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Water Splash Photography: Does Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX stop the action?

Using Elinchrome Quadra in Water Splash Photography:
Enough Action Stopping Power? 

This is the Second Part (1.2) of the¬†Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX review, this time I’ve tried to do some¬†Water Splash Photography with this power pack. ¬†Read first part:¬†Elinchrom Quadra Ranger Review: Controls and Operation

 

First, watch the video of this test liquid splashes shot with Elinchromes:

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Pretty cool, right?
A little pack with only 400Ws at full power was able to get job done! So, yes, it can be used in water splash photography! The beauty of this little performer is that it delivers short enough flash duration (up to 1/6000 sec t.5)  to stop action in liquid splash photography.

I did not use it this way, as it impractical for me. 2 heads should work together:-)

Lets examine more closely images we got with this Elinchrom Ranged Quadra Hybrid Rx

Splash Water Photography Examples:

 

First test, full power of 400WS (34/66 percent distribution), 1/800 sec shutter F23:

Water splash photography example

 

 

100% crop from the photo above, central area (low velocity moving water splash):

Water splash photography crop

 

 

100% crop from the photo above, corner area (high velocity moving water splash):

100% crop from the photo above, central area (low velocity moving water splash):

 

What do we see? On a web size everything looks cool, but close examination shows that the flash duration is on the edge of acceptance. It freezes water drops, large and slow moving ones, but not quite freezing a little droplets flying at higher velocity.
In any case, considering that this is a strobes working at FULL POWER, the result is great. I have not seen any pack which was able to freeze water splash at full power.

Lets see how it will look like at lower power levels

 

Second test, -2 stops (100Ws total), 1/800 sec shutter F18:

Water-splash_photography-Elinchrom-test4350 1

 

100% crop from the photo above, central area (low velocity moving water splash):

Water-splash-photography-2

 

100% crop from the photo above, corner area (high velocity moving water splash):

Water-splash-photography-closeup-corner-2

We still see some motion blur. Of course, it would be better if I’d run only high speed head B for this test, but I did not. There will be one more test for this posted soon.

 

 

Third test, -4 stops (25Ws total), 1/800 sec shutter F8:

Water splash photography Elinchrom  Quadra test

 

100% crop from the photo above, central area (low velocity moving water splash):

100% crop from the photo above, corner area (high velocity moving water splash):

 

100% crop from the photo above, corner area (high velocity moving water splash):

Water-splash-photography-closeup-corner-3

 

Ok, here we got a pretty good freezing power,¬†suitable¬†f0r¬†water splash photography. Of course 25Ws won’t be quite enough to stop action and provide enough power to get deep enough DOF, but clever photographer can always use a “dirty trick” of raising ISO on the camera.

 

Conclusion:

The Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX can be used for water splash photography. Actually, it can be used for any hi-speed action photography. With price tag around $2500 (check BHphotovideo.com for the best price) this is not bad at all.
It won’t beat Paul C Buff Einsteins by stopping power (very close though), but with x2.5 times more expensive that 2 Einsteins it provides a much higher build and “feel”¬†quality. Yes, you¬†can¬†feel the quality of Elinchrom Quadra first minute you get it in your hands.

Not sure how many studio worms  photographers who do not go outside much will be using this pack, but for those who do shoot in and out of the studio, it would be a great investment.
Will I keep this pack? The answer is no.
Why?
This is what you’ll find out in a second (2.0) part of this test of Elinchrom Quadra¬†Ranger¬†RX power pack.
I am going to compare it head to head to Broncolor Grafit (with pulso heads) and PCB Einsteins, squeezing a maximum of a shortest flash duration from each strobe.
It will be fun, come back to read and watch it later:-)

P.S I’ve used TriggerTrap device to trigger the camera for every splash: https://triggertrap.com/. Use code “PHOTIGY” to get 10% off from the regular price of Triggertrap if you are going to order one.

P.P.S Watch my Elinchrom Quadra Ranger Review on Youtube, like it and subscribe to the Photigy Channel.


5 responses on "Water Splash Photography: Does Elinchrom Ranger Quadra RX stop the action?"

  1. Thanks for the review so far. When can we expect part 2?

  2. Very nice test Alex!!! Yes the quick flash duration stopping power is there but as you said, the Elinchrome is not really an economical alternative to the Einstein. As I am sure you know, the accessories for the Einstein (for example Balcar) are awesome and much cheaper. Frankly I’m not sure why studios spend so much on very pricey strobes like Broncolor and Elinchrome when there are excellent strobe systems that are far cheaper and just as reliable with every imaginable modifier. Keep up the great tutorials and tests !!! Thanks a million !!! Don S.

    • Hi Don,
      I agree with you at some point, as you can do with less expensive lights 95% of what you would do with Broncolor, etc. But the rest of 5% is where all the money goes: there no such thing (I am aware of0 like optical light mods for Einsteins, and with those optical light mods you can a lots of magic. I’ve recently got Broncolor, playing with them now and soon you’ll see what I mean. I already posted one little review/demo shot on Pro Corner, and the technique is amazing. More to come:-)

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