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Old 08-18-2006, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone,

My name is Kevin and I am new here. I am interested in purchasing a beginner/intermediate strobe kit. Looking for feedback on what brand would be a good buy. Looking for probably a two light setup that I could expand on later as my experience grows. I appreciate any help I can get.
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Old 08-18-2006, 10:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would suggest Alien Bees....they are inexpensive, work well and you can buy packages or individual lights and accessories...Hard to beat for the price....In fact, I think quite a few photographers on here use them.... try www.alienbees.com...they are out of Nashville, TN I think
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Old 08-19-2006, 05:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You can't beat the Alien Bees. Great price, lots of flexibility, very fast recycle time, easy to use, very inexpensive. Any you can add a battery power unit to the mix to use them away from fixed power.
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Old 08-20-2006, 08:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you for the insight. I have been looking at the Alien Bees. I am also looking at the Novatron m300's. Any thoughts on those units?
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Old 08-20-2006, 09:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well I've been using a Novatron Powerpack and 4 heads for almost 30 years. I bought the unit and heads in the late 70's. So that testifies to how well they last. If I were going to buy more lighting today, I would go with the Bees. Its much easier to do lighting ratios than with a powerpack based unit.
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Old 08-21-2006, 12:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The m300's are monolights and the light output can be adjusted. It is nice to hear they are a hard working long lasting light..

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Old 08-21-2006, 02:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The m300's are monolights and the light output can be adjusted. It is nice to hear they are a hard working long lasting light..
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But the equivalent Alien Bee costs less, recycles faster, has more controls, has a better guarantee, and so forth.
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Old 08-21-2006, 02:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thank you Roger, I didn't know all of that. Sometimes it's hard to tell just from a website. Sure would be nice to play with before one bought a system.
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Thank you Roger, I didn't know all of that. Sometimes it's hard to tell just from a website. Sure would be nice to play with before one bought a system.
If you're near a large city, there are often places than rent the Novatrons. I know there is a local store in my area that rents them. The Bees are not rented however since they are sold factory direct only by the Paul Buff companies.

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One last question...I am now leaning toward the Bee's. The question is do I go with the b400's or the 800's. the 400's say they have a true 160ws and a effective 400ws. Not quite sure what that means.

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