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Elinchrom BRX 500 Monolight

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Elinchrom BRX 500 Monolight

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Expected availability: Mid February 2016

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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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
  • UPC: 719821354598
    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)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.0 x 8.4 x 7.3"

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    ElinchromBRX 500 Monolight
     
    4.5

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (10)
    • Good power output (9)
    • Good color value (7)
    • Long-lasting (5)
    • Attaches securely (4)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (10)
    • Indoors (9)
    • General purpose (6)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (6), Semi-pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (12)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    An great studio light

    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...Read complete review

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not impressed, I'm switching brands!

    I'm long overdue for an upgrade to my Elinchrom D-Lite kit and decided to slowly upgrade to the BRX 500's but I actually felt compelled to return this item. The mounting was course...Read complete review

    I'm long overdue for an upgrade to my Elinchrom D-Lite kit and decided to slowly upgrade to the BRX 500's but I actually felt compelled to return this item. The mounting was course and difficult to lock and still had a tough time holding my up my $ beauty dish, I was praying the whole time I shot with it that it wouldn't fall off (it did a couple times). I've made the painstaking decision to upgrade and switch to Profoto. Elinchrom has excellent modifiers but they need to get it together w/ ther monolights!

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    5.0

    Lots o power

    By Mazy dog

    from Portland oregon

    Comments about Elinchrom BRX 500 Monolight:

    Love it!!! More power than I could ever use for my photography. Will buy more in the future.

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    5.0

    Great Light

    By MR MSTR

    from Port St Lucie, Fla.

    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
      • Night Time
      • Portraits
      • Special Events

      Comments about Elinchrom BRX 500 Monolight:

      A pleasure to use. Easy to operate and control. Synchs with my Nikon system up to 1/250 sec.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Not impressed, I'm switching brands!

      By Kev

      from Tuscaloosa AL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Weak

        Best Uses

          Comments about Elinchrom BRX 500 Monolight:

          I'm long overdue for an upgrade to my Elinchrom D-Lite kit and decided to slowly upgrade to the BRX 500's but I actually felt compelled to return this item. The mounting was course and difficult to lock and still had a tough time holding my up my $ beauty dish, I was praying the whole time I shot with it that it wouldn't fall off (it did a couple times). I've made the painstaking decision to upgrade and switch to Profoto. Elinchrom has excellent modifiers but they need to get it together w/ ther monolights!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent upgrade from the D-lite 400

          By Vince

          from Yokosuka Japan

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors
            • Portraits

            Comments about Elinchrom BRX 500 Monolight:

            I have been using the D-lite 400 RX strobes for portrait and product shoots. I bought this light when it went on sale at B&H to see if it there was a major difference between the two and if it made sense to upgrade. I am definitely going to slowly upgrade my D-lites with the BRX 500. It has a more robust build quality and the power is superior, as would be expected.

            I found that if I use just one light for a shoot, the 500 is far better, I am able to use just one light more often than with the 400s. Used as a main light for portraits, it has a a greater range of stops so I am able to tweak the lighting for a better exposure. I use the d-lites for the background, hair lights and fill lights and it works well. I will eventually replace all of my d-lights with this model, but it makes an excellent addition to the D-lights and if you are still building up your studio strobe collection, adding one or two of these will increase your options for lighting. I live in Japan and the voltage range was a big seller for me since I wanted to get the same quality of light using Japan's 100/50 electric system. Also, for travel to places that use 220v, this works for that also with the need for a converter.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent Studio & Location Strobe

            By Mdc

            from Boyds, MD

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Portraits
              • Special Events

              Comments about Elinchrom BRX 500 Monolight:

              I just purchased another two of these units, now I have 6. They have been very dependable, well built and I use them in both my studio as well as on location for weddings, green screen etc. Have run them using the power cord and using the Photogenic ion lithium battery packs.

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              • No

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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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                  • No

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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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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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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~

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • 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.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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