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May 30, 2010 21:49 |  #1

Hey, so i've posted in this sub-forum before, but then got sidetracked for a year or so and never bought my strobes. I am a professional ski photographer, but I want to get into some studio work, but also be able to bring this equipment into the field.

I have a bit over 1k to spend on lights, maybe more if it's really going to be beneficial. I'm not sure if I want 1 or 2 lights. 2 would be nicer, although if I bought 1, i could get one super nice strobe. Along with this, I want a large softbox an umbrella, but I can handle choosing those.

I was originally looking at the broncolor strobe on adorama that was $950, seems like it'd be a great choice if I got one. Any other suggestions? Do I want two and get like 2 elinchroms?

Also, I would need a remote trigger if i wanted it done remotely... does it come with syncing cables for studio work? Would I want AC or DC strobe heads? What powers these... (I see some people drop like 5k for big power boxes... some that have a box hanging from the head?) what would I need to power these?


Basically, I need a recommendation on my choice in purchase, along with a list of all the accessories I'd need to have it work with my mk3.

Thanks a ton!




  
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May 30, 2010 22:05 |  #2

How about Alienbees or a couple of 580EXIIs?


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May 30, 2010 22:08 as a reply to  @ Sports_Dude's post |  #3

I've heard good things about alienbees, but they aren't sold on adorama.. i buy everything from there. And I'd prefer to have a more durable and well known brand name. And the 580's, I'd prefer actual strobes.




  
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May 30, 2010 22:19 |  #4

I'd highly recommend "expanding your expenditure"... Buying it all in one place doesnt make it "right"


Alienbees is VERY good stuff, VERY well tested and abused and holds up.
They aren't "cheap" they are inexpensive, there IS a huge difference/


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May 30, 2010 22:29 |  #5

hughesbryant wrote in post #10273889 (external link)
I've heard good things about alienbees, but they aren't sold on adorama.. i buy everything from there. And I'd prefer to have a more durable and well known brand name. And the 580's, I'd prefer actual strobes.

Alien bees are sold factory direct. Absolutely great people to deal with. I understand your loyalty to adorama, but you would be passing on a quality product for a great price is you passed on them because of a loyalty to a store. The bees are perfect for your applications as they do well in the studio but with the lexan case they are light and durable for location shooting and the the alien bee vagabond II is the most widely used portable power supply.




  
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May 30, 2010 22:39 |  #6

hughesbryant wrote in post #10273889 (external link)
I've heard good things about alienbees, but they aren't sold on adorama.. i buy everything from there. And I'd prefer to have a more durable and well known brand name. And the 580's, I'd prefer actual strobes.

Well, I've never heard of "broncolor strobe" while browsing these threads here on the canon forums. When discussions come up regarding strobes, I typically see Alienbees, Calumet Genesis, White Lightning, etc....


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May 30, 2010 22:55 as a reply to  @ Sports_Dude's post |  #7

Okay thanks for all of your opinions. I only mentioned Broncolor as I've done some studio work in New York City under the insight of Vincent LaForet with Stockland Martel... and they were the only lights they were using.

I'll look into the alienbees, and any answers regarding my other questions about power etc?




  
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May 30, 2010 22:58 |  #8

hughesbryant wrote in post #10274057 (external link)
Okay thanks for all of your opinions. I only mentioned Broncolor as I've done some studio work in New York City under the insight of Vincent LaForet with Stockland Martel... and they were the only lights they were using.

I'll look into the alienbees, and any answers regarding my other questions about power etc?

alien bees vagabond, even elinchrome users use them. Broncolor are great lights, but not generally the most portable solution. You probably want monolights instead of a pack and head system.




  
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May 30, 2010 23:02 |  #9

Check out the Elinchrom lineup, Bryant. I highly recommend the BXRi and RX units. You can also do a little search here to see what others have said about them.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …2|0&ci=14356&N=​4291081789 (external link)


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May 30, 2010 23:02 |  #10

gonzogolf wrote in post #10274073 (external link)
alien bees vagabond, even elinchrome users use them. Broncolor are great lights, but not generally the most portable solution. You probably want monolights instead of a pack and head system.

I'm not too worried about set-up times and portability, if it requires 30 minutes to set up for the better quality, I'm fine with that. Is it going to be more expensive?




  
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May 30, 2010 23:08 |  #11

No, shouldnt be. Do you know the difference between monolights and pack and head systems? Monolights each have their own power regulating system so each is independent of the other lights. You can add as many as you like and make them sync together. Pack and head systems have a central power distribution box and a cord going to each head. Obviously in location shoot you have to have either attached to an electrical source like the vagabond battery. You would need to see if there are portable power systems that support the pack and head power requirements.




  
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May 30, 2010 23:14 |  #12

gonzogolf wrote in post #10274110 (external link)
No, shouldnt be. Do you know the difference between monolights and pack and head systems? Monolights each have their own power regulating system so each is independent of the other lights. You can add as many as you like and make them sync together. Pack and head systems have a central power distribution box and a cord going to each head. Obviously in location shoot you have to have either attached to an electrical source like the vagabond battery. You would need to see if there are portable power systems that support the pack and head power requirements.

See that was what I was concerned with as when I was working with BC's in the past, they were all hooked up to a box. Is one of these options more cost effective than the other? What is the benefit of having one central battery unit?




  
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May 30, 2010 23:16 |  #13

Sorry, you said you like shopping from Adorama. Here's the link: http://www.adorama.com …p_sort_rating&S​ortOrder=0 (external link)


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May 30, 2010 23:22 |  #14

hughesbryant wrote in post #10274134 (external link)
See that was what I was concerned with as when I was working with BC's in the past, they were all hooked up to a box. Is one of these options more cost effective than the other? What is the benefit of having one central battery unit?

First lets be clear. The BC's have a power distribution box, it would still need a separate power supply. Monolights dont need that box, but again there is the need for a power supply like the vagabond battery. At $300 each the benefit of connecting them with a simple power cord is better than one battery per light which can get pricey.




  
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