The Elinchrom Eco Ringflash
I decided to buy the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Eco Ringflash for my Ranger Quadra Kit.
It was a decision I made after a lot of consideration about whether to buy another SB910 or something completely different.
In my opinion a ringflash has a lot more uses than just fashion Photography which is where it seems to have been mainly placed.
Macro photography, and uses for fill flash just being two that spring to mind.
I contacted the Flash centre and asked if they had them in stock, which they didn’t, but the guy on the phone said
I will get one down from London for tomorrow and phone you when it arrives. As with my previous experience with the flash centre they did not phone me next day.
I looked around and found one at WEX.
I ordered it online at 6-23Pm and had it in my hands by 7-30 am the next morning, Excellent service.
The Eco Ringflash costs £357.00, which is not much more than the Nikon SB910
Initial impressions are that this thing is light, the body is a plastic or polycarbonate material.
The way the Ringflash attaches to the camera is by way of a main bracket which attaches to the bottom of the camera
with a thumbscrew wheel onto the tripod socket.
Then two bent metal bars attach to that and the ringflash itself with thumbscrews.
Once attached it seems fairly solid, but the alignment with the lens can be a bit fiddly.
The Eco Flash comes with a plastic white diffuser which attaches by a simple push fit and is held on just by friction mainly,
this is not good and when testing the ringflash around the house, just to make sure it worked it fell off twice, maybe a little Blu Tac will help here.
RQ Ringflash ECO Specs & Features:
- Flash duration with Quadra RX: Outlet A 100%: 1/1000 s // Outlet B 33%: 1/2500 s
- 2 pole quality flash tube
- Detachable 2m flash cable
- White diffuser cap to soften and spread the light
- The 9.5 cm inner diameter will accept a wide range of cameras and lenses
- 400W/s Flash Tube
Weight: 1 kg
The flash works well and performs as it should on my Quadra pack.
I will be updating this post as I get more use from the flash unit and actually
use it to make some images but initial impressions are not the best I have had from new equipment.