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Aug 19, 2009 21:06 |  #1

I need some reasonably flexible studio lighting for part-time use. I'd prefer continuous lighting to strobes and softboxes or octoboxes to umbrellas.

I'll also need a boom for one of the lights.

Use will be mostly product-type shots with some portraiture.

One of the options I'm considering is here (external link). Another here (external link).

Ideally it should set up quick and break down for fairly compact storage/portability.

Yeah, I'm asking a lot! :D

Any thoughts, suggestions, options?

Thanks!


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Aug 19, 2009 22:06 |  #2

Just my 2 cents. The first kit is going to be hot, its very uncomfortable for the subject for portrait work and anything thats heat sensitve for product shots. The second I would discount because its fluorsecent and I think its hard to get good full spectrum color out of flourescent. Is there a compelling reason not to do flash? If its to remain in your comfort zone I would hope you wouldnt let that get in the way of learning flash because I think you can get better quality for about the same price with flashes.




  
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Aug 19, 2009 22:23 |  #3

gonzogolf wrote in post #8490483 (external link)
Is there a compelling reason not to do flash? If its to remain in your comfort zone I would hope you wouldnt let that get in the way of learning flash because I think you can get better quality for about the same price with flashes.

It's not a comfort zone thing - I don't really have anything but ad-hoc lighting right now so anything is an upgrade.

My issue(s) with flash are mainly that the systems I've seen that can recharge and shoot quickly are way over my budget once you add up the power pack, heads, softboxes, stands, booms, etc.

Even if I went out and got a couple of 430EXs to slave to my 580 and added some softbox diffusers I'd be out nearly what these continuous systems cost.

So, basically, I haven't found a flash system that's inexpensive enough for my needs. What system do you suggest in the $500 range?


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Aug 19, 2009 22:30 |  #4

Erik S. Klein wrote in post #8490568 (external link)
It's not a comfort zone thing - I don't really have anything but ad-hoc lighting right now so anything is an upgrade.

My issue(s) with flash are mainly that the systems I've seen that can recharge and shoot quickly are way over my budget once you add up the power pack, heads, softboxes, stands, booms, etc.

Even if I went out and got a couple of 430EXs to slave to my 580 and added some softbox diffusers I'd be out nearly what these continuous systems cost.

So, basically, I haven't found a flash system that's inexpensive enough for my needs. What system do you suggest in the $500 range?

But you are investing $500 in crap, that you will never be able to upgrade.
2x http://www.amazon.com …ional-Flash/dp/B00004TVSP (external link)

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http://www.amazon.com …to&qid=12507388​69&sr=1-23 (external link)

with enough left over for radio triggers.




  
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Aug 19, 2009 22:35 |  #5

Or this kit
http://www.calumetphot​o.com/item/CF0502K1/ (external link)




  
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Aug 19, 2009 22:35 |  #6

Unless you are taking images of things that do not move, go for some sort of flash setup.

Even if you can only afford one flash unit now, that is likely a better choice.

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Aug 19, 2009 23:38 |  #7

+1...I just picked up this exact kit Monday and can't express enough how happy I am with it...by FAR the best small beginner kit on the market for the money (and you can grow with it as you get more experience and decide you want to add to it)...and all for about the same cost as one 580.


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Aug 19, 2009 23:43 |  #8

Here you go, just switch out the Cactus V2's with some V4's.
About $450 too (when you opt for the V4's.

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Aug 20, 2009 00:03 as a reply to  @ Austin.Manny's post |  #9

I didnt know what I wanted initially either and have found I use my strobists setup all the time. The versatility of them is amazing. In addition to the standard lightstands/modifier, pick up a couple of clamps and you can put a flash dern near anywhere.


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Sep 06, 2009 19:55 as a reply to  @ LeeSC's post |  #10

As a follow-up to this question I figured I'd post what I'd found and found out in case it helps someone someday.

I ended up doing a bit more research (here and on a few other forums including Strobist) and then helped my wife out a bit while she was, in turn, helping out a friend doing RE photography.

The setup for that turned out to be a nice strobist outfit with my 5DII and 580EXII + a couple of borrowed 430EXs, a variety of modifiers and a Cactus V2 set.

All in all it was fun to play with and the results were great. There's a lot to learn about light placement and balancing natural and strobed light, but you just can't do that without trying.

As a coincidence while all of this was going down I chanced upon a Novatron 1500VR setup (4 heads, power pack, etc.) at a good price on Craigslist and snapped it up. . . and now I have to wait for my camera back to play with it! :)


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