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Sep 17, 2008 13:46 |  #1

Hi folks,
I acquired a couple of studio type strobes in a trade a couple of years back, and I know nothing of the brands. I think the larger strobe is 135watts. It has a modeling light as well. The smaller strobe is a slave to the other (both can be fired completelt wireless by another flash (I fired them using my on camera flash). I have no idea of the power of the smaller unit.
My questions are:
1) Does anyone know anything about these brands?
2) Will they be ok for someone like myself who is new to trying studio type
indoor shots?
All help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Sep 17, 2008 18:01 |  #2

I misread your first line as "I acquired a couple of studio type strobes in a slave trade..." - funny! No not dyslexic btw!

Google gave me the answer with 10 seconds of searching. Linky, first hit (external link).

Sure they'll be fine to start with. You can't trigger them using your built in flash, it uses ETTL which has a preflash, your lights will fire before the shutter opens. Use a sync cable, or a speedlite on manual 1/64th power.


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Sep 17, 2008 18:30 |  #3

Chinese made strobes, nothing special. As Tim mentioned, fine to start with. I wouldn't spend too much on accessories until you decide which brand to stick with.


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Sep 17, 2008 19:19 as a reply to  @ Rudi's post |  #4

Use them 'as is' and perhaps some DIY modifiers but I wouldn't spend a dime on accessories, speedring, etc.

Your best bet would be to use umbrellas or DIY diffusion panels as your modifiers.

Get the most out of them that you can and then move on at some point once you know how they perfrom. My gut tells me that they won't be sufficient and you'll need more than they can offer, but as I said in my first sentence, I would not invest any additional money getting them to work or to work with modifiers and accessories.


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Sep 17, 2008 19:49 as a reply to  @ TMR Design's post |  #5

Thanks everyone, I never did think that they'd do for any serious work...maybe to help me practice a bit. Like I stated, I got them with a bunch of stuff in a trade a couple of years back, and I'd almost forgotten I had them. I ran across them in my building last weekend. I have been considering buying a couple of strobes and soft boxes, and I'm still in the research phase at this point. It sure is nice to have a forum like this where one can ask questions. You folks are great.


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Sep 18, 2008 03:16 |  #6

The smaller strobe looks like a portaflash copy - designed for portable, raw flash work (e.g. at weddings) rather than studio work with modifiers.




  
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Sep 18, 2008 06:02 |  #7

A local reseller has been selling this brand for several years. I've never had the confidence to buy them, only because I'm looking for more than just a good price when purchasing my lighting gear. I'm looking for reliable after-sales service that can be relied to still be in place decades after I purchase, so I only buy the big brands. With stuff like this, I feel that spare parts and after-sales service are as important as the actual performance of the strobes in question.


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Sep 18, 2008 09:08 |  #8

Rudi wrote in post #6332073 (external link)
A local reseller has been selling this brand for several years. I've never had the confidence to buy them, only because I'm looking for more than just a good price when purchasing my lighting gear. I'm looking for reliable after-sales service that can be relied to still be in place decades after I purchase, so I only buy the big brands. With stuff like this, I feel that spare parts and after-sales service are as important as the actual performance of the strobes in question.

I agree completely. I am seriously considering a couple of AB400 units; mainly because I have heard so many good things about their customer service and support.


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