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Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC)

B&H # ELBXRI500 Mfr # EL 20461.1
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Product Highlights
  • 500 Ws
  • Built-in EL Skyport Receiver
  • Multi-voltage (90-260V)
  • Eye-Cell Flash Sync

Building on the solid foundation of the RX, Elinchrom introduces the BXRi series. The Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight is robotically manufactured, making possible extreme precision, light weight and the addition of computer chips for software implementation. Decoding the Ri designation, the R indicates remote operation capability, while the "i" stands for Eye-cell. 

A Skyport EL receiver is now built-in, meaning not only remote, wireless triggering regardless of obstructions, at distances up to 394 feet, but also powering up and down or on and off with complete control of the modeling light. Eye-Cell is particularly handy when using the BXRi with the on-board optical slave to sync cameras with pre-flash or red-eye function. The photographer simply programs the number of pre-flashes specific to the camera or lets the BX 500 Ri do it automatically.

Flash duration is an extremely fast 1/1558 sec., capable of freezing action without blur. Of course, that would be academic if your strobe didn't recycle fast enough to keep up with the energy on the shoot. Elinchrom has that covered with recycling times of 1.45 sec. @ full power.

Purchasing a BXRi monohead gives you the key to one of the most extensive arrays of reflectors and light-shaping tools available, including the legendary Octa bank. Additionally, virtually every independent manufacturer of light modifiers makes Elinchrom compatible products. A reflector is not included with this head.

Using your gear abroad can sometimes be problematic but BX 500 Ri is a world-citizen, accommodating power requirements from 90-260V via auto-detection circuitry. Now you can avoid the hassles and uncertainty of overseas rental, while bringing Elinchrom quality along wherever the job is.

Built-in El Skyport radio receiver enables non-line-of-sight flash triggering at distances up to 394 feet (120 meters) and complete control of the unit including powering up or down and modeling light
Fully compatible with Elinchrom's extensive line of reflectors and lightbanks
The length of the flash-ready beep can be customized within a 70 to 490 m/s range
Rubberized grip handle with high-impact, robust body shell and temperature-controlled fan
Maximum Watt/Seconds 500
Guide Number f/90 @ 1m @ ISO 100, 1/250, with 48° Reflector
Recycle Time 115V:1.45 sec @ full power, 0.34 sec @ min power
230V:1.13 sec @ full power, 0.36 sec @ min power
Flash Duration 1/1558 sec
Flash Variability 5 f/stops: 31 - 500 Ws
User Replaceable Flashtube Yes
Changeable Reflector Yes
Modeling Light Wattage 100W
Voltage Stabilization Yes, +/- .5%
Flash Ready Indicator Ready Light/Open Flash, Switchable Audible Beep
Operating Voltage 90-260VAC, 50/60Hz
Sync Voltage 5VDC
Built-in Slave Cell Yes
Circuit Protection 2.5A AGC Modeling Lamp Fuse, 8A AGC Flashtube Fuse
Fan Cooled Yes
Auto Dump Yes
Dimensions 10.24 x 7.5 x 5.5" (25 x 19 x 14 cm)
Weight 4.5 lbs (2.6kg)
Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC)
  • Modeling Lamp - 100 watts/90 volts - for EL250, EL250C
  • Sync Cord
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Note:Reflector is not included.

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    ElinchromStyle BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC)
     
    4.8

    (based on 38 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (31)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good power output (28)
    • Durable (23)
    • Good color value (18)
    • Attaches securely (13)
    • Attach securely (11)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors (27)
      • General purpose (20)
      • Portraits (16)
      • Outdoor events / games (13)
      • Outdoors (11)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (19), Pro photographer (11), Photo enthusiast (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (33)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Simply Wonderful!

      I am a new professional photographer - meaning I just opened my first studio, and this is my first set of studio strobes. I literally glanced at the quick reference card after mounting the...Read complete review

      I am a new professional photographer - meaning I just opened my first studio, and this is my first set of studio strobes. I literally glanced at the quick reference card after mounting the strobes on my light stands. I began shooting my first photos within minutes, and after only a few minor adjustments began getting incredible images.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      BEWARE

      These units are not compatible with Elinchrom's USB transceiver. This means that you cannot use this device and Elinchrom's software to determine or change the current strobes status. Only the RX units can...Read complete review

      These units are not compatible with Elinchrom's USB transceiver. This means that you cannot use this device and Elinchrom's software to determine or change the current strobes status. Only the RX units can transmit. As one who finds it very difficult climbing ladders or getting down to floor mounted units, the lack of this capability is a real bummer. The use of Elinchrom's silly user interface on their transmitter is no substitute.Further, the user interface of the strobe via the buttons is exceptionally poor: highly model with timeouts; layered modes; buttons are hard to push reliably when one is also holding the unit. Lastly, the Elinchrom mounting ring are very difficult to mount and unmount on the front of the unit (I haven't tried lubricant yet).

      Reviewed by 38 customers

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      5.0

      Great

      By Lac

      from Lowell IN

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Lightweight
      • Long-Lasting
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Low Light
        • Portraits
        • Too Soon To Tell

        Comments about Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC):

        Nice and easy on first try! Well worth price!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great product

        By Charles

        from Nashville Tennessee

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Good Color Value
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits
          • Special Events

          Comments about Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC):

          1. Semi-Pro use
          2. The light works well.
          3. The design of the light is will ahead of others.
          4. Recommend this product to others.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great light

          By Bob

          from BC Canada

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors
            • Outdoors
            • Portraits

            Comments about Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC):

            Very easy to operate, great control from speed port trigger, and love the variable modeling lamp!

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            • No

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            5.0

            i would buy this product again

            By azabache

            from mexico city, mexico

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight
            • Long lasting
            • Long-Lasting
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Espcial Events
              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Outdoor
              • Outdoors
              • Portraits
              • Special Events

              Comments about Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC):

              Bx500 is an extraordinariy item. I find it very handy to use as all of the Elinchrom items.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Very easy to use !

              By Kurt

              from Montreal,CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Low Light
                • Night Time
                • Portraits

                Comments about Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC):

                Bought these to use with Elinchrom soft boxes and they're fabulous. Only thing I noticed was that the back control plate panel easily unglued in a cold garage shoot I was doing - Like literally popped off until the light head warmed up and I could stick it back on. Felt that this was a design flaw. They would've been better opting for glue with more of a temperature range and perhaps a control panel cover plate that also snaps into place. These might not be the better choice for people whom live in a colder climate and plan to use these on location where temperatures drop to below 15 degrees centigrade. These are light weight and transport quite easily. Three of these combined with an Octa, Recta box and a beauty dish should cover all the bases. With the right carry bags you really won't need an assistant.

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                5.0

                Versatile, Compact, Powerfull

                By Avi

                from Los Gatos, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC):

                  Got turned on to these through Kelby's workshops. This light delivers. Highly recommended.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Love It

                  By Reflections Inc

                  from MD

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Good Color Value
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Portraits
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC):

                    Great Product!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Relly nice

                    By Dave

                    from Salt Lake City, UT

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Portraits
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC):

                      I love these lights. They're so versatile and have many super features. When linked the Elinchrom skyport transmitter it makes for a fantastic setup. I love being able to change the flash level and which flash heads fore by remote.

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                      5.0

                      A Must Have.

                      By DG

                      from Orlando, FL

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Lightweight
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Low Light
                        • Night Time
                        • Outdoors
                        • Portraits
                        • Special Events

                        Comments about Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC):

                        I use this in studio and on location shooting. Modeling light is great. Easy to use.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Great quality light

                        By Nelson

                        from Killeen, Tx

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors
                          • Low Light
                          • Night Time
                          • Portraits
                          • Special Events

                          Comments about Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC):

                          This light will not disappoint. Im a photography student who recently upgraded my strobes. Could not be any more content. Despite the fact that I received a bad unit, B&H demonstrated great hassle free customer service and exchanged the product immediately.

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          I would buy this product again

                          By Jefry

                          from Las Vegas

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Beautiful Light
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to set up
                          • Good Color Value
                          • Good price value
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                          • NONE

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Low Light
                          • Night Time
                          • Outdoors
                          • Portraits
                          • Special Events

                          Comments about Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC):

                          I use this product for Fashion shoots, Head Shots, On Location shots, Shoot stills, Shoot family Portraits, Hair Shoots,

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Elinchrom has produced a great Light

                          By Jefry

                          from Las Vegas

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Does the job
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to set up
                          • Good Color Value
                          • Good price value
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                          • NONE

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Glamour
                          • Indoors
                          • Low Light
                          • Night Time
                          • Outdoors
                          • Portraits
                          • Special Events

                          Comments about Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC):

                          I use this product shooting Portraits and food for clients
                          This Product is great so far

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          BEWARE

                          By 2much2carry

                          from Monterey, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                          • Modifier mount
                          • Poor user interface
                          • Timeout of selected modes

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC):

                          These units are not compatible with Elinchrom's USB transceiver. This means that you cannot use this device and Elinchrom's software to determine or change the current strobes status. Only the RX units can transmit. As one who finds it very difficult climbing ladders or getting down to floor mounted units, the lack of this capability is a real bummer. The use of Elinchrom's silly user interface on their transmitter is no substitute.Further, the user interface of the strobe via the buttons is exceptionally poor: highly model with timeouts; layered modes; buttons are hard to push reliably when one is also holding the unit. Lastly, the Elinchrom mounting ring are very difficult to mount and unmount on the front of the unit (I haven't tried lubricant yet).

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great product

                          By Tim S.

                          from Irvington, NY

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Fast Recycle
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC):

                            I use this to shoot all of my headshots and product shots. Great light output and recycle time.

                            Would recommend,

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                            • No

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                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Love the flash hate the packaging

                            By Photocop

                            from New Braunfels, Texas

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Good Color Value
                            • Lightweight
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                            • Flimsy
                            • Poor packaging

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC):

                            After one studio shoot I can say I think these will be my go-to flash units. Sadly when I received one of the two flash units, I found one of them was damaged as the tilt head lever was sheared off at the base of the lever. The modeling bulb was also damaged. I believe the damage was caused by poor packaging for shipment. Sadly, I did not check each item in the shipment within two days so I am saddled with the repairs. The other unit worked great so i give the performance a 5 star rating, but the packaging and durability a 2 star - leaving an overall of 3 stars.

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                            5.0

                            Great Light

                            By Shriyan

                            from FL

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Good Color Value
                            • Long-Lasting
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC):

                              Very good light, constant color temp.

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                              • No

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Just what I was looking for!

                              By Ranski

                              from Shawnee, KS

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attach Securely
                              • Good Color Value

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Outdoors

                                Comments about Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC):

                                I was looking to take the next step with my lighting and these lights fit the bill, while not inexpensive, they are a great value for the quality you get. Probably the most valuable feature for me is the integrated wireless triggers as I very rarely have an assistant on shoots. I can now adjust power setting without leaving my shooting position.

                                The controls on the rear of the light are well organized as is the menu structure.

                                I would recommend this product.

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                                5.0

                                Great product and set up is easy.

                                By Victor987

                                from San Francisco

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC):

                                    Took Scott Kelby's suggestion and purchased 3 of these strobes along with the Skyport transmitter and couldn't be happier. Basically everything works right out of the box, just attach the transmitter to your camera hot shoe, turn it to "on", do the same with the strobes after attaching them to stands and hit the shutter on your camera and you will have your first strobe fired picture. I attended Scott Kelby's "Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it" presentation which is touring the USA and purchased the same equipment Scott used on stage. Make all your lighting adjustments right from the transmitter without moving an inch. Great product. Great service from B&H.

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                                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Simply Wonderful!

                                    By Steve

                                    from Lake Charles, LA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC):

                                          I am a new professional photographer - meaning I just opened my first studio, and this is my first set of studio strobes. I literally glanced at the quick reference card after mounting the strobes on my light stands. I began shooting my first photos within minutes, and after only a few minor adjustments began getting incredible images.

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Exactly what I was looking for

                                          By Mike O.

                                          from Lewistown, IL

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Attach Securely
                                          • Durable
                                          • Good Color Value
                                          • Powerful

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • General Use
                                            • Indoors

                                            Comments about Elinchrom Style BX 500 Ri Compact MonoLight (90-260VAC):

                                            I am fairly new to photography and when I was looking to build a studio, I was looking to do it on the cheap (inexpensive) but what I got was cheap (quality of light). Then I stumbled across these bad boys (thanks Scott Kelby!) and needless to say it is like Field of Dreams in my studio! The quality of my studio pictures have increased so much that more and more people are hiring me! (If you build it, they will come).

                                            Being able to control my strobes wirelessly from my camera is a huge pro and the amount of great attachments (softboxes, grids, etc.) makes the possibilities endless.

                                            Don't hesitate to pick these up...they are more than worth it!

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