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Alda
Alda  146 forum posts United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2013 - 7:09 PM

Hi all

I have (hopefully) found a lovely studio and I need to get lights etc. I am on a bit of a budget and can at most afford around £500. I was looking at the following, maybe someone on here can give me some advice or suggest something else?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Photo-Basics-Strobelite-2-Light-Educational/dp/B004MAMTM...
http://www.linkdelight.com/DLK2Q2QA-750W-Studio-Flash-Light-Kit-w/Softbox-w/Trig...
http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-interfit-ex300-twin-head-umbrella-softbox-kit...
http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-interfit-ex150-mkiii-three-head-kit/p1534521
http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-missing/p1538009
http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-interfit-exd400-twin-head-umbrella-softbox-ki...


Help please, pretty please GrinGrin

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Alda
Alda  146 forum posts United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2013 - 8:06 PM

Actually, I found this one that looks really good:

http://www.lencarta.com/lighting-store/studio-lighting-kit/twin-head-mains-power...


GrinGrin

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314806 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2013 - 8:09 PM

You may find the 200w heads a little limiting once you start adding modifiers like soft boxes in a studio.

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314806 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jul 2013 - 9:35 PM

Ideally you should be looking at 300 or 400w heads minimum allowing some leaway, two heads will be enough to get you started, and preferably accepting "S" fitting (bowens) modifiers.

Kits like this will be good for there price.

http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-metz-bl-400-twin-head-softbox-kit/p1537993
http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-bowens-gemini-400-400-2-head-studio-kit/p1029...

brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110150 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2013 - 6:35 AM

I agree with Paul.

For my home studio I'm using the Interfit EX 200 two flash head + soft box kit and it works well but isn't really up to use in a full studio setting + the EX fitting limits the range of modifiers you can use

This kit may also be of use

lumen8 twin head as its close to your budget

another thought may be to start with a single head + reflectors then build up your lighting system as you develop?

Good luck and have fun with this - (is it a commercial venture or hobby? )

Last Modified By brian1208 at 4 Jul 2013 - 6:37 AM
Alda
Alda  146 forum posts United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2013 - 7:18 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions. It will be a commercial venture, and a bit scary TongueGrinGrin

duratorque
duratorque  11412 forum posts United Kingdom
4 Jul 2013 - 8:40 AM

If it is going to be used everyday, you really should be looking at 400Ws heads like Bowens Gemini. I suspect the cheaper kits are built for amateur who use the kit only occasionally and will not last very long if used daily.

Miles Herbert
4 Jul 2013 - 9:05 AM

If it's a commercial venture buy decent lights - especially if you are on a budget and can't afford to replace them. The Bowens Gemini kit would be a good place to start as a base you can build on. We started with 400w Elinchrom D-Lites and as yet have never had one go wrong, where as I've seen so many of the cheaper lights fail (and one burst into flames!)

arhb
arhb e2 Member 72116 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom67 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2013 - 9:11 AM

I agree with duratorque and Miles - moreso as it is a commercial venture.

Alda
Alda  146 forum posts United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2013 - 9:14 AM

I've been looking at Elinchrom. I may need to get a bigger bank loan lol TongueGrin

Miles Herbert
4 Jul 2013 - 9:25 AM

I love my Elinchroms, we hammer them sometimes and they just keep working. Last weekend, at one time, we had 6 photographers working off just one set of D-Lites photographing a frog in the studio so they were in constant use and held up just fine.

The only thing with Elinchrom is that it's harder to pick up budget accessories where as the Bowens S fitting is more widespread.

arhb
arhb e2 Member 72116 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom67 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2013 - 9:26 AM

I use Elinchrom Alda, and my kit has worked faultlessly since purchase.
The build quality and functionality are also very good.
Might be worth looking at 2nd hand gear on ebay - I bought 3 strobes last year that way, saving 25-30% of rrp.

Miles Herbert
4 Jul 2013 - 9:34 AM

If you buy second hand D-Lites try to get the second generation or above - they are the ones with the built in cooling fans. The original ones had no fans and can overheat under heavy prolonged usage.

Alda
Alda  146 forum posts United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2013 - 9:52 AM

Thanks all. I will be using them mostly for boudoir and fine art nude so I do need a decent set of lights. I already have one cheap studio flash off e-bay that I can use as a rim light/background flash.

miptog
miptog  83532 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jul 2013 - 12:51 PM

I was once told by a pro phototog, who is also a posts on EPZ, to start with one good quality light and build on that when you need to. I believe that to be excellent advice. If you are going to work your lights hard, you will need something of "professional" quality, and that usually comes with a price. You will likely also need a range of modifiers, and some of these will not be cheap, for example large softbox and grid. Hope it helps in the thought process.

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