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ElinchromRanger Free Lite A Flash Head
 
4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (8)
  • Reliable (8)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Easy to set up (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Strobe lighting (7)
  • Photography (6)
  • Portraits (6)
  • Weddings (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Head Happy

I have the Quadra RX kit, and though the lights are nice n light weight, they're not built to hold the larger 190 cm light bank or other large light modifiers. But, this...Read complete review

I have the Quadra RX kit, and though the lights are nice n light weight, they're not built to hold the larger 190 cm light bank or other large light modifiers. But, this head is sturdy enough to do so. I'm now using it with the Quadra and I feel much more at ease, more confident that the shoot will go well with no equipment failures. Works great! With the quadra, you'll need to purchase a cable adapter. Reliable is the key....

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great light, weak tilt mount

I bought this head off of a friend who mostly used the head with just the reflector and/or beauty dishes.. When it was time for me to use my 5 foot octa,...Read complete review

I bought this head off of a friend who mostly used the head with just the reflector and/or beauty dishes.. When it was time for me to use my 5 foot octa, the tilt bracket would just continually slip so the octa was pointed downwards.. I tightened the bracket so tight that that the knobby on the other side of the tilt handle popped off. Also, ditto on this thing holding my 6 foot parabolic umbrella. it's got the same problem and that metal umbrella mount seems like its going to snap. If you're only using small mods this head is great, I figured an $ head would do the job, but I was wrong.. I'm now selling the kit, biting the bullet and going with Profoto as I've never had a problem with a 5 foot octa on those heads..

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5.0

Elinchrom Excels

By Peak Moments

from SLC, UT

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Photography
  • Portraits
  • Strobe Lighting
  • Weddings

Comments about Elinchrom Ranger Free Lite A Flash Head:

Elinchrom, by all accounts, designs, engineers and manufactures the world's best battery powered lighting systems. Pro Photo and others are a distant second. Their light shaping systems are of equally high quality.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Weak

By Rob H.

from San Diego

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Consistent Light

Cons

  • Short Lifespan
  • Weak Build

Best Uses

    Comments about Elinchrom Ranger Free Lite A Flash Head:

    I can't complain about the performance of the light itself. However, the build quality is junk. Really disappointed in the strength of this thing. Produces great light, but it's not even strong enough to hold any decent size modifiers. It's constantly slipping, causing the light to point downward. And when you try to tighten it, you feel like it's going to break. I bought speed rings for my Chimera/Westcott octas/softboxes and the tightening arm doesn't even fit around it. I am constantly have to move the speedring and force the arm past it. Only a matter of time until it breaks. For $xxx this is a real disappointment.

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    3.0

    Great light, weak tilt mount

    By Aaron Aubrey

    from Vancouver, Canada

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Weak Tilt Bracket

    Best Uses

      Comments about Elinchrom Ranger Free Lite A Flash Head:

      I bought this head off of a friend who mostly used the head with just the reflector and/or beauty dishes.. When it was time for me to use my 5 foot octa, the tilt bracket would just continually slip so the octa was pointed downwards.. I tightened the bracket so tight that that the knobby on the other side of the tilt handle popped off. Also, ditto on this thing holding my 6 foot parabolic umbrella. it's got the same problem and that metal umbrella mount seems like its going to snap. If you're only using small mods this head is great, I figured an $ head would do the job, but I was wrong.. I'm now selling the kit, biting the bullet and going with Profoto as I've never had a problem with a 5 foot octa on those heads..

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      • No

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Head Happy

      By Thaddeus

      from NYC

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Action portraits
      • Artificial Lighting
      • Photography
      • Portraits
      • Strobe Lighting

      Comments about Elinchrom Ranger Free Lite A Flash Head:

      I have the Quadra RX kit, and though the lights are nice n light weight, they're not built to hold the larger 190 cm light bank or other large light modifiers. But, this head is sturdy enough to do so. I'm now using it with the Quadra and I feel much more at ease, more confident that the shoot will go well with no equipment failures. Works great! With the quadra, you'll need to purchase a cable adapter. Reliable is the key....

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      very durable, reliable, fast

      By Ashley

      from Whistler, BC

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Expensive parts
      • Heavy bulky

      Best Uses

        Comments about Elinchrom Ranger Free Lite A Flash Head:

        I use this product outdoors, mostly snowie conditions and it works all the time. DOn't smash the bulb and it will work forever.

        The only part i find not so great it the plastic swivel on the side to adjst the tilt. That always breaks on me. And it's a little heavy.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A must have

        By Nasim Mansurov

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photography
          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting
          • Weddings

          Comments about Elinchrom Ranger Free Lite A Flash Head:

          If you bought the Ranger RX kit, this flash head is a must-have to work as the second light. I would also buy the Elinchrom extension cord, because the cable on the flash head is not very long.

          Love this unit though, it has lots of power and a very reliable output.

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          5.0

          Light weight and Tough!

          By Chaz

          from Honolulu, Hawaii

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting
            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting
            • Weddings

            Comments about Elinchrom Ranger Free Lite A Flash Head:

            Awesome light! I use this head on location! I also use it in bright sun and shaded areas... it is nice to take the same set into the studio as well! I'm very impressed with this light. I am just waiting until i have to replace a bulb!

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            • No

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Light

            By Joe B.

            from laurel, MS

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy Setup
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Location
              • Photography
              • Portraits
              • Strobe Lighting
              • Studio

              Comments about Elinchrom Ranger Free Lite A Flash Head:

              Beautiful light. I've used it in the studio as well as on location in bright sun and shade. I'm very impressed with this light. Got to have another one!

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great head - short cable

              By Stefano

              from Portland, OR

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Cable length

              Best Uses

              • Strobe Lighting

              Comments about Elinchrom Ranger Free Lite A Flash Head:

              The cable measures out to roughly 11 ft 8 in vs the represented length. This can be problematic depending on spread between two heads and use of stands. Extension cable is over $200. Keep this in mind.

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              5.0

              Excellent light

              By rlafoto

              from Raleigh, NC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy Setup
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photography
                • Portraits
                • Strobe Lighting

                Comments about Elinchrom Ranger Free Lite A Flash Head:

                Light weight, high quality

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                I'd buy this again

                By Meg

                from Colorado

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable
                • Easy To Assemble

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Elinchrom Ranger Free Lite A Flash Head:

                    I use this product on location and in the studio as a professional photographer. The quality of light this flash head provides is beautiful. The flash head is light and easy to use. The only thing I don't like about the flash head is how exposed the light bulb is. I wish it was more protected. But if you're just a little bit more careful, this makes a great flash head!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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