A&P Just got a t2i and need help with strobist recommendations really fast

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by Budha, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. Budha

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    Hello everyone.

    I have been reading the strobist blog for a year now at least and I finally have saved up enough $ for my camera and some gear.

    I wanted to know if you guys could give me a few suggestions on some good start up gear that would work with my t2i (strobes, umbrellas, light stands etc). I don't mind spending some money, but I want to keep it reasonable if possible

    I really appreciate the help.
     
  2. Bob Loblaw

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  3. Budha

    Budha Guest

    Bob,

    Would I need another strobe i.e. 480ex to go along with that? If this has slave capabilities, does that mean it will sense the other strobe and then fire from that?
     
  4. Dan Martin

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    In the year that you were reading Strobist, did you ever read the Lighting 101 guide? http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html
    He makes gear recommendations in there.

    The short answer is you can use whatever strobes you want, but you should invest in wireless triggers. The 580EX2 can act as a trigger for other Canon flashes, but then you have to mount it in the shoe which limits your creativity. There are lots of affordable wireless triggers out there, so that should be the first place you start, then add strobes that fit your budget.
     
  5. jared_IRL

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    do you want speedlights or powered strobes?

    If I were a canon guy just starting out, i'd probably roll with 2 580's, cactus V4's, and a set of standard shoot through umbrella/hotshoe mount/stands.

    That will give you a ton of flexibility and different configurations...
     
  6. Budha

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    jared,

    How about that same setup but with two 430 ex's to save some $? What real world benefits would the 580's give me over the 430's?

    Thank you for the help everyone. Dan, thanks for the link, I haven't watched that in a while and I needed the refresher.
     
  7. jared_IRL

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    I recommended the 580 because it can act as a master and a slave. So you could put one on the camera and use the other one remotely.

    It's just one more configuration...

    here's all of the possible config's I see with the 580's:

    one on camera
    one on camera, one remote*
    one on ettl cable in hand, one remote*
    both remote w/ cactus triggers

    * = you couldn't do that with the 430.

    so, you should base your decision on whether or not that feature is worth it to you...
     
  8. Bob Loblaw

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    for the price of those 580ex's you can get 2 portable studio strobes
    recharge faster, more power and they have a modelling light

    you just need to get some transmitters and recievers

    cactus v4, or anything else even
     
  9. Budha

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    Bob,

    Are you referring to the studio strobe link you gave me earlier?

    Also, does that have batteries if I want to take it outside, or is it only have ac power?
     
  10. jared_IRL

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    studio strobes require AC power and can't be attached to the hotshoe...

    which is why I recommended the 580's...
     
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    flashes are going to cost more than your camera
     
  12. jshively

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    I was torn when I first looked into get lighting about studio versus hotshoe. So happy I went hot shoe especially since AC outlets are never available when you need one and sure as shit I am not dragging a 100 ft. extension cord with me.

    rechargeable batteries to save the polar bears too.
     
  13. Bob Loblaw

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    it has a battery, and the battery can run two lights off it
    here's a link to the battery and light set
    http://www.adorama.com/FP320MP.html
    an extra light is only $99
     

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