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Nov 28, 2007 17:14 |  #1

I've got already 3 x 580EX but i'm wondering about purchase some strobes.
I've selected 3 possible choices that perhaps emblematizes 3 different approaches to the "need for power" (overpower the sun, large group or ambient, nightime formals...you name it).
Here there are:

Quantum Instruments
3 x Qflash TTL X5DR
3 x Battery Module PB2
3 x 200 W/S Add-On Module
3 x QPAQ-X - 200 Watt/Second Power Pack and Command Module
Fast Charger for QPAQ-X
$ 5088

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3 x 400 Watt Second Next Generation Power Pack
3 x 800 W/S Flash Head
3 x Large Battery Module
Quick Trickle Charger
$ 4254

2 X Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS Asymetrical 1100 Watt Second Battery Operated Power Pack Kit, with Freelight A Lamphead, Battery, Charger & Sync Cord
$ 4200

What would be your choice and why?

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Nov 29, 2007 01:47 |  #2

I have shot with some older Lumedyne packs and flash heads, and the NG 400 and love them. But I have never shot with either of the other options, so I don't know what to tell you there. I love my Lumedynes for weddings.


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Nov 29, 2007 02:06 |  #3

Quite honestly I work with 580's. I use them because they are super portable, double as your on-board flash, and are very easy and quick to set up.


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Nov 29, 2007 08:08 |  #4

Are you currently using all three and still need more juice?


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Nov 29, 2007 09:29 |  #5

picturecrazy wrote in post #4405499 (external link)
Quite honestly I work with 580's. I use them because they are super portable, double as your on-board flash, and are very easy and quick to set up.

how do you mount them on light stands? I'm trying to find this piece of hardware --


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Nov 29, 2007 10:03 |  #6

trantz wrote in post #4406705 (external link)
how do you mount them on light stands? I'm trying to find this piece of hardware --

I put this on the light stand:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …vel_Umbrella_Ad​apter.html (external link)

Then I put this on the above piece:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …01301_PC_to_Hot​_Shoe.html (external link)
(I slightly modify this. I put a miniphone plug on it so it plugs into a pocketwizard)

Then put the flash and umbrella on that.

When going without umbrella, I just put a small el-cheapo ballhead onto the lightstand like this:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …H1004_Mini_Ball​_Head.html (external link)

then put the kaiser piece on the ballhead.


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Nov 29, 2007 11:49 |  #7

Atl-Fotos wrote in post #4406385 (external link)
Are you currently using all three and still need more juice?

In Italy a series of nightime formals of the couple is an additional service well paid (here a wedding photo service cost way less than in USA and taxes are very heavy, wedphoto earnings comes substantially from selling expensive albums and additional photo and video services).
The traditional route here (kind of look couple expect) is nikon film (or Bronica) with Metz 60CT hard light.
Me i'm just a digital Canon guy struggling with PJ :confused:




  
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Nov 29, 2007 17:27 |  #8

I have a set of older lumedynes (2x powerpack, 3 heads) and like them a lot.
Wouldn't hesitate to purchase again.

Only other option I'd consider would be more expensive (yet better in every aspect except portability): Profoto.


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Nov 30, 2007 06:20 |  #9

I just bought a four light system. There is certain criteria that needs to be addressed prior to choosing a light system.

1. Does the model have consistent color temp?
2. Is the unit fan cooled?
3. Is the modeling light accurate and track accurately with the flash power? Are the modeling light bulbs user replacable and affordable.
4. Are the flash tubes user replacable, do they cost $1500.00 or much more affordibly priced. Affordable price, and the ability to replace them yourself is a must. Some models out there use flashtubes that are prohibitively expensive.
5. Can you get the units serviced easily and affordibly.

There's more criteria, but you get the point. Look at the models you are considering on the B & H photo/video website and then look at the accessories and price the flash tubes,modeling light bulbs, and other accessories. This will give you some idea of what you will be dealing with. Hope this helped.

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