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08/29/2008 02:48:07 PM · #1
Hello,

I am looking for basic studio light kit for portraits and came across still shot 2 on ebay, authorized dealers of studio lights, kits are cheap and they look great. I would like to know if anyone has used or heard of still shot 2 and would you recommend these lights? Are they any good or not.

Thanks in advance
08/31/2008 12:48:53 PM · #2
Most people who have bought the cheap kits off e-bay have regretted it. They are that cheap for a reason. Alien Bees are a good value for the money.
08/31/2008 01:36:26 PM · #3
As long as we are on this subject, how much can I expect to pay for reasonably good lights. (Say a three light set up) I am not looking to light a huge studio with acres of space. More like a dining room sized deal. Right now I have no lights at all, and would like to have better lighting for challenges.

Even something that worked well on a table top, would be good enough.

Want to add, at the same time I would rather buy something that will last a few years. If it is going to die in a couple of months, I'd rather spend more.

Message edited by author 2008-08-31 13:37:28.
08/31/2008 02:12:11 PM · #4
Elinchrom or Bees
09/30/2008 03:50:23 AM · #5
//cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320303661423&fromMakeTrack=true

i was thinking of buying this ..as i,m new too portrait shooting at home not much room i though this would be idea ..i,m just worried about wattage 360 ?
09/30/2008 04:12:42 AM · #6
Originally posted by MAK:

Elinchrom or Bees


Or I'll add Bowens, though not the cheapest!
09/30/2008 04:25:14 AM · #7

Or I'll add Bowens, though not the cheapest!

i,m in australia i saw bees on another threat
09/30/2008 04:40:37 AM · #8
thanks neil just checked them out would i need anything else with this setup ..

//www.digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au/prod5296.htm
09/30/2008 04:43:40 AM · #9
Originally posted by toddster45:

//cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320303661423&fromMakeTrack=true

i was thinking of buying this ..as i,m new too portrait shooting at home not much room i though this would be idea ..i,m just worried about wattage 360 ?


It really depends on what you're shooting. Our first set of lights we bought off eBay from China. I think they were only about 250 watts or so and they really did struggle to give nice lighting with portraits and I found myself doing a lot of adjustments in Photoshop et al to get them half decent. But they gave everything I wanted at the time, similar to what this auction is offering. Basically, it was a starting point to what I wanted to achieve. They didn't last me very long (approximately a year) and I eventually moved up to the Bowens Gemini Esprit's that we use today.
09/30/2008 05:18:17 AM · #10
I second the vote for alien bees
09/30/2008 05:56:13 AM · #11
It really depends on what you're shooting.

just doing portrait shooting .just getting a handle on it nothing too serious maybe for some challenges here which i have missed one now ..i,ve been reading up on lighting ..alot say you need a background lighting and these kits dont have any in them

Message edited by author 2008-09-30 05:56:36.
09/30/2008 06:18:16 AM · #12
I'll second the Bowens kit.

I've had mine since 2005 and they're a great choice of monolight. Did you know that Bowens invented the monolight ?

Anyway, they're better performers than the Alien Bees and our local price is about the same as importing Alien Bees once you factor in exchange rates, import duties, shipping costs etc.

Makes it a pretty easy choice for an Aussie. :)

bazz.
09/30/2008 06:34:11 AM · #13
bazz for a first set up would i need softbox ,background light and a fill light?
09/30/2008 06:56:37 AM · #14
Originally posted by sir_bazz:

I'll second the Bowens kit.

I've had mine since 2005 and they're a great choice of monolight. Did you know that Bowens invented the monolight ?

Anyway, they're better performers than the Alien Bees and our local price is about the same as importing Alien Bees once you factor in exchange rates, import duties, shipping costs etc.

Makes it a pretty easy choice for an Aussie. :)

bazz.


Especially now that the arse has fallen out of the Aussie dollar again!
09/30/2008 08:07:07 AM · #15
Originally posted by toddster45:

bazz for a first set up would i need softbox ,background light and a fill light?


You don't "need" anything but you'll want all of the above eventually. Just buy what you can afford so to make start and then add as funds permit.

Buying studio lighting is just as addictive as buying lenses. :)

Originally posted by Makka:


Especially now that the arse has fallen out of the Aussie dollar again!


Didn't think they'd notice that in Perth. Every second person over there is a millionaire aren't they ? :P

bazz.
09/30/2008 09:39:12 AM · #16
Originally posted by Makka:

Originally posted by MAK:

Elinchrom or Bees


Or I'll add Bowens, though not the cheapest!


I might add the Calumet Genesis Line... come in under the bees $$$ but are pretty darn goood lights.

Entry level (smaller areas) would be the (2) 200s kit //www.calumetphoto.com/item/CF0502K1/

Message edited by author 2008-09-30 09:41:13.
09/30/2008 09:49:24 AM · #17
I just bought this kit, JTL lights. With shipping, it's right around $610.

They just arrived last week, and so far, I like the results. Just in time for the color studio portrait challenge.
09/30/2008 10:08:00 AM · #18
Originally posted by awpollard:

Originally posted by Makka:

Originally posted by MAK:

Elinchrom or Bees


Or I'll add Bowens, though not the cheapest!


I might add the Calumet Genesis Line... come in under the bees $$$ but are pretty darn goood lights.

Entry level (smaller areas) would be the (2) 200s kit //www.calumetphoto.com/item/CF0502K1/


I have that calmuet kit, it's great. More than enough light for my needs, though for lighting a big group of people it might be insufficient.
09/30/2008 10:20:20 AM · #19
Originally posted by violinist123:

Originally posted by awpollard:

Originally posted by Makka:

Originally posted by MAK:

Elinchrom or Bees


Or I'll add Bowens, though not the cheapest!


I might add the Calumet Genesis Line... come in under the bees $$$ but are pretty darn goood lights.

Entry level (smaller areas) would be the (2) 200s kit //www.calumetphoto.com/item/CF0502K1/


I have that calmuet kit, it's great. More than enough light for my needs, though for lighting a big group of people it might be insufficient.


Errr, actually I guess I don't. I have a similiar kit from them though, the model was Esprit not Genesis.
09/30/2008 10:23:32 AM · #20
I bought some cheap lights off Ebay for around $400. I have to say I regret it. They are not sync to my camera so I have to use the flash to sync the lights. I don't know much about studio lighting. I just started photography not long ago but I have to say..I should have invast in better lights.

09/30/2008 04:14:09 PM · #21
Thank you all for your advice really appreciate it muchly:)

Message edited by author 2008-09-30 16:19:51.
09/30/2008 08:17:32 PM · #22
I've been in the same situation few months ago, wondering chepo ebay that might get the job done or go mid-core or expensive stuff.
It the beginning I've targeted few Ebay kits, that looked too good to be true, 399$ and you get a load of light with all the accessories you might want. Started by asking my trusted photography friends and they all voted against it. Cheap, you'll spend money and time maintaining it and replacing defective parts as quality control on these things almost doesn't exist.

Any way to make it short, I've ended up getting an AlienBees AB800 strobe as my main light, Vivitar 285HV from B&H for less than 100$, I will be getting another vivitar soon.
I wanted to connect everything wireless. I went with one chepo from Ebay .. guess what.. it fried in the first 30 minute of using it, it started by skipping signals, trigger the flash once every 4 clicks, then I started smelling the burn smell, no need to mention it got toasted.
I've got the Sybersync wireless system from www.alienbees.com as well, get the battery receivers. got 2 receivers and one transmitter, they are second to bocketwizards which is the best and the most expensive one.
I've got two stands kit from B&H, they came with bracket and umbrellas, the umbrellas are shoot through with black casing that when installed you can use it as a reflector.
My plan is to have the AB800 as my main/key light, get flashes and use them as hair/trim light, another one of the back ground and so on.
My 2 cents ..
All the best with your search,
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