A&P anyone recommend some inexpensive studio lights?

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  1. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    I'm thinking Alien Bees, but i honestly don't know what else is out there for around the same price.

    have a 'studio' in my basement, and keep getting more and more clients. currently using a 580ex and a 285hv, but can't stand the cycling. i'd like to shoot as fast as possible.

    I have the stands and ummmbrellas already - just need the flash heads, really.

    anything else I should be looking at?
     
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    adamlewis88 New Member

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    Whats your budget?
     
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    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    I rock Photogenics. Great lights.
     
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    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    elinchrom d-lites are another option
     
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    Elinchrom D-Lites are good, especially the new ones because they're fan-cooled.

    There's always AlienBees, you get a lot of light for the money there, and modifiers are cheap.
     
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    New AB user, so far so good!
     
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    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    and to note.. the only thing that sucks about the dlites is you're restricted to using a lot of elinchrom only modifiers if they use an umbrella shaft because elincrhom uses 7mm shafts instead of the standard 8mm shafts. So, the shafts won't fit into the umbrella hole.
     
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    They're pretty accommodating for things other than umbrellas though, lots of Chimera stuff is cheaper than Elinchrom and useable with the right speedrings
     
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    yep. just mentioned the umbrella shaft thing because he said he already has umbrellas... so letting him know they won't work with the d-lites, unless he re-shafts them.
     
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    Pardon my ignorance but can you not just drill the hole 1mm larger?
     
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    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    no. there's a "pressure" system.. not sure if it's a ball, or a "clip" that when you slide the shaft through it secures it so if you tip the light forward, the umbrella doesn't come out.

    You could probably grind the shaft down, but it's just as easy to cut it off and slide a solid shaft in it's place.
     
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    Ah I see. Thanks :)
     
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    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    well, i thought $1k was a good deal for a couple AB 800's and their ring flash, so i'd say about that much?

    :dunno:
     
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    not bad, but a good deal more expensive than the b800's.

    i may do one 1600, one 800, and the ring flash, i don't know.

    i'd rather not re-shaft my umbrellas or anything.


    any reason -not- to go with alienbees for the price?
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    i have bees, i love them.

    But i have heard great things about the calumet genesis system thats out. Really cool on a budget then have 150ws and 300ws lights and are failry inexpensive.
     
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    the only downside I've heard, and agree with, about the AB's is the color shift at lower power settings. Other than that, go for it, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
     
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    :bigthumb:

    i'll check 'em out
     
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    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    heard that too. not sure if it'll be an issue, but i'll be sure to read up some more on it
     
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    AB color shift is fairly minimal. I also use a set of speedlights, and those have more color shift than the AB's do.

    I have an AB1600 and a Ring...they're great, and pretty cheap and tough too.

    check out the new AB Einstein 640.
    Looks like he's addressed the color shift.
    http://strobist.blogspot.com/2009/10/rob-galbraith-posts-full-ab-einstein.html

    Honestly I would just get these instead of the lower powered AB's.
     
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    Those Einstein's look great.
     
  22. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    agreed. i suppose that's the thing to buy if you're going to spend the $$ now.
     
  23. ace3

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    how do you like the abr?
     
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    It's actually quite good..

    The housing is plastic and the mount system is a little ghetto...its just a few steps above homemade in your garage type of mechanism.

    On the other hand, its survived a few tumbles (fat lady kicked over the whole tripod) and been hauled around quite a bit without issue, so it's proven to be tough after all.

    And when you factor in the price, it's pretty amazing actually. Def no regrets.
     

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