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    Eli Quadra vs. Profoto AcuteB

    greets once again,
    coming up to a buying decision: a smaller light to go with my two Ranger RX.
    Lighter, handholdable on a boom with a 27in Deep Octa.
    I want to be able to use this as a main light outdoors, and have seen enough users pix to know I kind kinda subdue sun a bit. In any case, I have the Rangers.

    1. I hate the Rangers giving you only 30sec of modeling light. Any Quadra users can speak about the LED modeling light? Does it stay on permanently? Bright enough to focus on the eyes while indoor studio?

    2. Profoto AcuteB - can it take a Skyport receiver?
    Any issues with mixing the Profoto 600B with two Elinchrom Ranger RX?
    I can only imagine something to do with flash durations....

    I am considering the AcuteB, despite being more expensive because:
    1. its 600ws
    2. I hear the modeling light is pretty bright, and can stay on.
    3. I'm curious about how Profoto light looks...

    While either of the two would be nice as a RangerRX-less option for backpacking, its not my main consideration. If something is important enough to shoot, I'll hire assistants to carry the load.

    I got a week to decide...any thoughts gratefully appreciated...

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    Re: Eli Quadra vs. Profoto AcuteB

    Yes, you can trigger the AcuteB with a skyport (you have to use the universal receiver). It also makes sense to get the AcuteAir and trigger the Ranger with an AirSync.

    It can all be done but you are pointing at what I believe is the achilles heel of all these systems, eg. the differences in wireless trigger systems.

    The LED pilot light of the Quadra can stay on and works fairly long. There are users that use the Quadra for video. I have never cared for the modelling light enough to put it through the paces.

    The modelling light of the Acute is pretty bright. Bright enough to focus.

    This image is done with an Acute plus Mola Demi and grid (at 30degrees celsius on the hottest and brightest day of the year sofar ); http://media.fotoapparatuur.nl/IG/79633.jpg

    The Acute with the standard glass dome is about 500degrees warmer in Kelvin than my Ranger was. You could get another dome to cope with that but I doubt you will really notice the difference. Flash duration is fairly similar between the 2, where the Ranger (& Quadra) have a slight edge over the Acute. They are all really fast though.

    You know what I think I have recently changed to Profoto completely. Both my Quadra sets have been sold BTW.

    Did another shoot on the beach today, I feel the Acute can cope with stuff like sand and abuse much better than the Quadra. I still hate getting sand everywhere...

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    Re: Eli Quadra vs. Profoto AcuteB

    Hi Dustbak,
    thanks, and for the image as well - nice strong mood coming out of the lighting.
    I already have two Ranger RX Speed AS and 4 A heads - so I guess going Skyport all the way makes sense.

    Roughly, the Quadra one head kit is cheaper than the new Lithium AcuteB kit by about US800. My thinking is:go for the Acute's extra 200W and especially, brighter LED (focusing with my eyesight is now an issue, and I'm not that advanced in age!).
    The Lithium battery's bigger charge and longer life is certainly a nice add-on.
    Certainly, this is why I hesitated on your obviously good deal on your Quadras...

    I suppose I also should investigate the Profoto quality of light for myself, and this would be a not too intensive way of doing it.
    I intend to use the Acute B as my main light (handheld on a boom, with a 27in. Deep Octa), as I shoot all location, and use the Rangers as background light.

    Guess I've talked myself into it...many thanks again...
    PS: as per your last statement - so the Quadra doesn't share the same toughness with dust and sand as the Ranger RX?

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    Re: Eli Quadra vs. Profoto AcuteB

    No the Ranger RX is definitely more rugged and more weather sealed than the Quadra. Another advantage of the Acute is the possibility to use the Elinchrom modifiers on your Profoto head via an adapter.

    I think the Rotalux softbox system is more pleasant to use than the Profoto system. Actually the Deep Octa 100cm, the Deep Octa 70cm & the Rotalux 135cm are basically the only Elinchrom things I have kept.

    The material of the Profoto boxes is thicker & sturdier than the Elinchrom boxes but the Rotalux system with the Elinchrom container bags is nicer than what Profoto uses.

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    Re: Eli Quadra vs. Profoto AcuteB

    just one last thing, if I may.
    not being lazy, just that internet connection here in this part of Africa's really dodgy.

    I'm with you on the Deep Octas - but I don't recall anything like egsshell crates or anything to narrow the light beam, or cut it up. I wish there was also a way to flag off the spread, w/c I could improvise with black card of blackwrap on the 27in Deep Octa..
    Basically, I like the softbox effect, or crispness, of the Octa, but want to narrow the falloff to just the subject...

    any suggestions from your experience?
    many thanks again...

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    Re: Eli Quadra vs. Profoto AcuteB

    Lighttools makes egg crates for the Elinchrom Octas. They are not cheap but from what I have been told by people that have used them they are of excellent quality.

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    Re: Eli Quadra vs. Profoto AcuteB

    Hi Ocarlo,
    I also considered the Profoto portable options, but decided on the Hensel 1200 lithium. They also have a 600 lithium that allows for 2 lights to be used on both units. For me that was the deciding factor. The weather sealing is fantastic, it's lightweight and can be carried all day using a boom pole. The EH mini heads are truly light weight and with the mains adapter can be used as a studio unit. I just did a shoot with the Hensel beauty dish on a camera car rig, and must say, that the way modifiers attach to the EH mini heads is very nice.
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    Re: Eli Quadra vs. Profoto AcuteB

    Hello to all,
    The Acute B2 AirS is my current flavour du jour! I love it. I was using a Ranger RX for the last year but It just got too heavy! One Ranger + One head + one Battery + Pocket wizards + cords Etc will make a case seriously HEAVY!
    Hey I love Eli, but sometimes I have to work alone. On those days, I just get lazy and take the speed lights. BAD BEHAVIOR!
    The B2 is light, the battery weighs very little, the light works great and Eli makes an adapter to Profoto. I switched and now I take the B2 everywhere. The light is a little warmer, and I am getting back to harder lighting techniques.
    It's a journey, make it yours.


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    Re: Eli Quadra vs. Profoto AcuteB

    Hi Giorgio,
    thanks for the input. I am indeed halfway in the door, and just need to get Stateside in a few days. The Lithium battery is new so I don't expect to see anyone selling used for a while.
    If I may, how's the modelling light for you? Is it much brighter than the Ranger's?
    How do you trigger bothe Eli and AcuteB?
    Just came off a shoot with my Rangers in a dark storehouse, and its really irritating
    how fudgy the Skyport button to turn on the modelling light is. I often end up adding more power and walking to the pack to reset it.
    Kinda weird I guess that my main consideration is a modelling light for focus.
    cheers.

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    Re: Eli Quadra vs. Profoto AcuteB

    Hi Johnny,
    I chose not to think about Hensel. its bad enough having to dip one's toe into
    another system.
    For the same reason, the cost was not justifiable yet.
    I imagine the AcuteB can also run off mains power.
    thanks for the thought, though. I'll probably still end up giving it a thought
    when I walk into Adorama. cheers.

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    Re: Eli Quadra vs. Profoto AcuteB

    You do know that there currently is an offer of an AcuteB2Air with a free head (in the form of a Kit that also comes with a bag & Airsync)? It ends at the 31st of July.

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    Re: Eli Quadra vs. Profoto AcuteB

    Hi Ocarlo,

    Those are good points. I had many Hensel modifiers, so that in fact, did sway my decision a tad. The Profoto is a fantastic light with really good support and rental studios. I think when using mains power you get substantially more modeling light (watts) too. The way Profoto modifiers attach is strong and reliable and obviously, adapters for the deep octa.

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    Re: Eli Quadra vs. Profoto AcuteB

    Johnnny, I have also the Porty L1200 and love the design and also the heads (Pro Mini with 650W Modeling light). But I have some issues with the power setting. For example: When I set 4.0 on the Geni and measure f 4,0 on the light meter, then I have to go to 5.6 instead of 5.0 (10 x 1/10f) to become f5,6 (6/10f to much)... Do you have a light meter? Could you check it for me? Is your more precise? Thanks! rem

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    Re: Eli Quadra vs. Profoto AcuteB

    IWAS THINKING FO GOING PROFOTO Till I talked tot he repair guys at Flash Clinic. Who told me that the parts for profoto are expensive and support goes away way too fast for older equipment.

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    Re: Eli Quadra vs. Profoto AcuteB

    Quote Originally Posted by rem View Post
    Johnnny, I have also the Porty L1200 and love the design and also the heads (Pro Mini with 650W Modeling light). But I have some issues with the power setting. For example: When I set 4.0 on the Geni and measure f 4,0 on the light meter, then I have to go to 5.6 instead of 5.0 (10 x 1/10f) to become f5,6 (6/10f to much)... Do you have a light meter? Could you check it for me? Is your more precise? Thanks! rem
    Hi rem,

    Yes, I'll check on that. Were you using your reading on "spot", when taking the measurement?

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    Hi Johnny, I measured the flash with the whit calotte from the Sekonic 358, from subject against the light. Not a spotmeasure...
    Thanks Johnny and greetings from Berlin, rem

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    Hi rem,

    First, I would try taking a measurement from a particular scene with your light meter. Remember that at 4.0 on the L1200 equals 18 J or joules, which is the amount of energy expended and not an F stop reading - also the lowest power setting for the L1200.

    Take a measurement with a set ISO and shutter speed, using your particular set-up. Let's say you get 5.6 using an incident reading on your meter, without changing anything other than the light output, press the double arrow button to increase the power by 1 f stop (double arrow increases 1 f stop and single arrow increases by 1/10 f stop.) Check your meter to indicate a 1 f stop increase in power to f/8.0. In other words, use whatever setting and reading as a base and adjust from there. You should get accurate results with known variables.

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    Yes Johnny, thats what I made, just with the 1/10 increases. When I switched from 4 to 5, then I have only 1/2 f more, instead of one. Now, in about 2 weeks they change the Porty and the Expert D 1000 (another failure). The limit what Hensel say is a tolerance from 2/10 f.
    lg, rem

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    Hi rem,
    please explain what you mean about changing the porty, i'm curious.

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    Re: Eli Quadra vs. Profoto AcuteB

    Johnny, they change the (my) Porty L1200 unit with another one, where the spec should be ok (max. 2/10 f difference in Power setting).
    rem

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    Re: Eli Quadra vs. Profoto AcuteB

    Dustbak,

    btw, late thanks for the heads up! I caught Adorama at the last second, and they graciously held the free head offer for me - in fact, I'm only now picking up the kit today. it helped, i'm sure, that i'd gotten two Ranger kits from them before...

    Question to all: it seems there is no hood for the 27in deep octa that can narrow the light spread. Might be a silly question but, Is it possible to use the profoto zoom reflector attached while using an adapter and the Elinchrom deep octa? Or, can one attach a reflector to a profoto head AFTER its on an Eli adapter? then i could do a blackwrap workaround.

    The obvious retort would be: why not just use a Profoto zoom reflector and soften it up? but then I'd lose that wraparound coverage too...

    What I'm trying to get at: a fashion-y light on a subject, in an environment, that somewhere in between a mere fill light and bringing the background down too much - hence, my need to control spill?

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    Re: Eli Quadra vs. Profoto AcuteB

    No, you cannot put a Profoto modifier on a light when the Eli adapter is on (the adapter takes the place of the modifier).

    What you want to achieve could be done by using a Mola Demi with the dedicated grid. You want the portability though AFAIK, in which case I would suggest getting the 100cm deep Octa and get the Lighttools grid.

    You can also contact Lighttools to find out if they plan on making a grid for the 70cm deep Octa. The 70cm is relatively new, it might be that they have one in the planning.

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    Re: Eli Quadra vs. Profoto AcuteB

    rem,

    Check the voltage going through your unit to make sure the power distribution is rated at Hensel specs. Also, check your meter, sometimes meters can be off as much as 2 stops!

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