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Studio Starter Kit - do I go for this one?

cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
13 Jan 2010 9:47PM
I saw this today on the Elemental site here . Before I get my cash out can anyone give me a good reason not to go for it?


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Metalhead 10 1.9k 2 England
13 Jan 2010 10:02PM
All looks good but FatHandedChap is selling his entire business off as he's relocating...

Might be some bargains to be had from him as it looks like he's selling off everything individually...
cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
13 Jan 2010 10:06PM
Thanks Chris - unfortunately I'm in Gloucestershire and don't drive - it might be a bit tricky..... shame.....
Metalhead 10 1.9k 2 England
13 Jan 2010 10:18PM
You could see what he's got and if you like it, he may deliver! From what I've read he's moving to Hereford area (Jeez I'm nosey!) so he might be able to drop in on you as he passes through??

I shouldn't really be making plans for other people! I don't know the guy at all! Smile
cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
13 Jan 2010 10:23PM
True - I've just send Mr FatHandedChap a request for his stock list - no harm in taking a look and I have a friend who might also be interested.
twodoctors 8 21 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 11:39AM
Short answer is no.

Long answer is also no unless you are on a tight budget.

I have the Elemental G series, which I think is probably the minimum anyone should go for. Reason not to go for the B series is that it does not accept bowen-fit accessories. Now if you are buying to try out studio photography then this may be ok as the price is "right". You may use these for background lights when you upgrade to something more powerful.

I have also tried the M-series, which are also very good. Slightly more powerful than the G-series, and does auto-discharge when turning down the power, otherwise functionally similar. Both have bowen-fit speed ring.

My 2p worth.

cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
14 Jan 2010 11:53AM
Thanks Adrian - I am on a budget but had already noted that the B series did not have the s-type fit and therefore would limit my choice of accessories as and when I wanted more.

I'll take another look around the Elemental site and see what can come within my budget. It's far too easy to just add another few quid here and there and before I know it I'll be well over what I planned to spend and won't be able to pay the bills!
Chrism8 11 898 21 England
14 Jan 2010 4:31PM
Hi Al, I've had good use from a set of lights from China the kit comprised of 2 x 150w, 1 x 300w unit, stands, light box and umbrellas cost around 249 inc shipping a couple of years ago from Link Delight, a quick google will bring them up,

Good and very positive contact with them and the 300w is a cracking unit, be happy to show them to you if you wished.

cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
14 Jan 2010 10:16PM
Thanks Chris - I've decided that I must stop thinking about this until the weekend - there simply isn't enough time inbetween supposedly working to put serious thought into the matter.

I'll check out the people you suggest though and wrap my head around it all Smile
JasF 8 31 Wales
20 Jan 2010 5:36PM

If you can stretch another 100, these would be much better (again from Elemental)

Very good quality for the money.

cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
20 Jan 2010 6:20PM
Hey Jason - I was going to pop back and update this evening - the ones you suggested are precisely what got delivered today and are currently in the process of being unpacked Smile - plus a snoot....

I need to clear out the studio a bit which will be started first thing Saturday (or sooner if I can get my act together in the evenings) and I'll be trying to figure out what I'm doing all weekend Smile
JasF 8 31 Wales
20 Jan 2010 6:32PM
Hi... good choice, you wont be disappointed, I have the LR55 Digital units and very pleased with them. The whole range is quality and great value.

Don't forget to turn off the modeling lamp when the snoot is attached as the heat generated in that small area will likely damage the bulb.

Have fun ;O)
cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
20 Jan 2010 10:07PM
Oh I'm sure I'll have fun - not a clue what the hell I'm doing since I've always used natural light or cool-lights but I'm up for the challenge!

Your advice about the modeling lamp is noted - I won't forget!
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
20 Jan 2010 11:04PM
Hope you have stocked up on plenty of food and supplies for the weekend Smile
cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
21 Jan 2010 8:43AM
Oh I'll make sure I've ampl;e supples. Of coure the sun will come out, it'll be glorious weather and I'll end up torn about getting out and about or staying put!

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