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ElinchromRanger RX Speed AS 1100W/s Kit with S Head
 
4.4

(based on 15 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good power output (12)
  • Durable (10)
  • Long-lasting (9)
  • Attach securely (6)
  • Good color value (6)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (8)
  • Indoors (7)
  • Outdoors (7)
  • Low light (3)
  • Night time (3)
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    • Was this a gift?:
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Made me a hero!

I do model portfolios and do most of my shoots on location with natural light. This system has has given me more versatility and I do not have to rely on natural light. It...Read complete review

I do model portfolios and do most of my shoots on location with natural light. This system has has given me more versatility and I do not have to rely on natural light. It is portable, durable and easy to use. Thinking about getting another kit. If you do any type of portrait work outside of the studio - this is a must!

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Doesn't matter where the sun is

I have been using this for just under a year. The strobe is great, especially in midday sun. Easy to use, even a 1st time assistant could make changes for you. I...Read complete review

I have been using this for just under a year. The strobe is great, especially in midday sun. Easy to use, even a 1st time assistant could make changes for you. I have approximately 4,500 firings of the strobe on my unit.

Only issues I have had..

#1 too heavy for some of my assistants to cary

#2 Batteries showing a full charge on the charger, then when placed in the unit they are only holding 10%. This has just happened recently.

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4.0

Great lights need more support

By Rodrigo Donoso

from Bay Area CA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Parts Are Hard To Come By

Best Uses

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

Comments about Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS 1100W/s Kit with S Head:

This is a 5 star product but has some issues when it comes to getting parts at times. I love the lights they are amazing rugged easy to use and relatively light for Battery packs. My only issue is, for instance i ordered a charger the other day and found out that it a 4-6 week wait for the charger... Thats a bit much if your a working professional. What are you to do for those 4-6 weeks??? Other than that These ligths are every bit as good as profoto lights at around half the cost.

Rodrigo

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4.0

heavy, but solved with lithium battery

By dave on location

from NY

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors

    Comments about Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS 1100W/s Kit with S Head:

    Its pretty heavy with the lead battery, but I bought a 12v 12AH lithium battery with a high discharge rate and replaced it in the battery cassette, which cut the battery weight by 4 pounds. Much easier to carry around now.

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    5.0

    Great Kit

    By Jason

    from Maine

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS 1100W/s Kit with S Head:

        I just can't say enough about these units--durable, consistent, easy to operate and the batteries last forever. I have two and use them all the time, as almost all of my work is done on location. The fact that I don't have to worry about where the power sources will be when I arrive is great, and it makes everything move much faster when it comes time to pack up and move to the next location.

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        5.0

        Heavier than I thought

        By ErickPRO

        from Texas

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Long-Lasting
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Cheap case
        • Heavy
        • No Built-In Radio

        Best Uses

        • Location Work

        Comments about Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS 1100W/s Kit with S Head:

        Got this for limitless location work instead of a gasoline generator. It can accept other elinchrom strobes with an adapter except monolights. I have an extra battery that I rarely use. I thought I could use this for weddings as well but it is just to heavy even on a backpack for that kind of work. I kinda wish I had gone with the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra instead but those only have 400w of power. So in the future I will add another head to this Ranger and also get the two heads on a Ranger Quadra. Downside is that this unit does not have a skyport, you have to spend an additional $110 for it.

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        5.0

        Great battery powered lights

        By sportsphotog

        from sportsphotog

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Low Light
          • Night Time

          Comments about Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS 1100W/s Kit with S Head:

          I use them on location for key lights for close up environmental portraits, and for fill light for indoor sports.

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          5.0

          My second Ranger RX

          By rlafoto

          from Raleigh, NC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Long-Lasting
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS 1100W/s Kit with S Head:

            Simple, Rugged, and Dependable

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            • No

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            4.0

            Pretty excellent overall

            By craigist

            from austin, tx

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Long-Lasting
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS 1100W/s Kit with S Head:

                The description here is for the older pack, newer packs actually get 250 full power shots per charge, not 150. I think the recycle time is faster as well.

                1100 w/s creates a lot of light (very efficient), and the number of shots doubles with every stop down you go from there. I rarely have to swap batteries.

                I've had mine for a few years and am looking to buy a second kit. It's a good workhorse, handles outdoor weather just fine - hot or cold. The weather sealing comes in handy, I've used it in very heavy mist with no problems.

                I give 4 stars because I wish the head cables were longer. Extension cords are expensive. Also the sync cord for pocketwizards are rather expensive. But the heads and reflectors are fairly reasonable in price compared to profoto.

                Weight-wise it's not very heavy for a lead-acid battery pack system, and I've had no issues flying with it as long as I've noted it's a non-spillable gel cell.

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                4.0

                Solid Location Kit

                By Tombro

                from NC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Battery Life
                • Powerful
                • Weather sealed

                Cons

                • Bad instructions

                Best Uses

                • Action sports
                • Location Lighting
                • Portraits

                Comments about Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS 1100W/s Kit with S Head:

                After years of wishing and wanting, I finally added the Elinchrom Rangers to my arsenal. The power, weight, and moderate weather sealing were huge draws to pick this over other products such as the Acutes. Originally I hoped to use this pack for mostly action sports such as skiing, kayaking, and mountain biking, and undoubtedly will, but so far I have used it for scads of portraiture for my PR photographer job. The light is consistent, with good color and perfect exposure. The battery pack isn't too heavy for what it is, and the head is very light weight. I like the double-locking mechanism of the head to modifiers, it provides a very sound and sturdy connection. The included umbrella/brolly box works very well. The light falls off quickly for an umbrella, but I like the affect. However, the umbrella is pretty fragile, the second week I had it, a girl knocked it over and broke the connections in the tip. The kit shipped with pretty incomplete directions--none of the fuses were installed and it failed to mention that. Also, the kit shipped with the incorrect charger that didn't fit US wall-plugs. [...]The sync connection works well, however the cables to a standard mini-phone Pocketwizard socket are pretty pricey for what they are. The built-in optical slave works pretty well for what it is. Over all, I am very happy with the product, but it didn't get that 5th star due to the lack of attention to detail[...]considering it would have been worthless for the past 3 weeks unless I had a multitude of cables laying around.

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                5.0

                Fantastic Value!

                By Mick Motor

                from Honolulu, HI

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Attach Securely
                • Durable
                • Good Color Value
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Mount
                • Runs Hot

                Best Uses

                • Beach
                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Outdoors

                Comments about Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS 1100W/s Kit with S Head:

                Love this! It's the best deal going. Throws the case away. I need to go on location alot. The Kit is the best bang for the buck.
                The down side is the mounting, cables are connected, and not long enough. Plus side is it swats the bees away!
                I've been very happy with my kit. If your thinking of it, do it!

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                5.0

                Excellent location kit

                By HSquaredPhoto

                from Cleveland, Ohio

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Outdoors
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS 1100W/s Kit with S Head:

                  Overall, the kit is great. It does come with a adapter so that you can attach a Skyport RX slave. This was not clear in the B&H listing, so I bought a separate adapter. This is not necessary.

                  The case is big and sturdy. I will likely keep the kit in the case for the time being. Otherwise, it comes with the pack, head, two batteries, charger, standard grid reflector, varistar umbrella reflector, a 36" brolly box, sync cord, and skyport adapter.

                  Regarding the head and cable, they are permanently attached to one another. It would be nice if the cable was could be completely detached from the head.

                  The umbrella/brolly box that comes with the kit is nice. Just behind the umbrella face is a back panel that blocks scatter and keeps more light coming out the front. The back panel is black on the outside and white on the inside. This makes it pretty efficient.

                  The kit is also very well sealed against the elements. I have not used it on location extensively yet, but it looks like it will be pretty tough.

                  Great kit overall.

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                  3.0

                  Doesn't matter where the sun is

                  By Dratom

                  from Dallas

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Attach Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • Had to replace both batts
                  • Had to replace charger
                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS 1100W/s Kit with S Head:

                  I have been using this for just under a year. The strobe is great, especially in midday sun. Easy to use, even a 1st time assistant could make changes for you. I have approximately 4,500 firings of the strobe on my unit.

                  Only issues I have had..

                  #1 too heavy for some of my assistants to cary

                  #2 Batteries showing a full charge on the charger, then when placed in the unit they are only holding 10%. This has just happened recently.

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                  4.0

                  WORKHORSE ON OUTSIDE LOCATIONS

                  By lowonlands AKA ronaldkoster[@]

                  from HOLLAND, near Amsterdam

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Attach Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Outdoors

                    Comments about Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS 1100W/s Kit with S Head:

                    Simple and easy to use, specially on outside locations.
                    I use two of these sets for my portrait work for outside locations and i am very happy with them, very reliable.
                    1100 Ws is enough power to underexpose the background on a harsh and sunny day and throw the light on my models, right there where i want it with a small beaty dish .. .. .. .. besides there are plenty lightshapers for elinchrom, and thats for me important too.

                    B aware that the unit only weights for about 8 kg so take a membership at your nearest gym or get yourself some crew .. .. ;-) The hard case is fine and you will need it to carry the set around with you.

                    At the moment i am saving money to buy a third ranger RX Speed battery pack to go outside with 1100 Ws for (3) each head .. .. ..

                    Elinchrom rangers really rocks and your images will go there!!!

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                    5.0

                    Made me a hero!

                    By Skip

                    from Milwaukee, WI

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS 1100W/s Kit with S Head:

                      I do model portfolios and do most of my shoots on location with natural light. This system has has given me more versatility and I do not have to rely on natural light. It is portable, durable and easy to use. Thinking about getting another kit. If you do any type of portrait work outside of the studio - this is a must!

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                      4.0

                      Very nice

                      By photoberto

                      from Norfolk, VA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy Setup
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS 1100W/s Kit with S Head:

                      I have used this product twice on location for commercial shoots. Worked great. Battery lasted a long time. It's a bit heavy, but with an assistant. that's not a problem.

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                      4.0

                      Awsome Kit

                      By Kyser

                      from Warren, Pa

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable
                      • Easy To Assemble
                      • POWER when you need it.

                      Cons

                      • a little heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Outdoor or on location

                      Comments about Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS 1100W/s Kit with S Head:

                      Great powerful setup, well built and very portable. I have used Q flashes, Strobes, and speedlites but none compare to this setup for quality and power.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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