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| p.1 #11 · What Lights do You Use and Why? |
Broncolor user here. I was using Photogenic before and found their monolight lack the accuracy I want, the mount is only acceptable if I am not using it with a large (5'+) octagon softbox, and lack of a decent head/pack line. The locking mechanism on the Photogenic Powerlight series is prone to disengage easily. Switched to Bron two years ago, and invested a lot more in lighting in the process. It's definitely a joy to use their products, sad fact is ultimate accuracy and reliability translate to extremely expensive products. For most users looking to switch to Bron, it only makes sense to buy used or rent. The older series pack like Topaz, Nano, Pulso, Opus are great value if you can find them on ebay. One of my top reasons switching to pack/head from monolight is, when you have a light 7' off the ground, you will appreciate the ability to control power from the ground level, it also means lighter strobe=less counterweight and sandbag on the stand.
With that said, I think Profoto has a slightly better mount design, especially for huge reflectors like a Mola Mantti 43.5" BD, I felt that I can damage the glass dome on the Bron more easily. Elinchrom, Profoto and Broncolor, you can't go wrong with either one of them.