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| p.1 #6 · Einstein or Alien Bee |
The learning curve is likely to be more about modifiers, placement, fill, ratios, angles, fall-off, spill, reflection control, etc. ... generic to to studio lighting no matter the brand or model.
For starting out you most likely will not see a difference in either AB or Einsteins (for YOUR use). The greatest differences is as noted by Rusty. Will this be useful in the beginning....nope. Will they be useful later....that greatly depends on what you end up shooting. Understanding ratios, angles, etc as Rusty mentioned is your greatest challenge.
One benefit of the Einstein that *may* be useful early on is the power range from 2.5w up to the max. Some people buy lights not realizing lower power settings are just as important as high power. They end up buying something like the AB1600 but the AB400 would have been more useful in a small studio setup.
In the end if money is not an issue I would suggest the Einsteins because as you learn what you're doing the other benefits of the lights will come into play. HOWEVER, for many years people who have grown in their work still use AB today and create great art.