A&P Studio lights + Battery recommendations

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  1. isaac86hatch

    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    I have gotten to a point where PWs and Vivitars are simply not enough for me, and I have decided to upgrade. Anyone have any suggestions in the sub $2,000 range? Would prefer to buy a whole 2-light kit that includes stands, softboxes, heads and battery so I can just sell my whole kit now, but this is proving to be harder than expected. I am not looking for über power — just something a bit more reliable (light quality wise) and powerful. I like the idea of the Elinchrom Quada kit, but I want to keep my options open and those are pretty bare kits.

    The main object here is portable, not just AC since I rarely shoot indoors. Or just tell me I am asking for too much? I am lost when it comes to these kits and the websites explain fuckall. And, if I can't find anything, I'm gonna order the 35L and put lights off longer.
     
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    Alienbees and the Vagabond II for portability?
     
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    Quadra looks pretty good. Why dont you just walk into ProPhotoSupply and talk to their lighting guy.

    An AB + Vagabond2 set would be pretty good also.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    I use the Vagabond II to power the B800 and ABR800. For auto shots during the day, I'm either at 1/2 or full power and the Vagabond has never been drained. I think it's rated at over 300-400 full power shots (powering 2 strobes) when set to a slow refresh.

    Two AB strobes and the Vagabond is well under your budget, too.
     
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    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    I would suggest white lightning strobes. two x1600, foldable softboxes from AB, Stands from photographereswarehouse (cheap! 10 bucks for 100 dollar stands), Vagabond 2, a set of grids, and you will still will have money left over.

    Reason for x1600 is due to the build and the ability to turn the power to 1/4 power effectively making it a 160ws strobe. 640ws strobe into a 160ws strobe with a button :) just in case you need to use it anywhere else where 640ws is too much power.
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    I am definitely leaning this way. Thanks. How portable is this setup if say I am moving to a few locations in one shoot? Pretty easy?
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    I am not in Portland.
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    So, I can't dial down the power on the ABs?
     
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    the AB1600 only goes down to 1/32 power. Sometimes, even this can be too much sometimes for certain things.

    The X1600 has a quarter power switch which lets you really dial it down to all the way to 1/128 power. It is like having a AB400 and an AB1600 in one strobe. Plus a metal body and a integrated cooling fan.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    If you purchase bags or cases (ie Pelican Cases), you can haul everything fairly easily. I have a Hakuba bag to carry 3 light stands and a tripod, along with the umbrellas. I still need to buy a case to carry the strobes, though.
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    I'm more thinking different locations at the same shoot i.e., moving here and there without packing up.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    I disconnect the power cords, pick up the light stands and move, then carry the various bags.
     
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    I'd get 1 B400, B800, B1600, stands for each, vagabond, and pelican cases.

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