Recommendations for budget single strobe kit
Hi, I’m rebuilding my photographic gear after a break. I was professional for several years in the noughties but can’t now remember which gear we used for portraits and fashion shoots. We had three strobes then, one very powerful and two less so, but I’m looking for a simpler setup.
I’m thinking of a basic single strobe set up, with stand, softbox and remote trigger. I’ll use it for relaxed portraits, mostly of artists, so am aiming for fairly natural lighting effects. Ideally some shoots will be outdoors but most will be indoors.
For now, I’ll be using a Canon 5D Mkii and the Canon 85mm f1.8 although my plan is to upgrade in the coming years as and when I can. I also have a speedlight.
My absolute maximum budget for the light kit is £150 (it’s a birthday gift to get me started again). It’s about $185 US but I’d be buying the gear in the UK.
So my main question is which strobe head/kit/items do you recommend as top priorities? This could include buying used gear.
And secondly how do you recommend I power the strobe for outdoor shoots? Is there something I should buy at a later date for this?
Thanks in advance for your help!
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