I've always been a manual kind of guy--not proud of it, just never been completely trusting of auto controls in DSLRs.  Until this year I've shot almost exclusively with the Quantum Q-flash with Lumedyne battery packs.
I've always joked that the Quantum strobe is a good conversation starter because it looks so wierd.  A couple years ago I was photographing Prince Edward of England touring Applied Materials and in the elevator ride with him he commented "it looks like it's powered by steam!"  Good laugh--I joked that it at least it was made in America (shocking, but true!).  I'll mention a few points of my Quantum that I like and why I've used it so long.  1. Great quality of light--as you can see by the photo I have it set up as almost a bare-bulb flash (with a small silver reflector).  Gives a very nice quality of light and spreads very evenly, even when in a tight space with a wide lens.  2. Very consistent exposures--You can see the suto sensor is huge.  Again,  I used it on basic auto, not TTL. I could have two people standing side by side, and the sensor would still not be fooled into sensing the dark space between them.  Pretty remarkable.  3. Reliable and solid constuction--a absolute must if you're a working pro--The units have been very reliable electronically and mechanically.  Good, solid buildI've had a couple issues with sych cords, but pretty much resolved it--always used a sych tip tool to tighten the connection before every shoot--good piece of gear to have in your bag.  When I had a flakey power cord, I'd send the unit in to have it replaced--Quantum service and support gets a "thumbs up" in my book.

OK--All this being said--some things I don't like about the Quantum Strobe 1. Bulky and heavy--this has been improved on the newer models, but the quantums are still "top heavy" in my opinion.  Not the best weight and balance for long shoots.  2. Recycling could be faster--not a critical issue, but we want it all--probably has been improved in the newer units.


07/11/2012 21:11

Great blog post, thanks for posting this.


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    Ross Mehan

    I don't know everything about photography, but time and experience have taught me a few things.  Please enjoy my thoughts and rants--Ross


    October 2011