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Old 07-09-2007, 12:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello Everyone. I'm new to the forum.

Can anyone recommend a good studio wind machine that's not too expensive?

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Old 07-09-2007, 12:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello Everyone. I'm new to the forum.

Can anyone recommend a good studio wind machine that's not too expensive?

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I don't use them myself, but instead use a small battery operated leaf blower that I picked up in a garage sale a while back. This gives more control than the wind machines since you can direct the air flow where you want it. You can use gaffer's tape to tie them to a light stand and then put them where needed. If you need a broader wind, then just one of those pedastal fans usually works pretty well.

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Old 07-09-2007, 07:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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If you don't want a leaf blower, you might search the archives a year or so ago. I believe there were recommendations for a "shop fan" made by Black and Decker or Fire-Storm or some such. Not too expensive and widely available.
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Can anyone recommend a good studio wind machine that's not too expensive?

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Manny

I just bought a great fan for my photography at sams club. It is only $50 and it is very strong and sits on the ground and pivits up to any angle you want. And it is quiet.

I herd wallmart has one also that people like.

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I tried the one you can get at Walmart. It's similar to the one at Sam's club.
Made by Black&Decker and it's junk. Put it back in the box and returned it, after I couldn't blow a candle out with it from 10 feet away.
The battery powered leaf blower is a good idea, but it needs a 3rd hand to make it work and the line of wind is very narrow.

If the CFM is not listed on the fan, it's not strong enough.

Now I use one of these. It just simply works.
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Those big yellow ones do work very well, but when one wants pinpoint "wind" the leaf blower works wonders. It is easier with an assistant to hold it, but if you have a light stand and mount the blower with gaffers tape, then you can move it to just where it is wanted.
One problem I've had with the big units is that it dries the model's eyes out very quickly, so you need to have lots of breaks in the session.
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Thanks for all the info. I'll try the Sams solution first. $50 sure beats a $1000 Bowens Jet Stream. If that doesn't cut it, I'll look into something with more power.

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