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Gone to the Dark Side
Old 11-06-2007, 07:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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God forbid I want to the dark side; I bought Amvona Afterglow Strobe light from their eBay site. The kit (DP-2FY60013) comes with 2 strobes (600 w/s), softbox, umbrella, stands wireless remote and a super duty case for traveling. I figured that they were cheap (less than $470 including shipping). If they are bad, I can throw away or unload it on eBay.

Well, it is not the professional stuff, but the quality is not so bad. I thought that softbox is nice including the fiber grid for more control shooting. I even bought another one narrow strip light.

My first test is to see how consistent the strobe gives out light. So I secured my L358 light on the light stand and facing the strobe. To avoid any artifacts, the strobe is bare with any modifier. Set ISO100 T125 and keep on flasking the meter and I recorded the reading.

I took 15 readings

1. At 1/32 of power, all the readings were f11.7 except two readings were 11.8
2. At 1/8 of power, all the readings were f16.4 except 6 readings were f16.3
3. At 1/4 of power, all the readings were f22.8 except 5 readings were f22.7
4. At full power, all the readings were f45.5 except 5 readings were f45.6

I also take repeated firing at full power as fast as it can recycle (less than 2 sec), the readings is very consistent at f45.5. There is no drop of power. However, at one time the strobe did not turn off, but stay on. I have to turn the switch to reset the strobe. I repeated the rapid firing experiment, it seems OK.

My next experiments will be
  • Check for consistency of the color temp
  • Check for hot spot for Amvona softbox
I do not imply of anything, just wanted to share my findings. Use it accordingly.

Hmmm.... I wonder if I can survive Rolando and Bee lovers after this post.
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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God forbid I want to the dark side; I bought Amvona Afterglow Strobe light from their eBay site. The kit (DP-2FY60013) comes with 2 strobes (600 w/s), softbox, umbrella, stands wireless remote and a super duty case for traveling. I figured that they were cheap (less than $470 including shipping). If they are bad, I can throw away or unload it on eBay.

Well, it is not the professional stuff, but the quality is not so bad. I thought that softbox is nice including the fiber grid for more control shooting. I even bought another one narrow strip light.

My first test is to see how consistent the strobe gives out light. So I secured my L358 light on the light stand and facing the strobe. To avoid any artifacts, the strobe is bare with any modifier. Set ISO100 T125 and keep on flasking the meter and I recorded the reading.

I took 15 readings

1. At 1/32 of power, all the readings were f11.7 except two readings were 11.8
2. At 1/8 of power, all the readings were f16.4 except 6 readings were f16.3
3. At 1/4 of power, all the readings were f22.8 except 5 readings were f22.7
4. At full power, all the readings were f45.5 except 5 readings were f45.6

I also take repeated firing at full power as fast as it can recycle (less than 2 sec), the readings is very consistent at f45.5. There is no drop of power. However, at one time the strobe did not turn off, but stay on. I have to turn the switch to reset the strobe. I repeated the rapid firing experiment, it seems OK.

My next experiments will be
  • Check for consistency of the color temp
  • Check for hot spot for Amvona softbox
I do not imply of anything, just wanted to share my findings. Use it accordingly.

Hmmm.... I wonder if I can survive Rolando and Bee lovers after this post.
You will survive this just fine, for best results and responses, do some shooting and get back to the rest of us for the viewing of your photography with the use of your new lights.
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Old 11-07-2007, 11:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks AF, I am not sure how soon I will restart shooting models again. I have been stopped shooting for more than a month now, too much work and too many hobbies.

Here is an image I shot a few months ago with one Nikon SB800 with an umbrella. I cut off her fingers and blew hightlight on her chest.



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Old 11-08-2007, 12:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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when I first read the title, I was expecting you to have switched from canon to nikon...LOL


I bought an Amvona Boom once, worked great for about 6 months, then slowly fell apart...never, NEVER again for me...
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Oh yeah, I did….. from Canon EOS 620 to D200, LOL

I am not sure if you got the early version of their boom. Is yours look like this?

http://www.amvona.com/?page=shop/zoo...roduct_id=2016

The products from Amvona remind me of the Japanese cars of the 70’s. We all were laughing at them. Less than two decades later, the laughing stopped and the bitching began.

While the high end products will continue to cater the professionals. The cheap kickoffs will fill the gap for the masses. Needless to say, the product sale for the masses is far greater than those for the professional. Giving some time, these cheap kickoff companies will take over. Survival of the fittest is the name of the game.
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Amen to that. I bought a 30x40 softbox and the piece of sh*t broke WHILE ASSEMBLING IT. The metal framework snapped like a friggin' icicle as I was pulling the fabric over it. It wasn't even straining hard. I managed to salvage the piece of crap McGyver-style and it's working but it really pisses me off that it broke before I even used it. The only thing I've bought from them was a cheap light stand for one of my strobes. Those aren't too bad. I emailed them several times about the softbox and they never once replied or honored their "warranty" so I will never touch their sh*t again.

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