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| p.5 #14 · Einstein questions answered |
Gregg Heckler wrote:
"The elinchrom mount is hopeless, so I'm giving up on them, i'll just keep em till the einsteins ship."
Just curious but why do you think that? I love it. The only thing I'm not crazy about is the 7mm umbrella shaft.
Oh boy, I'm to tired to get into full detail, so I'll be brief.
Lets say you've started shooting, and decide you want to switch from a striplight to a softbox. You rotate the locking collar to unlock the speedring, then grab the striplight and try to turn it off the mount, but wait the speedring rotates, so then you have to go in there and lock the speedring. Once the speedring is locked you then can rotate the speedring off the mount, the second it pops off the mount it jerks and smacks the bulb, you cringe because your on location and don't have a spare bulb, luckily it didn't break (but it has in the past). Then once thats off, you pick up the softbox, unable to see because the softbox is big, you start fooling around trying to find a way to grab it from the front, nope to big. From the back? nope, no where to grip it, so you then get the bright idea to turn your light up to face the sky, while you let the softbox come down on top of it. You then bend your back trying to fuss with the mount cus you can't see where the little hooks line up.. Finally you get so fed up you put the softbox on the ground take the light off the stand and put it into the softbox, OH crap your speedring is loose, you put the light down on the floor tighten your speedring, then pick the light back up, line it up and then finally clip it in.. By that time your client thinks your an idiot, or if your assistant was doing it, you would have put the camera down went over and tried doing it yourself, again the client thinks your an idiot.
I know what your thinking, why would you not have your speedring locked in the first place.. Well nobody locks them, if a mount is good, you can keep your speedring unlocked and can rotate the modifier freely, Elinchrom doesn't allow this. It's also a highrisk bulb breaker, as the mount pops off like it's spring loaded when you're trying to unhook it. Now I've only broken one bulb, while I've unmounted and mounted hundreds of times, but still it happened.
Does any of this sound familiar, or am I the only one?
I know I'm not the only one, I watch my friend struggle in the same way. He's just gotten so use to it, that he just automatically takes his light off the stand when he does a modifier switch-up.
I've also watched assistants struggle at it, though they'd be first timers.
Anyway, you seem to love it, so either:
A) You've never used Profoto.
B) You have more hands then I do
C) I'm just lousy at mounting my modifiers.
Anyway, just my personal thoughts. Sorry to take this off topic.
Paul, I don't know if this was mentioned, but I really liked the colors of the ABMAX, I know black outsells all other colors by far, but are you planning on introducing other colors shortly? I mean it seems as if it wouldn't really cost anything extra, I could be wrong, but just curious. It would be a neat way to identify the lights when dealing with the CC panel, so I could see the benefit. Not really a big deal, my ABs were black, though my original abmax pre-order was for purple haze units so it would be fun..