Walimex Flashes ~ Opinions?

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RaidoR Forum Member • Posts: 57
Walimex Flashes ~ Opinions?

Have you used Walimex flashes? What do you think about them. We have thinking to buy that set with my friend http://www.foto-walser.biz/myfactory20/Shop/Shop.aspx?ClientID=wf218001899164117165&Shop=1&Type=9&Param=2760&Group=245&Language=D

These are enough pwerful enough to shoot full body portraits, right?

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Peter Berressem Forum Pro • Posts: 10,647
Re: Walimex Flashes ~ Opinions?

These are from the Chinese manufacturer YINYAN. Unbeatable price....as far as I know they are recommandable. The power of this set (460Ws p. unit) will do for your tasks.
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spinellino Contributing Member • Posts: 828
Re: Walimex Flashes ~ Opinions?

I have 3 lights from Walimex: not the model you are looking for but quality should be similar.
Don't expect pro gear, but for amateur use they work fine.
2 420ws lights are more than enough for full body shots.

Here are a couple of pics taken with walimex lghts (1 200ws light + 1 100ws light):

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Silverwind Senior Member • Posts: 1,344
Re: Walimex Flashes ~ Opinions?

Links in English???

spinellino Contributing Member • Posts: 828
Re: Walimex Flashes ~ Opinions?

I don't think you will find an english link.

But their customer service is nice, I'm sure they will help you if you contact them.
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http://www.spinelli.tk

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Peter Berressem Forum Pro • Posts: 10,647
Re: Walimex Flashes ~ Opinions?

They are exported & sold under different names - every importer has his own ideas

For example Canada: http://www.opusprophoto.com/ ...hmm, Opus...is it an orchestra?

Marketing wise they all are stupid not to rely on a common brand name, world wide.
The YinYan site has it's faults, charts and specs are laymen style
http://www.yinyanflash.com/eindex.html
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ritz Contributing Member • Posts: 513
Re: Walimex Flashes ~ Opinions?

Spinellino wrote:

I have 3 lights from Walimex: not the model you are looking for but
quality should be similar.
Don't expect pro gear, but for amateur use they work fine.
2 420ws lights are more than enough for full body shots.

Here are a couple of pics taken with walimex lghts (1 200ws light +
1 100ws light):

I have another version , but allso Eastasiatic Brand, I find them okay,but maybe a little to big 800 and 1000Ws, Pilot light 250W, I am not sure the known Brand is the more money worth.

Jens Ritzlau

Michael Mattox Senior Member • Posts: 1,428
I just got mine today, so far I'm impressed

I didn't realize my Canon 350d doesn't have a PC plug so I had to trigger with built in flash, but I set it to FEC -2 and it worked OK. I bought:

two 260Ws CY-250R kits
90cm Octogon softbox
extra stand for my Sigma EF-500 DG Super (will use the umbrella leftover)
extra stand & a reflector holder
reflector kit (very cool!)

I was impressed with the quality. The stands seem very sturdy, the lights seem to be very good. They cycle very fast, like 1 sec it beeps and says ready. I didn't get to shoot much because my wife, who's 9 months pregnant, couldn't stand up much to pose for me.. we're going to try again tomorrow with her sitting. She just can't stand.

I live in France and I can say that these Walimex were about 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of the absolute cheapest chinese import I could find here. Fotowalser's service was really great. Shipping took exactly 1 week.

I'm a total newbie so I'm sure people could find problems, but if you're new then I think these are a great deal.

Monday I will get a hot shoe PC adapter so I can be more creative and do some true one light setups.

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Michael Mattox Senior Member • Posts: 1,428
Re: I just got mine today, so far I'm impressed

Forgot to add, I'm using 1/4 power, 1/200 sec, f10 and was sometimes slightly overexposing bare skin. So 260Ws seems very powerful to me. I'm working in a very small room though, with a low ceiling (about 2.25m), so the light really bounces around.

-Michael

OP RaidoR Forum Member • Posts: 57
Re: I just got mine today, so far I'm impressed

Michael Mattox wrote:

I didn't realize my Canon 350d doesn't have a PC plug so I had to
trigger with built in flash, but I set it to FEC -2 and it worked
OK. I bought:

two 260Ws CY-250R kits
90cm Octogon softbox
extra stand for my Sigma EF-500 DG Super (will use the umbrella
leftover)
extra stand & a reflector holder
reflector kit (very cool!)

I was impressed with the quality. The stands seem very sturdy, the
lights seem to be very good. They cycle very fast, like 1 sec it
beeps and says ready. I didn't get to shoot much because my wife,
who's 9 months pregnant, couldn't stand up much to pose for me..
we're going to try again tomorrow with her sitting. She just can't
stand.

I live in France and I can say that these Walimex were about 1/2 to
1/3 the cost of the absolute cheapest chinese import I could find
here. Fotowalser's service was really great. Shipping took
exactly 1 week.

I'm a total newbie so I'm sure people could find problems, but if
you're new then I think these are a great deal.

Monday I will get a hot shoe PC adapter so I can be more creative
and do some true one light setups.

Thank you Michael that you share your thought about walimex flashes. When you have more experience with flashes it would be nice to hear more thoughts of these flashes:)

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Tibcsi New Member • Posts: 5
Small portable studio

If you want a more reliable system, I recommend you this one:

http://mamiya.hu/shop/product_info.php?cPath=67_56&products_id=330

It's a complete 2x125 Ws kit with stands and umbrellas in a carrying bag.

Or the powerful 2x500 Ws kit:

http://mamiya.hu/shop/product_info.php?cPath=67_56&products_id=163

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Michael Mattox Senior Member • Posts: 1,428
Re: I just got mine today, so far I'm impressed

Thank you Michael that you share your thought about walimex
flashes. When you have more experience with flashes it would be
nice to hear more thoughts of these flashes:)

I just saw someone posted to this thread and it got bumped up. I tried their link but it doesn't work for me, website must be down.

I've been using my Walimex flashes quite a bit to photograph my pregnant wife and now my newborn daughter. I'm really impressed with them. Totally impressed actually. I was expecting a bit of CCC ("Cheap Chinese Cr*p") but I find the build quality to be excellent. I love the 90cm octogon softbox. My only complaint/regret is that I bought two 250Ws and the one with the softbox is too powerful. I have to shoot f9 ISO 100 1/200. I have a pretty small studio space, 4m x 3m. I wish I had purchased one 250Ws and one 150Ws. Peter had an idea that it'd be easier to meter if they were the same power, which in theory sounded good and made sense. In reality that doesn't make sense for me because they have different modifiers (softbox vs. umbrella) and they are at different distances. I've read that the Watt-seconds are not comparable across manufacturers, so I can say that like many others have said about Alien Bees, these things really are powerful at 250Ws!!!

I've been using my Sigma DG Super to light the background. It works well to blow out a white sheet. I have to touch up the creases in photoshop. When I get the umbrella hot shoe adapter that will help so I can diffuse it.

I'm still learning with each session but I think these lights will last me for a very long time. I plan to get some neutral density material to try and weaken my 250Ws light with the softbox so I can shoot at lower aperatures and blur the background more.

Here are a few shots:

http://chloesamantha.free.fr/gallery/01%20before%20I%20was%20born/in%20mommy 's%20tummy/slides/IMG_1712%20nine%20months%20and%20waiting%202.jpg

That last one has sold several times at ShutterStock ( http://submit.shutterstock.com/?ref=54792 ) so I'm very happy! Not enough to pay for my lights yet but maybe someday..

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