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Softbox's, Stands, and Flash Equipment Setup

 
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Dec 29, 2008 11:13 |  #1

Here’s my current setup, which I like, but its getting annoying not having the same output from the flashes. :mad:

I’m currently shooting my Canon 350D, firing a Canon 420EX and Promatic (FTD 46or5600) (also have cheapppp sunpack backup) Flash via Cactus V2 Triggers, on 2 separate tripods. :o

I’m looking to upgrade my stuff substantially. :D

I’ve been thinking of picking up 2 Vivitar 285’s, 2x 7’ or 8’ RPS or equivalent Light stands, 2 soft box’s (still debating type), and a flash bracket/hotshoe adapter for my canon 420ex ETTL which is my primary flash until I pickup a 430 or 550/80.

As for the flash setup, I was thinking the strobist, battery operated.
Though, I hear people are buying kits of ebay with strobes, and just picking up a portable power supply.

What do you guys think?

Light stands are about 50-60$ for a set off most sites or even 45$ off ebay.
Softbox’s range from 30$ to 300$.
Vivitar 285’s from 60-90$
(Speed rings, brackets, etc, please give input)


What are some opinions for gear?

My budget is around $250-$300 max. I know this is plenty to achieve a better lighting setup.

Please let me know what you think about my idea! :)


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Jan 02, 2009 10:13 |  #2

Anyone have any ideas?


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Jan 02, 2009 12:05 |  #3

Jeff,

Have you looked into a monolight and softbox? The price would be higher, but you would get more consistent light output. Plus using only one light challenges your photo skills!


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Jan 02, 2009 20:18 |  #4

Have you checked out the calumet genesis 200 kit. comes with stand and umbrella.
Has had mixed reviews around here.


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Jan 07, 2009 10:16 |  #5

I've looked at multiple kits.
I'm usually shooting in various locations (outdoors)

So i'm looking for a kit that can be portable and run off good old AA's :lol:


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Jan 07, 2009 12:11 |  #6

Impact makes 6' lightstands for $19.
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …5_Light_Stand_B​lack_.html (external link)

I've got 4 of them and they're excellent pieces. for $19 you can't go wrong really.
They aren't air cushioned but they're pretty stable for my flashes and umbrellas mounted.

I use vivitar 285HVs and they're pretty nice for $80, just wish they had more power adjustments.

and I have Impact convertible umbrellas in 32" and 45" that I got for Christmas that are pretty nice for my occasional use.


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Jan 08, 2009 12:36 |  #7

Thanks!


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Jan 08, 2009 17:16 |  #8

I cant praise on how good the impact kit from B&H is. For $100 bucks, you cant beat it.


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