A&P Best noob strobist kit?

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by bbp, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. bbp

    bbp bike watching troll king OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2003
    Messages:
    30,676
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Bay Area
    I just bought a SB-600 and am debating on how to buy my lightstand, adapter and umbrella. I'll probably be using CLS for now so no need for and remote triggering accessories yet.

    Here are the options I've explored so far.

    1) Strobist Starving Student SX2 Lighting Kit from Mpex.com - Includes: 1 stand, 1 shoot through umbrella, 1 swivel adapter, 2 gel kits, a case and some other random shit - $119

    2) B&H Smith-Victor Umbrella Kit - Includes: 2 Umbrellas, Light Stands, Brackets and a Case - $109

    3) Build my own kit on B&H - Manfrotto 5001B Nano Black Light Stand - $56.50, Manfrotto 026 Swivel Umbrella Adapter (Lite-Tite) - $29.50, and Westcott Umbrella - White Satin with Removable Black Cover - 45" - $29.45 - Total $115.45

    How is the quality on the mpex kit and the B&H kits?

    I plan on using this stuff for a while so I don't mind paying for quality. Any thoughts on which direction is best? or maybe even a better option than the ones I listed?
     
  2. iridium130

    iridium130 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2005
    Messages:
    6,034
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Anaheim Hills, CA --> Denver, CO
  3. derekOT

    derekOT New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2009
    Messages:
    1,086
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Calgary, AB
    considering the size of the 45" umbrella, will it really help to have the nano stand?

    or is that the westcott double fold which is actually more compact?



    I recently got two of the bh "impact" brand 45" umbrellas and they really impressed me

    $15 bucks a piece and they are a true 45" diameter umbrella. I also have the westcott 60" umbrella and it is abit higher quality, but it is also only 50" diameter in reality and also costs a good amount more

    I think the westcott was like 40 shipped or something from bh
    wheras the impact was like 18 shipped, half the price and only a tiny amount smaller
     
  4. SkiMax

    SkiMax OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2004
    Messages:
    26,759
    Likes Received:
    42
    Location:
    Chicago
    are you looking to stay with the speedlight for a while or are you lookign to get some more strobes? I have an SB600 as well and I am looking to get a couple alienbees (800 maybeee) in the near future to round out my lighting.
     
  5. bbp

    bbp bike watching troll king OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2003
    Messages:
    30,676
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Bay Area
    I have no clue if the nano stand will hold up with that large an umbrella. I just saw that it was bogen and that it had a ton of reviews so I picked that one.

    I originally looked at the BH Impact Umbrella kit but they're currently backordered without a delivery date.
     
  6. bbp

    bbp bike watching troll king OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2003
    Messages:
    30,676
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Bay Area
    Probably just more speedlights. I'd like to get some alienbees in the future but who knows when that'll be. It most likely won't be till I get a new camera so it could be a couple of years.
     
  7. bbp

    bbp bike watching troll king OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2003
    Messages:
    30,676
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Bay Area
  8. nine

    nine OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2004
    Messages:
    16,287
    Likes Received:
    37
    Location:
    so. cal.
    all the impact shit is awesome for the price.
     
  9. derekOT

    derekOT New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2009
    Messages:
    1,086
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Calgary, AB
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/423625-REG/Impact_UBBW45_45_Convertible_Umbrella.html

    the umbrellas themselves are still in stock
    they have the 60" umbrellas for 30 bucks too

    anywyas, its not that bad

    this is the stand that alot of ppl suggest: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/253069-REG/Impact_LS_96HAB_Air_Cushioned_Heavy_Duty_Light.html


    so in total
    two of those
    $40 each
    two umbrella bracket
    15 each
    two 45" umbrella
    15 each

    total is $140 for a solid and reasonably well built setup
     
  10. bbp

    bbp bike watching troll king OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2003
    Messages:
    30,676
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Bay Area
  11. tenplanescrashing

    tenplanescrashing Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2005
    Messages:
    9,287
    Likes Received:
    0
  12. derekOT

    derekOT New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2009
    Messages:
    1,086
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Calgary, AB
  13. derekOT

    derekOT New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2009
    Messages:
    1,086
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Calgary, AB
  14. bbp

    bbp bike watching troll king OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2003
    Messages:
    30,676
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Bay Area
    I'm guessing that's what he meant cause I don't see why else they wouldn't work.
     
  15. tenplanescrashing

    tenplanescrashing Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2005
    Messages:
    9,287
    Likes Received:
    0
    how else would you plan to mount a speedlight?
     

Share This Page