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Strobe vs Continuous Lighting - your opinions?

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Androniques
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Message posted at 05/09/2013, 12:40:26 PM by Androniques
Murdock2013, I would not worry about strobes being too powerful. normally it's the opposite - not enough light... but not with this set :) if you have limited space in your studio, just buy suitable lamps of different Wattage, then you will be able to lower the power range and control how much light you get... as for myself, I (separately) bought a few lamps of 100, 200 and 300 W and use them depending on the circumstances (there are also lamps of 75W, if I'm not mistaken, but I do not have those). Yes, with the 3x300W lamps (as it's a 900W set) you get quite a lot of light, and your models may complain about too much light (and the feeling of "heat", which is not there :)) but then you merely need more space to scale up your setting.

BTW, make sure that you buy lamps for 220V, not 12V, not 24V, not... anything else! otherwise you will burn the lamps, and may damage the strobes themselves.
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Androniques
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Message posted at 05/09/2013, 12:51:10 PM by Androniques
forgot to mention about the remote trigger(s) - the supplied ones are very generic and limited in their IR power, so any small obstacle blocks them, and I could not use them with exposure anything less than 1/125 s (or should I say more?) - I think there is some time lag due to those triggers. But optical triggering with a powered-down on-camera speedlight (directed towards one of the side strobes, or to the ceiling) works just fine... Eventually I bought some extra good triggers (up to 100m reach) - a set of 4 for about £50 which can work on/off camera and can even take a normal flash into their shoes - really nice add-up to this strobe set! No issues after that. :)
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Murdock2013
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Message posted at 05/09/2013, 13:00:38 PM by Murdock2013
Hi Androniques.
I have already bought myself a good set of 4 triggers (Yongnuo RF-603 wireless flash trigger 4PC for Nikon) which are on their way to me as we speak.. Thanks for all the info it is really helpful someone who has learned the pros and cons of the lamps. You have given me some very good tips which I am very grateful for so thank you..
Once again thank you for your time its certainly has given me the confidence to place my order for them now.. Cheers!!!


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Androniques
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Message posted at 05/09/2013, 16:06:57 PM by Androniques

Originally posted by Murdock2013:
Quoted Message: Hi Androniques. I have already bought myself a good set of 4 triggers (Yongnuo RF-603 wireless flash trigger 4PC for Nikon) which are on their way to me as we speak.. Thanks for all the info it is really helpful someone who has learned the pros and cons of the lamps. You have given me some very good tips which I am very grateful for so thank you..Once again thank you for your time its certainly has given me the confidence to place my order for them now.. Cheers!!!


Thanks for your nice words! We all need some help and advice sometimes, so I do consider important to share my experience when I can... Apologies for I did not reply straight away. It appeared that my account was mistakenly "banned" from posting on boards. In fact, thanks for your questioning - I noticed and lifted the "ban"! :)
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Message posted at 05/09/2013, 16:14:13 PM by Murdock2013
No problem I had the same last Friday "saying you are not allowed to post on the boards at the moment." and it was just when I found your post on strobes. it took me 4 days to get it sorted. very frustrating.. Hopefully I will give you an update when I receive the strobes and learn how to use them >) Thanks again and take care.


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Parkinsonsniper
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Message posted at 05/10/2013, 03:05:49 AM by Parkinsonsniper
@Androniques, it's good to see you back :)
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Murdock2013
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Message posted at 05/10/2013, 03:55:13 AM by Murdock2013
Gone for the plunge and ordered them today! ,-O


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Frinz
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Message posted at 05/22/2013, 00:38:37 AM by Frinz
I'm using Nikon flash in remote control; They are easy to set up and move around my subjects.
with small flash , the power is not very big but you can easily play various lighting situations, like the light of the evening or in the morning at home.
Along with the lightbox they are very practical.
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