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Old 03-22-2010, 01:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need some advice. I have decided to move to strobes from hot lights. My budget is $1500 and I would like a 3 light kit. I have done so much research online that I can't decide which way to go now. I don't have a local store to rent or test equipment. Can anyone give me feedback on what they are using?
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Old 03-22-2010, 04:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you looked at the White Lighting X series?

http://www.white-lightning.com/index.html

I have older monolights, but the X series seems to be comparable.

The flash tubes are user replaceable and they can use standard lights for modeling. You can also purchase the modeling lamps from the company in various wattage.

If the housing is anything like the older monolights they will last forever. The output is controlled by a slider bar which gives you very fine adjustments.

The company also makes the Alien Bees, but I have used them (at another location), and was not impressed with them. They seem a bit flimsy and it appeared to me the light modifier "clamps" (Buff calls them "holding fingers") were very weak, but I didn't get that close a look at them.

They also have a slider bar to adjust the light output, and are economically priced.

They come in wild colors.

http://www.alienbees.com/

The latest addition to the Buff lighting is the Einstein, but I know nothing about it except it is in the "pre-order" stage.
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Old 03-23-2010, 01:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I bought Alienbees about 5 years ago and they've held up well, work every time and fall within your budget.
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I bought Alienbees about 5 years ago and they've held up well, work every time and fall within your budget.
What type of light modifiers are on them, and do they seem secure?

That is the only thing I noticed when I looked at them. But as I say, I didn't get a close look.

My soft boxes are large and heavy.
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've had Alien Bees for about three or four years and have never had any major issues. I have a 5 foot Octabox on one, a 36" x 48" softbox on another and they hold up great.

If I could offer a suggestions ... if you're in a small studio space, and if you like shallow DOF (where you blur out the background) ... don't get lights that have a lot of power because they'll be too much for your studio. I have the Alien Bee 400s and they allow me to shoot at lower power and shoot at f3.2 or even f2.8
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Thanks Marty for the information. Are the stands connected to the light itself or to the modifier?

I just seem to recall the light is small and the prongs that hold the modifier were spring loaded and did not have screws to tighten the modifier onto the faceplate. I might not have looked at them closely.

I have one Larsen "starfish" that has a stand mount on it. I mount the stand to the starfish, and that takes the weight off the prongs. I have a Photoflex Lightdome that does not have, and the weight on the prongs would be too much for the small AB unit, I think?
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