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Studio Strobes Test: Elinchrom vs Einstein vs Broncolor.

Which one gives you the most stopping power?

This is the third part of the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX test (read the first part and second part), and this time I’ve compared them to the Paul C Buff Einsteins and Broncolor studio strobes. The Idea was to see how these studio strobes can stop action in liquid photography.

Studio Strobes Test: Elinchrom vs Einstein vs Broncolor

The top video is quite long and detailed, so do not expect to be entertained 🙂 I’ve used a Broncolor Grafit A4 power pack and two Pulso 4 flash heads (one 3200Ws another 1600Ws). The camera was a Hasselblad H1 with a leaf Aptus 75 DB, shutter set to 1/200 sec to equalize this camera to 35mm DSLR
The Hasselblad has an x-sync of 1/800sec, but it does not make any difference in this test.

The Elinchrom was used only for the first test at low power (which was the max for “speed head B” of Elins), 132 Ws. The rest of the test was run between the PCB Einstein and Broncolor.

Studio Strobes test results

First Round: Low Power (130-150WS)

Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX at F12 (1/5800 sec t.5):

Studio Strobes Test: Elinchrom vs Einstein vs Broncolor

100% crop: Great Stopping power but too shallow DOF to get splashes in a focus:

Studio Strobes Test: Elinchrom vs Einstein vs Broncolor

 

Paul C Buff Einstein at 150WS (1/4600  sec t.1):

Studio Strobes Test: Elinchrom vs Einstein vs Broncolor

Frozen action, great stopping power:

Studio Strobes Test: Elinchrom vs Einstein vs Broncolor

 

Broncolor Grafit A4 with Pulso Head (1/4000 sec t.1):

Studio Strobes Test: Elinchrom vs Einstein vs Broncolor

Same as PCB lights, great stopping power:

Studio Strobes Test: Elinchrom vs Einstein vs Broncolor

 

Second Round: Mid power shot, 200WS

No Elinchroms here, it can only run 132 Ws max for head B (fast head)

Broncolor Grafit A4 with Pulso Head (1/3000 sec t.1):

Studio Strobes Test: Elinchrom vs Einstein vs Broncolor
Studio Strobes Test: Elinchrom vs Einstein vs Broncolor

 

Paul C Buff Einstein (1/3300 sec t.1) :

Studio Strobes Test: Elinchrom vs Einstein vs Broncolor
Studio Strobes Test: Elinchrom vs Einstein vs Broncolor

 

Third round: Hi power shot, 320Ws

Paul C Buff Einstein (1/2000 sec t.1):

Studio Strobes Test: Elinchrom vs Einstein vs Broncolor
Studio Strobes Test: Elinchrom vs Einstein vs Broncolor

 

Broncolor Grafit A4 with Pulso Head (1/2300 sec t.1):

Studio Strobes Test: Elinchrom vs Einstein vs Broncolor
Studio Strobes Test: Elinchrom vs Einstein vs Broncolor

 

Bonus Round: Super-Hi power shot, 500Ws

Broncolor Grafit A4 with Pulso Head (1/1500 sec t.1):

Studio Strobes Test: Elinchrom vs Einstein vs Broncolor
Studio Strobes Test: Elinchrom vs Einstein vs Broncolor

Conclusion:

The Elinchrom is great, but if you need the most of stopping power for your buck, get the Paul C Buff Einsteins.

For the most quality, reliability and power, functionality and prestige, and the best way to write off your profit, get the Broncolor strobes :-).

Studio Strobes Test: Elinchrom vs Einstein vs Broncolor, where most stopping power?




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