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Old 06-06-2007, 01:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been shooting with natural light for as long as I can remember. Occasionally, I'll use some Nikon flashes as fill.

I'd like to try my hand now at studio lighting. I'm going for more "detail", less heavy shadowing and an all together "see more, not less" approach. (MC-Nudes, Fem-Joy and so on as a reference..)

I shoot on the road, so the kit needs to be packable. I have been recommended two Elinchrom systems: the FX 2 Go Set and the BX To Go Set. (c.$200 price dif). Each has a reflector and a softbox. (These are pricewise very good for me in Switzerland and I will go with the brand - it's just posted here as an example.))

Does a set up like this give me what I want? What then, do I need?

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Old 06-06-2007, 06:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The are only two differences between the FX and BX line:

1) The FX line only handles european voltages whereas the BX line is multi-voltage and thus usable everywhere.

2) The FX units have 100W modelling lamps whereas the BX units have 150W modelling lamps.

Otherwise the two lines perform identically. I would strongly recommend the 400 w/s heads as opposed to the 100 w/s heads. Note that the 2 Go sets don't include light stands. If you purchase the accessory umbrella stand set you'll get 2 light stands and umbrellas, which should round out your portable kit quite nicely.

Elinchom makes excellent lights and the kits are a great way to get started, but if I were going to buy one of these kits I'd want to supplement them with bigger softboxes or umbrellas. A 60 x 60 cm softbox is too small (in my opinion) if you want soft light for anything compositionally bigger than a head shot. The 83cm umbrellas would be a little better for what you want to shoot, but not by much. I think you'd be better served by a couple of 100 x 100 cm Rotalux softboxes, the 135 cm Rotalux octagonal, or umbrellas in the 105 to 150 cm range. Any of these would give you a much softer light source for full-length shooting. These options also keep your kit portable. The Rotalux softboxes are a breeze to set up and take down - they collapse just like an umbrella.

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Re: Finally ready for a small studio lighting kit (glamour/erotic) Help
Old 06-07-2007, 12:12 AM   #3 (permalink)
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What Chip said!

The 60x60 softbox is useful for hairlighting, etc, but you need a bigger softlight for whole body shots - the 135cm octobox is excellent. I also use the 135x50 strip boxes (good for whole-body lighting, and good for whiting out the background).

I have a couple of 100FXs, and they are very good as accent lights (they work well in a snoot) - one of their best features is that they go down to 6Ws output. They cycle quickly, too.

If you could afford a bit more, however, the 300RX 2 Go kit would give you more power + the ability to accept the EL Skyport RX triggers. I'd favour the 300RX strobes over the 400FX/BX because of the greater control (6 f-stops)and the RX triggers.

Pity they don't make a 100RX, but I guess the computer control would make it uneconomic.

BTW: the stands in the umbrella kit are OK, but I chose not to get them - bought Manfrotto stands instead - NO regrets
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