Elinchrom Studio Flash - a new chapter for me?
Well from small acorns! Just received the lowliest offering from Elinchrom, the D-Lite RX One (100ws) and I have to say that it's a rather nice little unit. Obviously based on its selling point it misses out on build quality, but it isn't so bad, re-cycle times are a bit long and I do miss there being a handle on the back for ease of adjustment when there is a 'brolly or softbox attached, but other than that I'm reasonably impressed. It has plenty of functionality inbuilt, indeed everything you'd expect these days; radio receiver (with group and frequency options) all the usual modelling light options (plus the ability to halve the output so it can stay proportional if you wanted to mix it with its bigger brother the RX Two) pre-flash elimination, modelling light or bleep confirmation (or both) of flash ready & so on. Now I'm not new to Elinchrom having used their heads plenty of times in the past but mostly the more upmarket Style or BRXi units as they used to be designated, so operationally there is nothing new to me, however one major change for the better is the new Skyport Plus transmitter - a whole league better than the its older iteration, albeit much larger!
I've now used this unit (D-Lite RX One) a couple of times now and still remain rather impressed, great colour consistency, easy to use and love the deflector set that can be fitted to the 7mm umbrella receptacle just below the flash tube. The new Skyport Plus trigger is really nice although it doesn't have the ability to control the modelling light like the older version, so still end up going over to the head, when say using a snoot and need to switch the modelling light off to reduce the heat generated.