39 DO because I like the added control.
I keep the grid on my 27X27 Rotolux, it's a great modifier for portraits in a small space.

What and where are you intending on using your lighting?


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Jan 15, 2014 21:54 |  #3

Will be primarily using it in my studio. The shooting area of the studio is about 24' x 12'. The 12' is not a hard line, just a rough estimate of where the seats will be in the waiting / meeting area. They can be moved very easily to create more space than 12'.

Mostly 1 or two person portraits with the occasional family shoot. So really focusing on getting modifiers for the 1 person shoots.


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Jan 15, 2014 22:11 |  #4

Well, you can't beat the price of the PhotoDiox and their speedrings fit nice and tight on the Elinchrom lights. That's the route I would suggest, probably a 36 or 48", eggcrate is seperate. One of the strips for hair/rim.

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Jan 15, 2014 22:48 |  #5

Photodiox are cheap and well made. Get them on amazon. Get the ez version for istqnt setup.


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Jan 15, 2014 22:50 |  #6

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Jan 16, 2014 06:05 |  #7

Thanks for the suggestions! Will have to take a closer look at the Photodiox then.


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Jan 16, 2014 08:30 |  #8

I've had Photodiox as well as other cheap options my favorite so far was SP Studio. They have a deep octa that is almost identical to the Elinchrom DO, I did some side by side testing and unless you knew that I was doing the test and looking closely you would more than likely see no difference in the images produced (the reflective material inside is more smooth than what Elinchrom uses) The biggest surprise to me was the weight was the exact same as the Elinchrom version.


IMO 99% as good as Elinchrom at about 33% the cost. (99% because I prefer the rotolux speed ring style)
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …EZ_Softbox_Octa​gonal.html (external link)




  
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Jan 16, 2014 11:35 |  #9

^^^
this is good to know.
thanks for the info


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Jan 16, 2014 12:48 |  #10

Thanks for the info!!
Looks like the speedring for elinchrom is only $10 for this box? Can't complain with that. Does it hold the modifier firmly on the strobe?
Any suggestions to compare to the Elinchrom 53" midi?

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I've had Photodiox as well as other cheap options my favorite so far was SP Studio. They have a deep octa that is almost identical to the Elinchrom DO, I did some side by side testing and unless you knew that I was doing the test and looking closely you would more than likely see no difference in the images produced (the reflective material inside is more smooth than what Elinchrom uses) The biggest surprise to me was the weight was the exact same as the Elinchrom version.


IMO 99% as good as Elinchrom at about 33% the cost. (99% because I prefer the rotolux speed ring style)
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …EZ_Softbox_Octa​gonal.html (external link)


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Jan 16, 2014 13:41 |  #11

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^^^
this is good to know.
thanks for the info

Ralph, Tetrode did side by side testing on this as well ;)


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Jan 16, 2014 14:43 |  #12

Dave Jr wrote in post #16610785 (external link)
Ralph, Tetrode did side by side testing on this as well ;)

Hi Dave
Like the FotoDiox, I'm only recently up on some of this. I'm pretty modifiered up as it is:D


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Jan 16, 2014 19:36 |  #13

Anyone know how the elinchrom speedring for the SP Studios holds up?


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Jan 18, 2014 22:15 |  #14

I never had a problem with the speedring....but if it bends or something it's only $10 to replace.




  
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