My friend Ken Marcus uses a Hensel ring light quite a bit. He uses a Hensel Porty 1200 w/s unit with a ring light in his studio in LA.
There not difficult to use.
I would get the most powerful pack you can get. If you use it outdoors you will need the extra power. I have used 3000 w/s on one head with gels in the studio.
I know people who like Profoto allot. I use the Hensel Porty 1200 w/s and Bowens 3000 w/s packs for location shoots. They both work with 110 volt or 12 volt batteries.
The Broncolor packs are cool too. But I think the Hensel is the best deal for the money.
Check out Profoto's web site or Calumet's / B&H.
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I'm thinking about getting a ring light and I have a couple of questions. I'm looking at a used profoto head & pack.
1) How difficult are these things to use with a 35mm camera?
Every ringlight I've seen used has been with a medium format and they don't exactly look easy to use with a 35mm. I guess they mount on the tripod screw?
2) I'm going to have to get a power pack too. Is a 600 w/s pack enough or should I get a 1200w/s pack? With my regular setup I usually use a 500w/s pack with 3 heads and have plenty of light. But I understand the ring isn't as efficient. I'd like to get f8 at 10' with ISO100.
3) Is anyone familiar with the Profoto line? What's the difference between the Acute & Acute alfa? I assume the Acute 2 head will work on any Acute pack. Right?
Is there anything else I should know about?
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