Which Power Flash Will Crucial To Enhance Your Image Levels

If you're looking for a powerful flash device that can handle a variety of photography needs, the STORM III (QT III) and ELC 500 are great options.

Godox and Elinchrom are two brands that have developed their brand name over many years by producing photography equipment like flashlights, and accessories. In this post, let’s focus on analyzing the Elinchrom ELC 500 TTL Head and STORM III (QT III) power flash including STORM III 400, STORM III 600 and STORM III 1200 (QT1200III).

The STORM III series is the rebranded version of the Godox QT III flash unit. Meanwhile, both units are manufactured together so that each version offers the same high quality and specifications. As the STORM III, series is the same achieving the top pick in 2018 by Pixapro. It also allows utilising the same modifiers and accessories that would be compatible with the Godox QT III, such as Godox 2.4GHz Triggers.

We here at EssentialPhoto also offer a 24 Month UK Based Warranty Period for each of our Lighting units. It allows us to offer detailed and professional advice and support throughout this period. From here, you can generally figure out the key main strengths and weaknesses and also choose the appropriate flash.  

Max Power

First, let’s discuss more the max energy of ELC 500 and STORM III (QT III). Since there are many other 500 and 600 Ws alternatives available, the ELB 500 TTL may not appear to be the most powerful portable TTL device on the market at 500 Ws. The ELB 500 TTL is more potent in both regular and HSS modes, up to 0.5 f-stops brighter thanks to more efficient circuits, when compared to the top battery-powered options, nevertheless. Ideal for stifling the sun.

While the STORM III 400 is a high-speed studio flash with 400Ws of power. This makes by using insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) technology. With the help of this new technology,  the STORM III 400 can create extremely quick flash durations of up to 1/29,600 of a second (T0.1). It allows you to sharply freeze subjects that are moving quickly. Excellent for taking pictures of powder, water splashes, and other things. The same technology was used for STORM III 600/1200 but the flash durations of these products were different at 1/26,100 of a second (T0.1). 

Phenomenal Speed

Photographers can shoot up to 20 pictures per second with the STORM III 400/600/1200. Because of its incredibly quick recycling times, which ensure that you never miss the ideal opportunity. Ideal for photographing sports figures and dancers. When a picture shoot must be completed quickly and conveniently, the ELB 500 TTL is the ideal companion. The "Manual Lock" function for manual shooters enables you to initially "lock" the exposure in TTL before switching to manual mode.

Stroboscopic Flash Mode

Not only using the IGBT technology but the STORM III 400/600/1200 was also using the help of Stroboscopic Flash mode. With the help of this feature, photographers may capture the action originally. It operates by rapidly firing several flashes. It enables you to take stunning pictures of your subject. Even more, moving in motion when combined with a slow shutter speed.

High-Speed Sync Mode

There is another feature that the STORM III 400/600/1200 power flash was using which is High-Speed Sync (HSS) mode allows you to sync your flash. It could get the rates up to 1/8000 of a second faster than is typically achievable. When photographers want to utilise a wider aperture or need a faster shutter speed to eliminate ambient light in their picture, this mode is helpful. With the Elinchrom Pro, the ELB 500 TTL can synchronise up to 1/8000s with high-speed synchronisation. Use a bigger aperture, darken the scene, or suppress ambient light to stop motion. It's never been simpler to create a dreamy background, and without having to worry about flash sync restrictions or the time of day results in a wonderfully liberating creative experience.

Full asymmetry offers a wider range of creative flexibility for the first time in an Elinchrom portable flash unit. In terms of charging, it gives you the ability to charge the battery while shooting in the studios. 

When shooting above the x-sync, ELB 500 TTL users who already own ELB 400, Quadra, or D-Lite RX 4 cameras. It can effortlessly integrate the ELB 500 TTL with its existing setups by employing the camera's HSS capability. When shooting above the x-sync, ELB 500 TTL can effortlessly integrate with their existing setups by employing the camera's HSS capability.

Rear-Curtain Sync

Rear-Curtain Sync, a function of the STORM III 400/600/1200 power flash, allows photographers to create beautiful motion-trail effects using slow shutter rates. By firing the flash after the exposure, this mode creates motion blur effects that look natural. With standard front-curtain Sync, the motion-blur effect appears in front of your subject which can look a little strange in the final image.

Stable-Colour Mode

Next is the stable-colour mode of STORM III 400/600/1200 which makes sure there is as minimal colour temperature volatility. When photographing colour-sensitive work, such as advertisements, fashion lookbooks, product catalogues, etc., this is extremely helpful. In terms of the ELB 500, it would less waste time and money in post-production by also coming with an accurate colour mode. From this feature, you can provide your clients with professional and consistent results.

LED Modelling Lamp

STORM III 400/600/1200 now comes with an integrated 40W LED modelling lamp. Compared to conventional Halogen lamps, LED modelling lamps are more energy-efficient, brighter, and operate cooler. Additionally, they live a lot longer. As a result, you can use the STORM III 400/600/1200 with modifiers that cover the bulb, like snoots. Now you don't have to worry about the modifier getting too hot to handle.

Understand that nobody wants to mess around with the controls when shooting photos in the studio or outdoors. The ELB 500 TTL's easy-to-use control panel and huge LED display make using the pack a delight.

Power And Precision At Your Command

With the expanded 9-Stop power range included in the STORM III 400/600/1200 power flash, you may change the power between full and 1/256 in steps of 1/10. The STORM II Series will certainly satisfy your lighting needs, even when used as your main light or a delicate kiss of light. Photographers shouldn't ever be constrained by your gear. The ELC 500 can acclimatise whether you are conducting experiments in your home room or operating in a big studio. To get the correct depth of field, you may power both heads down to 7 Ws. Additionally, you may freeze motion, block out ambient light, and darken backgrounds with HSS up to 1/8000s.

ONE System Compatible

The Pixapro ONE flash trigger mechanism is fully compatible with the built-in receiver on the STORM III Series. This makes it possible for any of the PIXAPRO ONE System flash triggers, such as the ST-IV (GODOX XPro), ST-III (GODOX X1), and ST-III+ (GODOX X2) flash transmitters, to activate it. These triggers are available with full control for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Olympus, and Pentax. They can also work in part with some expensive cameras, like Hasselblad, Leica, and PhaseOne. Your options for creative lighting are nearly limitless with the PIXAPRO STORM III 400. Since it has the enduringly popular Bowens S-Type accessory mount. It enables it to be used with a variety of various light modifiers like Softboxes, beauty dishes, reflectors, and snoots.

The Q-Mount (Quadra Mount) of the ELB 500 TTL is compatible with a variety of ultra-portable Q-Mount-specific accessories. When combined with the Q-Mount to EL Mount Adapter MK II, it may also be used with any of your preferred full-sized Elinchrom light modifiers.

The Heritage, Quality & Value of Elinchrom

The ELB 500 TTL is the most recent version of Elinchrom's ultra-reliable and revolutionary small flash solutions. Elinchrom has spent decades developing the best lighting tools at the best possible prices for its customers.

In general, for photographers who enjoy shooting fast-moving subjects like dancers, athletes, and children, as well as artistic photography the Godox STORM III is the ideal strobe. There are several functions on this simple flash that are appropriate for both novice and professional photographers. It is a crucial component of every photography studio's lighting setup. While it is in contrast with Elinchrom 500 TTL. This product was built for daring portrait photographers who shoot both in-studio and on-location. The new ELB 500 TTL is the most potent and transportable TTL light yet created.

EssentialPhoto and PiXAPRO are pleased to be a direct partner of Godox in the United Kingdom, with the largest collection of Godox stock available in the UK. So you can be confident with the support and assistance we provide. As we are representing Godox at The Photography Show 2022, this further shows our partnership and commitment to the Godox Brand, and we are always looking to expand this further.

Brand Elinchrom Pixapro (rebrand Godox)
Model ELC500 Flash Head STORM III 400 (QT400 III) STORM III 600 (QT600 III) STORM III 1200 (QT1200 III)
Price ~£799.00 £531.99 £504.99(£576.99)  £745.99
Flash Head
Max Power 500 Ws 400Ws 600Ws 1,200Ws
Power Control 7 Stops in 1/10-Stop Increments No data No data No data
Guide Number 212.6' / 64.8 m 65m 76m 105m
Flash Duration t.5: 1/2940 to 1/2330 Sec t.1: 1/22,988 to 1/192 Sec t.1: 1/19,696 to 1/190 Sec t.1: 1/14,814 to 1/180 Sec
Recycle Time 0.6 to 2.0 0.05 to 0.9 0.05 to 0.9 0.05 to 0.9
Color Temperature 5500K 5600K ± 200K 5600K ± 200K 5600K ± 200K
Accessory Mount Elinchrom Umbrella Shaft Bowens S-Type Bowens S-Type Bowens S-Type
Modeling Light
Type Tungsten LED LED LED
Wattage 300 W 40W 40W 40W
Sync Type Infrared, Optical, Radio Sync port, USB port, S1 and S2 Optical Slave Modes, Radio Sync port, USB port, S1 and S2 Optical Slave Modes, Radio Sync port, USB port, S1 and S2 Optical Slave Modes, Radio
Built-In Wireless Receiver Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wireless Frequency Bands No data 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz
Wireless Channels / Groups 08-Apr 32/16 32/16 32/16
Display None LCD LCD LCD
Fan Cooled Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dimensions H: 8.2 x W: 5.5 x L: 12.4" /
H: 21.0 x W: 14.0 x L: 31.5 cm, Including Cap
392mm x 176 x 143mm 392mm x 176 x 143mm 550mm x 176 x 143mm
Net. Weight 2.35 kg 2.96kg 3.33kg 4.26kg