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Difference between Alienbees? Work with speedlites?

 
Jdmhood
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Apr 07, 2011 18:10 |  #1

It's time for me to seek out some help from the great and wise PoTN members.

I've been thinking about investing in a decent lighting setup for my home studio.

For the past year, i've had a 580EXII and a 430EXII to work with.

I'm thinking about investing in a few Alienbee setups..

But before i do that, i do have a few questions. I know that the AB's have 3 different trim levels in terms of power, a 400, 800, and a 1600. They all offer a 6 stop of output so the 800 will never go as low as the 400 etc. What i want to ask is how bright are each of them compared to per say.. a 580EXII? I know there are watt/second ratings listed on the alienbee site but they absolutely make no sense to me whatsoever :oops: .

Also, has anyone worked with a alienbee setup yet also used a 580EXII/ 430EXII for fill and accent lights etc? How would i go about merging them together? Would the slave modes on the 580EXII/ AB800 etc be set off by each other as they sense light?

Thanks much.


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Apr 07, 2011 20:27 |  #2

Hi,

I use the exact same combination you talk about, I have a 580exii, and a AB800, sometimes I also use a 580ex that I borrow from a friend, but I just got another B800 on the way.

As far as brightness goes, I cant really say much because I always used different light modifiers for the 580 and the B800. So far I only have one trigger at the moment, so im just putting my flashwaves on the 580ex ii, then have the B800 optically trigger. Its been very accurate and never had any misses. However, when I get some money, I plan to upgrade to full cybersyncs.

I used the 580ex for a hairlight, rim light, or even a background light, ive never had any issues with it optically triggering.


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