seres wrote in post #17452414
My biggest problem in small product photography is to get the power down low enough.
You must be shooting at very large apertures!!
Forget about the AlienBees: if you're into product photography you need consistent colour. The AlienBees vary their colour temperature when you change their power; unless you want to be shooting a colour card every time you adjust the dial, they're more trouble than they are worth. The Einstein would be a better solution here, due to its 'colour consistent' mode or whatever PCB calls it.
Yes, you can grow as you go along, but you must keep in mind that you're marrying a system, just like you did with your camera. Although there are quite a number of third party adapters and converters so that you can use light formers from a certain brand with another, this is hardly ever an optimal solution. Systems like the Profoto (which I find good but not THE ultimate flash), although 'expensive' are more rugged, durable and versatile than budget lighting, let alone the garbage that comes from across the Pacific.
You might think about going with elcheapo now and then sell it and buy good stuff from Hensel, Multiblitz, Profoto or Speedotron, but you almost always end up losing money that way. It's always best to start with the good right away, even if you can only afford one light and a couple of modifiers, and grow that good system as you go.