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Re: Photogenics Powerlights
Old 01-13-2008, 09:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to ask the group what they think of the Photogenics powerlights. I may be starting back at photographing Corporate and Group events and I want to get a good set of lights. I have looked at a number of options (ie: AB, White Lightning, JTL, Excalibur, etc) but I have heard good things about the Photogenics lights. One thing I really like is the ability to seemlessly reduce the light output whereas the JTL's and the Excaliburs don't appear to have that ability.

Just to let everyone know I will be working with 45 inch white umbrellas either in a reflected mode or as shoot throughs.

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Re: Photogenics Powerlights
Old 01-13-2008, 09:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Questions to consider:
Aren't the AB's considerably less expensive for the same power?
What advantage will the Photogenics have over the ABs?

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Re: Photogenics Powerlights
Old 01-13-2008, 09:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I used Photogenics that belonged to a friend and I liked them. They were a little on the old side, but good lights. I would have bought some for myself if I had more money to spend. I think one thing to consider is when buying lights is the available modifiers for it. This may not be a big issue to you. Photogenics were good enough for Gary whathisname.
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Re: Photogenics Powerlights
Old 01-14-2008, 11:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Actually, the Photogenic lights are cheaper than the AB's. I bought two of the 320w/s heads from Samy's for $232.95 each. That's the exact same power rating as an AB800 for about $46 less. The bulbs are UV corrected, too. I like mine quite a lot. It's a simple, sturdy-built unit that performs like a champ.

http://www.samys.com/product_detail.php?item=361
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Re: Photogenics Powerlights
Old 01-14-2008, 12:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Actually, the Photogenic lights are cheaper than the AB's. I bought two of the 320w/s heads from Samy's for $232.95 each. That's the exact same power rating as an AB800 for about $46 less. The bulbs are UV corrected, too. I like mine quite a lot. It's a simple, sturdy-built unit that performs like a champ.

http://www.samys.com/product_detail.php?item=361
Sounds like a good price. I looked at the spec of the unit in your link on the Photogenic website, but they don't have much info for a comparison. Can you tell me what the recycle time is at full power and if 100 watts is the maximum size for the modeling light? Does the modeling light stay on duriing recyling time and also can its power track the power of the flash?

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Re: Photogenics Powerlights
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I own four Photogenics (600ws) lamps and they are fully scaleable. I have owned Excalibur lights (320ws) but they couldn't stand up to heavy use and died two months after the warranty expired. If you're going to shoot large groups then you'll need quite a bit of power so get the big bang for your buck.

The modeling light is also fully scaleable and stays on during the recycle time, usually 1 to 1.5 sec at full power.
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Re: Photogenics Powerlights
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Actually, the Photogenic lights are cheaper than the AB's. I bought two of the 320w/s heads from Samy's for $232.95 each. That's the exact same power rating as an AB800 for about $46 less. The bulbs are UV corrected, too. I like mine quite a lot. It's a simple, sturdy-built unit that performs like a champ.

http://www.samys.com/product_detail.php?item=361
Those are not Powerlights. Powerlights are more expensive than AB but they are better built quality with better light temp consistency. 250w modeling light vs 100w.
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Re: Photogenics Powerlights
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Dear Dave spent a day with a fellow named nic coury of Buckeye color lab. we calebrated our meters and zooms on a single elichrom mono light. nic explained he uses the elichrom because of the consistent light output over the full range. Most light will be spot on at full power because the capasitors can charge to full and are ready. It's when you shoot at half or quarter power that they will flucuate.1to 3 tenths . Try poping your strobes ten time in a row see if the read the same on your meter. I tried it with my photogenics and they were a little off at the lower power. The elichrom weren't. With digital being like shooting slide film exposure wise, i could see that being a problem. Just a thought. sorry for the spelling
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