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Inexpensive Studio Flashes
Old 08-19-2005, 03:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Currently I own a few alien bees and a 13 year old Novatron kit.

I am setting up a studio space right now and I would like to have a couple of fixed sets that I can sit people in front of and get some images relatively quickly without having to move a lot of lights around.

Does anyone have experience with any of the inexpensive lighting systems like the Britek stuff? I'm just interested in how well they work and hold up. I don't really have the funds to buy enough Alien Bees to fully light a couple of stationary sets like that.

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Re: Inexpensive Studio Flashes
Old 08-19-2005, 04:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You could probably search the forums for "Britek" and find some info about them. From what I remember, they work OK, but the tubes either aren't easily replaceable or are almost as expensive as a new strobe unit (I forget which).

Somebody sure has experience with them, but there's probably a lot of info already out there.
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Re: Inexpensive Studio Flashes
Old 08-19-2005, 04:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Have used britek's in the past and they served me well until the great flood of 02 here [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]



Shot with a britek 1250 and a Kodak DC4800
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Re: Inexpensive Studio Flashes
Old 08-19-2005, 07:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My recollection is that they are very slow to recycle. This can always pose a stumbling block to creative photography. Also the replacement tubes are expensive. With the Bees the tubes can be replaced for under $30.

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Re: Inexpensive Studio Flashes
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Not sure what your budget is, but I would probably look on Ebay to see what I could find. I love my Novatrons. They were the first strobes I bought and they are still going strong. Because of one of my partners already having a bit of an investment in Speedotron equipment, I have also bought a Speedotron pack and heads from Ebay. My Novatrons sit idle most of the time now, but I still get dust them off from time to time to use for location shoots and when I need additional lighting. I would probably just "poor boy" it (move the lights back and forth) for the time being and just add to my equipment as i was able to so that I could get the best stuff I could.
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