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Elinchrom RX600 - enough light?

MorRissa M , Mar 30, 2006; 07:07 p.m.

I'm getting ready to buy my first strobe light set for portrait, fashion, product and location shoots and would like some advice on whether or not the Elinchrom RX600 will be enough light. I'm having problems finding the guide numbers for the RX600. They are not listed in their product information. If I'm shooting interiors, I want to make sure I have enough light reach. If I'm shooting portraits with soft boxes, I want to make sure enough light is coming through.

I have been reading reviews and Elinchrom gets rave reviews, but is there another brand as good as the Elinchrom, but not as expensive?

Thanx! :-)

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Brooks Short - Tampa, Florida , Mar 30, 2006; 08:45 p.m.

Are these Elinchrome RX 600 monolights rated at 600 true ws?

600 ws might be enough for portraits. I'd want several of these for product, fashion or interiors work.

John Murphy , Mar 30, 2006; 09:08 p.m.

Check out this thread. It may answer your question.

Dennis Price , Mar 30, 2006; 09:26 p.m.

"I'm having problems finding the guide numbers for the RX600"

http://www.adorama.com/EL20726.html

Lists f/90 at 1m, ISO 100, 48? reflector (is that inches? degrees?)

Dennis Price , Mar 30, 2006; 09:30 p.m.

Clarification: that's with a 48 degree reflector.

Michael Axel , Mar 31, 2006; 01:47 p.m.

Elinchrome is nice stuff, but I think a little pricey compared to some other units (I use the SP Excalibur and like them, until bite for the Broncolor that will give me more light control). A GN of 90 or so seems a little on the light side for this much money and this WS rating. Of course WS and GN are not equal. I'm always dubious of GN ratings, but I can tell you the GN of my SP 3200s and 6400s are right on the spec and a lot less money.

Dennis Price , Mar 31, 2006; 05:52 p.m.

"...A GN of 90 or so seems a little on the light side for this much money and this WS rating." [Michael]

Specs state 600 WS yields GN of 90 at 1 meter with 48 degree (11 inch?) reflector.

That equates roughly to GN 320 at 10 feet. Lose an additional stop for a standard (7 inch?) reflector, and you arrive at a GN of 220 or so for 10 feet.

Compare to SP6400 at 640 WS: GN 220 10 feet.

WL 1600 at 660 WS: GN 236 10 feet (with 7 inch 80 degree reflector).

They all seem to be in the same ballpark, GN-wise.

Dennis Price , Mar 31, 2006; 05:57 p.m.

Oops. Forgot to add: I completely agree with you about the relatively high cost, Michael.

I'm sure there are reasons for it, like build quality, color temp/output consistency, and accessories available. At least I would hope so ;-)

MorRissa M , Mar 31, 2006; 06:08 p.m.

"Brooks Short - Are these Elinchrome RX 600 monolights rated at 600 true ws?"

YES, if I have read the Elinchrom stats correctly, they are true 600ws.

Thanks everyone for your input! It sounds as if I need to do a bit more research.

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