Yesterday i had the pleasure of testing the new Elinchrom ELB 1200 (scheduled for release this summer) , all thanx to the great guy’s over at Aifo!
So first off a big thank you to Anders & Anders who invited me over to test their ELB 1200 Demo unit!
Now this is in no way a review of the ELB 1200, it’s merely my initial thoughts after playing with it a little. But make no misstake there will be detailed blog post on the ELB 1200 once i receive my own unit 🙂
For you who don’t know what the ELB 1200 is about, you can read up on all the juicy spec’s over at Elinchrom’s website.
The ELB 1200 is a long awaited upgrade for the some what dated Ranger RX Speed battery pack. After yesterday’s quick test i’d say the wait has been well worth it, this unit is something new entirely!
It’s very different to it’s predecessor and is closer in design and UI to the ELB 400 but even compared to the ELB 400 it’s quite evident Elinchrom has taken it to yet another level in terms of design, ui and features.
Design wise it’s quite sleek and clean, it has gorgeous and clear oled display that is easily readable even in sunlight. One can actually invert the colours on the display. So you can have a black background and white lettering, or black lettering on white background!
Adjusting power is very similar to the dial knob on the ELC with tactical feedback.
The battery lock is designeld with a new clasp and clutch mechanism that seems to be very solid and sturdy yet quite easy to use.
The menu system reminds you of the ELC and the ELB 400 but is even more refined and easier to read and navigate thru.
The ELB 1200 allows you to choose between symmetrical and asymmetrical, and the activated port is illuminated with white halo so it’s very easy to see which port is on or off.
Performance wise the ELB 1200 is IMPRESSIVE, it’s very fast! I mean it’s as fast as many monolights! The demo unit i tested had the standard air battery which is lighter and air travel friendly, hence the name air… 🙂 The HD battery weighs 400g more and packs a little more then twice the power then the air.
For me who necessarily don’t need a battery solution per se (due to the fact i often have outlet available on the locations i shoot) it’s still a freedom to not having worry about outlets, plus i’m very much biased towards a pack/head design. Now don’t get me wrong, i love my ELC’s but i prefer a head/pack solution due to weight distribution and the mobility a pack/head system provides.
I tested the ELB 1200 with a HS head, there will be 3 different heads available HS (hi-sync), Action and Pro. The cool thing is that the pack automatically detects which heads is connected so no need to go in the menu and change settings. For instance when you connect the action head it will display the flash duration at any given power setting! The head incorporates a new heavy duty swivel mount as well as centered umbrella mount for both 7 and 8 mm shafts.
Also the protective cap is not as deep as the standard ones, making the head even more compact. Very welcome!
With these 3 different head options you can pick the best based on what you’r shooting.
From my short time playing with the unit, i can’t wait to get my set this summer!
Do you have any questions or thoughts on the ELB 1200 ? Just leave a comment!
Here is a quick test shot taken in the parking lot outside Aifo.
Now in it self certainly nothing spectacular but as a quick test shot it showed me how easy and powerful the ELB 1200 HS is. I could have easily gone to 1/8000 at this distance with a little power to spare @ F/2.8 | iso 100.
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