Elinchrom Introduces the Lengthy-Awaited ELB 1200


A lot of the new moveable flash items launched previously few years have been 200-600Ws strobes. Not many producers determined to guess on highly effective packs. They appear to focus closely on HS, HSS, TTL, or just lighter items as a substitute. Nevertheless, there are photographers who require energy and Elinchrom listened to them. The ELB 1200 just isn’t with out reminding us of the ageing Ranger RX, however they solely share the facility output, the model title, and only a few options. The Elinchrom ELB 1200 is a brand new product in itself and one which motion photographers will love indubitably.

The Ranger RX was a particularly strong and highly effective unit used and appreciated by fairly just a few photographers. Though it was heavy and never fairly, it acquired the work finished. With the ELB 1200, Elinchrom saved the robustness and the excessive energy output however designed a extra refined and polished product. Identical to all of the moveable items conceived by the Swiss flash producer, the ELB 1200 is a mix of a pack and heads.

The Pack

The ELB 1200 pack weighs about half what the Ranger RX did. It’s simply over 9lbs, battery included, making it one of many lightest moveable packs providing over 1000Ws. Though the unit is lighter and smaller, customers gained’t should compromise on the specs:

  • Energy vary of eight.5 f-stops, adjustable in 1/10th
  • Energy distribution in both 2:1 or 1:1 ratio
  • 1.7 seconds recycling time at full energy in Quick mode (three seconds in Default)
  • Dimmable Modeling lamp, all the best way down to five%
  • As much as 215 flashes at full energy with the default Air battery, or 400 with the elective HD Battery (zero.8lbs heavier)
  • Energy stability of +/- zero.03 %

The Heads

Following the steps of the ELB 400 line, the ELB 1200 vary will carry three totally different heads: Professional, Hello-Sync (HS), and Motion. Every is designed with a particular use in thoughts. The Professional is essentially the most versatile of all. It doesn’t have the quick flash period of the Motion head (as much as 1/5050s vs. 1/8850s), however it’ll be sufficient for many photographers except they completely must freeze motion. Wherein case, the Motion head is the only option out of the three. The Hello-Sync head is tailor-made to work with the Hello-Sync mode accessible with the Skyport HS. It has an extended flash period than conventional strobes in order that the sync is less complicated and works completely as much as 1/8000s.

The good information is the modeling lamp. It’s an LED mild, with a CRI score of 92 and it’s dimmable all the best way down to five% of its most energy. The LED is a 50W lamp, 250W halogen equal, or 4000 Lumens if you happen to desire and it’s daylight balanced. Even higher but, Elinchrom realized its customers would love to make use of it as a video mild and so they added a change on the heads to show off the fan when wanted. The default Air battery is rated for 80 minutes of steady lighting, whereas the elective HD battery will last as long as 120 minutes.

On paper, the Elinchrom ELB 1200 appears to be like very interesting. No definitive pricing was given, nevertheless present Ranger RX or Free Fashion items customers might be given a particular rebate. The ELB 1200 might be accessible mid-2017. Within the meantime, Elinchrom requested journey photographer Tristan Shu to take one of many unit and create one thing distinctive. The behind the scenes is sort of refreshing and value a glance!

If you wish to learn extra about this loopy photograph shoot and see the ensuing photos, head over to Tristan Shu’s interview on Elinchrom’s website.

For extra info relating to the ELB 1200, go to the official product’s page.

What do you guys consider this new Elinchrom product? I personally can’t wait to have it in my arms and provides it a attempt. I’m at the moment utilizing a Broncolor Move L 1200 to jot down a overview for you and I feel it might be extraordinarily attention-grabbing to see how they examine. However I suppose we should wait a bit longer earlier than we are able to do this. Do you assume Elinchrom took the correct path not together with TTL within the unit? Is a 1200Ws strobe one thing you’d purchase or do you favor smaller and lighter flashes?