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Taking the Plunge
Old 01-27-2009, 12:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am finally getting close to purchasing my first set of studio strobe lights. Spending 2 grand for a starter set and if I have a little extra I will be buying a 22 inch Mola. In March I will have made my budget to make my purchase, yeah. Plus on March 21 it will be my birthday so, happy birthday present to me. So far I have narrowed it down to 3 systems, Hensel, Photogenic, and lastly Norman.

I put all of my data on an excel spreadsheet. Factors I looked at watts per second, dollars per w/s, recycle time, what light modifiers are available, user changeable flash tubes, modeling lights if any and if user changeable, warranty and lastly reputation. I have looked at specifically mono heads as opposed to packs because if a pack goes, the lights are dark. I can make 1-2 heads work but with zero heads means no light at all, hence looking at mono lights.

Most kits come with cheap umbrellas, so that was of little factor. Most kits come with cheap stands, so that is also of little factor and at a later date will be upgraded to heavier taller Bogen stands. Weight of any equipment is of little to no issue for me as I am young dumn and full of rum.

Is there anything else that I need to or should be putting into my equation. And no I do not see myself needing electrical ability of international input. At that point I might as well rent the lights at the location. Probably easier, cheaper, and maybe expose myself to something else I would then want to buy.

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Re: Taking the Plunge
Old 01-27-2009, 08:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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For what it worth, Scott Kelby did a week worth of lighting stuff a while back. One of the days he discussed a complete lighting setup he put together. Complete with triggers. It is a little over what you are thinking ($2721, but that is B&H prices, you might find better prices somewhere else to pull that down).

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Old 01-27-2009, 03:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Don't forget to look for control! Many units have 5 or more stepless f:stop control. Some are digital = easier and quicker and more accurate to set.

Some have built in remote triggers for light meters and Pocket wizards.

Which are safe to directly wire to your camera for triggering?

Light modifiers which you have already covered.

Repair facilities or excellent service system in place. A pro needs his lights, right?
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