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May 28, 2009 10:18 |  #1

I logged on about two minutes after the guy posted for sale:

Novatron V600D kit
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Used once, four years ago, then packed away.


$500

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Something tells me I'm going to have a very good time.:cool:



  
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May 28, 2009 10:30 |  #2

If you're sending the money to Nigeria, I'd say the seller scored. :)


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May 28, 2009 11:55 |  #3

No. Went and picked them up yesterday.

Any constructive input?



  
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May 28, 2009 12:45 |  #4
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Not sure what your question is. Do you expect "oohhh, aahh how lucky you are !" :-)




  
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May 28, 2009 13:44 as a reply to  @ Papa Carlo's post |  #5

Lucky dog :cool:


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May 28, 2009 14:16 |  #6

you win.

unless an angry ex-husband is going to be looking for his camera gear!




  
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May 28, 2009 14:21 |  #7

dave63 wrote in post #8004893 (external link)
Any constructive input?

as papa carlo mentioned, what would be considered constructive input to a thread like this?


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May 28, 2009 14:23 |  #8

poor guy is just looking for some praises on his deal hunting skills.


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May 28, 2009 14:24 |  #9

A very long time ago, I started off with a Novatron kit as my first venture into lighting. It is a fine unit for what it is...a good quality entry level unit, with limitations compared to higher end units. You will find that the availability of a selection of light modifiers from different third parties is limited, and you may find the relatively low power of the modelling lights to be an issue in bright ambient conditions. For a hobbyist, as a learning tool or as a continued solution for artificial lighting, they might well suit you just fine. I know I would buy a Novatron kit again, before I bought some of the garbage that you see on eBay or even in the photo magazines. Comparing the B&H price to what you paid, you got a nice deal.


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May 28, 2009 18:32 |  #10

punk

lol. nice score. i wonder if he has another...


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May 28, 2009 18:34 |  #11

alt4852 wrote in post #8005737 (external link)
as papa carlo mentioned, what would be considered constructive input to a thread like this?

Something like what Wilt posted a couple of posts later.
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May 28, 2009 18:48 |  #12

Wilt wrote in post #8005750 (external link)
A very long time ago, I started off with a Novatron kit as my first venture into lighting. It is a fine unit for what it is...a good quality entry level unit, with limitations compared to higher end units. You will find that the availability of a selection of light modifiers from different third parties is limited, and you may find the relatively low power of the modelling lights to be an issue in bright ambient conditions. For a hobbyist, as a learning tool or as a continued solution for artificial lighting, they might well suit you just fine. I know I would buy a Novatron kit again, before I bought some of the garbage that you see on eBay or even in the photo magazines. Comparing the B&H price to what you paid, you got a nice deal.


Thank you for some input.

I seem to recall there being some Novatron kits--continuous light, for video--at one of the t.v. stations where I worked, but they looked like ****, as if someone had said "Hey thanks for 20 years of service" by throwing them off the roof, and then taking them to a news scene by dragging them behind the news van. :lol: So, I had an unfair bias to start with.

The modeling lights are 100 watters. Suggestions to better match the flash tubes? I don't know how many bright ambient conditions I'll be shooting in, but that's a helpful piece of thinking to have for the future. If I caved and decided to work the traditional portrait market--which would bore the 5600K out of me--this setup would certainly hit the ground running. I did some test shots earlier today, and can clearly see some options for messing around with these.

I don't know how many options I need with them, in terms of modifiers. I plan on using softboxes a lot, the occsional snoot. If there's a couple of universal speedrings that fit, I'm good to go.



  
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May 28, 2009 20:53 as a reply to  @ dave63's post |  #13

I was given a Novatron 3 light kit by another photographer in North Carolina who didn't use them anymore and I needed a light setup. I love them..very limited because they have to be plugged in to a power pack but I love them.




  
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May 28, 2009 21:20 |  #14

dave63 wrote in post #8004893 (external link)
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May 28, 2009 21:38 as a reply to  @ ashdavid's post |  #15

Even if you only use umbrellas and don't buy speedrings and modifiers, you've got yourself a kit to learn, study and understand lighting, with the ability to create beautiful portraits. It doesn't matter whether they are current or high tech. Beautiful portraits are created every day with 1, 2 and 3 light kits using ubrellas, brolly boxes, softlighters and softbox-like devices that don't require speedrings.

I wouldn't invest in goodies and doo-dads for those lights but I would take advantage of the kit and learn as much as you can about lighting and see where it takes you. If you outgrow them or want to upgrade then you'll probably have gotten your money's worth and had a good time doing so.

I say enjoy and learn all you can. Good find.


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