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    Gaz_H  8150 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    28 Dec 2008 - 2:42 PM

    Although i'm predominently into landscape photography I initially got into photography to take high quality photos of the kids.

    I would like to purchase a studio lighting kit for this reason - not something that is going to last for five minutes before I feel the need to upgrade but I don't want the rolls royce either. I would like to use both black and white backgrounds.

    Any advice on what to get would be greatly appreciated as this is a new area to me. I was looking at these:-

    Lastolite Lumen8 400 2 Head Softbox Kit
    Kit includes:
    2 x Lumen8 400 heads with power cables and modelling lamps
    2 x 60cm EzyBox softboxes
    2 x Lastolite air-damped stands
    2 x 18.5cm standard reflectors
    1 x Sync lead
    1 x Wheeled carrying case

    Flash energy 400 w/secs
    Guide number (std reflector) 60 (m/100ISO)
    Flash adjustment 5 stops
    Recycling time 0.4-1.6 secs
    Modelling lamp 230w
    Fan cooling No
    Auto power dumping Yes
    Charge ready beep Yes
    Reflector included Yes
    Dimensions 41 x 18 x 21cm
    Weight 2.5kg

    Last Modified By Gaz_H at 28 Dec 2008 - 2:43 PM
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    28 Dec 2008 - 2:55 PM

    Have a chat with Danny James at elemental he is a member on here and has his own studio and lighting business we recently did a shoot meet at his place and his kit is very good and competetive especially for fellow EPZ members.

    He will not only give honest pros and cons of his lighting units but will give advice on what pieces of kit are best to buy for the type of set ups you want to do.

    I dont think the moderators mind people giving his website out on here www.studio-flash.com

    I recently bought the Interfit EX150 Mk2 kit and have had some great results from a very cost effective kit.

    Good luck with your search.


    Gaz_H  8150 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    30 Dec 2008 - 10:39 PM

    Thanks Stu - I've decided on a Interfit Stella X setup. I can get a 300w version for 408 from speedgraphics or a 600w version for 488.

    Which would be the best one to go for? Mainly going to be used for small studio stuff but might want to expand to larger subjects in the future (ie. 20ft x 10ft steel ones).

    rictac2  10150 forum posts England
    30 Dec 2008 - 11:36 PM

    Hi Gaz

    Ask me for your spec/budget if you like, PM or email me through ePz directory.


    Gaz_H  8150 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    31 Dec 2008 - 5:43 PM

    Hi Richard,

    Budget is about 600 - 650 max. Req'd mainly for family portraits or small groups. I need to be able to work well with white backgrounds / floor coverings.

    I was thinking of the Interfits because that gives me the cash to buy a 3rd Light unit for the white at a later date and it uses the S-bayonet but not sure on whether to go 300w or 600w.

    sberlyn  7426 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
    31 Dec 2008 - 6:21 PM


    PM me.


    tomcat e2 Member 95916 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
    31 Dec 2008 - 6:48 PM

    You could try here Gaz.


    Gary_Fife  5
    4 Jan 2009 - 9:53 AM

    Yeah I bought the Elelmental Lencarta setup and great have had Interfit before but preffered these.

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