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Portaflash? Anyone using them?

User_Removed 10 1.5k 1
5 Jul 2008 6:56PM
I am thinking of getting some portaflash 336 heads and stands of ebay as they are reasonably priced second hand. I want them for using on my white background. the questions i have are.

1. they can only be set in 1/4 1/2 3/4 and full power settings. will this cause me problems.

2. does any portaflash light stand fit any portaflash head. I may have to buy them seperatly?


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StrayCat Plus
13 18.6k 3 Canada
5 Jul 2008 7:02PM
Is this for people or product shots James?
User_Removed 10 1.5k 1
5 Jul 2008 7:20PM

Quote:Is this for people or product shots James?

Its for portraits. I have the dlite 2 kit and the one light on the background is not enough as i get drop of in light so just thought i would get some cheap portaflash and use them bare bulb without softboxes as i have a limited amount of space to work in. thanks, james
Garry_Edwards 9 284 3 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2008 9:10PM
As you probably already know, Portaflash isn't the best or the most versatile and I hesitate to recommend them - but for your purpose, the limited power adjustment, the very harsh light and the variable colour temperature and output consistency probably won't matter.
HelenO 10 46 1 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2008 9:28PM
James, I use portaflash units and they are fine for my needs. I was thinking of upgrading recently but to be honest I am not sure how I would cope with more sophisticated lighting! LOL I
boony 10 978 3 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2008 9:35PM
if they are cheap and you just want a background light buy em but they might not stand up to sustained use
FatHandedChap 11 1.3k England
5 Jul 2008 11:53PM
Used my portaflash 336 for years as a background light. Bought them 6 years ago and they are still going fine. Always used them with out softbox, just need careful positioning/barn doors to make sure you don'sget any spill/blowback.
Hi mate, I only have one head and a slave flash.. If you go to http://www.petewelsh-photography.co.uk/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=2174 these pictures were taken using that setup with the slave bounced off a reflector. The main lamp was bounced of an umbrella from the right of the picture but a slightly larger umbrella than comes with the kits.. I think the setting was 1/2 but not sure .. they are definately quite harsh though.. I have not used them a lot so it might well be that I do not have them set properly .. I have to add though that I could not get the white background very white.. I think I need one more light... Hope those photos help peter@petewelsh-photography.co.uk if you want to mail me with more questions

User_Removed 10 1.5k 1
6 Jul 2008 12:05PM
Thanks for all the advice. nobody has told me yet if any portaflash head will fit on any portaflash stand. james
boony 10 978 3 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2008 2:38PM
i qwould imagine they are a standard fit onto the stands james , dont know for sure though mate , try ringing the manufacturers for a definitive answer
FatHandedChap 11 1.3k England
6 Jul 2008 2:58PM
It screws on to the threaded spigo - you have to make sure it's the smaller thread (the same size as a tripod thread)

Talia 9 1
23 Jul 2008 6:06PM
Hiya, Ive recently started up my own freelance photography business and bought the 299 336V kit from Jessops. Was gutted at first as wish Id have spent the extra on Bowens/Elinchroms. But now am fairly happy with the results. The only thing I will say is that if you can get a heavier duty stand, then DO! The provided stands are so flimsy and when set to their highest, they do tend to fall with the weight of the light. So yes, give Portaflash or Jessops a call and see if you can invest in hardier stands to fit 336vs. If you wanted to check my site out, Ive used the mentioned lights and kit for my Portraiture pics

Please do post on here if you manage to find any decent stands!

Good luck!

Talia x
Paul Morgan 16 18.8k 6 England
23 Jul 2008 6:37PM
They have been around for donkeys years and for good reason, still got one some bought back in the Eighties buried somewhere.

There cheap and reliable, though basic.

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