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Getting new lights Hensel, Elinchrom?
Old 09-04-2009, 11:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Moving to a new studio, and will be obtaining some new lights. I am looking at either the elinchrom 500 bxri kit, or one of the Hensel kits, both with radio transmitters. Any opinions or suggestions? I also will be selling two Alien Bee 800 s along with some extras if anybody is interested.



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Detail on the Alien Bee's? Price, condition, age, accessories, etc.
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I bought the 3 Hensel mono light kit and have been pretty happy with it so far. One thing I did though was ditch the board seperaters that Hensel gives for in favor of 5 inch deep foam I purchased from Joann Fabric. Hint is to wait for a 40 percent off coupon, you will trust me. Then cut out inserts for the lights and stuff. Keeps the gear from banging around and also makes tear down faster, assembly quicker because everything has its home. I will see about taking a snap shot and posting it.

I also ditched the light stands for in favor of 12 foot air coushioned stands that hold up to 20 pounds. The kit comes with stands that are rated for 8.8 pounds and only go up 8 feet. I donated mine to a local community college as 1 I will not use them and 2 I would prefer to get the tax deduction for financial benefit as opposed to me kicking them or getting them dusty.

I do not like the idea of internal radio transmitters on lights because technologies are always improving and if the radio portion fails, then the whole lights fails on an internal radio/light assembly. I went with pocket wizards due to reliability and features of distance etc.
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Thanks for your replies. The AB are 3 years old, and I bought them new. I am planning on selling both 800 heads, cases, and 2 chimera speedrings, and 2 replacement bulbs which are still in the package that Paul Buff shipped them in. The lights have probably been used 80 times. The condition is excellent except for a small dent in one of the reflectors. If any one is interested, I will have to come up with a price for the package. I was planning on selling them seperate on e-bay. Give me an offer, or e-mail if you are interested.

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