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Elinchrom BRX 500 Monolight

B&H # ELBRX500 MFR # EL 20441.1
Elinchrom BRX 500 Monolight

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Product Highlights

  • 500W/s Monolight
  • Multi-voltage: 90-260VAC
  • Built-in 8 Channel Skyport Receiver
  • Recycling: 0.34 - 1.45 Sec.
  • Short Flash Duration: 1/1,558 @ 115V
  • Flash Variation Range: 5.0 Stops
  • Proportionate Modeling Lamp
  • Optional Computer Control
  • Optional iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch Control
  • Pre-flash Detector System
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You Pay: $534.41

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The Elinchrom BRX 500 Monolight is packed with professional and convenience features you'd expect from a company of Elinchrom's caliber. Forget about tripping over PC cords. Although this head accepts one, it also has a built-in EL-Skyport Receiver with eight frequency channels that can handle four distinct groups of flashes. The optional transmitter not only allows you to trigger your flash at distances up to 393' but gives you control of power, on/off, modeling light functions and Speed Sync activation. Free software for Mac and PC computers is available with the transmitter, adding additional features such as Flash-Delay for strobing effects. Add an optional USB Wi-Fi module for computer control. You can even use specially designed apps that allow full remote control via your for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

The BRX 500 offers very fast recycling rates of 0.34- 1.45 seconds @ 115V with action-stopping flash durations of 1/1,558 sec. The auto-sensing, multi-voltage BRX 500 recognizes any AC power source from 90-260VAC, allowing you to use it anywhere in the world. Note: The head ships with a 115V modeling lamp. Swap it out for use in a nominal 230V environment.

The Facts
  • Built-in EL-Skyport receiver for triggering
  • 8 Frequency channels with 4 groups
  • EL-Skyport Speed Sync mode for synchronization up to a 1/320 sec. on enabled SLR cameras
  • Pre-flash detector system to enable the use of BRX with speedlights
  • Visual Flash Confirmation option. The modeling lamp comes on to confirm the flash has been triggered
  • Proportional, maximum, minimum and independent adjustment of the modeling lamp
  • Variable f-stop steps: 1/1, 5/10, 4/10, 3/10, 2/10 or 1/10 steps are available
  • Programmable ready beep function
  • Power Auto-dump
  • Automatic temperature controlled ventilation
  • Action flashtube for sharper images
  • Multi-voltage auto-detection: 90-260VAC (excluding modeling lamp)
  • 5V sync socket for maximum protection of digital cameras
  • High impact resistant body shell
  • Accessory bayonet allowing the complete range of light modifiers
  • Rubberized handgrip with built-in fuse storage
  • Enhancements
  • Take full control of your units settings with the EL-Skyport App for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch via the optional Wi-Fi module
  • Additional features such as Flash-Delay for strobing effects are available with the EL-Skyport Software
  • Firmware update option
  • Improved electronics for better performance
  • Maximum Watt/Seconds 500
    Guide Number f/90 @ 3.3' (1.0 m) @ ISO 100, 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 Full power @ t0.5: 1/1,558 sec.
    1/2 Power @ t0.5: 1/1,395 sec.
    Color Temperature 5,410K
    Flash Variability 5.0 f/stops: 1/16 - 1/1 (31 - 500W/s)
    User Replaceable Flashtube Yes
    Changeable Reflector Yes
    Modeling Light Wattage 100W
    Voltage Stabilization Yes, +/- 0.5%
    Flash Ready Indicator Ready light, Switchable audible beep, dimming while recycling
    Operating Voltage 90-260VAC, 50/60Hz
    Sync Voltage 5.0VDC
    Triggering Sync cord, optical slave, built-in Skyport receiver
    Receiver range: up to 393' (120 m) outdoors, 131' (40 m) indoors
    Circuit Protection Fuse
    Fan Cooled Yes
    Auto Dump Yes
    Dimensions 10.24 x 7.5 x 5.5" (26 x 19 x 14 cm)
    Weight 5.5 lb (2.5 kg)

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    ElinchromBRX 500 Monolight
     
    4.8

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (7)
    • Good power output (6)
    • Good color value (5)
    • Attaches securely (3)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (7)
      • Indoors (6)
      • General purpose (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

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      5.0

      Great!

      By Sarah

      from Richmond, VA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Elinchrom BRX 500 Monolight:

          I love these strobes. I do, however, recommend buying NEW. I went through 2 used strobes from B&H and neither were great (one wouldn't fire consistently and the other was damaged). Scott Kelby recommends these strobes and I do love them! Glad I took his recommendation.

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          5.0

          Luces versátiles

          By JPA01

          from Quito,Ecuador.

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Color Value
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Portraits

            Comments about Elinchrom BRX 500 Monolight:

            fácil de usar y con facilidades de manejo a distancia.

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            • No

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            5.0

            A+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

            By JR

            from Sneedville, TN

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Elinchrom BRX 500 Monolight:

              Great strobe that is so simple to use and setup. Taking better photos as a result of this purchase.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Elinchrom Perfect student lighting

              By Checko

              from Las Vegas

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Elinchrom BRX 500 Monolight:

                Elinchrom lighting has been a part of my personal equipment for over 10 years. As a professional photographer, I love the ability & portablility to have such a powerful unit. I have enjoyed the Elicnhrom BRX 500 so much I decided to purchase these units for the lighting class I teach at the university. There are a few models out ther that are much more affordable but if you're looking for quality and not quantity, Elinchrom emits that standard.

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                4.0

                Great light!

                By jovanni

                from San Mateo, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Good Color Value
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Elinchrom BRX 500 Monolight:

                  I have 3 of these lights for my headshot business. They all work great. I haven't had any issues as of yet. I bought the kit then a extra one. They are easy to use and easy to setup.

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                  4.0

                  An great studio light

                  By JackThe7th

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Confusing Interface
                  • Runs Hot
                  • Speed Ring System

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Elinchrom BRX 500 Monolight:

                  We have 5 of these for our studio. 500W is more than enough light for any situation we have come across thus far. These are very well designed studio lights, and it's especially great that they have built in skyport receivers, which is a fantastic wireless flash system. The only thing I'm not a huge fan of is there speed rings, and light modifier systems. There are a real pain in the butt to get setup. I know a lot of others like the speed ring system, so maybe I'm doing something wrong, but all of the light modifiers made for elinchrom that I buy are such a pain to assemble. Comes with nice long power cables, and I appreciate that they use standard power cable inputs so that they can connect to battery packs made by other manufactuers, rather than having to go with some proprietary system. They are a little too big to be used out in the field though, these are strictly studio lights imo, but that's why they have the quadra line. Just wish the quadras put out more than 400w, because in the field there are situations where I would need more power than that.

                  The modeling lights are really fragile and proprietary so you can't just go buy any light, you basically have to order them, at least I have to in Los Angeles because no one carries Elinchrom products around here, it's either Profoto or Paul C Buff. So I bought like 15 of them for backup supply. I broke 2 of them in one photo shoot, and that was just moving the lights around.

                  Recycle time is very fast even at full power. the sound that goes off to let you know that the lights are ready is very annoying, kinda wish they had a slightly different tone to them that wasn't so harsh. But at least you're not going to be wondering whether or not they are ready! They are plenty loud enough...

                  The back panel could be better, it's a pretty clumsy interface. You actually have to read the manual to even know how to use these lights, because otherwise the controls make no logical sense whatsoever. But once you get it figured out you're good to go.

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                  5.0

                  good reliable light

                  By pdub

                  from S.F. CA.

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Elinchrom BRX 500 Monolight:

                    Recently needed a third brx 500 and it's performed as expected right out of the box~

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    As advertised

                    By Abuelo

                    from Washington DC

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Elinchrom BRX 500 Monolight:

                      These do everything they should. I use two of them as the core lighting in my studio and have encountered no problems at all. Get the El-Skyport Transmitter to control them.

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