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First purchase for in home studio

 
criverhd12
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Feb 01, 2012 09:06 |  #1

Well I made for first purchase for my in home studio. I got this background stand.
http://www.amazon.com …F8&qid=13140782​98&sr=8-47 (external link)

and also purchased this backdrop.
http://www.amazon.com …TF8&qid=1328108​439&sr=8-1 (external link)

Now to decide what I want to get for my strobes and acc.
So far I am leaning to two AB1600 and one AB800. Still unsure if I will get light stands from PCB or go with the Impacts from BH or Monfrotto's. The Soft box and umbrella and a bunch of other acc. will be from PCB. So much fun to start ordering everything and scary at the same time.


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Feb 01, 2012 15:10 |  #2

The only thing I'd suggest is not to go too cheap on the lightstands. You do get what you pay for with these. I started out with cheap stands, and they were OK (and light and easy to pack up and take with me), but I'm not even very hard on them and broke several of them in short order. It's nice to mount something on a stand and not worry about it breaking or falling over.


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Feb 01, 2012 15:32 |  #3

If you are planning on shooting inside a normal sized home studio you might be overpowered using the AB1600's. Even on lower power settings they can overwhelm a regular sized room.




  
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Feb 01, 2012 17:40 |  #4

Thanks guys. After doing some research today I will most likely be going with these light stands.
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_3_QSS_Air_Cush​ioned.html (external link)

As for the AB's. In the begining I will be inside pretty much all the time and would like to venture outside as the weather gets better. At first I had decided to get the 1600's just mainly because for the price defference I did not want to regret getting anything that might be under powered in the future. But after doing alot of more research today I have decided that I will probably get 3-AB800's. If in the future if I need more power I will pick up some 1600's.

All this studio stuff is all new to me. I have been doing tons of reading and watching videos on studio photography and I really want to give it a try. My wife has been pretty understanding about me get set up. Ok well so far :D:D


Toy list, 5D Mark II Gripped/580 speedlite flash/16-35mm 2.8L/ 24-70 f2.8L/ 85 1.8/70-200 f2.8 Mk II L/SX30IS for hiking and Benro C-269 M8 Carbon fiber w/B-1 ball head:D

  
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Feb 01, 2012 20:02 |  #5

If ou can swing it financially, consider getting Einsteins. You can dial the power waaaay back (2.5 watt seconds? Are you kidding me?) if you want, and they have a nice amount of punch at full power.


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Feb 01, 2012 21:31 as a reply to  @ sagray's post |  #6

+1 on better lightstands and another +1 on einsteins

i wish i didn't buy the 'portable' lightstands since they just seem too flimsy with my modifiers - even when i do decide to go out - i lug around my heavy duty boom lightstand since i feel safer with my lights and modifiers on them.

just ordered an einstein - and hopefully in the spring/summer i can get a second one.


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Feb 03, 2012 21:55 |  #7

I would say, avoid if possible lightstands where the part to which the legs attach is plastic. I see many of these broken.




  
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Feb 03, 2012 22:40 |  #8

i found the comments re lightstands very interesting
i had a bunch of cheap light stands and i abused and used them in water, outdoor etc all the time without any sign of problems.. my most expensive pair of light stand i paid 60 for 2, and they hold up my ab and white lighting (7lb) very well even after 2 years of constant abuse
i would be interested to see how light stands can break with regular usage?


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Feb 04, 2012 09:19 as a reply to  @ kenwood33's post |  #9

These: Stackables (external link)


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Feb 04, 2012 10:17 |  #10

I would second the "No cheap stands" comment. Stands are like tripods, buy a good one and keep it forever. They dont care what brand of light they support. And as you move up, they will not become two weak to support the new lights. And they will only get more expensive in time. So get the good ones now.

I will also second the comment that the 1600 may be to strong. I know many a studio that uses 500ws lights and never turn them over 1/4 power. They got the big ones and keep them down for the refresh rate. They bought them because turned down they will cycle in under 1 second. Not because they needed the power.


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Feb 04, 2012 16:40 |  #11

skruft wrote in post #13822279 (external link)
I would say, avoid if possible lightstands where the part to which the legs attach is plastic. I see many of these broken.

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Feb 05, 2012 04:18 |  #12

gonzogolf wrote in post #13808037 (external link)
If you are planning on shooting inside a normal sized home studio you might be overpowered using the AB1600's. Even on lower power settings they can overwhelm a regular sized room.

+1 to this as well. I have a pretty small room and picked up 3 AB800's used, they are too much for me barely get turned up over half way.


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Feb 05, 2012 12:37 |  #13

Ditto for the 1600s. I have two 800s in my home studio, and like the other posters, I never turn them above half way. If I was to redo this, I'd buy one 800 and one 400.


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