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| p.1 #6 · ARGHHHH...A 2nd Elinchrom BXRI-500 bit the dust |
Gregg Heckler wrote:
I never had a single problem with my RX's in 5 years with any of the 8 Elinchrom modifiers I have including softboxes, grids, dishes, etc. but that doesn't mean you should give up on what you have. I even put 250 watt modeling lamps in them. My bet is once they fix the board issue they have, if that's what it is, it should be a one time thing. However, if it is a design issue (how do you know that) than I wouldn't keep them either. There are quite a few people using BX/RI's including pros like Scott Kelby and they have no issues, and I don't see anything when I Google the problem. No matter what it is, I would never go back to Alien Bees, a big step backwards. Are you using the stock modeling lamp? And if anything a beauty dish would act like a big heat sink unless you're using a sock over it.
Well, two of them burned up in one month so I don't think replacing the existing parts with the original design boards is going to make any difference.
I disagree that alien bees is a big step backwards. Many big fashion photographers are using alien bees for location shooting and I attended a photography workshop in nashville last week and almost every photographer there is using alien bees in some capacity. Basically, my belief is that any lights will do the job AS LONG AS THEY ARE RELIABLE.
And these aren't.
Yes, i'm using the stock 100w modeling lamp. I'm using the Kacey beauty dish which is plastic so it doesn't dissipate heat like a metal one. And I am using the sock over it which of course doesn't help. However, I never had a problem with the alien bees lights I had been using up until a few months ago.
I don't mind switching to the 600RX lights if it'll solve the problem but I've lost my confidence in this system and am hesitant to throw good money after bad.
I'm going to talk to their service manage John Salazar and see what he has to say. Unfortunately, their customer service is poor. It took a month to get my other unit repaired and their technicians and service people are not good at calling people back (unlike Buff...)