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Old 11-09-2005, 02:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

I am just starting with model photography, and I am looking for a suitable light kit, I have done quite research on the web, but after reading all of the pro’s and contra’s on this subjectI am basically where I started.

So my question is, is this basic light kit any good for a beginning model photographer using a digital camera?


1200W/S 3 STUDIO STROBE LIGHT + 2 Soft Boxes

Each light provides 400w/s output power and GN 216 feet at ASA 100.

It features:
Remote sensor(For cordless strob)
Built in cooling fan.
150W Halogen Modeling light.
Recharge readylight.
Fast recharge time 1-3 seconds.
1/8-full power stepless adjustament.
Two-way fixing stand adapter.
Easily changeable fuse holder.
Flash duration 1/1000 second.
Recycle time 1/2-4 seconds
Slave sensor effectiveness:30 feet.
Dimention:130x126x330mm
Weight:5.6 LBS. each light.

This kit includes the following accessories:
Three 400W strobes.
Two 24" by 35" soft box kits.
Three 150W modeling light bulbs.
Two reflector
One barn door with Honey Cone and 4 Gels.
One extra long 15 feet heavy duty flash cord connects your camera and the light.
Three extra long 15 feet power cord.

Any remarks or advice much appreciated,


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Re: Advice needed on studio light kit
Old 11-09-2005, 10:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey Klaas, I didn't think I would be joining in so soon, But I just asked some of the local GG experts the aame question. Do you start with 2 lights? 3 lights? How big should the Softbox be really if you had a choice? What is missing?
I am interested as well and felt it was time to respond out there.
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Old 11-09-2005, 11:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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When I first started I just grabbed up a kit from Alien Bees and I loved them from the get go...not only that but when I sold them to get a more powerful set-up I didn't loose that much in the resale. Just something I thought you might look in to. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 11-09-2005, 02:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Dude I have a causin and aunt in Litchfield.... Hows the weather...
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I would just throw in that you might want to consider starting with just one light. There's a lot you can do with just one, and getting 3 lights to work together will be kind of fustrating for someone new to studio lighting. Plus all those modifiers are good to have, but might be a bit much at first. All that can make your setup more complicated than it needs to be.

One light, small softbox, bounce from white walls for fill.

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Old 11-09-2005, 03:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The weather is not to bad for the time of year, but I am still trying to locate Litchfield do they live in the Netherlands [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

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HAHA....sorry the dude I posted under ( TSGCo ) lives in Maine USA near Litchfield.....

as far as the Strobe question....I would say start with something like the hansel porty and one/two heads....then maybe later add a pair of monolights.....
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Well, the first thing that jumps out at me is the short cords that come with the lights... 15' isn't very much when you're putting a pack on one side of the model and want to run a couple of lights on the other side. I've got flash heads with 25' cords on them and still use another 25' extension quite often (and wish I had a second one many times).

Otherwise, the lights you desribe sound "ok" if not a little bit lightweight (the light output may be a bit lower than what I would want, but your mileage may vary).

Good luck!

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