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I already own an SB-600, add SB-800 or buy strobes?


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Abouna Registered since 30th Jul 2004
Mon 28-May-07 02:10 AM

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


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.