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28th of March 2008 (Fri), 07:41
I have spent many hours reading the Strobist blog and have wet my appetite for some more learning/experimenting and shoot indoor portraits, products, macro, etc http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html
I am thinking the following setup may be a good start, and then I could move up to optical or radio triggers, but just trying to take it slow at this stage. Anyway, heres my list:
Compact light stand
umbrella adapter/swivel bracket
1. I'm thinking my 40D and 580EXII will have the necessary connectors, or are there parts I am missing?
2. I have to keep budget in mind, but could I put together this package for under $100?
3. I have no idea of what brand would be the best choice for the above items so any recommendations would be appreciated.
4. For future, I would like to get a second flash for a hair light or whatever, should I save for another 580EX (stick with Canon) or should I try to pick up a cheaper used flash (by any manufacturer)?
28th of March 2008 (Fri), 08:16
$100 US budget seems reasonable for what you have proposed, though I'm not familiar with prevailing prices or shipping costs in Australia. I think you have listed everything you need, as long as you get the right PC cord. You'll need a PC cord with a male connector on both ends, and I recommend the more trouble-free screwlock connectors like this:
Your second flash depends on what you're willing to spend. A Sunpak 383 plus an optical slave adapter can be had for less than $100 (US) and will serve any Strobist disciple well. But a 430EX will add wireless E-TTL capability to your list of options, which is sometimes nice to have.
28th of March 2008 (Fri), 11:41
Check with MPEX.com. They have the Lumopro brand which is pretty good (stand, swivel ) and a reflective umbrella.
As far as flashes, I use Sunpaks ($80) and preferred them over Canon (only issue with them is they have 1 -1/16 only power range).
28th of March 2008 (Fri), 21:16
Thanks curtis & gout, and sorry for the long absence. At least now I know I'll have the basics covered within my budget.
I want to do some more research into the stands, umbrellas and reflectors, but do you think that there are better options regarding these or are they mostly the same and I should just hunt around for the best prices?
Sorry if I am too general in my question.
28th of March 2008 (Fri), 21:25
I've used about four different brands of umbrellas and haven't noticed any real differences in build quality.
However, I have noticed differences in light output. More here:
There are lots of lightstands, with prices all over the map. Generally you get what you pay for, but it doesn't take much to hold up a flash unit and umbrella. The high-end stands are made for a lot more weight.
28th of March 2008 (Fri), 22:44
Thanks for the link Curtis, I will check that out. OK, here is my list. Looks like my original budget will be blown, but I guess you have to expect that. These prices are from a local dealer (http://www.dragonimage.com.au) in Sydney:
AUS$66 for a 2.2m stand
42" white umbrella AUS$46
42" 5 in 1 reflector AUS$99
Flash Zebra PC Cord $25
It would be good to get some ideas on the swivel bracket and where I can order them? BHPhoto?
28th of March 2008 (Fri), 22:48
Forgot to mention that I want to attach both the flash and umbrella together on the stand.
29th of March 2008 (Sat), 00:41
Swivel bracket (as long as you're getting a cord from the zebra):
29th of March 2008 (Sat), 01:20
Great thanks Curtis. Seems like they are out of stock, so will try and hunt one down elsewhere.
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