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Adorama Rovelight RL 600, thoughts?

 
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Jun 04, 2015 11:46 as a reply to  @ post 17582979 |  #571

That's the good thing about the RL it has 600+ watts over the Indra where I am getting one for power when needed and cheap back up. But with my set up (I'm lazy I like one controller). Plus I have had great results with them.




  
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Jun 04, 2015 14:27 as a reply to  @ post 17582967 |  #572

Same thing happened to mine, except I got to use it twice. Then it wouldn't power on and kept blowing fuses. Returned it last week.

Just got in contact w/ Adorama and they said new units wouldn't ship out until late July. Shoulda jumped on the elinchrom sales they had last week... 50% off a lot of things :( Too late now.


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Jun 04, 2015 14:39 |  #573

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Jun 04, 2015 15:16 |  #574

e r y k wrote in post #17584192 (external link)
Same thing happened to mine, except I got to use it twice. Then it wouldn't power on and kept blowing fuses. Returned it last week.

Just got in contact w/ Adorama and they said new units wouldn't ship out until late July. Shoulda jumped on the elinchrom sales they had last week... 50% off a lot of things :( Too late now.

YUCK that is not a good thing. I don't want to wait 2 months. Ugh. I guess I'll find out in the next few days after they get my unit. I just sent it back today. I don't want to change up to a different mount other than Bowens, but if it comes down to it, I might have to or just figure out a different solution.

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Jun 05, 2015 20:23 |  #575

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YUCK that is not a good thing. I don't want to wait 2 months. Ugh. I guess I'll find out in the next few days after they get my unit. I just sent it back today. I don't want to change up to a different mount other than Bowens, but if it comes down to it, I might have to or just figure out a different solution.

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Two months! Wow, I can't believe that. They found a niche I'll give em that. I know I bought mine only about a week after hearing about it, after saving pennies for an Einsten and then I moved to wanting a Profoto B1. Saw the Rovelight and didn't hesitate. The warranty is 1 year. I have got my fingers crossed it will hold up for me at least that long, then reduced prices on Profotos? we'll see.


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Jun 06, 2015 01:06 |  #576

I went on Adorama's site tonight to research lighting options after spending some time in here. Looks like there RLs and pretty much all of the Flashpoint gear is on backorder.


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Jun 06, 2015 09:16 |  #577

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I went on Adorama's site tonight to research lighting options after spending some time in here. Looks like there RLs and pretty much all of the Flashpoint gear is on backorder.

I'm going to be rather irritated to find out it could have been fixed with a battery swap. :(

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Jun 06, 2015 09:22 |  #578

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I went on Adorama's site tonight to research lighting options after spending some time in here. Looks like there RLs and pretty much all of the Flashpoint gear is on backorder.

They've been 20% off for a bit, so I'm not surprised that they ran low on stock. Kind of surprised that even the batteries are on back order, and that leaves me wondering if they just ran out of stock on it all, or if there is some quiet pseudo-recall due to an exceptionally bad quality control issue.


I got mine last week, and have been happy with the few tests I've done. I've seen a few people commenting on the controller power buttons being a little unreliable, but so far mine have been giving me one step for each push of the button. We'll see how well things work in the future, and I'm expecting that I'll be adding more of them to the collection by next year, probably a another two for sports work. (So many horribly lit arenas in my area. But really looking forward to next week for an informal roller derby event to test lighting styles out in.)

But I was really surprised at how loose the reflector was. Not something that will come off, but flops around rattling like mad and can shift alignment a few degrees. Is that actually just how loose a normal Bowens mount is, or is the Rovelight a really poor implementation of the standard? I've read descriptions that said it wasn't a snug fit, and that it rattled around a good bit, but this is way more than I expected.


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Jun 06, 2015 09:30 |  #579

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But I was really surprised at how loose the reflector was. Not something that will come off, but flops around rattling like mad and can shift alignment a few degrees. Is that actually just how loose a normal Bowens mount is, or is the Rovelight a really poor implementation of the standard? I've read descriptions that said it wasn't a snug fit, and that it rattled around a good bit, but this is way more than I expected.

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My controller functioned decently after I reset it too.

My Bowens mount was also loose. The reflector wiggled quite a bit. It was not coming off, mind, locked on. But it was kind of disheartening to see such a wiggle. Makes me wonder how it will behave with heavier, larger modifiers.

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Jun 06, 2015 11:46 as a reply to  @ Luckless's post |  #580

Im using a PCB 47" Octa on mine and its snug, so im guessing that the RL reflector is manufactured with a looser tolerance. Any one else care to weigh in on their experiences?




  
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Jun 06, 2015 12:35 |  #581

Mostly I'm kind of wondering how the Bowens socket is in general, as in on average does a good quality modifier of that connection type normally fit firmly into a light (Rovelight or a higher quality brand)? Is the Rovelight socket a poor implementation of the Bowens socket standard, or is the reflector that is sold with the Rovelight a really poor implementation of it?

I haven't had the time to poke around at it, but I'm guessing the reflector should prove easy to modify slightly for a better fit.

I still need to decide on what modifiers I want to start collecting to go with the lights. Might start with a 7' silver parabolic umbrella and maybe a tighter long throw modifier to play with.


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Jun 06, 2015 14:30 as a reply to  @ Luckless's post |  #582

I recently purchased the Bowens mount and yes it seems really loose on two of my modifiers, but it doesn't seem in any danger of being able to fall off. However I have another Bowens modifier that will not fit on at all. I remember that someone posted about how to fix that but I can not locate the reference.
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Jun 06, 2015 15:25 |  #583

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or if there is some quiet pseudo-recall due to an exceptionally bad quality control issue.

There is no conspiracy, the Bowens mount Rovelights have been selling very well, and Adorama have been waiting on new stock for a while now. Unfortunately it sounds like they have run out of current stock in the mean time.

They order quite a large quantity at a time, so once the next batch are in there should be plenty of stock for a while at least. Though pre-orders would off course get first priority.


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Jun 06, 2015 15:27 |  #584

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There is no conspiracy, the Bowens mount Rovelights have been selling very well, and Adorama have been waiting on new stock for a while now. Unfortunately it sounds like they have run out of current stock in the mean time.

They order quite a large quantity at a time, so once the next batch are in there should be plenty of stock for a while at least. Though pre-orders would off course get first priority.

I hope they get more in stock soon then.

I had to send mine back, it was faulty. And the tech on the phone mentioned... oh... the B version? Made me cringe. Mentioning it was low on stock (as in, not in stock...).

I'd really love to not wait until deep summer to get a working light that I just had in my hands... sigh.

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Jun 06, 2015 16:45 |  #585

elv wrote in post #17586597 (external link)
There is no conspiracy, the Bowens mount Rovelights have been selling very well, and Adorama have been waiting on new stock for a while now. Unfortunately it sounds like they have run out of current stock in the mean time.

They order quite a large quantity at a time, so once the next batch are in there should be plenty of stock for a while at least. Though pre-orders would off course get first priority.

Well I don't really consider halting sales of an item while a solution to a problem is worked out to be a conspiracy, that is just good market practice. I've seen what looks like an uptick in reports on different forums of rapidly dying units from the last few months, and it looked like the whole stock, spare batteries included, were all pulled at the same time.

One update that I would absolutely love to see in a redesign of the unit would be a through-centre large bore umbrella mount. Would be a lot of redesign work and effectively a whole new unit for the most part, but I really don't know why that wasn't a design goal in the first place rather than an off-axis shaft holder.

Still working on what modifiers to get. Really should put an order in this evening or tomorrow if I want anything to play with by next weekend. I've been finding a lot of conflicting entries online about whether the umbrella shaft holder is actually a 7 or 8mm (and further fun with reports of some of the large 7' parabolic reflectors actually having an 8.5mm instead of an 8mm shaft...) But the fitting looks like it should be easy enough to hack up a replacement on short notice anyway.


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