When I initially began to integrate Flashpoint XPLOR H1200 into my workflow, HSS, portability and the long lasting lithium batteries were key factors in my decision to switch from Broncolor to Flashpoint/Godox.
With the release of the 600 PRO earlier this year, I began to add more units, enough to be able to light for any conceivable studio or location requirements. I may use as many as 20 lights for a setup, or just one, but for sure I like to always have a good number of spares available.
On a recent shoot with singer/actress Becky G for the cover of GALORE magazine, and another shoot for VOGUE, I needed to have various set ups ready at once. I used only a single 600 PRO inside a modified BRONCOLOR FLOOTER S for a series of dramatic sky shots in HSS mode, and also a late afternoon pool shot, but I needed 20 units to light a series of colorful, 2000s pop inspired studio shots.
A FujiRumors reader (thanks) had a chat with Elinchrom. He asked them when they will finally support Fujiflm, and their answer was that “it is coming this summer” and that more details will be announced “by the end of the month [June]”.
Now that was fast, Elinchrom, considering that you promised “Fujifilm support as next” back in March 2017 :).
In order to suspend French model Laetita Casta for this advertising shoot for diamond.com in a life size “spyder net”, high above a 4×6′ Broncolor Cumulite, itself rigged up on 2 massive crank stands, this set required a great amount of solid and reliable grip. Any failure of the equipment would have resulted in catastrophe. (image by Markus Klinko).
In order to maximize my adaptation of these spots for Flashpoint XPLOR 1200 extension heads (Godox H1200) and the new AD600 PRO units, I made sure to add the small reflector that is a standard for all Elinchrom flash heads, to my adapters.
Initially, I combined the Phottix Elinchrom to Bowens adapter with the reflector from the Elinchrom Quadra adapter, by adding a custom, acrylic tube piece.
This solution proved to be not as durable as I hoped, and I since found a simpler solution. I now use the entire Quadra adapter, but added a Bowens low profile custom mount to the back of the Quadra adapter, and also eliminate the stand adapter piece entirely. This is by far more solid, and avoids struggling with the lesser Phottix adapter.
Elinchrom deserves much praise for keeping a theatrical follow spot in their line up, which they also sell at a very reasonable price. Both Broncolor and Profoto have sadly long discontinued their own versions of the theatrical zoom spots.
ZedProMedia Youtube – Fuji X-H1 Launch event. Testing Face Detection, Low Light AF, IBIS and samples.
FujiRumors Non Stop
With the Fujifilm X-H1 now shipping and finally in stock, there will be tons of X-H1 content flooding the web in the next weeks. But don’t worry, FujiRumors is here to collect it, order it and share everything you need to see and read with you.
Moreover, the CP+ in Japan just started, and there are some tidbits coming from there too. FujiRumors will be your window to the CP+ and deliver you everything Fujifilm related CP+ content on this blog.
First Shots & First Impressions with the X-H1… DON’T BUY ONE…. BUY TWO!!!
1. Ergonomics… Amazing. Yes, Better with the grip with the 16-55 but still very nice without the grip. 2. Shutter Sound… What??? For a mechanical shutter that is so damn Sexy and quiet!! 3. Focus. Yes, it’s better, faster and the face and eye focus is f’ing awesome! 4. I have a Sony a7R iii and NO, I would not buy an a7 iii after having tried this. I will be ordering a second X-H1. 5. Size… Not even an issue. The ergonomics make up for the minimal size difference compared the the X-T2. 6. Low Light Focusing… Yes, snappy and fast! 7. I shot these with the 56 f1.2 which I normally don’t tend to use because I can’t hold steady for crap! With the IBIS the results were soooo much better.
Tomorrow I’ll be taking it into the studio to try it there. I can’t quite put my hands on it but this camera just functions fast. Reacts fast and the focus isn’t jumpy as I used to experience. The face and eye auto focus feel as good as the Sony but we’ll soon find out.
The CP+ in Japan just started, and here are the inital tidbits: