Elinchrom Rotalux Stop motion
My first softbox was a Elinchrom Rotalux 100x100cm that i bought back in 2005, which I still have and use quite often! The Rotalux system was one of the reason I went with Elinchrom when I ventured into studio lightning.
I’ve owned and used a few other brands as well such as Chimera, Photoflex, and Westcott. Some of them which were very good softboxes, but none of them has consistently been as light and easy to setup/break down on location as the Elinchrom Rotalux softboxes.
Being primarily a location photographer this is of course one of the most important features for me and many other location photographers.
So the combination of a very light softbox yet durable, and the portability and ease to setup and breakdown is hard to match from my experience, not to mention the price to quality ratio.
The best features of the Rotalux in my opinon is that once you assembled the softbox you really don’t need to remove anything more than the front baffle to collapse it and put in the bag. So when you set it up you don’t need to reinsert any rods. You simply have to push the rods back in place and put on the front baffle, which with most Rotalux softboxes will take no more then a minute!
There’s a reason Profoto and other brand name users have Elinchrom softboxes on their strobes.. 🙂
Today’s Rotalux range is quite vast and will cover just about every need, all the Rotalux softboxes are sold without a speedring, so you just add the speedring that fit’s your strobe.
New is also that there is only one Elinchrom speedring that will fit all Rotlux Softboxes (previous version there were different speedrings for different softboxes based on the number of rods).
Apart from Elinchrom’s own speedring they also offers speedrings for many different brands, here are some of the most popular.
- Alien Bee/Balcar
I’ve been using the Elinchrom Rotalux softboxes for over 10-years, and they have proven them self time and time again.
So you’re in the business to get a new softbox, which Rotalux softbox should you get ? Well just as with everything else photo gear related.. it depends. 🙂
On what kind of light you want to achieve and how and what you intend to shoot! Just as with choice of lenses the choice of modifier such a softbox depend a lot on subject matter and style.
But of course there are some general tips and advice to go after, such as what kind light do you want achieve ? Soft wrap around light or harder more defined shadow transition, square, rectangular, octagonal catchlights etc.
My choice for a very versatile softbox for portraits would be the Rotalux 135cm Octabox, which also seems to be one of the most popular used softbox seen on other brands named strobes. (from what i’v seen at least)
It will give you a very nice soft wrap around light, perfect for portraits, and by removing the front baffle you can make it a little more “contrasty”. Also if you use Elinchrom strobes you can play around with different deflectors to get the light you want.
For products photography I would pick up one of the rectangular sofbox and a strip softbox.
One of the complaints over the years (well on online forums at least) is that Rotalux softboxes lacks grids, and while it’s true that Elinchrom doesn’t make grids for all their softboxes. There are grids available from Lightools for most of their softboxes. These are high quality grids which can be ordered in different degrees (making the light pattern wider or narrower)
So if you’r in the market for high quality Softbox that will be a joy to work with on location, i really urge you to take a look at the Elinchrom Rotalux range!