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| p.6 #6 · Einstein questions answered |
Carmen Miranda wrote:
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.
What makes you think the Balcar mount (Einstein/AB) is going to be any different or less "hopeless" than Elinchrom, Bowens, Speedo, DynaLite, Comet, Norman or others in this respect? Don't they all have independent locking and rotation mounts?
BTW, Profoto mount, as superior as it is in many ways, is not immune from broken bulbs either. Although domes do help, they are also a lot more expensive when they break too.
In studio lighting it's not a matter of if something's going to break, but rather when. Although we all have our preferences, I'm really more concerned about reliability and support behind the products. With Profoto, Elinchrom or Paul Buff, I think you're covered either way.
IMO, "one broken bulb" does not a "hopeless mount" make. And neither should the mount be the sole, even primary, reason for buying into a lighting system.
Personally, I have not found a perfect system yet and I don't expect I ever will. Without a doubt however, lighting equipment has come a long way baby. We have much to thank Paul and other lighting innovators.
Congrats and good luck with the Einstein launch, Paul.
Yes, they all do, but Elinchrom needs to be twisted to mount, Einstein lights don't, either do Profoto. So if you think about it, Elinchrom really can be a pain in the ass mounting system.
Yes, profoto bulbs are expensive, but you'd have to be REALLY careless to break a profoto bulb while mounting a light modifier.. Where as, with Elinchrom it happens no matter how careful you are. Though I like the prices AB has for there bulbs. So reasonable it makes you wanna stock pile extras incase of zombie attack
I think you're right, all 3 brands boast good customer support, though I've had the worst time with the Profoto bunch.. They're all really hopeless and I would never recommend there customer service.. Where as with Elinchrom I've been taken care of decently, and with Paul's crew it's like they toss out the red carpet for me.. Honestly I feel like I'm special when dealing with them, not in the short bus way, but in the royalty sense of the meaning.
Honestly though, with all things being "somewhat" equal, on a shoot if Elinchroms such a hassle and makes me feel like an idiot in front of my clients, it's a good reason to look at other brands, Paul's offerings are similar in pricing, and easier to manage. Profoto though a dream mount, great color reliability and amazing bare bulbed, are expensive and my experience has been bad with them as far as support goes. So really you take it all into consideration, and I agree with you no brand is perfect in all areas.
Anyway, yes I am looking forward to hearing the reviews from the first 100 lucky customers... Then I suppose I'm somewhere down the list probably at the 500th mark or less