A&P D700 vs studio lighting

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  1. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    Being the Jcolman type and not wanting to wait, I have a dilemma. I'll have all the money I need by mid month next month to buy my lighting. What I want is 2 alien bees, 3 PW triggers, couple of light boxes, and a few stands for background prop. I'm guessing it'll be $1500ish.

    On the other hand, I'll have enough money for a D700 which would put my lighting on hold for a few months. I hate waiting on stuff, specially if I have the money. Now, I can't have both... but with the lighting I'll be $1000 ahead on saving for a D700. What does OTAP think? I don't know, I just don't know. :wtc:
     
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    Lighting.
     
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    Lighting over everything. The D300 is no slouch.
     
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    I can do WAY more with strobes than with another body.

    If I had a choice to give up my lights and 5D for a 5DII, I rather keep my current setup.
     
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    Understanding and controlling light is everything in photography.

    You know the answer to this question.
     
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    how would you use all that gear? If you wouldn't mind taking a moment to break it down for me - like, how you'd rig all that up, and what the end goal is?
     
  7. Girth

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    My end goal is to spend money, and lots of it. :rofl:

    Honestly, I want lighting to do mainly studio stuff down the road. Portraits, school pics, etc. I know the asnwer to this question like danidentity said, but just knowing I have the money for a D700 just makes me drool. But at the end, I think lighting is going to be purchased... just a matter of when.
     
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    I love natural light pics, and I'm getting a hang of that ever so slowly. :naughty:
     
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    Really? Man, lighting makes me drool, that shit is MONEY once you know how to use it. Just think of cool awesome shit you can do (Don't think "wow imagine all my posed studio with white backdrop stuff! :hsugh:", think location shit and creative shit)

    Then think "ok with the D700 I can shoot 3200ISO and it'll look ok! And my gradients will be pretty nice!"

    That's how I look at it at least
     
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    No. No, its not. :bigthumb:
     
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    my d80 and off camera lighting setup > your d700 at iso 11tybillion.
     
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    I :love: you
     
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    Which makes sense. Thanks. :big grin:
     
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    studio lighting.
     
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    Studio lighting will last you way way way way way longer than the D700. Oh and P.S. the alienbees have optical slaves on them so you only need 2 PW's unless you are shooting in extreme conditions..
     
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    I was thinking of you last night watching the college football scores during the Texas game. :hs:
     
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    So, even with 2 ligh setups I just need 1 trigger on the camera and 1 on the lighs? :dunno:
     
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    my team lost :wtc:

    there goes our chance at the ACC title :(

    i guess me not being on the field was bad luck :o
     
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    I was :noes: the last quarter of the Texas game. Both my brothers went to the game too. :mad:
     
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    Yep. They have little optical slaves on the back of them that fire the strobe when it sees other flashes going off. So you could have a 5 light setup and still only need 2 total pocket wizards-one on your camera and one on any given light. :bowdown: I just saved you 180 dollars.
     
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    I'm Jcolman and I approve this message
     
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    :coold:

    Yes you did.
     
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    Your seal of approval just sealed the deal for me, old man. :bigthumb:
     
  25. Dwight Schrute

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    This is true. But keep in mind the optical slave only works when it sees the light. If you're trying to trigger two flashes that can't see each other, you need two triggers.
     

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