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Not much chatter about Photogenic Lighting Systems these days?
Old 08-27-2005, 07:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know they can be expensive and it seemed at one time in the world, Photogenic lighting systems, Photogenic Pro, were all the rage at least in my part of the country at the time. What say all of you?

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I don't know, there is a lot of good ecomomical lighting out there. Having said that, I have 5 PL1250 Photogenics and two studiomax battery powered lights. I like them just fine. I've had two of them over twelve years and have never had a problem with them. (knock on wood) The lights are tuff. I've thought about buying some other brands but decided to stay with what always worked. Bottom line there are better and there are worse. But, your right you don't here anyone talk about them much annymore. They must still be selling good they just moved and built a new plant somewhere around Chicago.

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I wonder if they may not be making some flashes for other firms, however. I don't see Photogenic lights anywhere I go anymore. Most of what I seem to see are Alien Bees, White Lightnings, a few Hensels and a few Dynalights.

I still have my old Novatron Power pack and 4 heads that I bought back in the 70's and they still work perfectly even after having the heads drop to floor on several occassins when light stands turned over.

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I've had 2 of their StudioMax II 320 units for a couple of years now, no complaints...except 2. They don't include a cover cap with the units. VERY easy to break those flashtubes without a cap. Also, the model lamps are a piddling 40w, and there's no tracking ability - just on or off. This dim light made for horrible focusing until recently. They've come out with standard AC socket "twist" type fluorescent bulbs in 150w effective output. The actual consumption? 42 watts! So I disassembled the lights, swapped out the 40w appliance bulb socket for a standard AC socket, and no more focus problems! Now they're better than ever!

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What about cost of a Photogenic system as compared to the others? I know they run more, but does one get what he or she pays for?

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I have 5 of the 500 WS powerlights. One 1000 WS powerlight. And one of the StudioMax AC/DC lights.

The oldest one is about five years old. I have shot thousands and thousands of shots with them.

Love them.

Haven't had ANY problems, all switches, bulbs, brackets, etc work like the day I got them.

Very good color and ballance over the power spectrum.

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