Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by LifeBurnsFaster, Jun 25, 2007.
Are any of these kits worth buying for a beginner?
i bought it its tits!
which one did you buy
i'm seriously considering one!
I bought the one without flash but with household adapter, but they fucked up and sent me that kit anyway by accident without charging me for flash and batteries Yay!
i was going to buy a Nikon SB-800, but the Vivitar is quite a bit cheaper
vivitar isn't exactly the same thing.
I bought the SP1. It's pretty decent, although the stand doesn't pack down very small.
yeah but it's easier on the bank
but not the quality of the nikon
it really depends on what your doing with it, I would say it can produce really nice results if you know what your doing, and use it in the right situation. Its surely not as versatile as a big name flash, however i wouldnt say that the nikon produces better light.
true, light probably won't be better, but the build quality, versatility, and lifespan of the nikon would probably be better than the vivitar's.
i dunno man, there are some original 285's around from the late 70's that people still use today.
i'm just trying to put together a beginners list of equipment before i start buying shit
vivitar > * as far as off camera little dinky flashes.
What about on camera
on camera i would get nikon.
I don't shoot nikon, but for canon I would go canon...the 285 has seriously not changed at all in 20+ years. For off camera, multiple flashes, you ideally want an easy manual system...that is strong, affordable and super easy to use. The viv just have a turning nob and a plug for your receiver. You want to have total control.
When I had to use small flashes like that I had 2 or 3 viv 285s and one canon 580ex...The canon was much more powerful, and if I was just using one flash I would usually use it with a stand+umbrella... then "snoot" or "grid" the vivs to highlight a few areas, sometimes with little gels. Just have fun with them. For on camera stick with something that is smart. Nikon/canon flashes are like little asain people- they are smart. Vivs are giant strong dumb asses.
I'm assuming it is best to start with an on camera flash, and then progress to off camera flash techniques?
depends on what your shooting really.
Well what would work the best for portraits?
I plan on buying more equipment soon after i get started. I'd like to keep the initial purchase as low as possible, so that i can get a feel for the camera and what will work best for me.
i would never use on camera flash unless you are forced to Or you want the effect...for whatever reason.
The Mpex kit probably the best option since i'm just starting out, it should provide a fair amount of versatility.
Thanks joy division and turbodude, i wasn't expecting too many replies until tomorrow or later
for portraits to hell with on cam flash.... only time i use on camera flash is at events or a club
couldnt you build that kit for cheaper?
It comes out to be the same or a little more expensive. I got it from mpex because it was everything I needed and I wanted to support strobist.