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| p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Paul C Buff Einstein still amazing option in 2017? |
If your studio is busy, it makes it easier to justify splitting into separate systems. The Einstein does provide a lot of bang for the buck, but the Balcar mount is its achilles heel, and no amount of firmware updates will get around this. The innards work, but you can see/hear where corners have been cut.
If you are able to "free yourself" from that god awful Balcar mounting system you will be able to better utilize other quality modifiers. No comparison between Profoto and Balcar mounts.
I use a mixture of Einstein and Profoto---and much prefer Profoto overall (and I...Show more →
Disagree. I have the einstein lights and have no issue with the balcar mount. I regularly use a 4x6 softbox on it and it holds it just fine. In fact, it's easier to mount it on the balcar mount than the bowens mount. And the balcar mount on the einstein is extremely secure. Once you mount a flash on it and lock the modifier on, it's not going anywhere. 10 years ago, the buff spring mechanism wasn't very stiff and it was easy to get yourself in trouble but the einstein and recent alien bee designs have all but eliminated that problem.
I also have a godox ad600 TTL and a pair of godox 360 TTL flash units. The light quality is much more harsh out of the godox helical flash tubes and the color consistency is much worse than the Einsteins. I was originally going to switch over to the godox because I looked forward to the HSS/TTL, the built in battery and built in RF receiver but after spending a couple months with the godox I just can't justify switching.
The 360 just has too many issues. Too many parts, too many accessories needed, over-rated power spec, poor recycle time, etc. The 600 is much better but is too heavy to put up on a boom stand. I bought the remote head which is better but the light quality is more contrasty which i do not like. In a 36" octobox, even with 2 layers of diffusion it is about as contrasty as my einstein in a 22" beauty dish with a grid.
I was going to return the godox stuff but i'm going to keep them for travel purposes since the 360 is a smaller footprint and for times when I really want the HSS/TTL but in terms of a general solution, the buff still is a superior system in terms of light quality, modeling lights, reliability, service and build quality.