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| p.1 #3 · Help me shop for a studio light + accessories |
The Photoflex Starflash uses Bowens mount, so if you want to use only one set of speedrings and modifiers, brands like Bowens, Calumet (rebranded Bowens), Interfit, and Rime Lite will work. Besides Bowens, it appears Rime Lite (made in Korea) does have some high quality monolight, you can find them on B&H. The Bowens mount works fine and you can find relatively inexpensive modifiers on eBay, this will save you a good amount of money buying off branded grids and reflectors.
For studio use, and with a large octa, I'd say 500W/s-800W/s is the range you should look into. Photoflex's octa is decent, definitely gets the job done, if you have enough budget, you can try Elinchrom Rotalux with a conventional 8 holes speedring; the construction of Chimera and Profoto are the best out there and they will stand up to heavy use even out in the field. Since you have a small studio, do look into getting the grid for the octa, you will be very grateful for it! The Photoflex octa grid is very affordable. The Manfrotto 025BS is the monster and you will never have to worry it sags with a monolight and large modifier, it's expensive but it will pay off. I'd say go with any 8-10' stands with a telescopic crossbar; any brand of sandbag with double zippers will get the job done.