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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Alien Bees or Einstein for starting


Hi,

About to start with studio lighting, and wanting to buy a couple of strobes.

Would you go with the AB800 or the Einstein. Of course I know einstein are better., and I can afford both options. The question is only if it is really worth to move directly to those, or buy the other ones and invest the difference in other stuff - theres plenty of photo things one can buy

So beginning from scratch, would you recommend going one way or the other?

thanks!


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Jan 01, 2012 at 05:31 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Alien Bees or Einstein for starting


If budget is not the objection, go immediately with the Einsteins and with the CyberCommander controller. The Einstein is superior to Alien Bees in almost every way except weight.


Jan 01, 2012 at 07:02 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Alien Bees or Einstein for starting


I agree with RDKirk. I've had B400s, B800s, and a B1600, but just sold my B800 and ordered an Einstein. A single Einstein encompasses the power range of all three Alien Bees models and eliminates all of their limitations. The price is great and the technology beats lots of more expensive strobes.

Can you tell I'm excited to get mine?!



Jan 01, 2012 at 07:39 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Alien Bees or Einstein for starting


The Einstein is new technology. That, before all the other benefits, is the main reason for buying.
As noted, its mated with the Cyber Commander to provide great functionality.



Jan 01, 2012 at 08:10 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Alien Bees or Einstein for starting


Constant color, remote control of power, 9 f-stop range.

No contest.

I wish I didn't have so many that aren't Einsteins.



Jan 02, 2012 at 02:24 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Alien Bees or Einstein for starting


This is a no-brainer.

Einstein.



Jan 03, 2012 at 04:05 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Alien Bees or Einstein for starting


I have four Einsteins, two White Lighting and one Alien Bee 400.
I use the Einsteins all the time.
I had a problem with one of the Einsteins recently and had to send it in for repairs... so out came one WL to do replacement duty.
That said. I'm going to be getting a couple more Einsteins this year.
The AB and WLs have been pretty much wall flowers since I got the newer units.
The level of control using the CyberCommander is outstanding.



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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Alien Bees or Einstein for starting


thanks for all the answers - Einsteins will be then


Jan 03, 2012 at 12:17 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Alien Bees or Einstein for starting


I just did a product shoot for a rather large client earlier today. Guess what I used?

I had my Dynalite stuff along in case I needed it, but I only used the AB's. Super-handy for location work.



Jan 03, 2012 at 10:55 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Alien Bees or Einstein for starting


I still think Alien Bees are great, but the Einsteins just step things up a bit while still being reasonably priced and using the same modifiers and all.


Jan 03, 2012 at 11:11 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Alien Bees or Einstein for starting


Yeah. The AB are not bad units, but the Einsteins are better (and of course they are more expensive too). If you can afford either, get the Einsteins.


Jan 04, 2012 at 07:45 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Alien Bees or Einstein for starting


I have some Alien Bees, and love them...but if you can afford the Einsteins, go for it!


Jan 05, 2012 at 06:57 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Alien Bees or Einstein for starting


ELinchrom lol


Jan 05, 2012 at 03:14 PM





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