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Portable Flash confuses me!

wotashot 14 2.2k
30 Jun 2006 1:07PM
Ok, not the actual use of the kit - I'll work that out when i get to it.

But what do you need to build a basic system. I'm guessing a head (maybe 2) and batteries - but I've gotta have missed something.

I've been reading up on Lumedyne heads and they seem popular and very portable...

...has anyone got any opinions on any kit they have seen/used?


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caister 12 16
2 Jul 2006 5:36PM
hi jamie just ordered some Elinchrom D-Lite2 Twin Head Kit
from the ep shop, after reading lots of reviews seems like a top notch starter kit, but looks as if ill be waiting a month or so for them as they are out of stock.
sillyconguru 13 4.4k
2 Jul 2006 5:52PM
Jamie, you could do it the way Takui Neko does; with a couple of Sigma DG 500 Supers (or Nikon SB-28s, which you can pick up dirt cheap).
wotashot 14 2.2k
2 Jul 2006 9:46PM
Just tell me how fella - just tell me how!
sillyconguru 13 4.4k
2 Jul 2006 9:49PM
Er... No!
croberts 14 2.2k 8 Ireland
2 Jul 2006 10:14PM
i use quantams q-flash T4D, with turbo batteries. equivalent to about 150w. recycle is pretty fast, and the auto function is deadly handy when in a rush. its a pricey setup, though.

Unless you need the power, id go with an extra EX flash, and slave it with the one you already have. You could also pick up an old 420ex. works really well with stands and shoot through brollys, and if you need a bit more power, just up the iso.

the big plus with the EX flash setup, is e-ttl. seriously easy and quick.
wotashot 14 2.2k
3 Jul 2006 8:04AM
So a 420 and an ST-E2 should do the trick?

I trust you can stick them to lighting stands easily? What is everybody's prefered lighting stand? Manfrotto?

deviant 14 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2006 11:29AM
I have two set-ups depending what I'm doing.

Two D-Lite2's, reflector, 2 x softbox, manfrotto stands x 2, reflector and stand/grip, snoot, honeycombs, reflectors, brollies. The D-Lite 2 kit provides most of this at an excellent price, it's only the reflectors, snoot, softboxes where extra.

If outdoors or mobile I use:

580EX, 550EX and ST-E2 transmitter. Can stick the flashes on stands if you need to. You get full ETTL functions via ST-E2.
wotashot 14 2.2k
3 Jul 2006 3:03PM
Just looking at the prices for the ST-E2/430 setup versus the D-Lite2 setup and for the money and the features you get the Dlite2 seems MUCH better value for money.

Anyone disagree or have any advice?
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
3 Jul 2006 3:07PM
Thing about the D-Lite is it just keeps firing, and firing, and firing...and each burst will be at the same rating as the last.
Priceless...and for the money....a no brainer
deviant 14 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2006 3:10PM
I agree, the D-Lite kit is superb value for money and very well built. Also the results from a D-Lite verus a normal flashgun are far superior I feel. Also you can use all the Elichrom accesories such as snoots, barndoors and grids for better control of the lighting.

An additional advantage with these is they are very accurate and repeatable flash units exposing to within 0.1EV of the setting time after time. A lot of cheaper units do 'random flash' by as much as 2EV in one test I read. This would make consistent results impossible.

Don't forget with D-Lite set-up to factor in the cost of a flashmeter also.

D-Lites do require a mains supply and reasonable space unlike the 580EX/550EX/ST-E2 setup.
wotashot 14 2.2k
3 Jul 2006 3:21PM
They do sound excellent.

Can you get batteries for them at all? If so I bet they are a fortune but it would be usefull to know if they produce some.

deviant 14 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2006 3:33PM
Not to my knowlege. There are brands like Lumedyne that are 100% portable though...
sillyconguru 13 4.4k
3 Jul 2006 3:41PM

Quote:Wotashot - I've been reading up on Lumedyne heads and they seem popular and very portable...

Quote:Deviant - There are brands like Lumedyne that are 100% portable

takui neko 14 849 11 Spain
3 Jul 2006 3:47PM
PW and Nikon SB-28s! :0) Go for them James! If later you need more, buy more...

True they wont fire forever, nor they will they have such fast recycling time, but they are inexpensive and you can take them anywhere, as for light modifiers, easy to make your own...

On the bigger scale tho, Lumedyne, portable ones or the Bowens Portable System....tho price is higher and they are not lightweight, which are the only faults I can find in them.

EDIT: James, check here

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