Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Elinchrom Quadra & 1420 VAL Spigot - Compact Lightweight Lighting On The Move

One of the reasons I designed the 1420 VAL Spigot was to enable me to use a painters extension pole with a threaded metal tip as a lighting boom. Since the prototype was machined almost five years ago I've used it regularly inside and out, on jobs or at lighting demonstrations to photography groups.

Elinchrom Ranger Quadra A head on a 1420 VAL Spigot

As the lightweight lighting and strobist movements grow I'm devising a whole host of new applications which are shown elsewhere in this blog.

Compact and lightweight kit all stowed inside the 18cm reflector

This is something I'd like to share, a compact way to pack a single Elinchrom Ranger Quadra head into a standard 18cm reflector, which is a better option than the supplied 13.5cm standard reflector as it gives about a stop more output.

Kit List


  • Elinchrom Ranger Quadra A head
  • 2.5m cable
  • Sheet of white Grid Cloth (LEE 430, Rosco 3030)
  • Sheet of ½ CTS Grid Cloth (Rosco 3082 diffusion & daylight to tungsten colour correction with less red)
  • 4 x small fold back spring clips to attach diffusion material to reflector
This combination gives you a number of options, add the 56cm Octa into the equation and a Sunbounce Micro Mini and you have a pretty good one head lightweight portable flash kit ready to go and shoot in both daylight or tungsten.

Elinchrom flash is available from The Flash Centre. Email Simon Burfoot or call Brian Collier at the Birmingham branch.

The 1420 VAL Spigot is available from selected retailers in the UK and direct from me for US or UK customers.

If you're serious about your photographic lighting then maybe The LIGHT Side Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/thelightsidegroup/ will interest you. It's about all things to do with light and lighting. TLS is a closed group so someone will need to add you or you'll need to send a request to be added. It's a friendly group, with a degree of humour and some great photographers willing to share and contribute.

For those interested the above images were shot in bright harsh direct sunlight diffused with Rosco 3030 Grid Cloth.




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