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mylifeis3
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Oct 01, 2015 10:23 |  #1

Ladies and Gents, how about showing off what flashes you use? I've got a bad speedlight I got as a gift, and am looking to see what portable lighting systems photogs use out there. Studio and wedding friendly.

Thanks so much!




  
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Oct 01, 2015 10:31 |  #2
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I use a 580EX II, 2 430EX II, 2 270EX II, Yongnuo 622 TX and C, and some umbrellas and stands from Cowboy Studios.


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Oct 01, 2015 10:33 |  #3

you name it, someone here uses it.

there are a few very popular threads on the first page or two describing the latest portable lighting. If you describe your needs (be specific) i'm sure some folks will give you some specific ideas.

CL600
https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1375268

AD360/CL360
https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1270039

Rove Light
https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1393390


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Oct 01, 2015 10:35 |  #4

Canon 580 EXII
2 x Yongnuo 560 III
Sigma DG 500

Yongnuo 560 TX controller
2 x Yongnuo 602 triggers.


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Oct 01, 2015 11:14 |  #5

580exIi x 2
430ex x3
Vivitar 285 x2
Vivitar 283 x 2
Nikon speedlite
Vivitar 3200

I mostly use the canon speedlites now or switch to the alien bee/white lightning strobes.




  
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Oct 01, 2015 12:57 |  #6

Strobes:
(3) Calumet Genesis 200w

Speedlights:
(1) Canon 580EXII
(4) Yongnuo 560III

Triggers/Receivers:
(1) 560TX (For 560III's)
(2) RF602 Triggers
(8) RF602 Receivers

Portable Power:
(1) Innova Tronix Explorer

Modifiers:
Various size octaboxes, softboxes, and umbrellas for both the strobes and speedlights.



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Oct 01, 2015 13:14 |  #7
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Strobes:
(3) Hensel Integra 500

Triggered by:
PocketWizards (MiniTT1, FlexTT5, PlusX's)

Flashguns:
Canon 430EX-II (that barely sees any use now)

Portable power:
Hensel Power Max L

Light formers: Hensel softboxes (rectangular and strip) and bowl reflectors (7", 9" L, 12", 14") with/without grids, Photek 45" and 60" brollies. Plus foamcore, mirrors, &c, &c.


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Oct 01, 2015 13:24 |  #8

Have done many weddings and events with Metz flashes, with film and with digital. Metz is nice simply because it is brand independent...I can make it compatible with just about any camera for film TTL/digital TTL, and Metz has one of the best Auto photosensor capabilities for any camera without TTL flash control.
My studio lighting is Dynalite.


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Oct 01, 2015 13:35 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #9
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I love Metz. Too bad my 58 AF-2 died. Haven't been able to replace it, but then again, I haven't really needed it much. One of the reasons I like Metz is that, unlike the Canon flashguns, at full power they're they same colour as the Hensels (5600K) and thus I can use them together.


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Oct 01, 2015 13:59 |  #10

My favorite speelite I've ever had! Godox Ving 860c: http://www.amazon.com …725472&ref_=sr_​1_2&sr=8-2 (external link)

Durable, affordable, fast recycle and long battery life. Very easy to use with Godox Cells IIc triggers. We are switching from YongNuo speedlites to these Godox lights because the recycle time on the YN lights is just too slow. I've found the Godox Cells IIc triggers to be more reliable than the YN 622c triggers.


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Oct 03, 2015 07:38 |  #11

I have a lot of Elinchrom strobes (ELC ProHD 500s, RX2s, RX1s, Quadra S, ECO), mostly thanks to Adorama's huge Elinchrom sale last May. The RX1s/RX2s are very lightweight, have fast-recycle times, built-in triggers, and have a more-centered 7mm umbrella-shaft receiver design which I really like (plus, the fact that I also really like Elinchrom's modifiers, primarily due to their extremely lightweight construction).

Elinchrom's top-of-the-line ELC ProHD 500s have a ton of features and recycle insanely fast, but they're so expensive, I probably wouldn't have bought them at their regular price. Here's some of my RX2s and my Speedotron Force 10s in a pair Elinchrom cases. I also have several of each, Nikon Speedlights (SB-800s/SB-600s), two Dynalites and a couple of Quantum Qflashes. Quantum Turbo high-voltage batteries and Dynalite XP-1100 inverters fill-out my portable power needs.

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Oct 03, 2015 08:21 |  #12

I use a Siggy 580 a Canon 430 and an old Vivitar 2700 I use these with a selection of triggers and umbrellas


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Oct 03, 2015 14:33 |  #13

mylifeis3 wrote in post #17728887 (external link)
Ladies and Gents, how about showing off what flashes you use? I've got a bad speedlight I got as a gift, and am looking to see what portable lighting systems photogs use out there. Studio and wedding friendly.

Thanks so much!

Speedlites:

Yongnuo 560 III's and the 560-TX that can remote control their power levels, no transceivers needed, built in wifi. Ultra portable and you can expand a fleet and command tons of lights without anything extra, just one controller that does all the transmitting and controls all their individual power levels. I use these when I want to keep it light, fast to setup, and portable for indoor stuff, or when it's darker outside. Easy to throw any where and light up a house, dance hall, etc.

Yongnuo 565EX & EXII's. These are my on-camera flashes and I use them for ETTL bounce. Their main use for spontaneous shooting indoors when it's not planned and lighting isn't being totally controlled and it's mainly for when there's no hope for a 2nd shot. I use these at parties, events, every day, indoor where ETTL bounce really does a good job of being able to take a shot and know it will have good exposure. Exclusively used for ETTL bounce for me.

If I want to use TTL off-camera, I use the YN622'c transceivers. They never skip a beat.

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Strobe:

Rovelight 600B. Because it's totally portable, no wires, does HSS, and is 600ws and can over power the sun. It's my outdoor Florida sun strobe. Takes longer to setup than speedlites and is heavier, but it can knock down the sun, so that's why I have it.

I use a YN622c transceiver with pc sync cable to my Rovelight to command it (both normally and when doing HSS). I do not use the stock transceiver other than to remotely change power levels, even then, I often just push the buttons myself and rarely use the stock transceiver. The YN622's are far, far better and more reliable.

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Oct 03, 2015 18:21 |  #14

For on-the-go event shooting, I really like old Quantum Qflashes to supplement any on-camera Speedlight(s) you may also be using. I power mine using older-model, high-voltage Quantum Turbo batteries (re-celled). They use sealed-lead acid batteries (SLAs are cheap and last for years), and are dirt-cheap to re-cell yourself, unlike newer-model Ni-Mh and Li-ion Quantum batteries. Here's one I used to use (aimed through a 4' x 4' silk) as a bottom-fill for head-and-shoulders portraits. But at events, Qflashes make great room/back/cross-lighting instruments. Older-model Qflashes are often a great bargain (I have Model T and a T2, both bought used on eBay for <$100), plus Quantum Turbo batteries can be re-celled for under $20.

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Here's a shot from an event I covered earlier this year. I had a Qflash in the corner of the room as a backlight. The soft frontal fill is available-light from open-shade daylight nearby:

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I wanted to travel light on this job, so I only brought a Nikon Speedlight, Quantum Qflash, and a 4' x 4' silk. Here's a daylight-exterior shot in full-sunlight from that same event using only the 4' x 4' silk:

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Oct 03, 2015 18:48 |  #15

Here's another shoot where I packed only a minimal kit: I only brought three Nikon SB-800s/PocketWizard TT5s, and two Westcott umbrellas. I set up this impromptu backstage lighting set-up using two SB-800s, one shoot-through umbrella, and one soft-silver umbrella:

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