I have been shooting with the Elinchrom Ranger RX AS  systems for over a year now and just love the consistent results that I get from them. I push them hard, shooting a lot, shooting in different temperatures and moisture conditions and they keep on flashing away.

Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX AS Speed

There have been a few situations where I wanted a small system and I would use my two Canon 580exII’s, out of those few time I wished I had more power to compliment the small size. Elinchrom to the rescue.

I just bought the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX AS system, I got just one power pack and one speed light. Just like their big brothers they have an A-Head and S-Head. I searched the web to see if those photographers using the Quadra System were happy and oh of course they were, it’s Elinchrom.:) There was one concern and it’s a legit one; the flash unit feels a little delicate (all plastic), but I’m banking on it hanging in there just like the Ranger Heads. They are a harder plastic and I’ve put them thru the ringer and they’ve done just fine.

Wow, this thing is small too. 8″ tall and 6″ wide, and the light unit is dinky. This unit is a must if you are shooting in tight spaces. I ended up buying the Quadra Reflector Adapter RQ-EL, this allow me to use my existing Rotalux Lightboxes and Reflectors and it adds a little weight to the Flash Unit.

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I’ve done a few shoots where I added it in with my existing Ranger RX system and it worked great (It is the main light for the Superhero Pic). The light was identical to the other units and the battery lasted pretty good, got 500 shots out of it at about half power. Like it’s big brother the Ranger RX AS, it too has a slow recycle button help keep the battery charged longer. The functionally is the same as the Ranger RX, but the unit is only 400 Watt seconds. This is three time my 580exII and the battery doesn’t compete with the double AA’s.

I’ll be traveling next week and will put it thru the test of travel and see how it holds up.

This is not a paid endorsement, I have just bought the product and love it and know you will too, but (Cough, Cough, Wink, Wink) I won’t turn an endorsement down. :)


Dieter Spears is a Nashville Photographer, He shoots Stock images for iStockphoto.com and Getty Images. He is an iStockphoto Inspector.

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