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Aaron 
 

which dc pack to buy?


I am looking into getting a couple Norman 400b's or maybe a couple of 200c's. Does anyone have any recommendations? I am also wondering if anyone knows where I might be able to find some used (kits preferably, w/pack, head, battery, charger). I've been looking everywhere, but haven't found much of anything.

Any help would be greatly apprecited.


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3/28/2008 10:04:57 PM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Howdy Aaron. Have you checked E-bay, KEH.com, and Helix in Chicago handles a fair amount of used strobes. The 200c I think, predates the 400 which puts out about a stop more of light at full charge.

Before investing, however, you might check to make sure that if the battery goes kaputsky and refuses to accept a charge after awhile, that you can still buy new batteries for them which plug into the holder and accept the power cord and charger.

You might also keep your eyes peeled for a used Quantum Turbo and a Vivitar 285HV to use with it. The HV is the high voltage Vivitar made for packs like the Quantum and the head is a bit more versatile than the heads on the 200B/C or 400 Normans. It's a very good combo that I've used for years and a lot less weight to lug around than the older Norman packs, although Norman is also good, solid reliable gear as well.

Two nice things about the Turbo is the battery can be recelled if necessary AND you can put a quick charge on it with either the AC charger on 110VAC or use their converter that plugs into your car accessory outlet. Very handy in a crunch. http://www.qtm.com
Take it light ;>)
Mark


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3/29/2008 5:38:32 PM

 
John H. Siskin
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  Hi Aaron,
I am quite fond of the Norman 200B. I have 7 heads, 5 power packs and a number of accessories. They are much cheaper on EBay than either the 400B or 200c. The difficulty is that they don't always work, that would be one reason I have a few. Still I find them to be relatively problem free, and extremely useful. Also you can run them off a variety of batteries, including car batteries. So you might want to consider them. Thanks, John Siskin


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3/29/2008 9:51:01 PM

 
Aaron    First, thanks for the responses.

Also, I seem to have forgotten that I own a 580exII. I just didn't think of using it for studio lighting. And with that, how should I put a two light kit together? Would I be able to fire two strobes with only two Pocket Wizards? By having one on camera and the other on my main strobe (set to master), with the other strobe set to slave.

Does that sound like it will work?


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3/31/2008 11:04:17 AM

 
Mark Feldstein
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  Sure, you could use a Pocket Wizard receiver to trigger the 580. A much cheaper way, depending on your shoot set-ups, is to buy one of the Wein Peanut Slaves and or adapters that will work with either one of your flash units. Just plug the peanut slave into the sync terminal on the flash you want to remotely trigger. This "slaves" one light off the other so that when one fires, that light trips the other at nearly the same instant. Peanuts can also be used to trigger flash packs too.

If your lights are in the same room, while radio slaves are nice, peanuts work about as well. Bhphotovideo.com sells Wein products.
M.


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3/31/2008 12:21:11 PM

 
John H. Siskin
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  Hi Aaron,
Mark is right about pocket slaves. My question is will the 580 have enough power for your applications, and will it recharge fast enough. The 580 has less than half the light on a 200C, so there will be limitations to how much fill you can get and still diffuse the light sufficiently for your use. I should point out that I really like large light sources.
Thanks, John Siskin


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3/31/2008 3:47:07 PM

 
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