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Bees or Novos?
Old 02-28-2005, 11:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am buying new lights this week and trying to make up my mind... should I get the Alien Bee's or Novatron's?

Comments positive and negative on both would be appreciated. I have used Novos before without any issues.

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Old 02-28-2005, 11:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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White Lightning I have two Ultra Zaps and have carried them all over and nary a misfire yet. They are made by the same people that makes the Alien Bees. Love their products.

P.S. Nothing wrong with the bee's but look at the others.

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Re: Bees or Novos?
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I've got 1 Alien Bee 800 with one of their octagonal softboxes and like it a lot. This image is one from my first official shoot with the Mrs.

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Re: Bees or Novos?
Old 02-28-2005, 12:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't know anything about Novatron, so I can't say anything about them. I have 3 Alien Bees lights and I like them. However, one of the reasons I shoot with AB is the company is located near where I live so it's easy for me to drop by any buy things (or get service should the need arise). The customer service is outstanding.

You'd probably be OK with either system. You ought to base your decision on how you shoot, which accessories you'll likely need, availability of replacement parts, etc.

I will say though that if you think you'll ever do any location shooting, the AB Vagabond system is a pretty nice little thing to have. I don't use mine a whole lot, but it is nice to be able to shoot anywhere, anytime. The battery lasts a long time (AB claims 800 cycles for a 320w/s light, I haven't pushed it that far).

If you have any specific questions about AB lights, PM me.

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Re: Bees or Novos?
Old 02-28-2005, 12:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks Larry,

The Novos I have used and was happy with the results. If I go with those I would need to mail order them as no one local has them in stock. The Bee's that I am going to look at are used, but a complete setup priced fairly reasonable considering that they are used. I have visited the AB website and see that lamps etc are available, so I am leaning towards the Bee's.

I wont get a chance to see the set until Wednesday evening, so I will let you know if I decide on them.

Anyone else with experience using either please continue replying, the more info the better when making a decision on equipment.

Another image shot with my Nikon F3HP and 2 Novo's.

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I've got Novatrons and for the price they have been very good. The only real problem I ever had was when I let someone else use them and they blew a capacitor. It took just over two weeks and $225 to get it fixed. Note to self never let anyone else use your lights.

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Not an uncommon question
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Re: Bees or Novos?
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I was wondering much the same thing this morning, except that I have Balcar heads and packs. I think that there are a couple of questions that you need to answer first. Are you going to use them in a studio or on location? I think that the Bees would be a much better choice for location work. With the addition of the LG4X wired remote control, you can control up to four monolights from one location. This takes the advantage away from the pack and heads. The Bees are well made and light weight. They take up no more room than a strobe head. The recycle time is good. The only real concern I have is the effect of a heavy soft box on the Bees and the mounting clamps.

I think that I would like to have a set of three B800's with at least two Brolly Boxes and the LG4X for location lighting. This would be light weight with lots of flexibility.

I have heard nothing but praise for the AB's customer service.

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Old 02-28-2005, 01:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks Ed .... interesting thread and can cut down on repeat posts here [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Bees or Novos?
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I have been going through links on google about the Bee's and have heard nothing but positive. I am strongly leaning towards purchasing this set.

As for uses, I want to be flexible, able to shoot regularly in my "home" studio, and also be able to pack up and run with them for location shoots whenever needed.

Thanks for your input, its greatly appreciated.
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