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Old 07-19-2004, 10:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, I am about to purchase my very first set of light. I am a student, so it took me a few months to finally save enough money for this purchase. I need help deciding whether to get a set of alien bees or starlite kit (continuous light) with a softbox. I will be using the light for mostly glamour photography. Can someone please explain the advantage and disadvantage of them. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 
 
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Old 07-19-2004, 02:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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As a student -- take advantage of your student discount! For example, Dynalite has a student discount program. Go to their web site and look around -- it's pretty easy to find the student stuff. The discounts are really good. If you can buy something as nice as a Dynalite monolight with the prices they offer -- take it. Nothing wrong with Alien Bees -- but if you can buy Dynalite for almost the same price, it's not a hard decision.

As for the question on strobes vs continuous source. I think you'll find strobes more versatile. The continuous light source does get hot and can be more fragile to drag around. If you're in the studio 100% of the time and generally doing one kind of shot (heads, beauty) -- then the continuous light source does offer you the opportunity to visualize the lighting more precisely than the strobe.

There's a link to the Dynalite educational discount page at the top of this forum!

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Old 07-19-2004, 02:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You can't go wrong with em. Constant temp's, compact design for location shooting. And how could you question a company that is good enough to endorse GG's own Rolando Gomez workshops as well as Photo 101 [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

If you want, give me a call, or email and I will see what I can do for you on those Dynalites.

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I beg to differ on one point.
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According to http://www.shootsmarter.com/infocenter/wc021.html the Dynalite system has significant color temp changes over the range of light output. I'd like to know if this table is incorrect.

BTW, thanks for the GREAT service on getting my D-70 to me !!!!
 
 
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I mentioned to him that chart, which is somewhat dated and not accurate to boot. The information relevant to today's Dynalite equipment is far better and will be forthcoming. I shall post it as soon as I get it... which should be tomorrow

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Thanks Jason...
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I didn't want to take it as gospel. And I certainly don't want to spread wrong information.

 
 
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i got dynalite's with my student discount back in 2001
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Old 07-20-2004, 03:54 AM   #8 (permalink)
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bad news about the Dynalite student discount. Just found out this.....
"To qualify, you must be a student or instructor of photographic curriculum at an accredited college and university."
The discount only apply to student of photographic curriculum. I guess I will go with the bees
 
 
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So sign up for a photo class on lighting next semester. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Dyna-Lite all the way...
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I've seen that report mentioned in the subpost of this post, personally, it's faulty and outdated in my book. The true test is on location in various working situations, but regardless, in my digital photography their lights rock and are tight in color temperature.

I've been a Dyna-Lite user for some time now, in fact over four years, and shooting both professional slide film and digital, their color temperature is right on the money, closer and more stable to 5400K than most lights, in fact better than even more expensive lights.

I trust my Dyna-Lite equipment, whether it be the studio gear I take on the road, or the portable Uni400Jr used in this photo, 200 yards out at sea...for the money, and for the quality, and for the tight tolerances, you can't beat Dyna-Lite.

If you don't believe me, then why do some of the best names in the business, like Joyce Tennison, Greco and others them? Built tough, built user-friendly, built to last, American made, and most important, a flash that inspires....thanks, rg sends!


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