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How many speed lights do you have...

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Feb 17, 2014 15:01 |  #151

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Feb 17, 2014 18:04 |  #152


1x Yongnuo YN-560 EX II
2x Yongnuo YN-565 EX

Plus an Einstein.

I think having three (plus reliable radio triggers) is a good minimum. Fill or bounce flash on-camera, a key light, and a kicker light at your disposal. Or a simple two-light setup with a backup. You can do a lot with one or two shoe-mount flashes. After that, adding a strobe will open up a lot more possibilities.

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Feb 17, 2014 19:42 |  #153

I have eight...

1-Canon 580 EX II
3-Canon 430 EX II
4-Yongnuo 560 II

I recently had a shoot with three completely different lighting setups.

One used four speedlights with two in bleachers, two others on stands and then two studio strobes with shoot thru umbrellas. This was for a series of group photos.

In another part of the gym, I used two softboxes, one for main light and one for hair light, then another speedlight on the gym floor set at half power to cast a glow on the basketball net, rim and backboard to set the background for individual cheerleader portraits.

The third was set up in the middle of the gym where I used two more speedlights on the floor and moved the two studio strobes with umbrellas on stands to light various lifts and positions of the cheerleaders.

Thank goodness I had sufficient lighting and also thank goodness for the PocketWizard Plus X and Plus III units. I just moved from setup to setup and swtich channels on the camera.

The whole morning ran ahead of schedule due to the number of preconfigured light setups and the ease in moving between them.

That is the largest lighting setup I have done. Normally I can do a shoot with one to three speedlights but it is good to be prepared and the Yongnuos are really inexpensive.

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Feb 17, 2014 22:47 |  #154

Anybody using two or more Sigma flash units...
I have 3 total... two 500 super and one 530 super.
I use two of them when needed for two camera bodies
and one for backup.. but never use all three together...

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WL x1600 etc.
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Feb 18, 2014 07:24 |  #155

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4x 600EX-RT

Same here. I also have the ST-E3-RT.

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Feb 18, 2014 07:32 |  #156

One single 430 EX II... I use it a few times a year, if that. I don't do portraits and generally prefer ambient lighting. I have debated selling that 430 EX II, but it is good to have around for emergency I suppose!

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Feb 18, 2014 10:40 |  #157

I have 9, 10 if you include my Ab400 studio strobe

1x Canon 580EXII
2X YN568EX
1x LP160
1x Nikon SB24
4x Cactus RF60s beta models not released yet see -> http://brianhurseyphot​​2 (external link)

4x Cactus v6's <- not released more on this to come later. :)
2x Cactus v5's
4x Cactus v4 receivers 2x Cactus v4 transmitters
4x YN622C's

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Feb 18, 2014 11:31 |  #158

5 speedlights and 8 studio strobes

2xYN560 II

Also 3 Einsteins, 2 B800's and 3 B400's for strobes.

I only use the 270's for concert photography. They're nice and light and easy to clamp onto lighting trusses. The 430 really only gets used as an on camera flash if I need it and the 560's are used when I need a quick off camera flash setup. I do 90% of my shooting with the strobes though.

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Feb 18, 2014 12:54 |  #159

I'll start with the most significant. I have two 580EXII and three 580EX.

Now the next is kind of neat. I have four of the soon to be released Cactus RF60 (external link) with built in radio triggers and remote power control. That and some nifty features I ca't talk about yet. (I also have four of the V6 triggers)

Now the rest is kind of hard to know wher to start. I have three Yivitar 285HV. One modified for manual power control Vivitar 283. I have a series of medium power Auto sensor flashes that were modified for power control using an pot. Probably a dozen different ones. Then I have three old Sumpack Softlite 1600A and two 2000A. These are small flashes (two AA batteries) that I plan on adding internal radio triggering to. But that is a future project.

Oh yeah, one old Canon 420EZ.

I won't list the strobes since the thread was speedlights.

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Feb 19, 2014 10:41 |  #160

Do you find yourself needing more when shooting? I have 2 which suits a number of applications, but if you're lighting large scenes and/or trying to overpower daylight then you'll certainly need more. If 2 is generally enough, you could also consider renting for occasions when you do need more lights.

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Feb 19, 2014 12:06 |  #161

Only two. A man or woman has to know their limitations.

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Feb 28, 2014 00:58 |  #162

Whew, let me think...

For Speedlites:
1x Nikon SB-800 (Primary on-camera light, nearly always in my bag!)
4x Nikon SB-80DX (Got these for their remote slave feature)
2x Cheetah V-850 (My new goto off-camera lights! No more battery management.

Planning to get the V-860 when it comes out, and in the market for an AD-360!

I also have a Speedotron Brown-line,
3x 200ws heads
1x 800 Pack

And a set of Norman strobes I use in the studio. My softboxes live on these.
1x 400 pack
2x 200ws strobes

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Feb 28, 2014 06:11 |  #163


5off Canon 600EX-RT
2off Profoto B1 (*)

(*) they are speedlites, just frickin' powerful ones. :P

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Feb 28, 2014 07:45 |  #164


1 - 430 exII
2 - Yongnuo 560 II

Problem is, I watched this video (external link) and now I want five 600EXs and an ST-E3-RT...

Is there anything else that exists in a similar vain to the transmitters? I obviously can trigger my three, but I loved that you can change the settings of them all right from it. PITA for me walking around to each one and fiddling.

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Feb 28, 2014 08:11 as a reply to  @ sancho1983's post |  #165

Canon 90EX
Canon 270EX
Canon 439EXii
YN 500EX

YN 622C

7D, EF 24-105mm, EF 85mm 1.8, EOS M + EF-M 18-55mm IS STM, EF-M 22mm STM, 430EXii, 90EX, YN-500EX, YN-622C, efm-2-ef adapter

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