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borism
13th of January 2009 (Tue), 11:51
Hello
I'd like to get a stand and umbrella and Id like to hear your opinions on what would you get
This for one flash 580EXII
I am down to two options
One is from MPEX extracted from the strobist kit, is onely one light stand, bracket and a big nice 45in umbrella, here is the links, total of 70$ for one light kit

http://www.mpex.com/browse.cfm/4,5809.html

http://www.mpex.com/browse.cfm/4,4727.html

http://www.mpex.com/browse.cfm/4,11776.html

Or this from B&H , two kit umbrella and stand, smaller 32 in umbrella for 99$
the link

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/425220-REG/Impact_DFUMK_Digital_Flash_Umbrella_Mount.html#rev iews


The more expensive one light kit looks a bit more sturdy and is a bigger umbrella
The B&H kit looks ok, it is two instead of 1, a couple forum users have commented that is what they use, but some reviews comment on flimsy built etc..
Any comments, sugggestions experience apresiated everyone
Thank you

robbrouse
13th of January 2009 (Tue), 12:01
I have the B&H kit. It's not bad. Work the $100. The umbrella's are small like you saidf but they do a pretty good job. I do liek the stands. Never a problem with them.

shutterfiend
13th of January 2009 (Tue), 12:08
I have the eclipse umbrella. This stand (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/253069-REG/Impact_LS_96HAB_Air_Cushioned_Heavy_Duty_Light.htm l)is bulky but real sturdy. I like this swivel mount (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/546375-REG/Bogen_Manfrotto_026_026_Swivel_Umbrella_Adapter.ht ml)the best.

borism
13th of January 2009 (Tue), 12:08
THANK ROB

May I ask you
Do you think that buying later a bigger umbrella say a 45".. the BH stands will hold it without a problem?
I was thinking getting the BH double kit and purchasing a nicer bigger umbrella.
This is my first light set and I want to make the right choice

Thank you for sharing!

hawkeye60
13th of January 2009 (Tue), 12:12
Two umbrellas will allow you more options than just one, however I don't have the kit so I can't comment on the quality.

borism
13th of January 2009 (Tue), 12:31
Yes
Thing is I have one flash right now,, Im thinking for my next flash would be nice to have the second stand already

Thanks for sharing
Im kind of thinking for the BH kit
My concern is the quality of the bracket and the stands

Anyone else can comment or make suggestions?
thank you

tmalone893
13th of January 2009 (Tue), 13:16
Hello
I'd like to get a stand and umbrella and Id like to hear your opinions on what would you get
This for one flash 580EXII
I am down to two options
One is from MPEX extracted from the strobist kit, is onely one light stand, bracket and a big nice 45in umbrella, here is the links, total of 70$ for one light kit

http://www.mpex.com/browse.cfm/4,5809.html

http://www.mpex.com/browse.cfm/4,4727.html

http://www.mpex.com/browse.cfm/4,11776.html

Or this from B&H , two kit umbrella and stand, smaller 32 in umbrella for 99$
the link

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/425220-REG/Impact_DFUMK_Digital_Flash_Umbrella_Mount.html#rev iews


The more expensive one light kit looks a bit more sturdy and is a bigger umbrella
The B&H kit looks ok, it is two instead of 1, a couple forum users have commented that is what they use, but some reviews comment on flimsy built etc..
Any comments, sugggestions experience apresiated everyone
Thank you

I just ordered the items you have listed from Mpex yesterday. Should be here tomorrow and I will let you know how the build quality is.

borism
13th of January 2009 (Tue), 13:22
I just ordered the items you have listed from Mpex yesterday. Should be here tomorrow and I will let you know how the build quality is.

That is great!
I will be anticipating your preliminary review!

Thanks!

CanonLaw
3rd of March 2009 (Tue), 19:07
That is great!
I will be anticipating your preliminary review!

Thanks!

I have the BH kit and I really like it. I don't have anything to compare it too, but it seems built well enough. It goes higher than the ceilings in my apartment, and it wobbles a little at full height, but not much. It is solidly constructed and the umbrella folds nicely.

I am sure there are better units, that are sturdier, but for the price, it will give you plenty of room to grow.

If you use it outside though, get a decent sand bag, because it will tip over in the wind, and you risk losing your 580.

Oh, and I bought the 45" umbrella also. I say go with the BH kit and then you have two stands, and three umbrellas (if you get a 45"). It all folds away into a pretty small bag (if you have a small bag...doesn't come with one).

RichNY
3rd of March 2009 (Tue), 19:20
You might want to set aside the "kit" idea and buy individual quality components.

I agree with the recommendation for the Bogen 026 metal umbrella bracket that shutterfiend made.

I'd also suggest looking at the 46" Photek Softlighter II which gives allows you to use it as a shoot thru, a bounce (also has gold/silver discs), and it can be configured to diffuse light similar to a softbox.

Combine these with an Manfrotto or Impact stand and you will have a superior system for not much more. I think you'll find it is better to have quality over quantity.

Rob Lewis
4th of March 2009 (Wed), 18:36
The best umbrella for the light quality that it gives is the Photek softliter product. You can use it just as an umbrella. Throws the light great.