A&P Strobist Kits @ MPEX

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  1. LifeBurnsFaster

    LifeBurnsFaster New Member

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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    i bought it its tits!
     
  3. LifeBurnsFaster

    LifeBurnsFaster New Member

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    which one did you buy :eek3:

    i'm seriously considering one!
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    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! :)
     
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    Hell Yeah :bowdown:

    i was going to buy a Nikon SB-800, but the Vivitar is quite a bit cheaper :hs:
     
  6. 1200mk

    1200mk Still same OG

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    vivitar isn't exactly the same thing.
     
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    I bought the SP1. It's pretty decent, although the stand doesn't pack down very small.
     
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    :hs: yeah but it's easier on the bank
     
  9. anthem404

    anthem404 not my cup of mud

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    but not the quality of the nikon
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    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.
     
  11. anthem404

    anthem404 not my cup of mud

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    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.
     
  12. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    i dunno man, there are some original 285's around from the late 70's that people still use today.
     
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    :run: i'm just trying to put together a beginners list of equipment before i start buying shit
     
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    vivitar > * as far as off camera little dinky flashes.
     
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    What about on camera :noes:

    Nikon?
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    on camera i would get nikon.
     
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    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.
     
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    :rofl:

    I'm assuming it is best to start with an on camera flash, and then progress to off camera flash techniques?
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    depends on what your shooting really.
     
  20. LifeBurnsFaster

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    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.
     
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    i would never use on camera flash unless you are forced to :dunno: Or you want the effect...for whatever reason.
     
  22. LifeBurnsFaster

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    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 :bowdown:
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    for portraits to hell with on cam flash.... only time i use on camera flash is at events or a club
     
  24. Pineapple Devil

    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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    couldnt you build that kit for cheaper?
     
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    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.
     

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