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Is a 125 w/s strobe a usefull tool?
Old 12-19-2006, 09:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm considering buying some Photogenic Studiomaster III monolights. The 125ws model has an ISO guide number of 120. The 320ws model has a guide number of 180. These are light weight strobes around 2.5lbs. And there cheap compared to the PL2's, but the 125ws pl2 has a guide number of 170. I plan on buying Photogenic's either way. I was thinking about buy three or four lights, one of which might be the 125 ws light for a boom mounted hair light or other accent or additional fill. What I would like to find out is is a light with an ISO of 120 is going to be that usefull? Or, would buying a 170/180 ISO light be a smarter thing to do.
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Re: Is a 125 w/s strobe a usefull tool?
Old 12-19-2006, 09:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Stick with the power lights. The slave on the smaller models really stink.
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Re: Is a 125 w/s strobe a usefull tool?
Old 12-20-2006, 01:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You might also want to look at the Alien Bees and compare their specs to the lights you are now considering.
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Re: Is a 125 w/s strobe a usefull tool?
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I have a couple of 100Ws strobes, and find them very useful as hair lights, or background, or fill, or as finely directed point lights (a snoot is handy on one of these). One reason is because they are adjustable in fine amounts, and they go down to a very low level (6.25Ws). More powerful lights don't go as low (the 300Ws goes to 9Ws, but the 600Ws only goes down to 18Ws). Having fine control is useful. They also weigh quite a bit less (1.5kg instead of 2.3kg) - useful when putting a hair light on a boom over the model (oh, just like you mentioned ).

I do use 600Ws and 300Ws strobes, though - they are my main and key lights - one needs a bit more brute strength on occasion

So yes, I do see plenty of use for 100Ws strobes.

Bear in mind what coach says, though - my 100Ws strobes have very reliable slave sensors, and I'm glad of that.
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Old 12-21-2006, 07:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you all for your replies. I'm not sure which lights I will get, although if I get Photogenics, then I'll get PL's.
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