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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Cheap flashes with good color consistency?


Manual is OK, I still use my manual flashes often. I'm not buying yongnuo products on account of reading an article that described some undesirable color inconsistency across flashes (some having stronger green casts, etc.).

Prefer flashes that go down to 1/32 power, zoom head is a plus but not necessary. I currently use some Sunpak 383s long discontinued, and they're getting long in the tooth...



Jun 14, 2013 at 06:21 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Cheap flashes with good color consistency?


lumopro flashes for the win.


Jun 14, 2013 at 06:35 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Cheap flashes with good color consistency?


I've found sigma flashes to be good and consistent. They run warmer than the canon's, but they are consistent, so it's easy to correct in post.


Jun 14, 2013 at 06:36 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Cheap flashes with good color consistency?


Lumopro currently has nothing available for sale. Sigma's an option but not much less expensive than used 580EX flashes.


Jun 14, 2013 at 06:49 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Cheap flashes with good color consistency?


yeah, without wanting to try out the yongnuos, the lumopros are your best bet if you can find them.


Jun 14, 2013 at 06:52 PM
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form wrote:
Lumopro currently has nothing available for sale. Sigma's an option but not much less expensive than used 580EX flashes.



Their new flash is coming out soon. If it was me, I would just wait for those.



Jun 14, 2013 at 07:34 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Cheap flashes with good color consistency?


I've got four Sunpack 383's that I'll sell you. I no longer use them after buying my CL-180 and CL-360 lights


Jun 14, 2013 at 07:49 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Cheap flashes with good color consistency?


form wrote:
Manual is OK, I still use my manual flashes often. I'm not buying yongnuo products on account of reading an article that described some undesirable color inconsistency across flashes (some having stronger green casts, etc.).

Prefer flashes that go down to 1/32 power, zoom head is a plus but not necessary. I currently use some Sunpak 383s long discontinued, and they're getting long in the tooth...


So, yongnuo is no good? I saw a whole bunch positive review on those here. Please someone tell me the truth!



Jun 14, 2013 at 07:54 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Cheap flashes with good color consistency?


Hey, form, check out Polaroid:

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2013/06/quick-hands-on-100-polaroid-pl135-bare.html



Jun 14, 2013 at 08:09 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Cheap flashes with good color consistency?


Since all speedlights are IGBT I'd be very surprised if any had colour or power consistency problems. This is usually an issue for strobes.


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CMB Photo wrote:
Hey, form, check out Polaroid:

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2013/06/quick-hands-on-100-polaroid-pl135-bare.html


discontinued almost immediately.



Jun 14, 2013 at 08:46 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Cheap flashes with good color consistency?


nikon sb 24-25-26-28 etc.
all good



Jun 14, 2013 at 09:20 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Cheap flashes with good color consistency?


The cheetahs (AKA godox) look very nice, but I'm not looking for something that powerful - and if I were I would like to compare them to Alienbees in actual light output to see the results. I know someone who uses a ABR800 all the time and it claims to be 320 real WS...while being called 800WS output. I wonder if the CL360 is real 360 WS or more like 150 real WS.

Guide number-wise...the CL360 claims 85GN (via godox ebay store) vs B800's 109GN (via PCB website). Looks like each stop of WS boost increases the GN by about ~40% (don't know the exact math), so the CL360 should be maybe 25% more powerful than a B400 but not double the B400 output like the B800...

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Jun 14, 2013 at 09:22 PM
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form wrote:
The cheetahs (AKA godox) look very nice, but I'm not looking for something that powerful - and if I were I would like to compare them to Alienbees in actual light output to see the results. I know someone who uses a ABR800 all the time and it claims to be 320 real WS...while being called 800WS output. I wonder if the CL360 is real 360 WS or more like 150 real WS.


I've got three of the CL-180's and they all put out a full stop more power than my 580EX does if that tells you anything. I have a 360 light on order for the rare times I need more power.



Jun 14, 2013 at 09:33 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Cheap flashes with good color consistency?


If I was interested in more power, I'd need a LOT more - like comparable to a b800 or close. I'd need two CL360s for that, which would bring the cost to $1k for portable moonlight power with the battery. I have an ABR800 and B1600 lying around that could be combined with a minivagabond for less...but of course the trade-off of compactness vs power. So I haven't bought the battery pack for them because I don't want to carry more stuff around. Bad enough I bought an LED light and a few clamps recently to add to my photography equipment/junkpile.

4x the output of a 580EX would be nicer than 2x, and would be able to better compete with the sun when a modifier is added. 580EX doesn't have enough power to beat the sun with a modifier, and only barely keeps up with it at ~6ft.



Jun 14, 2013 at 09:49 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Cheap flashes with good color consistency?


Used Nikon SB-28. Between $90-$110 depending on condition. Reliable, goes down to 1/64.


Jun 14, 2013 at 11:11 PM
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Ian Ivey wrote:
Used Nikon SB-28. Between $90-$110 depending on condition. Reliable, goes down to 1/64.


Yep, great flashes, or the SB-26 as well since it has an optical slave on it too.



Jun 14, 2013 at 11:22 PM
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sboerup wrote:
Yep, great flashes, or the SB-26 as well since it has an optical slave on it too.


Shame they skyrocketed in price due to strobist.

Not sure why OP doesn't buy a canon (or does he still shot nikon?) speedlight. Yes they cost more but if you buy used the resale will be almost the same.



Jun 14, 2013 at 11:28 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Cheap flashes with good color consistency?


I just bought the 4-pack of SB28dx's on the b&s forum. They'll swap out with my Sunpaks and give me some zoom ability.

Mark_L wrote:
Not sure why OP doesn't buy a canon (or does he still shot nikon?) speedlight. Yes they cost more but if you buy used the resale will be almost the same.


I have 4 580EXs. I don't need more of them. I just need cheap OCF units with enough power to give me ISO800-1600 easily in receptions and not blind people, preferably with a little zoom.

On that note, I've had my fill of shooting at 1/50-1/100 sec. shutter speed to get more ambient in, and I've also had enough of shooting at ISO1600-2500 regularly. Too much ghosting for slow shutter. I'm just going to let less ambient in and blast stuff a little harder with flash for a while, and go back to 1/160-1/200.



Jun 15, 2013 at 12:06 AM
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awad wrote:
discontinued almost immediately.


I wonder why..



Jun 17, 2013 at 04:07 PM
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