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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · 3 Canon Speedlites or 1 Alien Bees B800


Hi all.


I have Canon 600EX RT and I plan to purchase another light source.

2 of refurbished Canon 430EX II are almost the same price as Alien Bee B800 + 22" beauty dish. It is about $420.


I do have a set of Yongnuo 602 and newly purchased Yongnuo 622c with ETTL support.


I lean toward Canon set for portability but also like the power of Alien Bees.

Help me out. Thanks a bunch.

BTW, I just shoot my kids, and friend



Mar 16, 2013 at 06:18 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · 3 Canon Speedlites or 1 Alien Bees B800


Power is helpful for some types of shooting, but having multiple light sources for creative lighting setups has benefits as well; so you really need to do a pros:cons analysis based on your own goals.

FWIW, I'm a multiple-Speedlite shooter as you may already know.



Mar 16, 2013 at 02:40 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · 3 Canon Speedlites or 1 Alien Bees B800


BrianO wrote:
Power is helpful for some types of shooting, but having multiple light sources for creative lighting setups has benefits as well; so you really need to do a pros:cons analysis based on your own goals.

FWIW, I'm a multiple-Speedlite shooter as you may already know.

Thanks Brian for helping me again. I do like multiple light sources to try and learn different things.
I had 580EX2 before. But now I have 600EX. I am thinking of getting 2 refurbished 430 EX2 instead of getting 1 Canon 580EX2 again. The reason is that I will use that 2 430EX2 for fill light and hair light. It should have enough power to handle that, right?



Mar 16, 2013 at 04:14 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · 3 Canon Speedlites or 1 Alien Bees B800


That's kinda like asking 3 atv's or 1 tractor.

Speedlights will be capped at the amount of power they can produce, but that certainly doesn't mean they aren't very capable, particularly for relatively close distances. My lineup is a pair of 550EX's, B400, XL1600, so I can make an argument for going either way ... which takes us back to Brian @ fit for purpose/intent.



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Mar 16, 2013 at 04:22 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · 3 Canon Speedlites or 1 Alien Bees B800


canon.eos30d wrote:
...I am thinking of getting 2 refurbished 430 EX2 instead of getting 1 Canon 580EX2 again. The reason is that I will use that 2 430EX2 for fill light and hair light. It should have enough power to handle that, right?


Absolutely; that's exactly what I use my 430EX II for most of the time. 580EX II main light, 580EX background light, 430EX II hair light, ambient/bounce and/or pop-up fill. (Will add another 430EX II soon.)



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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · 3 Canon Speedlites or 1 Alien Bees B800


BrianO wrote:
Absolutely; that's exactly what I use my 430EX II for most of the time. 580EX II main light, 580EX background light, 430EX II hair light, ambient/bounce and/or pop-up fill. (Will add another 430EX II soon.)


Thanks Brian and RustyBug. You have cleared my thought. You guys are awesome.

I am ordering 2 of 430EX 2 refurbished now.

- Tam




Mar 16, 2013 at 06:37 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · 3 Canon Speedlites or 1 Alien Bees B800


The modeling light is also really nice on a studio strobe like the AB units. It can make tweaking the light much easier and quicker than having to take a test shot, adjust, test shot, adjust, etc, etc, etc.


Mar 19, 2013 at 01:22 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · 3 Canon Speedlites or 1 Alien Bees B800


Why not get the AB and a really good modifier as mentioned then add 2 lower cost flash units, under $75.00 each. You will be shooting the AB on manual so why do you need to pay for ETTL on the other 2. I would never give up my studio flash units but like having both.


Apr 02, 2013 at 06:48 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · 3 Canon Speedlites or 1 Alien Bees B800


To me its all about if you are a location guy or a studio guy. If you go on location, with the AB, then you have to buy a battery pack and thats another couple 100 bucks. Speedlights work great for location work.

If you work out of a studio where power isnt an issue, then go with the AB. you will never be wrong with getting more power.



Apr 02, 2013 at 07:32 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · 3 Canon Speedlites or 1 Alien Bees B800


^ Yeah, that's a big factor. I would love to use my B800 on-location for my shoots but I haven't yet gotten a Vagabond so it hardly gets used at this time.

brad



Apr 02, 2013 at 08:03 PM





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