A&P Purchasing studio equipment/lights

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  1. pantheR

    pantheR New Member

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    Heres what i'm thinking.

    Light source 1:

    http://www.alienbees.com/b800.html
    Need help finding a softbox for it, was thinking this??[FONT=Arial,Helvetica,Geneva,Swiss,SunSans-Regular][SIZE=-1]

    FSB3240
    [/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Arial,Helvetica,Geneva,Swiss,SunSans-Regular][SIZE=-1] Foldable Large Softbox
    (32" x 40") with speedring attached[/SIZE][/FONT]
    http://www.alienbees.com/foldable_detail.html

    Light source 2:

    430EX II (already have)
    umbrella, is 60" too large?
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/42512-REG/Photoflex_UM_RUT60_Convertible_Umbrella_60_.html

    and a mount for my tripod:
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?ci=3536&N=4294550972+4291405829

    I will be doing indoor/outdoor portraits, i'd like to do some commercial stuff, fashion (replicate magazine ads), etc.

    Should I also get a reflector kit?

    thanks fellas
     
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    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    I like my 60 inch umbrella. you can collapse it down to basically any size if 60 is too big for a certain shot. it offers a lot of flexibility.
     
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    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    i have the 60" westcott, i've never used the AB one, but the wescott one is very well built and I've been very happy with it.
     
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    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    that said, remember that the AB800 is a 320ws light, this isn't going to "overpower the sun", you're gonna want more power than that.

    if you are gonna go with the AB's, and you're talking about doing outdoor stuff don't forget you're gonna need a battery pack. I've heard nothing but good stuff about the Vagabond II though.

    I've been researching lights for the last month or so and AB's are on my list, but I think I'm leaning more towards Photogenics. More consistant light, better output, better control etc etc.
     
  6. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    or buy the PLM instead of a umbrella. you can easily overpower the sun with a 320ws strobe and the silver PLM....
     
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    Would you recommend the PLM system (thinking silver 64") over a softbox? I would also ge the white front diffusion fabric.
     
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    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    I haven't ever used one... I think turbodude has one... and personally I'd go with the 86 over the 64 if you're planning on using it with the ab800.... light quality with the front diffuser looks very nice from what I've seen online. I plan on buying one, but I'm waiting for him to sell them with the modified 7mm shafts so I don't have to hack the shaft off to use with my elinchrom lights.
     
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    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    not a fan of them...I'd rather a large Octobox and using a 400 or 500ws light. :dunno:
     

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