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01/20/2011 01:41:28 AM · #1
I am looking for purchasing lighting equipment for portrait & still life work. Currently I having two strobes which are Manual Vivitar 285HV & TTL Nissin Nissinn Di466. I trigger them as given below:
1.I use Cactus V2 wireless triggers for firing Vivitar 285HV. The other flash get triggered from the 285HV.
2.In case of firing 285HV from Nissin I use optical trigger for 285HV.

I am also having one light stand, one white umbrella, a spare tripod as a light stand. I was impressed with the Elinchrom BXRi set. I don't know how these lights differ from strobes. I am in favor of mastering strobes since I find them convenient because of their compactness & light weight. I tried to follow strobist but yet not able to control my lights properly.

I am looking for the lighting setup not for working professionally. Any suggestions over this are welcomed. Kindly help me.
01/20/2011 01:50:31 AM · #2
I just bought a set of Yongnuo 560's really like them so far. I use the Cowboystudio rf604 syncs too. Cant complain about them either. really cheap getup
01/20/2011 05:07:38 AM · #3
Thanks mgarsteck!
I will consider that but hey come on experts lets share your thoughts on flash vs studio lights.
01/20/2011 12:09:21 PM · #4
The usual response to why people go with studio strobes over speed lights is that speed lights cant overpower the sun.
Says who?

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That was with one canon 430 exII. Of course its on full power or near full power, but thats not the point.
Even if you put two side by side, you will get plenty of power to do what you can with any lighting situation.

The best part of using a strobist kit is the portability. I dont have a huge and expensive
power block to carry around along with with chords. I just have my light stands
with the strobes on top filled with rechargeable AA's
01/20/2011 01:00:52 PM · #5
Very nice shots mgarsteck & thanks for reply!
I am also in favor of the advantages of speed lights. But wish to know more on studio lights vs strobes. Hope to see more replies following..
01/20/2011 07:12:50 PM · #6
Im saving up to get the Einsteins from Paul C Buff. Those are super sick, color controlled strobes. Also, you can get the cyber commander system as well which will control the power of each strobe right from your camera so you dont need to run around changing the power of your lights.
01/20/2011 11:38:05 PM · #7
Thanks mgarsteck for letting me know about the interesting cyber commander

Is I am asking something wrong? Why any body is not participating? Did I need to clarify more on my question?
01/21/2011 12:25:20 AM · #8
Couple worthwhile reads if you're considering that route.
Strobist; Choosing the right big lights
Strobist; Choosing big lights

Your question of Why gets down to four factors: amount of light, cost, portability, variability
A hotshoe flash is small, cheap (can be), and extremely portable. They can put out a decent amount of light. Their potentially lower cost also enables you to use multiple light sources on a lower budget. Typically high variability in power
Monoblocs and head/pack setups are large, require external power supply (this can be done using AC or battery, but the battery packs are substantial), and vastly more powerful. I've seen estimates for the power of a Nikon SB800 to be around 60-75. Now think about how many of those you'll need, and how much it will cost, to get you up to 640, and the mono's are no longer so expensive or bulky. Many do not have as much variability in power.
While those are the BIGGEST differences in my mind, there are others. Flash duration is an important difference between the two approaches, as is the size of the lightsource. The variability issue can be a big one though, because you may get into situations with a powerful monobloc where it's just too strong and you have no choice but to be forced into stopping down further, which may be contrary to your vision and inappropriate for the photo.
Here's some more info
Strobist; A Walk Around the Monobloc
Strobist; A Walk Around the Monobloc pt 2
ETA: I think some users on here have those Elinchrom's you posted... I seem to remember seeing somebody mention them.

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