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| p.1 #10 · Lighting questions -- looking to expand my gear... |
Hey, Brian -- never looked at the Q Flash - looks quite promising and portable to boot -- but that is one, heafty price!! What are it's benefits over a 580?
Yeah, they're defiinitely not for the faint of wallet.
The Q-flash 5Ds come in 200-watt-second and 400 watt-second versions, compared to a 580EX's less than 100 Watt-second. (I can't recall exaclty the power of the 580EX, but it may even be as low as 50-60Ws.) So when nothing but lots of light will do, they're worth their weight in candles.
They're very solidly built, and designed to fire in rapid succession over long periods without overheating.
As mentioned, because they have exposed bulbs they're great for use with a range of modifiers.
Since they don't have internal batteries, they're quite light for their power/size, which can be a blessing when they're up on a tall bracket.
The downsides are:
Need external battery pack.
No modeling light like a similarly-powerful monolight would have.
Oh, and did I mention price?
...Barring additional huge benefits from the Q Flash, I am most likely back between potentially adding a 580 and using that outdoors/indoors while occassionally adding the 430, or going the PCB route. ...The PCB would not be as portable as the Q Flash or the 580, but still might be a solid choice. ...I believe with something like the PCB - I may opt to go out more often with my girls soley to take pictures.
--So, in short:
1. Use a 580 as my main light while using the 430 as a slave.
2. Use the 430...Show more →
That sounds like a good plan.
Did I already mention The Speedliter's Handbook? Hugely helpful for learning the nuts and bolts of off-camera flash, multi-light flash, modifer use, etc.