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Oct 14, 2011 13:55 |  #1

Hello everyone.

I have a question that might sound dumb but if you can give me some ideas with kindness will be great.

Anyhow I purchased a ab800 with few set up. My friend in US is bring it down for me by end of this month (oct) so I can avoid customs here in CANADA.

Since he is bring it down, I was going to get one more strobe to avoid any hassle.

My original plan was get a ab1600 so one will have greater or larger power for outdoor/different scene.
But when I went through these forum, i realize many of you guys have ab800 x2 or 3 and maybe more 1600.

do you think it will be better for me to have another ab800 or ab1600 as I originally planed? that is:

1) ab800 x2
or
2) ab800 +ab1600

Will #2 make more complication for setting up the lights for the scene?

Set up that I bought together with ab800 were 47' OCT and 22'BD and these are enough for my shootings. As you guys can see on my sig I also have two flash units 430 and 550.

I noticed some will say get Einstein E640 but after first purchased my bank only allows me little more for either ab800 or 1600. For low power shots I think I can use 430 or 550.

So if you can kindly help me out it will be great.

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Oct 14, 2011 14:09 |  #2

An undeniable reality of studio strobes is, no matter what you have, it will sometimes be too big, and sometimes not big enough. This is especially true of entry-level strobes such as the Alienbees that can only be dialed down to 1/32 power (and they can give you less consistent output and a bit of a magenta shift below 1/8 power).

The other thing to think about is proportional modeling lights. You'll need twice as many watts in a B1600 vs. a B800 (like maybe one 75w and one 150w) if you want proportional modeling.

With this particular brand, there is no advantage in recycle time either way (the B1600 at 1/2 power recycles in 1 second, just like a B800 at full power).

I have two B1600's and have never wished I bought smaller units instead. But I do a lot of big groups that benefit from the extra power. Either way, you can make them work together, but I would recommend if you get a different size, get a different color too, to make it easier to remember which is which.


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Oct 14, 2011 14:15 |  #3

Curtis N wrote in post #13251179 (external link)
An undeniable reality of studio strobes is, no matter what you have, it will sometimes be too big, and sometimes not big enough. This is especially true of entry-level strobes such as the Alienbees that can only be dialed down to 1/32 power (and they can give you less consistent output and a bit of a magenta shift below 1/8 power).

The other thing to think about is proportional modeling lights. You'll need twice as many watts in a B1600 vs. a B800 (like maybe one 75w and one 150w) if you want proportional modeling.

With this particular brand, there is no advantage in recycle time either way (the B1600 at 1/2 power recycles in 1 second, just like a B800 at full power).

I have two B1600's and have never wished I bought smaller units instead. But I do a lot of big groups that benefit from the extra power. Either way, you can make them work together, but I would recommend if you get a different size, get a different color too, to make it easier to remember which is which.

Thank you my friend. I have been following your tutorials for last couples of weeks.
i wanted to say thank you.


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