For power with fi­nesse and ver­sa­til­ity, the Elinchrom is bril­liant – and it’s great value, too

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The most glar­ing con­clu­sion from this group test is that stu­dio flash heads de­liver far greater il­lu­mi­na­tion and ver­sa­til­ity for the home stu­dio. And of all the flash heads on test, the Elinchrom D-Lite RX 4 de­liv­ers the best blend of plen­ti­ful power and ad­vanced fea­tures, at a very keen ask­ing price. The Bowens Gemini 500R flash head runs a close sec­ond to the Elinchrom and is cer­tainly stur­dily built, if a lit­tle on the heavy side. The In­ter­fit EX200 Ti is sur­pris­ingly pow­er­ful for a 200Ws head, and the op­tional Ti smart trig­ger is well worth the small ex­tra out­lay.

For con­stant light­ing, the Calumet and Man­frotto LED pan­els are more de­sir­able than the halo­gen heads. They give al­most as much il­lu­mi­na­tion as the halo­gen-based lamps (even though it’s far less in pho­to­graphic terms than any of the flash heads), but are far cooler-run­ning and re­quire much less elec­tri­cal power. The avail­abil­ity of op­tional bat­tery packs gives them an added bonus for light­weight por­ta­ble use, es­pe­cially when shoot­ing video as well as stills.

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