Elinchrom Quadra Hybrid Lead Ringflash ECO-RQ
Switzerland's own Elinchrom SA have been producing some of the best lights and light modifiers since 1962. They have a near spotless reputation and are relied on by some of the biggest names in professional photography. An investment in any of Elinchrom's lines, like the Quadra product listed here, opens up the buyer to a very well-supported lighting system with a diverse array of options. You can be assured that no matter how your photography grows or which direction you take it, Elinchrom will have you covered with their broad range of quality, well-built products.
Using the Quadra Hybrid RX Ringflash ECO will require a battery pack, like the Quadra Ranger RX Hybrid ECO, which will be the more expensive purchase of the set. However, like the other flashes on this list that run off battery packs, you will be able to use the pack to power other types of flash heads. Consider this when you're thinking about investing in a Quadra product since once you purchase the battery pack you won't be limited to using just the ring flash.
The Quadra Hybrid RX Ringflash ECO is a 400W/s flash head, so it's significantly more powerful than a speedlight, but also won't give you the same amount of punch as the Profoto Acute/D4 Ring Flash. You can set the duration down to a minuscule 1/6,000 sec for some serious motion stopping power, too. Since the Quadra line uses lithium ion battery technology in the packs, you can expect to get several pops out of a charge and the weight to be light enough to carry comfortably for extended periods of time.
This ring flash ships with a white plexiglass diffuser, which is one of the most common light modifiers for ring flashes, so you won't have to purchase one separately. Also included is a universal camera bracket for mounting your camera to the ring flash so you're ready to go right out of the box. If you are looking for a moderate-to-high powered ring flash with a quick duration and a predictable, high quality of light, the Elinchrom Quadra Hybrid RX Ringflash ECO deserves to be on your shortlist. It's a popular ring flash and for good reason.