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most economical yet solid strobe set needed
Old 01-11-2005, 01:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any recommendations as to a 2-3 light set with strobe for indoor shooting that works really well. While I LOVE shooting outdoors, I would also like to have a set of fairly inexpensive yet functioning lights for inside shooting.... preferably the type that pack well, etc...

Any suggestions would be MUCH appreciated!

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Old 01-11-2005, 03:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not sure what is economical to you but I would recommend Alien Bees . They are inexpensive and relatively durable from a construction standpoint. They have great customer service, too. Only downside is that the modeling light in them kind of sucks - not enough power but definitely useable. Anyway, you can get a nice set of two strobes and accessories for $600 - $800. For the price, they are hard to beat.

If you have a little more to spend, Elinchrom has a nice set of monolights as a kit that goes for about $1000 at Adorama and B&H. One version of the kit includes a travel case.

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Re: most economical yet solid strobe set needed
Old 01-11-2005, 03:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree, Alien Bee makes a good product for the money. Mine haven't let me down yet. By the way, you can upgrade the 100 watt bulb to a 150 which helps a little at your hardware store. I would get at least the 800 ws model.

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Old 01-11-2005, 04:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Can you guys take a look at this auction on Ebay and tell me what you think?? It looks like you get a LOT for the $
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...866003920&rd=1
 
 
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That is the exact set I started with. The lights have held up well for me although they have since been replaced as my main lights I do still use them as background and hair lights. For a starter set that is quite cheap I think you will like them
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Re: most economical yet solid strobe set needed
Old 01-11-2005, 05:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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For a different point of view (non-bees) I have a descent set of Novatron strobes. They're plastic and very light, but reasonably tough. I haven't had one quit on me yet and I've dropped a couple. And they're cheap, on ebay I got a four light set with stands, barn doors, snoot, and 440 power pack for $250. Another nice thing is that the lights and power pack are interchangeable with speedotron brown line. I know a couple of other photogs that started out with Novatrons, it's a good w/s per $ brand.
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Can you guys take a look at this auction on Ebay and tell me what you think?? It looks like you get a LOT for the $
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...866003920&rd=1

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I have the exact same ones and I love them! They are cheap, but they work for me. I will be getting some Bees thoug soon because I want a little more power.
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Bees
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Re: most economical yet solid strobe set needed
Old 01-13-2005, 03:13 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I would get at least the 800 ws model.

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Alien Bees don't have an 800 ws model.

They have a 160, 320 and 640 ws units.
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Re: most economical yet solid strobe set needed
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I think he meant the B800, the 320ws model.

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