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Hollis Zehnder
 

Purchasing an optional speedlight


I have a Nikon N60 camera. I like to do some studio type portrait shooting in my custom-made garage studio. I do not have any professional lighting equipment and am only now in the process of purchasing an optional speedlight. The garage has very good lighting so I am able to shoot with daylight only during most daytime hours. I would like to be able to get a little more creative with the use of artificial lighting. I don't know the best route to go. I asked the opinion of a couple of the photo shops in town and have gotten conflicting opinions. One store told me that for economics sake and the fact that I am an amateur, I could purchase the flash, a sync cord a light stand and an umbrella and use the flash off-camera to get the lighting and effect that I need. The other store told me that it would be more economical to purchase a lower end beginners studio flash/light set. HELP! I have about $500 to spend. What do you suggest I do. Your opinion would be most appreciated and valued!


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3/22/2000

 
Jim Miotke
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  I have come to avoid flash as my main light if possible. I would recommend getting an economical starter kit with one studio light/power combo and umbrella. You will need to get your hands on a flash meter if you don't already have one - try renting one. You can then use this light with some creative reflecting to start playing around. Later, you could add a flash unit or another studio light to your set up. Enjoy!

Try the Speedotron 206VF/CC Black Line Light Unit, the Photoflex Starlite Kit with light, stand, and softbox. For a great all-purpose meter, check out the Sekonic L-508 Light Meter.


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3/22/2000

 
  The Speedotron 206 head is just that, a strobe head only. You will need to attach it to a power pack to use it. Speedotron's smallest pack that will work with this head is the 805 which sells for about $650.00, so this puts your customer way over his $500.00 budget. Look at the Calumet Travelite Flashes. They are self-contained and start under $500.00.


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3/28/2000

 
  I emailed earlier saying the 206vf head could be used with the 805 pack. This is incorrect. The 206vf head can only be used with the 4800 packs. Also, the photo you show when you click onto the Speedotron link is of the Force 10 monolight which goes for $750.00 to $900.00.

[Editor: The picture represents the Black Line lights in general but will be replaced with a specific image soon. Thanks for the catch!]


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3/28/2000

 
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