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Mar 24, 2011 20:32 |  #1

Any recommendations for alternatives to Qflash T5d-R in the 150 WS range?


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Mar 24, 2011 22:38 |  #2

sunpak 120j




  
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Mar 24, 2011 23:12 as a reply to  @ roman_t's post |  #3

Norman 200B (200ws) can be had on eBay between $200 - $300 or the Norman 400B (400ws) between $300 - $400.
However, these are both Manual Powered Flashes, no Auto or TTL.....


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Mar 25, 2011 09:14 |  #4

AB400 and Vagabond Mini. Not quite as small, just a bit heavier and less money.
Only problem is the VML is till about a month behind on shipments.

Or the Einstein 640. 2.5 to 640 Ws. It too is on backorder but only about 3 weeks.


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Mar 25, 2011 09:27 |  #5

The Elinchrom Quadra Ranger RX would be comparable in price to the T5D-R with one of the heftier Quantum battery packs but more powerful.


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Mar 25, 2011 09:37 |  #6

If I were going to get something with a small head to do what I used to use QFlash for, I'd look at the Quadra. As it turns out I was fortunate to get Einsteins and VMLs and found they work well in place of my QFlashes. Now sold.


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Mar 25, 2011 10:18 as a reply to  @ dmward's post |  #7

Don't hold your breath's but there are Chinese 120J knockoff's coming. Can't say when. Can't say how much. But they are on the way.


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Mar 25, 2011 10:38 |  #8

i have one of these (external link) for more than a year now. so far so good.


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Mar 29, 2011 22:33 |  #9

Thanks for the information. It will take me some time to look at all the options, but if anyone else has any, please add them. Has anyone taken 3 small flashes, like the YN560s, and put them on one bracket to make a powerful flash? If each YN560 has 50 WS, and the Q-FLASH T5DR is 150 WS, then 3 YN560s should equal one T5DR. Three x $70=$210, which is only 30% of the cost of a a T5DR.


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Mar 29, 2011 23:19 |  #10

roman_t wrote in post #12087763 (external link)
sunpak 120j

These are no longer made, but there is one up for auction on ebay. From what I've read a TR-PAK II Battery is also needed if you want fast recycle times, but it's very hard to find.

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Norman 200B (200ws) can be had on eBay between $200 - $300 or the Norman 400B (400ws) between $300 - $400.
However, these are both Manual Powered Flashes, no Auto or TTL.....

None currently on ebay that I can find. Also, it seems like there may be a problem finding batteries? No ETTL I understand. What do you mean by no Auto?

dmward wrote in post #12089787 (external link)
AB400 and Vagabond Mini. Not quite as small, just a bit heavier and less money.

Only problem is the VML is till about a month behind on shipments.

Or the Einstein 640. 2.5 to 640 Ws. It too is on backorder but only about 3 weeks.

The AB400 with the VML looks like an interesting alternative.The AB400 is around $225. The VLM is $300 (when in stock). $525 is not bad for the flash and the battery. How would this combo work for wedding formals? Would setup speed be OK?

Would all you need is the AB400, VLM, Flash Stand, Umbrella, and Radio trigger?

At $500, the Einstein 640 is a little more expensive than I'm looking to spend.

PacAce wrote in post #12089854 (external link)
The Elinchrom Quadra Ranger RX would be comparable in price to the T5D-R with one of the heftier Quantum battery packs but more powerful.

400 WS isa spicy meatball! www.elinchrom.com (external link) appears down right now, but I will put it on my list of things to check out.

dmward wrote in post #12089921 (external link)
If I were going to get something with a small head to do what I used to use QFlash for, I'd look at the Quadra. As it turns out I was fortunate to get Einsteins and VMLs and found they work well in place of my Flashes. Now sold.

lukeap69 wrote in post #12090288 (external link)
i have one of these for more than a year now. so far so good.

SHINING Mini Portable LCD DC Strobes look interesting. $350 for the strobe. $140 for the battery pack (if I'm looking at the right one.)

TMR Design wrote in post #12090187 (external link)
Don't hold your breath's but there are Chinese 120J knockoffs coming. Can't say when. Can't say how much. But they are on the way.

What are 120J's?

What about something like the Sunpak 622 Super Pro?


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Mar 29, 2011 23:43 as a reply to  @ elguapo's post |  #11

The Sunpak 120J was a nice flash that had a round flash tube just like the Q-Flash. It accepts Quantum/Norman/Lumedyn​e accessories and speed rings.


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Mar 30, 2011 00:14 |  #12

if you need ettl then only qflash with qttl adapter will do it the most correct i have ever seen




  
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Mar 30, 2011 04:23 |  #13

@elguapo

you can get them cheaper through their store in ebay (external link). around 320USD for both strobe and battery.


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Mar 30, 2011 08:54 |  #14

I've used AB800 with PLM for formals. With line power and VML.
Just as easy to set up as a QFlash. Which I have also used for formals.

One advantage of more power, is ability to get the light farther away and thus get the background lit without blowing out the people.


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Mar 30, 2011 20:39 |  #15

TMR Design wrote in post #12090187 (external link)
Don't hold your breath's but there are Chinese 120J knockoff's coming. Can't say when. Can't say how much. But they are on the way.

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