Elinchrom’s D-Lite One/One RX Softbox Kit is extremely light and compact, making it perfect for photographers who shoot away from home. Each fan-cooled head has 100Ws of power, which at only twice the power of a pro-level flashgun packs considerably less punch than the other studio kits on test.
As such, this kit is best suited to portrait photographers as it may not have the power to light groups of people. Also, if you take product shots low-power heads may limit your ability to shoot with narrow apertures. On the back of each head are several soft-touch buttons to turn on the ‘ready’ beep, light sensor and modelling light, which has two levels of brightness. The heads have four power settings in 1/10-stop steps. Included in the kit is an El-Skyport Radio trigger, and using the optional Wi-Fi module unit settings can be controlled via Apple devices and computers. The D-Lite One RX kit comes with two well-designed carry bags that can be worn over the shoulder. One carries the lightstands and softboxes, and the other the head units. As you’d expect from Elichrom, which mostly produces high quality pro-level kit, build quality is very good and the mount connection is well designed. This kit is the only one to have quick-release levers on its sturdy lightstands.
The D-Lite One RX is a small, light, well-built kit with bag and radio trigger included. It’s let down by its lack of power, rendering it unsuitable for some subjects. Overall, though, a very high quality product from Elinchrom.
- Street price: £479 (As of July 2016)
- Max. flash power: 100Ws per head
- Modelling bulb power: 100Ws
- Modifiers: 2 softboxes
- Full-power recycle time: 1.2sec
- Wireless transmitter included : Yes
- Reflectors included: No
- Digital display: Yes
- Max. lightstand height: 231cm
- Fan-cooled: No
- Carry bag included: Yes
- External battery connection: No
- Visit: www.elinchrom.com
This review was first published in the Spring 2014 issue of Practical Photography - download back issues here.