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.
The video below 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: Elinchrom vs Einstein vs Broncolor
Studio Strobes test results
First Round: Low Power (130-150WS)
Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX at F12 (1/5800 sec t.5):
100% crop: Great Stopping power but too shallow DOF to get splashes in a focus:
Paul C Buff Einstein at 150WS (1/4600 sec t.1):
Frozen action, great stopping power:
Broncolor Grafit A4 with Pulso Head (1/4000 sec t.1):
Same as PCB lights, great stopping power:
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):
Paul C Buff Einstein (1/3300 sec t.1) :
Third round: Hi power shot, 320Ws
Paul C Buff Einstein (1/2000 sec t.1):
Broncolor Grafit A4 with Pulso Head (1/2300 sec t.1):
Bonus Round: Super-Hi power shot, 500Ws
Broncolor Grafit A4 with Pulso Head (1/1500 sec t.1):
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 :-).