Elinchrom Quadra Speed AS, Color Temperature Test / Review

Elinchrom Quadra AS vs Elinchrom D-Lite 4 Color Temperature Comparation

Elinchrom Quadra AS vs Elinchrom D-Lite 4 Color Temperature Comparation

 

  • For this test I used a Canon G1X on a tripod and same flash position with the same silver reflector.
  • Both photos were taken at F13 apperture and 1/320s sync.
  • The color temperature was also calibrated in Adobe Camera Raw on the gray card.
  • Both flashes where set at P4.0 power and both are rated at 400Ws on full power.
  • The Elinchrom D-Lite 4 flash bulb is the same as the one on Quadra S heads (I wonder if the color temperature is the same on the Quadra S).

 

It seems that the Elinchrom Quadra AS flash have a cooler image, 5100K vs. 5550K Elinchrom D-Lite 4. And there is a better dynamic range in the image taken with the Quadra (as can be seen in the image histogram).

Below you can see the test images.

Elinchrom Quadra Speed AS, Color Temperature Test / Review

Elinchrom Quadra Speed AS, Color Temperature Test / Review

 

Elinchrom D-Lite 4, Color Temperature Test / Review

Elinchrom D-Lite 4, Color Temperature Test / Review

 

  • DONT FORGET – White Balance CANNOT cure everything if the wavelength is missing in the first place, that “information” cannot be re-created. A prime example being near-monochromatic sodium street lighting – if you try to get rid of the orange cast via white balance, you will end up with a near B&W image. (a quote from Darkcat Studios UK).