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Elinchrom D-Lite 4 - 2 head kit
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1 15517 Sat May 24, 2008
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100% of reviewers £430.00 9.0
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Description: New higher power version of the incredible D-Lite 2, the D-Lite 4 has the same great specification and build quality but with twice the power!

Why D-Lite 4 ?
25 - 400Ws power output adjustable in 1/10ths of a stop (5 f-stops)
1/800s Flash Duration (t0.5) - Freeze action!
Recycles in 0.7s - Don't miss that shot!
Compact & Lightweight - Easy to store and transport!
Elinchrom Accessory Fitting - Huge range of Accessories!
Switchable Audio Ready Beep - Lets you know that you are ready for the next shot!
Stabilised to +/- 1.5% - You know what you are going to get!
Modelling Lamp Control Proportional/Full/Min/Off - You decide

D-Lite 2 Head Specifications:
400w/s = GN 90m, 5 f stop power range, 1/10th stop digital settings, 5v sync voltage (safe for all digital camers), switchable ready tone, switchable infrared sensative slave, plug in flash tube and a 2 year warranty!

\kit includes :-
2 x D-Lite 4
2 x Sync cable
2 x Protective cap
1 x Softbox 65 x 65 cm
1 x Softbox 53 x 53 cm
1 x Carrying bag for two D-Lite’s
1 x DVD-Guide, Better Pictures
1 x Carrying bag for two stands
2 x Stands 85 – 235 cm
1 x User manual E / G / F / Esp / I /Ru
2 x Modelling lamps
Keywords: Elinchrom D-Lite 4 Review


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Dave
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Registered: July 2005
Posts: 18309
Review Date: Sat May 24, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: £430.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Value for money, well constructed , easy to use
Cons: You'll soon want all the extra snoots, large softbox etc ;)

I've now used the D-Lite 4's about 6 times, with 3 of these being used at a Camera club studio shoot.

Everything is stored away in 2 bags, making it easy to store & transport. The bag for the lights themselves is semi rigid, so offers some good protection.

1st impressions were good from a build quality perspective. Air cushioned lighting tripods are sturdy enough. The light casing is a smooth grey plastic. The lightboxes are relatively simple to put togther, although I must admit I now just store & transport them fully built, rather than keep disassembling each time.

Controls on the back of the lights are easy to use & well labelled. You have :-

- Digital display of power settings
- Power adjument in 1/10th stop increments over 5 stops. (25-400W), from 2.0 (1/16th power) to 6.0 (full power)
- Modelling lamp on proportional to power, on full, or off
- Audible beep on/off when lights are charged
- Slave cell on/off, allowing you to synch lights with each other
- Test fire button

As these are the MKII Dlite 4's they include a cooling fan.

A nice feature of the D-Lites is the ability to autodump excess power when lowering the output of the lights. On older lights you have to remember to test fire the lights to tget to correct setting . Not a problem for the D-Lights

Re D-Lite 4's vs 2's, I have to admit I could have probably got away with the 2's. I have yet to go above setting 3.0 vs potential 6.0, for single portraits, evenin large old regency rooms. I expect with a larger lightbox & for any group shots this might stretch things nearer to full power

As for ease of use, being a novice to this, I was up & running in no time. The lights are a joy to use & easy to understand.

Recommended.

Some example shots from shoot here :-

http://www.pixalo.com/community/phot...est-22491.html
http://www.pixalo.com/community/phot...kit-22734.html
http://www.pixalo.com/community/phot...ono-22776.html
http://www.pixalo.com/community/phot...mmy-24534.html
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