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What strobe to buy?

Murali
user 12597605
Milpitas, CA
Post #: 1
Hi all,

I am planning to upgrade my gear and move from flash lights to strobes.
So far I have received suggestions for Alien Bee 800 (http://www.paulcbuff....­)

I see there is a kit for the price of one strobe on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com...­)

What do you guys suggest?

Thanks,
Murali.
Michael M.
user 24455522
Mountain View, CA
Post #: 1
Those strobes only have 2 stops of variability in strobe power. That is insufficient. I have only had by bees for a month or so, and often find the 5 stops of power variability somewhat limiting, though I can fix it by physically moving the strobe further away too. The einstein gear has 9 stops of variability, so on the low end you can mix it up with your battery strobes by more than 2 stops. Keep an eye on craigslist for these too.

The other thing is that the bees have the rj11 jack on the back. You will want to use remotes that let you take advantage of that, ie either pocket wizard or radio poppers. Or you can use the corded route. After loosing a canon flash due to a tugged cord, I switched to radio as soon as possible. Optical works as long as you are the only person popping it. As soon as there are more shooters, they keep popping for everyone else, and not you.

Pocket wizard basically lets you nearly triple your flash output when shooting in daylight by moving your sync speed from 1/200 to 1/640 if you use the Ac9. (http://www.pocketwiza...­) .

I went the pocket wizard route because as I am starting out most of my shoots so far have been in group situations, and everyone else has had pocket wizards (usually plus 2) so I got the compatible gear.

Everything costs money :(

-Michael

Hi all,

I am planning to upgrade my gear and move from flash lights to strobes.
So far I have received suggestions for Alien Bee 800 (http://www.paulcbuff....­)

I see there is a kit for the price of one strobe on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com...­)

What do you guys suggest?

Thanks,
Murali.

A former member
Post #: 4

I shoot with White Lightening strobes from Paul C. Buff, they come with a cable for the wireless trigger (be it Pocket Wizard or Cyber sync).

Secondly, if you wish to mix strobes with small flashes B400 may be the way to go since the lowest power settings on this strobe can easily be mixed with small flashes.

Lastly, don't blindly trust everything. Rent a strobe and try it out for yourself before making your final decision.

Just my $0.02 :)
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