Testing Elinchrom RX4 units… Over the past week we have been up to the eyes in plaster and paint wash organising the warehouse walls as back drops for the new studio, today after what seemed like an age the new Elinchrom strobes arrived. Studio photography has been an area which I wanted to explore for quite some time but gear is expensive and space limited, with the latter no longer an issue and a few pennies saved up it was time to speak to the guys at Speed Graphic in the UK. Shopping for photographic equipment in Spain can be a minefield, don’t get me wrong there are plenty of good retailers out there but prices (depending on the product and make) can either be a great deal cheaper or drastically more expensive so as my faith in the Amazon giant diminishes at a rapid rate it was time to shop around both in Spain and the UK. My usual port of call in Spain was €200+ more expensive than buying from the UK which, although I need a handful of three pin adaptors plus the obvious delivery charge still makes purchasing from the UK a good deal.
I have never used Speed Graphic before but had come across them when on the lookout for the K3, the prices are competitive plus if like us you are a registered business in the EU then VAT is deducted which in our case made the already best priced Elinchrom RX4 to go kit 20% less expensive. Was this a perfect transaction? Yes, pretty much, delivery was later than expected, tracking info not up to date (Spanish tracking info btw) but hey, that’s the transport company – having lived in rural Spain since 2004 and as an e-tailer myself I am used to such hiccups!
Ok, so the Elinchrom RX4’s, I am not going to go into great depth about these lights as there are dozens of Youtube videos offering this kind of info, unboxing and all that stuff. What I will say is that never having used the Elinchroms before they were super easy to set up, putting together the soft boxes may make you look skyward and take a deep breath at some point but once assembled you are in business. In this kit I also invested in the Elinchrom snoot + grid, gels, reflector and adaptor – again, very easy to set up and you just get the feeling that Elinchrom have had your workflow in mind through design.
Skyport: The stuff of nightmares, complication and hair loss? No, not at all, its simple and it works which for photographers like me is perfect. Controls on the back of the light units themselves are just as simple and while there might be internet grumblings about plastic build quality what can you expect at this price point – these are the D-lite range, just don’t take them to the summit of K2 in a backpack but do expect pro lighting in an indoor studio environment.
Studio Backdrops (part 1)
Studio Backdrops (part 2)