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Apr 24, 2013 03:44 |  #1

I'm thinking about getting a Lencarta ultrapro 600 for studio portraits etc. I'm not sure if you have Lencarta is the US though.

One thing I'm struggling with is what battery would be compatible with these lights if I wanted to take them outside? I've seen a few batteries but they're incredibly expensive which I'm guessing are for pro shoots lasting several hours. I'm only an amateur and only need a battery that would last an hour or so of shooting.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?


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Apr 24, 2013 09:39 |  #2

I don't have studio lights because I don't have the space for a permanent set up. If I did and wanted to be mobile I'd have a look at the PCB vagabond mini as a portable power source. A lot of people have very good things to say about that product.

Not sure what you consider expensive. This seams reasonable to me.

http://www.paulcbuff.c​om/vm120.php (external link)


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Apr 24, 2013 09:46 as a reply to  @ digital paradise's post |  #3

Something that price would be ideal. Some of the bowens units were over £1000, thats what i'd call expensive.


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Apr 24, 2013 09:55 |  #4

Agreed. I was just not sure as pricing is different to everyone. A good product based on what I have read. Hard to drain them during a shoot so you have power for a long time. Will there be any issues with power in the UK. Your standard is 230 volt (I think)? Vagabond is 120. What are the Lencartas?


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Apr 24, 2013 10:10 as a reply to  @ digital paradise's post |  #5

yer we're 230V over here, which is what the lancarta's are.


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Apr 24, 2013 10:14 |  #6

Inverter?


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Apr 24, 2013 10:18 |  #7

They have a 230V version. http://www.paulcbuff.c​om/vm120-230v.php (external link)


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Apr 24, 2013 12:29 |  #9

Problem is if the PCB lights break or you have problems it's a long way to ship back for repair..

I'd buy Elinchrom, Calumet, Bowens or a brand that has UK dealers and possibly a service center within. Almost every quality brand has various kits comparable to what every other brand sells now days. I would think it would cost a hell of a great deal more to buy PCB simply because of the shipping to the UK.




  
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Apr 24, 2013 16:21 as a reply to  @ isoMorphic's post |  #10

The prices are substantially higher for PCB gear in the UK, from the European distributor. An Einstein E640 is £599 (external link) (US$914 at today's exchange rate), and a Vagabond Mini is £299 (external link) (US$456).

Here's why the prices are so much higher: http://www.paulcbuff.c​om/faq.php#internation​al (external link)


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Apr 24, 2013 17:48 |  #11

Ross: Have you looked at the Quantuum R+ 600Ws dual power unit?
Two links for you (same vendor, different target markets) :-
http://www.ebay.co.uk …n_212&hash=item​2a12895787 (external link) - priced in Zloty (about 21p)
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http://www.ebay.co.uk …in_77&hash=item​5aec175689 (external link) - priced in Euros (about 85p)

You'll have to translate from either Polish or German to read the blurb! Notice the price difference (and then notice again the PayPal conversion rate, very beneficial ...... to PayPal). You also get to play the interesting Exchange Rate game; which can occasionally work out to your advantage.

These are basically rebadged Mettle units, which several folks here are using successfully. But then again, the Lencarta are rebadged (and tweaked, they insist [no personal knowledge of this]) Jinbei with the exception of their forthcoming Ultra-fast duo which are Godox.

Salient features, perhaps not readily apparent in translation:

  • NO import duty or VAT because they're already in the EU.
  • TWO years warranty as required by EU law.
  • Reliable reseller - I've dealt with Hubert several times and he's quick and accurate.
  • Bowens-mount accessories - the most readily available mount worldwide (aka the most copied!)
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Apr 25, 2013 04:13 |  #12

thanks for all the info. Bowens actually do a travel pack and battery for £500. Its a little more than I wanted to spend but not TOO bad. I might dip my toe in studio lighting by buying a head and using it indoor, while continuing to use my speedlights outside until funds are available for the travelpack

Thank you all for you help and suggestions.


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Apr 30, 2013 13:17 |  #13

Hi
Did you manage to get sorted. I have smart flash 200's, they have had little use.


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