A&P Anyone goign to buy the new Alienbee PLM system?

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  1. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    Im thinking about pulling the trigger on the silver 86" and 42" PLM umbrellas.

    They just came out so im waiting out for reviews before i purchase, however they seem to be a great value, and would have awesome round catch lights, vs the octagonal ones.
     
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    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    I'm thinking about it... but I'll just have to modify the shaft so they'll fit in my elinchroms......
     
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    These look pretty nice and are cheap :cool:
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    taken from Fredmiranda.com by poster Joe Woo
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    this is the largest unit
     
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    Holy shit that's huge :rofl:
     
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    Fuck that hippy AND his bad haircut.
     
  7. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    ill be purchasing that one and the small one.
     
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    86 inches :eek4:
     
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    holy shit thats massive. I barely pull out the 60" anymore.
     
  10. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    I'd love to see a good example of a shot with a person. The other guy who posted on FM just doesn't have a clue on what he's doing.
     
  11. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    i know me too. in a studio setting or against huge bright sunlight.

    For me this type of modifier doesnt do aything for me in very little to no ambient. I would rather just use a hardlight.

    But in a studio with a nice white backdrop, where you can get some nice full body hi contrast shadows, yet subtle and soft skin. Thats the beezneez.

    Or in harsh sunlight where you knock down the sunlight a tad, use this in place of a normal hardlight to retain those harsh contrasty shadows, but get that nice wrap on the skin and clothing.

    Ill be purchasing two mainly because the 36" face one will replace my 22" BD. I hate carryign that fucker around and i believe i can acheive a very similar look and wrap with the 36" one.
     
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    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    I never thought of using the smaller one like a BD... but yeah, that'd definitely be much nicer than lugging around the BD.... I wonder how difficult it would be to shave the shaft down to fit elinchroms umbrella hole :hs:
     
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    Those are pretty rad, thanks for posting this up

    Think I'm gonna pick up an 86 and the smallest one.
     
  14. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    just curious, how does one of these differ from a standard silver umbrella? is there a difference other than having more spines making it more round? :dunno:
     
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    They have ready made inserts/covers to convert the umbrella into a brolly, softbox, shoot through, reflective modes. PLM is just Paul Buff's marketing term.

    The system is a very good value for the price, though.
     
  16. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    its designed to be a perfect parabola. So that the light is directional with very little spill. where a standard umbrella is very far from directional.
     
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    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    thanks, that makes more sense. :cool:
     

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