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Lighting Equipment - which is better?

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Mar 25, 2011 10:28 |  #1


I'm about to purchase a light stand and umbrella for the YN-465 speedlight that I recently obtained. Ideally, I'd like to get a stand that can hold an actual studio light so I don't have to buy a separate one just for that purpose in the future. I'm a bit conflicted about which stand, umbrella, and other equipment to purchase. I don't need/want top of the line quality, but I do want something that will get the job done without complaints.

Here's what I have in mind so far:

Option 1: $76.99 (including shipping)
Just buying a cheap kit like this and be done with shopping:
Fancier Studio Kit (external link)
This would give me two of everything: mounting brackets, stands, reflective umbrellas, shoot through umbrellas, and a carrying case.
The stands are on the cheap side and are 7' tall.
Reflective umbrellas are 33"
Shoot through (white) umbrellas are 32"
Reviews say the carrying bag is too big and of cheap quality.
Most of the Amazon reviews are positive (4.5 stars from 15 reviewers).
I have read that the mounting brackets are the biggest weak point of the package and some people state that they can't hold a flash at the correct angle so it points to the center of the umbrella.
Also, I'm not sure I want 32" and 33" umbrellas to start with.
But I'd have two of everything so that when I buy the YN-560 or a cheap studio flash I'd have somewhere to put it.

Option 2: $72.44 (including shipping)
Buy a better light stand: Ravelli ALS Photo Light Stand (external link)
This is 10', air cushioned and has a reversible adapter (not sure if that matters but options rarely hurt).

Better adapter: Manfrotto 026 Swivel Lite-Tite (external link)
Will definitely solve the potential problems of the cheaper brackets.

Bigger, more versatile umbrella: 44" White Satin Umbrella w/ Removable Black Cover (external link)
Bigger is better right? And and if I want shoot through or reflective I should be able to just take off or slip on the cover instead of changing out the umbrella entirely, correct? I'm just not sure about this type of umbrella, as in how effective is it as either type and are single use options usually better?

So for not much difference in price, I can get two of everything. This essentially makes the package deal about half as expensive as option 2. Are the components from option 2 worth double of those in option 1? Would I get about $70 more value from option 2? Is the cheap package deal even worth considering or is it just junk? Or will I hardly notice a difference between the two options? Would either of these options be okay with a more traditional studio light, like an Alien Bee? If you were starting out, which option would you pick and why?


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Mar 25, 2011 13:05 |  #2

everyone thinks like this in the beginning. then 2 years later you have 10 stands and no clue when it happened.

just buy the one thats best for your current needs.

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Mar 25, 2011 13:15 |  #3

Very true, you have one light so I suggest you spend the extra and go for the 2nd option.

Also 43" is a nicer size the work with as it gives you more lighting flexibility.

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Mar 25, 2011 16:54 |  #4

I would only suggest, avoid stands with plastic parts other than the knobs and feet. I have seen many broken stands where the part to which the legs attach is plastic.

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