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Help Spec a Studio Setup
Old 07-29-2004, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hoping to learn from the experience and mistakes of others when spec'ing a studio setup. Any input would be GREATLY appreciated.

Decided on Alien Bees for the lights:

3 - B400
1 - AB Speed Ring
1 - grid kit
1 - vegabond 150 power pak

Because I hear AB accessories are of suspect quality, I need to source the following:

3 - air cushioned stands (Calumet or B&H?)
1 - large softbox (Photoflex - which one? where to get it?)
1 - umbrellas?
1 - Sekonic 358

Am I missing anything? Best choices (brands, prices, etc) for the above?
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Old 07-29-2004, 07:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you can afford the 800's get them, better to have too much than not enough. as far as AB accessory quality I've never had any problems. I have a med octadome and a large octadome that I wouldn't trade for anything. For the most part I like Talon stands. BTW Dont forget about our own grorified Unique photo counterboy Jason Etzel. Have bought several pieces of equipment from him and he has ALWAYS done me righteous.

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Re: Help Spec a Studio Setup
Old 07-29-2004, 10:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think the 400s will do fine in the confined space of a home studio. Plus I figure they can be upgraded within in the first 2 years if I need more power.

Never heard of Talon stands. Any more info on 'em?

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160 w/s ain't a whole lotta power, you *might* wanna consider the 800s

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Has some nice air-cushioned 9-foot stands they offer all of the time. I picked up four of them priced between $10.50 and $12.50 each --- plus $12 shipping.

Don't go crazy bidding. If you don't get one, you'll get the next one.

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Re: Help Spec a Studio Setup
Old 07-30-2004, 02:16 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm curious why you listed the Vagabond power source for your small home studio...Seems like a lot of money for an item that you might not use very much (unless you have plans to go outside of extension cord range a lot).

And I parrot other posters about the lamp choice...I bought two 800s and two 1600s with the thoughts that A) It's better to have a little too much and not need it than not have enough and need it, B) I wanted extra power for the boxes because of the way that I set them (way back and blast 'em) and C) I figured that I'd be buying the last set of lights for a long time, and I didn't want to fiddle with having to upgrade.

As far as AB accessories, if you've set up a tent, like, EVER, you'll have no problem with their softboxes and domes. I have two of their Large boxes, and a buddy of mine has a Giant....No worries...We both have assortments of their stands and umbrellas as well, and like them a lot.

The only nit that I have to pick about PC Buff products is the method they use to attach their booms to their stands.

I have a Sekonic L-358 meter and I love it...But I'm kicking myself for not spending the extra $20 on the wireless trigger card when I bought it...
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Thanks for the feedback. So the 800s are probably the way to go.

The Vagabond really isn't for the home studio...but the idea of going anywhere is pretty cool.

I've heard the AB boxes are silver lined which makes them hot/harsh compared to the white lined Photoflex ones.
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Hot and harsh? Not in my experience (unless I wanted that)...There is an internal diffuser that can suspend in place, it's made of the same material as the main/outer diffuser.

B1600/large box centered, B800/gold umbrella to left on the floor, B800/gold umbrella high to the right, and a balanced 100W incandescent in an amber fixture hanging three feet above and behind Jodi's waist.



B1600/giant box centered, B800/silver umbrella at Leona's head level to right



B1600/large box left and right of camera, B800/gold umbrella high, behind and to the left of Carlene

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