I’m consider myself a hardened strobist-er. I have a bunch of 580s, Pocketwizards, speedrings, grids and softboxes and take everything on location frequently. When Elinchrom announced the Quadra system, my interest was piqued. The forum response was not the best. Most complained about the price tag. After some time, I did my own thought process and found that depending on your strobist investment, the Quadra is priced almost exactly the same as a comprehensive strobist kit:
- 2 x 580exII ran me about $1000
- 2 x Pocketwizard FlexTT5 and 1 x Pocketwizard MiniTT ran me about $600
- 2 x CP-E4 battery packs ran me about $400
- 24 AA batteries and Chargers ran me about $100
- 1 x Pocketwizard ZoneController (which is not quite available yet) another $80. I had another 580, so I used that as a transmitter for remote power control.
But what made me finally switch over was the jaded experience I had with the Pocketwizards. I realize that my experiences might have been different had I gone with a radiopopper system, but I was already entrenched in the Pocketwizard world, so I initially lived through hit and miss power control and unreliable triggering. When I used all the tricks in the book including Rob G’s use of veilshield material and OC-E3 cords, most of my problems disappeared, but I started to ask myself if the extra 20 mins of set-up and testing was worth the effort every single time I went on location.
More after the jump..