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ElinchromBX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC)
 
4.6

(based on 93 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (65)
  • Durable (52)
  • Good color value (45)
  • Attach securely (30)
  • Long-lasting (26)

Cons

  • Flimsy (3)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (71)
  • General purpose (50)
  • Outdoor events / games (26)
  • Portraits (26)
  • Low light (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (39), Pro photographer (27), Photo enthusiast (19), Photography student (5), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (73)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Monolights about as good as these get...

The BXRi 500 monolights are properly rated at about a 4.8 to 4.9 out of five. The somewhat hokey 26 inch softboxes drags my rating of the two light kit down to 4....Read complete review

The BXRi 500 monolights are properly rated at about a 4.8 to 4.9 out of five. The somewhat hokey 26 inch softboxes drags my rating of the two light kit down to 4. Frankly, the old BX 400 hundred kits with their umbrellas and reflectors was more functional/versatile than are the new kits with the BXRi 500(and/or 250) monolights.

The lights and the EL-Skyport transmitter that comes with the kit is a dynamite combination. Now you can remotely and near exactly adjust light output of hairlights, kickers and other hard-to-access monolights by simple metering at the subject and adjusting the output level of the light without moving.

The new BXRi 500s employ a very quiet and efficient bottom-housed cooling fan. I find this to work very well, even when using a solid gel filter on a reflector. This is important as cool operation extends the life of the monolight.

There is one drawback to the bottom mounted fan housing. This restricts the distance of travel of a shaft through the umbrella mount so that focusing of an umbrella can become a bit restricted. I have not found this to be a major issue, but it should be noted. Also, the umbrella mount on the BXRi lights is upgraded from the two piece mount of the older BX lights.

The light quality of the BXRi 500s is typical of Elinchrom's superior quality. The control is excellent. The color temperature variation across the power range is minimal.

Finally, the kit case and all of its contents are first class except for the two softboxes. In my opinion, these monolights are a combination of state-of-the-art electronics with excellent build quality. The kit is ready to use without buying any accessories other than a flash meter and a camera.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice BUT...

I'm giving this product 2 stars because "pro" level monolights are supposed to be built well enough to move around and travel with without breaking.

I love the feature of...Read complete review

I'm giving this product 2 stars because "pro" level monolights are supposed to be built well enough to move around and travel with without breaking.

I love the feature of controlling the strobe's power from the Skyport - that's primarily why I bought this light. When I received this set of lights and took one out of the case the plastic tilt knob broke. It's plastic and it's probably the most used piece on this light! So I decided to upgrade to the RX 600 lights which costs me several hundred dollars more thinking they'd be built better since they are "pro" quality.

I received them today and guess what? I heard a rattling sound in the box and opened it to find that the tilt knob was broken in the same place! C'mon Elinchrom! You have a quality problem here.

I am really wanting to like these lights because Elinchrom has a good reputation - I used the equipment several years ago at the Smithsonian National Air And Space Museum and they worked flawlessly for a year while I was photographing there!

So what to do now... return these AGAIN to BH? By the way BH has been GREAT through this ordeal... they are very professional and polite etc... THANK YOU BH!

I will call an Elinchrom rep in Los Angeles tomorrow and see what he says about this problem. Or I guess I could look for a different brand that has the feature allowing me to control the power of each light remotely. I think only Paul C. Buff does that but I could be wrong.

I hope Elinchrom is listening! I really want to use Elinchrom lights but I need them to be built durable! Stay tuned...

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5.0

Great Kit

By Shriyan

from Tampa, FL

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors

    Comments about Elinchrom BX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC):

    Indoor use only. Great product.

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    4.0

    Great product!

    By Ghelechi

    from Texas

    About Me Photography Student

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits
      • Special Events

      Comments about Elinchrom BX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC):

      Easy to use, light weight to take them everywhere.

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      5.0

      One of my favorite lighs

      By Shriyan

      from Tampa, FL

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about Elinchrom BX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC):

        Best studio lights ever. Consistant color fast recycle time. I own 3 of these.

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        5.0

        Great Lighting equipment!

        By Photon

        from Centennial, CO

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Good Color Value
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Low Light
          • Portraits

          Comments about Elinchrom BX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC):

          I use this lighting set for portraits in studio. The great thing about them that is a huge plus, is that I can adjust the lighting on-camera from the transmitter to the in-light receivers so that I don't have to keep walking to the lights to adjust. What a time saver.

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          4.0

          Great kit for the money.

          By Mark

          from Milwaukee, Wi

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Elinchrom BX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC):

                I do mostly infant and child photography in my home studio and this kit is perfect. More than enough power and ultra reliable.

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                5.0

                Solid Studio Lighting Kit

                By zarconiphoto

                from Washington, DC

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Low Light
                  • Portraits
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Elinchrom BX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC):

                  This kit is great for portraits, weddings, sports, or you name it. Elinchrom is AMAZING stuff. The best.

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                  5.0

                  Easy to Use and Easy to get started!

                  By LMHughes

                  from Columbus Ohio

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light
                    • Portraits
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about Elinchrom BX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC):

                    From a beginner's perspective, these lights are easy to use and easy to maintain. They are not the most durable in terms of build quality but I'm not a pro using them daily throwing them in and out of boxes either.

                    If you're a beginner/intermediate wondering what set to buy, all I can say is I LOVE these lights! I've used them a dozen times by now and they are great! Very powerful and the skyport system is amazing!

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                    5.0

                    high powered Monolight Kit

                    By Pozzi's Photography

                    from Folsom, CA

                    About Me Photography Student

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Outdoors
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Elinchrom BX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC):

                      Great for studio work not something you want to take with you on location. Very powerful usually 1/4 power is more then you need unless your in bright sunlight.

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                      5.0

                      Great kit!

                      By cranberrycoho

                      from Smithers, BC

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Elinchrom BX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC):

                        I'm new to studio lighting but watched Scott Kelby's videos and it looked like what I wanted... they are easy to use, light and I want to be able to pack into the great outdoors to use as well as inside. Wished I had a third light, and the deep octa lightbox and some reflectors which I will get soon.

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                        5.0

                        Great basic setup

                        By Cirened

                        from Savannah, GA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Affordable

                        Cons

                        • Entry Level

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use

                        Comments about Elinchrom BX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC):

                        No complaints. Works as you would expect. Softboxes are definetly budget minded and I don't expect them to hold up for long. Everything else seems well built and sturdy. No problems with the remote that others complained about. My wife originally set it up with battery and trip cord on the hot shoe and we had numerous firing issues, but once the trip cord was removed it worked perfectly.

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                        4.0

                        Good Quality Lighting

                        By Mistah Vega

                        from Gainesville, GA

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                        Pros

                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Elinchrom BX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC):

                          Kit has everything you need to start and seems to be of good quality.

                          Manfrotto stands are very nice but not air cushioned but seems like it could also support larger modifiers. Speedring is made of plastic and not the usual aluminum, one arrived broken but was quickly replaced by B&H.

                          Great quality of light, would probably be nicer with a better/larger modifier although the quality of light is still very good.

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                          3.0

                          Good travel kit

                          By Hollis

                          from Atlanta Ga.

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Low Light
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Elinchrom BX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC):

                            Small kit for the shooter on the go. Heads are great and the stands too. The soft boxes are just ok but I found the plastic speed rings are difficult to work with. Once your set up every thing is great.

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                            5.0

                            Amazing Value.

                            By TMC

                            from Baltimore, MD

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Too Powerful

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Low Light
                            • Portraits
                            • Special Events

                            Comments about Elinchrom BX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC):

                            This To Go Kit is a great way for a beginner to get a head start in achieving studio quality light photos, as well as a great addition for a seasoned pro just looking to add some top quality strobes, stands, bags and soft boxes to their collection for a great price. All the items in this kit are top of the line quality with the exception of the Portalite soft boxes, they are above average at best and the only flaw in the kit. Everything else is really top notch, the bags that hold the stands and strobes are way better than I thought they would be. The stands are made by Manfrotto, what else do i need to say. The ability to control the strobes from the SPEED transmitter mounted on camera is a big time saver and very easy to set up and use. The strobes are Pro grade and are very durable and also easy to use and understand. With the reduction in price of this kit it made it a no brainer for me since I was in the market for 2 strobes and even though the softboxes are only "good" and not "great" this kit is amazing and would still even be worth it if they didn't come with it at all. 100% recommended if in your price range and if slightly out than i would try to find a way to swing it.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent Kit!!!

                            By Drew

                            from Portland, OR

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Elinchrom BX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC):

                              What an amazing kit. Got this a few days ago and can't stop playing with it.

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                              5.0

                              Great Kit

                              By Mitz

                              from Honolulu, HI

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Securely
                              • Lightweight
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Portraits
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about Elinchrom BX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC):

                                Well built. Softbox and case are nice. Great price.

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                                4.0

                                cool easy to handle lights

                                By mava

                                from colombia

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Lightweight
                                • Long-Lasting
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Low Light
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Elinchrom BX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC):

                                  its awesome i used to work with them in college now i have them.. the only thing is that it came with the softbox, but if you want a hard ligh you don't have any other adapter with the kit, havs to be bought

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                                  4.0

                                  Great lights

                                  By snazzyonyx

                                  from Blossburg, PA

                                  About Me Photography Student

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                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors

                                    Comments about Elinchrom BX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC):

                                    I am using these lights for a studio photography class and they have been very easy to work with. Set up is easy and It was very easy to get them synced with my camera. I do find the manual a little hard to follow, but I have been able to get them to work for what i needed with out completely understanding the manual.

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                                    5.0

                                    Nice Pro Portable Kit!

                                    By UVRay

                                    from Japan

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Durable
                                    • Good Color Value
                                    • Powerful

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Studio

                                      Comments about Elinchrom BX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC):

                                      I did a lot of research and needed something that was useful in a number of occasions in different locations. I then found this!I use the 500s for portrait and still life at a number of locations. These monolights have a good range of power for most situations and after testing them out, they are perfect. One key point for purchasing these instead of the other elinchrom models is that since they are BXs they have a global voltage range of 90v to 260v and have built-in wireless. I was thinking of going for the 250 set as well but for the minor price difference with the 500s, the 500s suffices my needs.

                                      As expected, what I really like most about these Elinchroms Bxri is the ability to control them from the wireless remote transmitter without purchasing additional wireless receivers. Built-in wireless rocks and it's definitely a step up from using old school non-wireless lighting. Another good thing about these is that they are super easy to use!

                                      The only concern I had was the fact that one softbox was missing from the package. It was really strange and probably an assembly error on the product line... how unlucky... Anyway I contacted BH and they sent one within a week after contacting the manufacturer! THANK YOU! I wish I can add another star just for the customer service.

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                                      5.0

                                      good product

                                      By james

                                      from Sun Valley CA 91352

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Powerful

                                      Cons

                                      • Flimsy

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use
                                      • Indoors
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Special Events

                                      Comments about Elinchrom BX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC):

                                      easy good

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                                      4.0

                                      Great Portable Kit

                                      By ttaleman

                                      from West-Central Illinois

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Powerful

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors
                                        • Low Light
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Special Events

                                        Comments about Elinchrom BX-Ri 500/500 To Go Set - 2 Monolight Kit (90-260VAC):

                                        This is very easy to use; and set up on location is quick and simple. My only complaint is that the Skyport Transmitter came without any instructions or manual. I had to search online forums to find out how to set it to "speed" so it would match the light's settings. Other than that I am completely satisfied.

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