Elinchrom introduce four new lines of remotely controllable flashes

Elinchrom have announced the BRX, Quadra Hybrid RX, D-Lite RX and D-Lite RX ONE flash systems, all of which you can adjust wirelessly using Skyports.

Elinchrom D-Lite RX ONE

Swiss firm Elinchrom have announced the BRX, Quadra Hybrid RX, D-Lite RX and D-Lite RX ONE flash systems, all of which you can adjust wirelessly using the company’s EL-Skyport radio triggers, a laptop or even an iPhone.

Each of the new devices are actually small updates to existing models, integrating extra wireless capabilities and other new features.

The BRX-series adds Skyport Wi-Fi and Computer control to the BXRi-series mid-range monolights, which are otherwise unchanged except for “improved electronics”. As before, there will be two models, the 250 and 500, with multi-voltage support and a Skyport receiver built in.

Elinchrom BRX 500

The Quadra Hybrid RX has been developed so that you can switch between the older, heavier lead-gel batteries and the newer, lighter lithium ion ones without having to pay Elinchrom to make modifications to your pack and heads. Other than that, no features have been added, so existing Quadra RX users may not be interested in upgrading. Kits start at £1,200, or you can get the Hybrid RX pack on its own for £774.

Elinchrom Quadra Hybrid RX

For amateur photographers and small studios, the D-Lite RX is the successor to the wallet-friendly D-Lite it range. In this case, it could well be worth trading in your old D-Lites, because the new models add full Skyport wireless control, letting you change your power levels from a distance. The previous D-Lite it flash heads could be triggered by Skyport transmitters but had no remote power adjustment.

Elinchrom D-Lite RX 2

The D-Lite RX ONE is an entirely new model, aimed squarely at hobbyist photographers. It is effectively just a 100 Watt second D-Lite RX, with all the same features of the D-Lite RX 2 but half the power. The flash head is apparently designed to be an upgrade from hotshoe flashes, with company literature boasting that the ONE has “approximately twice the power of speedlights” and the advantage of being able to mount Elinchrom lighting accessories.

Elinchrom D-Lite RX ONE

Elinchrom go on to say, “Used outside the studio, the D-Lite RX ONE is the perfect creative companion to an existing Speedlight system” without mentioning the obvious drawback: you have to plug it into the mains. There is no battery inside the D-Lite RX ONE and  you cannot plug it into a Ranger pack, so if you want to use it outdoors, look for extension cords or third-party battery inverters. However, indoors, one cannot argue with the price, starting at £350 for a two-head kit.

For more information on these products, including a list of international distributors, visit elinchrom.com.

David Selby
Based in the West Midlands, UK, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a statistics PhD student.
  • Gary S

    The Quadra Hybrid is a bit confusing to me, in that Elinchrom advertised the L-Ion batteries months ago for use with the Quadra and Quadra RX without mentioning any needed modifications. I have only heard of modifications required for some older heads.

    • mooboy

      I rang local supplier here, and they confirmed what you said.. RX head and packs should be fine, but some older sets may need modification.

      I was told Quadra Ranger should be out next month (in Australia)

  • rafael

    Any news about when they hit the shelves? I’m was just about to buy a kit, now I think it’s a good idea to wait.

  • would love to hear one day of a new elinchrom ranger rx 1200 lithium :((((

  • Jonas

    Id like the idea of the rx one for portability since we do everything on locations, whatever it might be.
    But less then a kilo and 18x19x14 cm its pretty small.

    Does anyone else know of any other flashes that are “small” and portable? And what kind of inverter could I use for them? much appreciated 🙂

    We are no pro photographers, just adding some extra shine to our blog pics so no need for fancy stuff. Currently we use two ex 430 for our 5D

  • Jonathan

    Any idea if these Elinchrom units will be updated again soon as I’ve noticed other manufacturers are updating their ranges and I’m in the market to purchase but did not want to if these are due to be upgraded in the next month or two.