Cheap continuous lighting sets

Started Jul 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
Hugowolf
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Re: Cheap continuous lighting sets
In reply to kissmatee, Jul 13, 2012

kissmatee wrote:

Based on your comments I found two monolights on Adorama, which are affordable for me:
http://www.adorama.com/FPBF160.html
http://www.adorama.com/JTVJ160.html

I'm an absolute beginner in studio photography, so for learning the basic lighting techniques these cheap ones would be just OK.

No, you would be wasting your money. It would be much better to wait until you have saved for better lighting.

But I don't see the difference between them except the brand and the price.

There are differences between the two. The first one, for example, doesn’t mention any power variability, the second mentions full to 1/8 power. Neither seems to have any means of mounting modifiers such as softboxes.

This is about as low as you would want to go:
http://www.adorama.com/FP320M.html

Something like this, has a better mounting system, but has slower recycling times at full power
http://www.calumetphoto.com/eng/product/calumet_genesis_200/cf0502

These are really popular on this forum
http://www.paulcbuff.com/b400.php

Look at the specs for the Alien Bee, it will give you some reference points when comparing different flash units:

You should be looking at recycling times, power range, modifier mount, modeling light power and variability, etc.

An alternative would be to look at shoe mount type flashes. There are plenty of quite good Chinese flashes around with manual modes so they can be used remotely like studio lights:
http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html

Brian A

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