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Butch ­ Cassidy
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Apr 02, 2010 15:27 |  #1

I have no lighting gear except my 580 EX speedlight. I want lighting that is portable, but also good for inside home studio. I have read the Strobist 101 (great info)
I am more confused now than before. If you had it to do all over again. What choices would you make now?

I know cost has a lot to do with it, BUT. Would you go with strobes, umbrellas,soft boxes, pocket wizard, which power supply,stands, I know there are packages,I try to buy as good of quality as I can afford at the time

I know( what is my budget?) Can I get set up with a decent setup for $1500.00 ? not counting the pocket wizards.

Thanks for any advice you can throw out.


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Apr 02, 2010 18:38 |  #2

Check out Alien Bees.

For $1500, I'd go for some AB800s (or AB1600s if you wanna splurge), with the CyberCommander and CSRB+ to trigger them, a couple of softboxes with grids, some different size grids, a beauty dish, a Vagabond, and a PLM (if they ever get back in stock ;)).


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Apr 02, 2010 19:18 |  #3

agreed. Although speedlights will do double duty as on camera strobes and on stands with umbrellas, you really don't get much power or flexibility from them. Maybe one AB800 as key, one strobist speedlight on a stand with an optical trigger as fill, an aiien bee trigger and receiver, a softbox/umbrella (can get a pair for $40)


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Apr 02, 2010 19:28 |  #4

elader wrote in post #9922369 (external link)
agreed. Although speedlights will do double duty as on camera strobes and on stands with umbrellas, you really don't get much power or flexibility from them. Maybe one AB800 as key, one strobist speedlight on a stand with an optical trigger as fill, an aiien bee trigger and receiver, a softbox/umbrella (can get a pair for $40)

I have to strongly disagree with this. Not much power or flexibility? Believe me, you learn to use Speedlites right and they are plenty powerful, and MORE flexible than big studio strobes. I've been using the Strobist method for years now, first with Nikon Speedlites and now with Canon's.

Either way, I've overpowered the sun with a single Speedlite + softbox, used three of them bounced to light a university gym, and everything in between. I think that starting out with inexpensive Speedlite-style flashes and some radio slaves that work with it in manual mode is a great way to learn. E-TTL isn't always great and really, I think it's better to learn to light manually and then later on depend on calculated ratios.

If you don't believe me about Speedlites vs. studio strobes, go get a copy of McNally's "The Hotshoe Diaries." It's a great, fun read, and the things that Joe does with Speedlites will convince you once and for all :)




  
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