Portable studio flash setup help?
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AUMusicNerd
Registered: Feb 25, 2005
Total Posts: 273
Country: United States

So my wife is a high school choir director, and they weren't at all happy with the group that came in to do her student's photos a couple of years ago, so I stepped in and took over. I've been shooting with a pair of Sigma EF-500 DG Supers with umbrellas and a radio slave.

I'm looking to go to something that I can plug into a wall so I don't burn through batteries quite so quickly during a day of shooting.

I've worked some with Photogenic lights in the past, so I know I like how they light things up. Anybody have ideas on what kind of kit/setup I need to look into? I've found a couple of StudioMax kits on BHPhoto that are tempting, but I'd like some input from folks who've "been there, done that."

Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!



alohadave
Registered: Jul 26, 2005
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What is your budget?



AUMusicNerd
Registered: Feb 25, 2005
Total Posts: 273
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Currently looking in the "under $1K" price range.



saelee
Registered: Oct 18, 2009
Total Posts: 349
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If you don't mind the size, adorama flashpoint lights will give you the best bang for the dollar. If you want something smaller, go with the alienbees.



Allynb
Registered: Mar 17, 2009
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Studiomax III has a nice kit with umbrellas case and stands for under $1K.



BrianO
Registered: Aug 21, 2008
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Allynb wrote: Studiomax III has a nice kit with umbrellas case and stands for under $1K.

+1

They're the "other" Made-in-America, constant-color, entry-level strobes. Photogenic has been in business for more than a century, so there's no worry that you're buying into some Chinese-made junk from a company that's going to change names ten times in the next year, rendering your warranty useless.



Mr645
Registered: Jun 07, 2002
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Look for a Speedotron Brownline kit. You can expect 20-30 years out of those things. A bit heavy, a bit slow to recycle, but cheap and reliable.



BrianO
Registered: Aug 21, 2008
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Mr645 wrote: Look for a Speedotron Brownline kit.

Interestingly, Speedotron and Photogenic are both divisions of the same company, headquartered in Illinois.