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Abouna Registered since 30th Jul 2004Mon 28-May-07 03:10 AM
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"I already own an SB-600, add SB-800 or buy strobes?"


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I posted this in the Portrait forum but just realized it should probably go here, so I'm reposting.

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Right now, I'm thinking (assuming?) an additional SB-800 plus some modifiers (small soft boxes?) would be cheaper and maybe more versatile than say a pair of Aliens. Comments?

A while back I sold my older studio lights (a big Norman set). They were too cumbersome, two strobes with umbrellas (I prefer soft boxes) and a back (hair) light.

I dumped that system not only because it was too cumbersome but also because I never shoot portraits. I opted instead for a DYI halogen set with PVC white square diffusers. Kind of a big downgrade in technology. I do however like "hot" lights instead of modeling lights. I like to see what I'm getting.

My problem is this. I regularly do a fair amount of product shots for our website. I'm getting pretty tired of the PVC DYI stuff and the "hot" part of hot lights. I was considering picking up some decent soft boxes, stands with fluorescent lights.

On the other hand, maybe some soft boxes, stands and CLS would be lighter, easier and just better. I already have an SB-600. Maybe if I picked an 800 I could make a handy little set-up. Yes, I'd be back to using modeling lights (I think the 800 has one, no?), but the benefits may change my mind.

I'm pretty lost though and would like some direction.

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jrp Administrator JRP is one of the co-founders, has in-depth knowledge in various areas. Awarded for his contributions for the Resources Charter MemberWed 16-Jan-08 02:19 PM
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#3. "RE: I already own an SB-600, add SB-800 or buy strobes?"
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I do own a very complete studio setup, dual strobes, softboxes, stands, reflectors, unbrellas, backdrop, etc, etc.

I also own three SB-800 and a SU-800.

I am not dedicated to portrait but ocassionally do shoot them.
But I do most of the product shots for the PhotoProShop (with a light tent).

I seldom use the studio setup now for the following reasons:
a) Set up speed
b) Amazing versatility of CLS
c) Complete control at the camera from the SU-800
d) Portability
and I may pretty sure I am forgetting other reasons.

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edmun Registered since 16th Sep 2003Mon 28-May-07 04:42 PM
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#1. "RE: I already own an SB-600, add SB-800 or buy strobes?"
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eugene, US
          

Your price will be about the same. If you just add one alien.

Having one modeling light is a big plus for some types of products.

ledmun

  

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Abouna Registered since 30th Jul 2004Mon 28-May-07 11:42 PM
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#2. "RE: I already own an SB-600, add SB-800 or buy strobes?"
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US
          

>I do own a very complete studio setup, dual strobes,
>softboxes, stands, reflectors, unbrellas, backdrop, etc,
>etc.
>
>I also own three SB-800 and a SU-800.
>
>I am not dedicated to portrait but ocassionally do shoot
>them.
>But I do most of the product shots for the PhotoProShop
>(with a light tent).
>
>I seldom use the studio setup now for the following reasons:
>a) Set up speed
>b) Amazing versatility of CLS
>c) Complete control at the camera from the SU-800
>d) Portability
>and I may pretty sure I am forgetting other reasons.

Coming from you jrp, this is steering me in the CLS direction.

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