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Jun 28, 2010 11:24 |  #1

I have a nice Metz strobist setup and a full Alien Bees studio but constantly find myself looking for something in the middle.

My AB's have enough power and great light-modifiers (at least good enough for me) but the Metz strobist setup has the portability. The AB's and Vagabond are a little too big for really portable outdoor shooting, but the Metz's aren't powerful enough unless I'm shooting near sundown - which doesn't give me much time to work. And neither are easily controllable on-the-fly from the camera.

Here is what I'd really like...

  • Minimum of 200 watt-seconds (preferably more)
  • RF wireless control for multiple units from camera
  • Relatively small units w/ relatively small power packs
  • Good selection of light modifiers, preferably large ones (soft box, beauty dish, etc.)


Obviously I've landed squarely at the feet of the Quantum Q-Flash system, which I've read many glowing reviews about. However $1K/unit retail (for the above requirements) is extremely expensive (for me.)

I really haven't been following the flash market lately. Apart from pre-owned Q's (which may be an option) is there anything in the $500-$600/unit range that would fill the requirements above?

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Jun 28, 2010 11:57 |  #2

Its more expensive, but I bet the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra would be the best fit for you out there...


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Jun 28, 2010 12:14 |  #3

Just checked those out on B&H. You're definitely right on both points. Too rich for my blood...


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Jun 29, 2010 09:47 as a reply to  @ klynam's post |  #4

Used Norman 200B or the Norman 400B.....
The 200B will run you about $300.oo on eBay and the 400B will run you about $500.oo


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Jun 29, 2010 09:53 |  #5

If you decide on QFlash I have one for sale.
Its a T5D-r and includes battery, Qnexus module so it works with Canon TTL control from camera Speedlite (or ST-E2).

Nice unit.


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Jun 30, 2010 14:39 |  #6

Checking out the Normans - don't have much adjustability...

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