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After seeing and experiencing much of the Elinchrom Quadra system, I am tempted to get myself the Safari Li-on Lencarta system, which according to the comparisons seems better (if not in build quality perhaps) than the quadra.
Has anyone experience of this lighting kit?
Also, I've seen the quadra triggered by skyport. What would I use to trigger the Lencarta? I do have the Pocket Wiz system?
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I considered Lencarta but went for the Quadra system in the end - it was the build quality as you say plus I thought the resale value would be better if I needed to sell, but the biggest selling point for me was the skyport system. To be able to + or - from the camera is a real key feature for me. Not sure if you could do this with Lencarta or any triggers with Lencarta
I've been using the quadra for a couple of years now, and one point not mentioned on the Lencarta page is that there is now a Li-on battery for the quadra, which is lighter and recharges more quickly than the original.
I've used the quadra LED for periods much longer than the 99 secs limit of the Lencarta.
I use an RF602 system to trigger the quadra, along with speedlites and Elinchrom studio lights.
The flash duration of the quadra when set up for high speed flash is considerably faster than the Lencarta system.
I question whether a 600w/s flash will beat the sun on a bright day, where as I have witnessed the Ranger RX 1200 w/s unit achieve this.
Having said this, I expect it's a good portable flash system - it's always the case of what you do with it that counts
Re skyport for Lencarta, I found this on the Lencarta page - if you use Nikopn that is ...
We were demonstrating Lencarta Mach 1 yesterday, and with me in mid jump, my fingerprints were still sharp in images taken at 1/8000th sec.
It extends the capability of the Safari Li-on up to 5 f-stops, and can be seen in the video, makes some very mean moody sky when used outdoors. At £200 for a pair of transceivers they seem to be great value for money.
Sadly only for Nikon users at the moment, but a system for Canon is under development.
I also deal with both Quadra, and both Quadra and Safari are capable of at least substantially overcoming the brightest of sunlight. The newer batteries have been improvements for both systems in reducing weight.
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