Starter studio lighting set, Elinchrom or Walimex?

Started Sep 1, 2013 | Discussions thread
Dimitris Servis
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Re: Starter studio lighting set, Elinchrom or Walimex?
In reply to Sailor Blue, Sep 2, 2013

Hi Sailor Blue

thanks for the answer. Unfortunately Bowens have a lousy distribution in Europe at least. The Swiss distributor is also the same distributor as for Elinchrom. Bowens does not even feature on their website... Other brands are also difficult to find, especially in Switzerland where I live, as a result of strict controls to imports, duties and in general market distortions. I am also not surprised that service is bad, in Switzerland anyone with less than a 7 figure bank account is irrelevant. I am surprised about the Skyport though, I;ve read good things about it and is actually the main competitive advantage for me.

Regarding power, I thought that for a 3mx4m area, lights standing outside, 200Ws and 1/1-1/16 would give me more options for portraits (maybe not full scale) than the 400Ws that might be too much. Maybe I am wrong, I am not sure. That's why I thought the Walimex 1/1-1/32 is a good alternative.

Regarding quality: you just cannot know. Maybe Walimex's are good enough, maybe not. All reviews that I find for all kinds of flashes seem biased and/or paid to me. If I had the chance I would buy AlienBees as they seem to be the most honest proposal. But no such luck in Europe....

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