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Alian Bee grid ?
Old 02-15-2007, 06:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone used this ? I want to use it for a hair light. Is it worth the money ?
http://www.alienbees.com/gs1.html

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Since it can't be used with any other accessories, such as gels, I don't see the advantage of paying more for this than a standard 20 deg grid. Perhaps I am missing something.
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Old 02-15-2007, 08:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I am the proud owner of not one but two of these grids. First of all as the above post mentioned you are limited to only one use of the grid as opposed to using a mainframe and 20 degree grid in which you can insert gels and ND filters and etc. The main problem I have experienced with them is that in a small studio it is very hard to aim them in the right direction as hairlights and keep them placed on the subject in a proper manner with the model moving "her" head for different poses. I plan to use a small soft box as a hair light when I resume model photograpy. David C.
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I own the 10, 20, 30, and 40 degree grids and have used them for over 10 years. I use them all of the time. I use the 40 degree for the hair light. It works great. The 10 and 20 degree has a to narrow of a beam to be useful. Your constantly having to watch it and usually cannot use it for more than 1 person. I use the 40 degree for up to 4 subjects in portrait. I use the 10 20, and 30 to hightlight areas of the body that I want to hightlight.
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I (occasionally) use this product http://www.alienbees.com/hg4x.html, the 20 degree grid, but I find the light a little too focused unless I've got it WAY up on a boom. The issue tends to be getting the subject to SIT STILL once you have the light properly pointed.
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I (occasionally) use this product http://www.alienbees.com/hg4x.html, the 20 degree grid, but I find the light a little too focused unless I've got it WAY up on a boom. The issue tends to be getting the subject to SIT STILL once you have the light properly pointed.
Ok..So the 40 deg is the what I should get first. Thanks everyone for your input.

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