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Mar 31, 2008 21:12 as a reply to  @ post 5194248 |  #31

Figured I might list a "MrChad" starter kit (don't confuse this with a Mr. T starter kit)...it's likely not as awesome as the Kelby kits, but this is what I have been using so far. And it's a tick more budget, at least in the ball park of a bunch of flash guns, light stands, and chicken wire.

Calumet Genesis 200 2 light kit $330
http://www.calumetphot​o.com/item/CF0502K1/ (external link)

Calumet Heavy Duty Background system $159 on sale
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(you will need a paper roll or muslin- approx. $45 for a 9' wide paper roll.)

Sekonic L-358 flash meter $259
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<$750 out the door. The light kit was actually on sale for $316 last month.

The twin light kit includes umbrellas, some decent stands, sync cords, and of course the strobe heads. The background system is very nice. It even includes a great case for storing or traveling with the stands and cross bar. I store my light stands and umbrellas in a Bogen tripod bag (not included). Still looking for a way to store the strobe heads. I currently store them on a closet shelf when not in use.

I've included the flash meter because, if you don't have one you will want one to adjust the lights. You can use your LCD and histogram at first if need be, but this is more accurate and you will eventually desire one. Another nice thing about the twin lights is you can have the flash meter sync'd to one light and the camera sync'd to the other. This way you don't have to plug and un-plug your camera from the sync cable to check the light readings. Not as trick as Skyports or Pocket Wizards but hey...the cords come free in the box :)

The only other item I don't have yet listed is a reflector and odds are you will want one of those too.

If others would like, feel free to post your starter light kits. I call this a complete kit because as long as you have a DSLR with a kit lens in most cases you have everything you need to use this kit. If you don't have a PC-sync socket, or shoe adapter, on your camera you can fire the strobes from the on camera flash. The strobe heads have an optical light sensor for triggering if desired, and it has a setting for pre-flash systems like Canon E-TTL or Nikon i-TTL.


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Mar 31, 2008 21:30 |  #32

MrChad wrote in post #5234244 (external link)
Figured I might list a "MrChad" starter kit (don't confuse this with a Mr. T starter kit)...it's likely not as awesome as the Kelby kits, but this is what I have been using so far. And it's a tick more budget, at least in the ball park of a bunch of flash guns, light stands, and chicken wire.

Calumet Genesis 200 2 light kit $330
http://www.calumetphot​o.com/item/CF0502K1/ (external link)

Calumet Heavy Duty Background system $159 on sale
http://www.calumetphot​o.com/item/MF6095/ (external link)
(you will need a paper roll or muslin- approx. $45 for a 9' wide paper roll.)

Sekonic L-358 flash meter $259
http://www.calumetphot​o.com/item/SE4052/ (external link)

<$750 out the door. The light kit was actually on sale for $316 last month.

The twin light kit includes umbrellas, some decent stands, sync cords, and of course the strobe heads. The background system is very nice. It even includes a great case for storing or traveling with the stands and cross bar. I store my light stands and umbrellas in a Bogen tripod bag (not included). Still looking for a way to store the strobe heads. I currently store them on a closet shelf when not in use.

I've included the flash meter because, if you don't have one you will want one to adjust the lights. You can use your LCD and histogram at first if need be, but this is more accurate and you will eventually desire one. Another nice thing about the twin lights is you can have the flash meter sync'd to one light and the camera sync'd to the other. This way you don't have to plug and un-plug your camera from the sync cable to check the light readings. Not as trick as Skyports or Pocket Wizards but hey...the cords come free in the box :)

The only other item I don't have yet listed is a reflector and odds are you will want one of those too.

If others would like, feel free to post your starter light kits. I call this a complete kit because as long as you have a DSLR with a kit lens in most cases you have everything you need to use this kit. If you don't have a PC-sync socket, or shoe adapter, on your camera you can fire the strobes from the on camera flash. The strobe heads have an optical light sensor for triggering if desired, and it has a setting for pre-flash systems like Canon E-TTL or Nikon i-TTL.

I like your setup..it almost mirrors mine, sans the 2nd 200 Genesis! That background and case is definitely the sexiest thing I have bought in the last 4 months! huge kudos to whoever designed it.


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Apr 04, 2008 15:15 |  #33

Pretty cool stuff. Glad i read it.


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Apr 15, 2008 20:14 |  #34

damn...great thread, even if he is a noink super-fanboy. :)


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Apr 17, 2008 14:44 |  #35

Having used both Canon and Nikon systems, I have to agree with Scott that having the Commander Mode built into the cameras is a huge win for Nikon and a hell of a lot of fun. I cannot fathom for the life of me why Canon hasnt integrated this yet other than upselling the 580s and their commander modules.


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Apr 25, 2008 05:46 |  #36

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Apr 25, 2008 06:48 |  #37

Kadath wrote in post #5349705 (external link)
Having used both Canon and Nikon systems, I have to agree with Scott that having the Commander Mode built into the cameras is a huge win for Nikon and a hell of a lot of fun. I cannot fathom for the life of me why Canon hasnt integrated this yet other than upselling the 580s and their commander modules.

Probably patent issues


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Apr 25, 2008 07:01 |  #38

I have been collecting gear similar to this suggested. Just ordered another softbox and I also prefer using my flashes instead of lights.


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Apr 28, 2008 04:42 |  #39

Many thanks for posting this


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Apr 28, 2008 17:53 as a reply to  @ Borderfox's post |  #40

I'm a big Scott Kelby fan, and recently purchased the Scott Kelby Location Kit from B&H when they were running a discount for NAPP members (about $120 off the listed price). Now I just need those blasted Cactus triggers to get here from Hong Kong...


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May 01, 2008 16:20 as a reply to  @ post 5101804 |  #41

Great stuff! Thanks for posting it. Hey, while we're on his site, anyone know how he's activating that flash he's hand-holding?

http://www.scottkelby.​com …08/archives/112​4#comments (external link)

I guess it could be a slave, but since there's no flash on the camera, that's not it. Do certain cameras have a means of activating that off-camera flash...maybe with infrared? I have a Canon 40D and would love to be able to do that!




  
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May 01, 2008 17:33 |  #42

sroeben wrote in post #5442394 (external link)
Great stuff! Thanks for posting it. Hey, while we're on his site, anyone know how he's activating that flash he's hand-holding?

http://www.scottkelby.​com …08/archives/112​4#comments (external link)

I guess it could be a slave, but since there's no flash on the camera, that's not it. Do certain cameras have a means of activating that off-camera flash...maybe with infrared? I have a Canon 40D and would love to be able to do that!

Certain Nikon cameras can fire certain Nikon flashes without the need for a master flash or STE-2 type of device mounted on the camera. Sure would be nice if Canon would do this also, at least on the higher end models.

I am not familiar with the Nikon system, just know it exists basically.


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May 05, 2008 11:17 |  #43

DDCSD wrote in post #5442825 (external link)
Certain Nikon cameras can fire certain Nikon flashes without the need for a master flash or STE-2 type of device mounted on the camera. Sure would be nice if Canon would do this also, at least on the higher end models.

I am not familiar with the Nikon system, just know it exists basically.

Something seems to be getting lost in the translation with the differences in the two systems. When you go to Nikon's "PRO" camera, you have to have the external module as well. When you say you wish Canon would do this for their higher end models.. you should realize that Nikon doesn't do it on their high end models either. I'm speaking of the D3 and D2X, and so on.


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May 05, 2008 11:25 |  #44

no commander mode in the D3 or D2x? Wow.




  
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May 05, 2008 13:14 |  #45

forkball wrote in post #5464266 (external link)
Something seems to be getting lost in the translation with the differences in the two systems. When you go to Nikon's "PRO" camera, you have to have the external module as well. When you say you wish Canon would do this for their higher end models.. you should realize that Nikon doesn't do it on their high end models either. I'm speaking of the D3 and D2X, and so on.

Interesting. That's why I put up the disclaimer of knowing nothing about the system. :lol: Thank you for the clarification.

But that is how he is firing the flash in the photo that sroeben was asking about though, correct?


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