Budget studio flash kit?

Alda 7 70 30 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2013 7:09PM
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?







Help please, pretty please GrinGrin
Alda 7 70 30 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2013 8:06PM
Paul Morgan 19 19.5k 6 England
3 Jul 2013 8:09PM
You may find the 200w heads a little limiting once you start adding modifiers like soft boxes in a studio.
Paul Morgan 19 19.5k 6 England
3 Jul 2013 9:35PM
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.


brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2013 6:35AM
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? )
Alda 7 70 30 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2013 7:18AM
Thanks for all the suggestions. It will be a commercial venture, and a bit scary TongueGrinGrin
duratorque 17 427 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2013 8:40AM
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 18 1.9k 4 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2013 9:05AM
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 13 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2013 9:11AM
I agree with duratorque and Miles - moreso as it is a commercial venture.
Alda 7 70 30 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2013 9:14AM
I've been looking at Elinchrom. I may need to get a bigger bank loan lol TongueGrin
Miles Herbert 18 1.9k 4 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2013 9:25AM
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 13 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2013 9:26AM
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 18 1.9k 4 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2013 9:34AM
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 7 70 30 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2013 9:52AM
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 14 3.6k 64 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2013 12:51PM
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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