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Oct 01, 2010 16:18 |  #46
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Hermes wrote in post #11015962 (external link)
...you buy electronics from a company called cowboy studios and you're surprised that the quality is lacking?

LOL :lol:bw!


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Oct 01, 2010 17:02 |  #47

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LOL :lol:bw!

Yeh, I know, but it being in Dallas TX, it seems fitting. :oops:


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Oct 01, 2010 17:33 |  #48

I drove by their offices about a half hour ago. It wasn't on fire, so maybe they don't eat their own dog food, per se?




  
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Oct 02, 2010 00:29 as a reply to  @ Todd Lambert's post |  #49

I am also looking for an entry level strobe kit and looked at the Cowboy sets. I am sorry for your misfortune, but thankful that you posted this info.


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Oct 02, 2010 08:44 |  #50

Todd Lambert wrote in post #11016722 (external link)
I drove by their offices about a half hour ago. It wasn't on fire, so maybe they don't eat their own dog food, per se?

If you are not planning to push the strobes very hard such as taking some pics here and there for Ebay they might never overheat. The problem is very much like with computer PSU's all the cheap stuff is overrated where the mid to high end is often underrated to prevent early failure. But having a CEO who could care less about customers makes everything and anything sold by Cowboy Studios totally not worth buying.

As word travels across the internet this one incident will end up becoming a PR nightmare that puts them out of business forever.




  
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Oct 03, 2010 07:06 |  #51

Buy a set of Alien Bees and enjoy a great product at a reasonable price with OUTSTANDING customer service.


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Oct 03, 2010 14:15 |  #52
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jrscls wrote in post #11024338 (external link)
Buy a set of Alien Bees and enjoy a great product at a reasonable price with OUTSTANDING customer service.

There's a reason they have had to hone their customer service...


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Oct 03, 2010 14:27 |  #53

mickeyjuice wrote in post #11025813 (external link)
There's a reason they have had to hone their customer service...

I've been saying that for a long time but typically when I voice that opinion I'm attacked by the alien sheep. Uh oh, I can see the flames coming.


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Oct 03, 2010 14:29 |  #54
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TMR Design wrote in post #11025846 (external link)
I've been saying that for a long time but typically when I voice that opinion I'm attacked by the alien sheep. Uh oh, I can see the flames coming.

Yep, been there, done that, got that hat. But I tell myself at least I've tried :-)

Seriously, at least the newbies have been warned, even if they haven't done their research, which would warn them anyway.


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Oct 03, 2010 17:26 |  #55

Yeah, and a Ford isn't a Mercedes. I get that. However, I get a little irritated when someone that can afford a Mercedes tries to come over and pee in my Cheerios because I happen to drive a Ford to get me back and forth to work. Show me a better AND cheaper (or at least similarly priced) option and I'll thank you for it. Seankzy actually took the time to show me that with Elincrom, and I'm adding them to the list of options. However, those that appear to just snipe at a brand seem petty rather than helpful, and I'll eventually start tuning them out unless they give reasons why their preferred product can meet my needs (technical and financial) better than another brand.


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Oct 03, 2010 23:49 |  #56

mickeyjuice wrote in post #11025813 (external link)
There's a reason they have had to hone their customer service...

I've been thinking about getting some AB's. Maybe I will have to research what you may be referring to here.


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Oct 04, 2010 00:44 |  #57

jrscls wrote in post #11024338 (external link)
Buy a set of Alien Bees and enjoy a great product at a reasonable price with OUTSTANDING customer service.

That is true.

Go to your local rental shop and ask the guys how they like the AB. They'll tell you that they like them because they are durable and the flash tubes are cheap to replace.

Everybody online has some brand that is their favorite (Ford is SOOOO much better than Chevy...LOL), but the rental houses stock only what can hold up in the rental environment and thus continue to make them money.


No bragging list - I just rent whatever the job requires.

  
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Oct 04, 2010 01:14 |  #58
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I've been thinking about getting some AB's. Maybe I will have to research what you may be referring to here.

Do the maths, and you'll find the ABs aren't really any cheaper than the Elinchrom D-Lites, even down here in Australia. Also look at the Genesis lights from {edit} Calumet - they have Eli fittings so you're buying into a system you can expand.


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Oct 04, 2010 01:26 |  #59

vid1900 wrote in post #11028970 (external link)
Go to your local rental shop and ask the guys how they like the AB. They'll tell you that they like them because they are durable and the flash tubes are cheap to replace.

Your local rental shop rents Bee's? Where do you live?


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Oct 04, 2010 02:27 |  #60

J Kacey wrote in post #11029118 (external link)
Your local rental shop rents Bee's? Where do you live?

You can get them anywhere, you don't have to live in my neighborhood:


http://www.lensrentals​.com …/strobes/alien-bees-ab800 (external link)

http://aperturent.com …ts/49/Rent-AlienBees-B800 (external link)

http://www.borrowlense​s.com/product/abr800 (external link)

http://www.mediapeeps.​com/equipmentrental.ht​ml (external link)

http://www.archinalcam​erarepair.com/equipmen​trental.htm (external link)

http://www.dallascamer​a.com/files/LightingRe​ntal.pdf (external link)


Locally, depending on your account volume, they are less than $5 a day. No reason not to try before you buy.

If you ever sell them, you will get 90% of what you paid. It's crazy how much they go for used, might as well buy new with the 10% student discount.


No bragging list - I just rent whatever the job requires.

  
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