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Ok I'm looking at investing in this. I'm want something portable that can do double duty in a studio or travel for weddings or school portraits. Based on everything I've read nobody regrets purchasing Profoto's other than the initial sticker shock. I'm willing to spend a little more up front for something that I can grow into and it looks like this may hold its value compared to other brands should I need to liquidate.

So my question is this. 1000 vs 500? there is a significant price difference between the 250, 500 and 1000. Should I just go for the 1000? I mean with ISO the way it is could I get by with 500 lets say at the beach? Ugh...decisions decisions. Thanks for your help.

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Wishlist includes:, 85L, 200L love the NEW 400mm but at 11.5k Its a wet dream and some training/instruction to do the equipment justice.

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I would be all over that kit

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For studio work, the 1000's are overkill..... The 500's will suit your needs 99.99% of the time. I own the Photogenic 1250DR's (500ws) and have been shooting in Studio, On-Location Events, as well as Outdoors and having that 500ws power has never been a problem..... So, for the extra weight, size, and especially the price, going with the 1000's will only take extra money out of your wallet that you could use toward modifiers or other little goodies that you may want. So, personally, I would go with an all 500ws kit or purchase them individually.....

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The Loft Studios wrote in post #15938077external link
For studio work, the 1000's are overkill..... The 500's will suit your needs 99.99% of the time. I own the Photogenic 1250DR's (500ws) and have been shooting in Studio, On-Location Events, as well as Outdoors and having that 500ws power has never been a problem..... So, for the extra weight, size, and especially the price, going with the 1000's will only take extra money out of your wallet that you could use toward modifiers or other little goodies that you may want. So, personally, I would go with an all 500ws kit or purchase them individually.....

Thanks for the advice. yes its about 1k cheaper if I go the 500x2 vs the 1000x2 route.

Went like this.
$5,199.00 3 Head Studio Kit - 2- 1000W/s / 1- 500W/s
$4,779.00 3 Head Studio Kit - 1- 1000W/s / 2- 500W/s
$4,239.00 3 Head Studio Kit - 1- 250W/s / 2- 500W/s

In addition to the monolights the kits include the following:
Stands x3, Softboxes x2
Includes Air Remote
300 Watt Modeling Lights
Multi-voltage
77 Degree Built-in Reflector
Fan Cooled
Wheeled Case

I was thinking of getting the 4x6 Softbox with difuser and modifier
and possibly the 7ft Octo with the difuser. or maybe a 1x6ft strip box.
Lastly the vaunted beauty dish. Manfrotto has some special for the stands vs the ones that come with the kit so I'd use the kit stands to possibly hold up a background or something?

Post #4, May 16, 2013 13:03:35


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Oh I'd probably just rent the batpack (as in battery pak) as needed. it's ~$1,800

Post #5, May 16, 2013 13:05:29


5DMIII, 20D, 16-35L II, 24-70L II, 24-105L, 70-200L II 2.8 IS[COLOR=black], 50L, 100macro, 15 fisheye, 1.4extender II, 2x extender III, 600EX x2, (CPS USA Member-the free one), Powershot D10 (WaterproofCamera).
Wishlist includes:, 85L, 200L love the NEW 400mm but at 11.5k Its a wet dream and some training/instruction to do the equipment justice.

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abbadon31 wrote in post #15938059external link
I would be all over that kit

Really? What's nice about it.....versus what you're using now?

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Going Baroque wrote in post #15938481external link
Really? What's nice about it.....versus what you're using now?

I love to have all that extra power to use larger modifiers further back, then med modifiers closer in to my shot.
I love that you can zoom the modifiers

Stronger modeling lights; in studio I have to plug in a separate light and bounce it off the front of the modifier.

I like that it all fits and comes in one case, I have multiple cases to carry my different stands and strobes.

Since my kits are Elinchrom Quadra I'm limited to what modifier I can use and I have to have adapters for each strobe head (4x100=$400.00).

Plus it profoto which is a step up from elinchrom then it goes broncolor ;)

If its to much power use a ND filter

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