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| p.1 #8 · I have 600rt flashes but would like strobes help please |
Maybe try putting two 600's on one modifier like a parabolic umbrella type of system (PCB has them or softlighter II maybe) for key light, reflector for fill, and sun for rim/hair light. You'd need the ST-e3 to trigger the two 600's. That should give some power to the off camera lighting, and you might even get away with high speed sync if the modifier is close enough. The beauty of the 600's vs. the larger strobes is the ability to do high speed sync, but i think ganging them up on the umbrella rod is necessary to compensate for the lack of power. However, since your main issue is underpower without HSS, then maybe you need to leave HSS for another day since it lowers the effective power fairly dramatically (but it does fit into the calculus of switching from 600's to AB's or Einsteins for instance).
If that fails...AB's or Einsteins and vagabond battery will get you where you want to go with a little more bulk and weight (though in the lighter pocket if you know what I mean).
You could do both, which would put your 600's to work instead of leaving them on the sidelines. Trigger the 600's from on camera 600 or ST-E3 and trigger the AB or Einstein from a CST trigger hooked into the PC terminal of the camera and control the Einstein or AB with a cyber commander. You might have to chimp the metering though, which could slow you down slightly (although it might be possible to get cybersync receivers for the 600's and use the ST-E3 to set their levels remotely and then meter everything with the cyber commander....pretty complex setup but doable. Haven't tried that though).