A&P So I want to get my own strobe setup - I think...

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  1. FusionZ06

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    Give me some advice...

    I already have access to 3 strobes and several cool lights but I have to drive about 30-40 minutes to pick it up and I'm doing more and more shoots requiring lighting.

    I've thought about several SB-600's and the SU-800 with umbrellas/stands but I think I need more power.

    Recommendations for affordable but good quality light setups?
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    Three pocket wizards (or ebay triggers if you are strapped for cash)
    Two Vivitars or Sunpaks
    2 light stands
    2 umbrellas
    2 clamps
     
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    Rolling case? Links for some of this stuff?

    Can I get out for $300?
     
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    No can has Cybersyncs?
     
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    UnNakedChef 2jz Sackrider Holder

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    PocketWizard Plus II + Vivitar 285HV + google will get you started...and a pair of PW PLII's are going to put you over the $300 mark by themselves. Cybersync setup like $140? The Vivitars are about $90 new and $65 used.
     
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    What about AlienBees?
     
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    That's the CyberSyncs, unless of course you are talking about the actual Alienbees studio lights.
     
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    Yeah the studio lights...

    They any good?

    I just want something that's reliable and solid but not over the top expensive.
     
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    I love mine.


    I have B800, B400, Vagabond, Cybersyncs.


    550ex as backup too.


    Alien Bees is about as cheap as it goes for quality lighting. Many pros/studios use them. They are definitely not top of the line, but they are awesome for photogs on budget. Their student discount is nice.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    Ditto.
    AB800, ABR800, Vagabond II, & Pocket Wizards.
    I use 580EX and 430EX when I want portability and don't need the extra juice.
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    If you're just starting out, studio lights are not the best. Pocket Wizards, Cybersyncs, EBAY triggers and cheap speedlights are great for learning and will work well for most any kind of shoot you're probably going to be doing.
     
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    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    i sold my b400 and softbox because i didn't use it enough. :dunno: unless i was shooting inside i would just use my 550ex, and half the time inside i didn't feel like digging out my b400 and plugging it in.
     
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    start with speedlights and if not master them, at least get comfortable with lighting, before blowing $$$ on studio lights. Even alienbees.

    Of course, $$$ is relative. If you have lots...fill your boots and, get a nice AB setup whenever, even immediately, if you like.
    But you'll still want speedlights anyways though. Hence you may as well start with them...

    Otherwise, battery powered strobes are tremendously more convenient to learn and play around with.
     
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    Where can I get some good stands and umbrellas/softboxes for my SB-600's?
     
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    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    i have the bogen/manfrotto ones that are recommended on strobist. i like that they fold a lot smaller than the cheap ebay ones i have.
     
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    Check out the strobist kits from mpex.

    Here is an example.

    http://www.mpex.com/browse.cfm/4,12978.html

    Just type in "strobist kit" in the search bar for more examples.
     
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    Get at least one sb900 and use it as master, the control is fantastic
     
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    I have cactus triggers, but have found using the pop-up as the commander and triggering via CLS works great 95% of the time. The cacti are just an insurance policy.

    I have two white umbrellas with the black/reflective cover, so I can use them as shoot through or bounce umbrellas, and I grabbed two of these Brolly boxes that I'm really starting to like:

    brolly box

    The inside of the black part is reflective material, so they direct ALL of the light forward, and they eliminate any rear spill. Lately they've been my goto light modifier.
     
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    Oh all that for $138 from Gadget Infinity :coold:
     
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    get the new cactus triggers. they're MUCH improved.
     

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