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| p.1 #1 · Stuck, Frustrated, Disheartened.. Please Help.. |
I've been a member here of Fred Miranda for about three years, and the collective wealth of knowledge from all the pros here is as awe inspiring as it is intimidating... Now that I find myself in such a stuck, frustrating position, I can think of no one better to ask than you guys... Please help.
So last year, I finally took the leap into OCL and started saving to buy some ABs. I initially was going to buy 2 B800s, but I decided on the B400s right now.. (budget is a bit tight, and I'm buying Cybersyncs as well).. I figure I can sell them and pay the difference when I'm ready for the 800s. Okay.. so based on that, would you guys mind helping me with the following questions please? I've been pondering them all week, and I'm just tired, stressed, and even more confused. I think I analyze way too much, and I've boxed myself into a corner where I'm stuck with tunnel vision. I am in desperate need of outside perspective.
1. Will the cybersync recievers be able to work with all of my flashes? (Besides the 2 B400s that I'll be buying, I also have 2 Nikon SB28s, and one Canon 430 EX II. I mostly use the SB28s for all my OCL, and keep the 430 EX for on camera use.) So, I'm wondering if the Cybersyncs would be able to trigger all of these..?
2. Based on the flashes I just listed above, how many triggers would you recommend I get? I was thinking 2 or 3.. what are your thoughts on this? I'm worried about buying too much and not using them. I want to be able to utilize what I get.. I guess the way to approach would be to consider the setups I have in mind.. High key aside, say I put up a background, and want to take some portraits of my kids.. from everything I've been reading, I'll need at least three lights... Can I ask/beg you to please share some knowledge here? Give some input?
3. Now, I initially was going to get the Cybersync Transmitter, but I was told that would be a bad idea, and it would be best to go with the Cyber commander. What do you guys think? Also, would you guys recommend the AC or battery powered transmitter/receivers? Since I'm not buying a Vagabond mini right now (I figure I can just plug them in, since I'll be using them indoors mostly), I've been thinking that the battery operated versions would be the ones? But I haven't used any of these before, so I don't know if I'm overlooking something or the other..
4. Finally, modifiers.. What would you recommend? And how many? I know the bigger the modifier, the softer the light.. and with portraits, we want to use soft light.. I however don't want to spend all/most of my money on modifiers, so your expert knowledge is needed and appreciated please. I was contemplating an Octobox and a softbox.. and maybe a beauty dish, but I thought I'd ask anyway...
Again, I apologize for the long list of questions, and do appreciate your help and patience...
Thank you all so much !