Watt/seconds for Infinite white

Started Apr 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
Sailor Blue
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Re: Watt/seconds for Infinite white

rfactor wrote:

Here is everything you need from Adorama to  get started.

Adorama - Flashpoint DG600 300 w/s Monolight, Blue FP600DG

Adorama - Flashpoint 9.5' Lightstand, 5/8" Top Stud with 1/4-20 Thread L3050A

Adorama - Universal Swivel Holder - Umbrella Bracket 781404

Adorama - 60in Interior Umbrella, Removable Cover, White U60BC

Adorama - Seamless Background Paper, White #28 13452

You can find everything you need to get started with, except the paper, from Paul C. Buff if you chose to buy the AlienBee.

Paul C. Buff

Is the Flashpoint DG600 a better purchase than an AB B400 for the $50 difference?  I am assuming the AB B800 would be better than both....

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The B400 is a 160Ws light and better reserved for use as an accent, hair, or background light.

Safe baseline studio settings are shooting at 2/3 stop slower than the manufacturer's sync speed, ISO 100 to 200, and f/5.6 to f/11.

The DG600 is a 300Ws light, the B800 is a 320Ws one.  To me 300-400Ws is the sweet spot for main light studio strobes since they are low enough in power to work well with 24" softboxes, 24"umbrellas, or with beauty lights, yet they are powerful enough for up to a 3'x5' softbox or 60" umbrella at the above settings.

For larger modifiers like an 8' octobox you need 600Ws to 1200Ws.  For outdoors you need 600 Ws minimum, and even more power to overpower direct sunlight.

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