Elinchrom Ranger Quadra AS – Mine!

Ranger Quadra test

I bought myself a new toy yesterday – Always been a “natural” light fan and using reflectors if light wasn’t to my liking. Now I decided to become more pro and at least give a flash system a try. I waited for the “right” weight for quite some time and finally Elinchrom made what I needed. A battery packed – light weight – two guns – small – asymmetric (25 – 400W on one and 8 – 135W on the other with an impressive 1/6000s) and it also have this 20w LED help light that works well. It’s sooo tiny. The batt pack itself weight only about 3.4KG and it’s good for 150 full power flashes. Oh well.. I tried it yesterday and will use it on thursday for the first real assignment where I need it.

I’m thinking now that I might wanna get one of those light meters. I never became friend with one before, I tried several times but somethings missing in my way of handling it. My own method does take some time and it’s not very pro. Test, test, test, look at histogram, test, done.

Ranger Quadra test Ranger Quadra test
For the above shot I use only the LED to see how well it works. Think I might use that for future videos.

About Carl Rytterfalk

Welcome to my blog! I'm Carl Rytterfalk, a swedish photographer who loves everything that is interesting in the world of photography. In 2002 I fell in love with the three layered Foveon sensor and has since then been an addicted user of Sigma cameras. Though I use Canon and Nikon as well. :)
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8 Responses to Elinchrom Ranger Quadra AS – Mine!

  1. Pedro says:

    Good evening to you Carl

    and congratulations for your new stuff :)

    I never used to take flash photography, maybe perhaps because I feel to shy to take portrait photo… but I always asked myself a question without ever finding an easy answer…

    I’ve already seen flash set on a photo studio being sync with the photograph camera without being wired to it, by this I say there was no physical wire(s) between the flash and the camera but they seem to work together… have you ever seen it ? how does this work ? is yours of this kind ?

    I know it is a lot of questions but really curious since that time about this :)

    Cheers

    Pedro

  2. Yes, mine is of this kind. It’s a little radio controlled trigger that mine has built in and as you see on my latest post I have that little thing in the DP2´s hot shoe called Skyport and with that I control the power of the flash (individually too if I use two heads or more) – it’s very cool and makes life so much easier. So my new toy is both wireless (battery driven) and wireless (no connection to camera).

  3. Pedro says:

    Thank you a lot for your fast answer Carl…

    you made me now interested in it a lot although I still have a long way to go before knowing my sd14 as my other film cameras and second, trying to put my people photography shyness away which is a bit more difficult I think and then I maybe merit it…(the same feeling I have with guitars… I love Gibson’s tones and Lespauls but I can’t play well enough to obtain morally the right to buy one for the moment…)

    and oh yes… is the Skyport sigma specific ? or standard flash entry plug ?

    Thanks a lot again Carl

    Cheers to you

    Pedro

  4. Landor says:

    Hi Carl,

    I’ve got some Studio Flash Elinchrom 600W Heads, no trouble with my other camera a Sony R1, but on the DP2 struggling to get a correct exposure. Are you putting the camera into manual and adjusting shutter and aperture individually? Maybe you are right a light meter is needed. also I’m seeing a lag between hitting the shutter button, the flash going off and the shutter / opening and closing. I’ve tried 60th and 125th. Can’t see much info in the handbook re using external flash. Sync speeds etc.

    I’ve also been looking at the Ranger, but was wondering about using the Skyport to control Nikon SB900’s? Elinchrom have a universal receiver that will trigger SB800/Sb900’d wondered if that would be even more portable than the Ranger? Possible more versatile?

    Landor

    • I do all flash photography in M mode – is there any other way? I never had a problem in the studio with any Sigma, DP1, DP2, SD9 etc… The DP1 / DP2 has a shutter type (forgot the name, leaf or something) that allows for faster shutter speed, it’s not bound by x-sync times. I can do 1/2000s if I need with flash.

  5. Peter says:

    Congrats on the new Quadra kit. I got mine a bit over a week ago. Enough power for the kind of work need them for, and I can use them with my speedlites and Pocket Wizard PlusII’s also……cool. The sexiest thing about the Quadra apart from the small size is the ability to change power levels from the Skyport in my hotshoe…..a real gosend for me.
    You can check out some stuff I’ve done with the Quadra here…>>
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mazzapix/

    Good luck to You.

  6. Thanks Peter, nice captures and also thanks for showing what’s possible with the power in question! It’s so much fun!

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