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Old 09-30-2006, 02:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It looks like the Buff empire is expanding once again. Not only is he now doing ring flashes in the mono line, but also is introducing two new power pack units (1250 ws and 2500ws) at what look like very low prices. Here is a link to a post by Paul Buff giving the specs:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=19860916

It will be interesting to see how the market reacts to these new units.

Also of interest is his comments on why he can sell power pack units at so much less than the competition. What do you think about his argument?

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Old 09-30-2006, 06:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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$299 for the flash head...hummmmm...thinks buy flash head and see about getting wired for a dynalite pack...yeahyeah... course the ab800 one is perfict with the vagabond as a location light....
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Old 09-30-2006, 07:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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$299 for the flash head...hummmmm...thinks buy flash head and see about getting wired for a dynalite pack...yeahyeah... course the ab800 one is perfict with the vagabond as a location light....
I'm not sure what you're saying here. Are you saying that $299 for a ringlight flash head for a power pack unit is too expensive, or what?
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Old 09-30-2006, 08:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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hell no...I'm thinking 299$ rock espicially if I can get it wired to work with my Dynalite packs...The Calumet/bowens ring flash is $900....

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...Also of interest is his comments on why he can sell power pack units at so much less than the competition. What do you think about his argument?
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My philosophy at Paul C. Buff, Inc. is to design for high volume production of our products. This involves intense, expensive engineering and, if done properly, a more evolved product that costs less yet which outperforms products designed for small sales volume and which carry a high price tag by nature of the low volume nature of their design. This is not hype – this is truth, we offer our long customer-satisfaction record as proof.
FWIW Buff's equipment is very well designed and could even be considered over-engineered IMHO. Out of all the use (and abuse) that my equipment has been put through, it's still on the original flash tubes and has never required any maintenance other than to replace a blown fuse one time. Didja ever hear of anyone ragging on Buff's equipment? Not a commonplace event.


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Next, we sell only direct-to-customer – we don’t share our profits with middlemen. Our direct sales policy also results in a one-on-one customer support capability – you call, you get help – accurate and fast.
Hey, I like kibbitzing with the guys (and girl) down at the local camera store as much as the next guy, but ... who can argue with Buff's success in their strategies (which have been going on for a couple of decades, now)?
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Can't argue with succes! I've been using Buff equipment for 20 years. Had to replace a flash tube a couple of times, but that is normal wear and tear. They're like a timex watch. They just keep on flashing.

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