A&P Money burning a hole in my pocket. Help me pick some lighting

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  1. mikeskillz

    mikeskillz New Member

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    I'd like to invest in some lighting for studio shots. I have plenty of camera equipment but no lighting, and worse, no knowledge of which brands are good for the money. I have 2 580exii's and nothing else.

    I'd like to get 2 stands, a soft box, an umbrella and 2 flashes (i think?)

    does anyone have any brands or sites to point in the right direction? or is there a standard "good" setup to get? any help is appreciated, even if its just some model numbers.

    my budget is around $400 or so.
     
  2. Jbrown

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    You can do quite a bit with $400.


    Well you need triggers. That can eat all the money depending on what brand you get. [unless you want to go wired]

    Look on B&H they have a lot of affordable kits with umbrellas/softboxes
     
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    is it worth it to go wireless? if the price jump is huge i wouldn't mind some wires laying around.
     
  4. Jbrown

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    Wires would limit you quite a bit. You can always go with cheap ebay triggers [cactus triggers]
     
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    wires SLOW it down? thats counter intuitive haha
     
  6. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    not slow it down, just limit how far away you can get from the flash your triggering, and you can step on a wire and rip it out of the flash or camera.
     
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    edited :mamoru: [before you said anything :o ]
     
  8. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    don't bother with the cactus triggers.... just buy the cybersync from alien bees and be done with it.
     
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    Wow those are much cheaper than PWs. I heard that PWs have lousy build quality, how are these?
     
  10. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    from what I've read they're built pretty well. only thing I've heard is a problem is the lack of an on/off switch, so you can accidentally turn them on in your bag and run the battery down. But that's better than the issues I hear with PW's, like if you leave the battery in while not being used (even if it's turned to the off position) you can cause the battery to leak and fry the circuit board.
     
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    So these COULD trigger your flash, since they are always on, inside your bag when something holds down its "test button" draining your flash's battery and its own?
     
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    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    no, the cybersync's go into "sleep" mode after they aren't used for 1hr (I think) and to wake them back up you hit the test button... some users are noting that they're being woken up in their bags and the batteries die. simple solution is to put them in a hard case in your bag.
     

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