Buying off-brand Strobes..

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  1. Markw

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    Does anyone reccommend this? All I currently have is two continuous monolights and an SB-600. Having 180W_Strobes would help tremendously. I already have two light stands, one shoot-through umbrella, and one reflector umbrella so I wouldnt need them. I would also purchase another shoot-through umbrella and possibly a softbox or two. What are your thoughts on these particular flashes?

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    I thought the lower-priced, 180 watt-second ones at $55 each looked okay for the price.
    I'd consider these as sort of disposables; I'd rather own two of the 180 watt-second models than one single 300 watt-second unit...I'd think that buying four or five of the lower-priced, $55 ones would make some sense.
     
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    For $55 it's probably on the junky side .. but then again it's $55 so who cares. It won't take long to say I got my money worth out of them. So I say it's a good deal .. go for it.
     
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    I think I will, just to get started. After that, the proceeds made by having them can fund better ones. :thumbsup:

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    Depends on the brand. Like I would purchase Calumet over generic Ebay stuff as they can use Elinchrom modifiers.
     
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    ...I meant to post These

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    Anyone?
     
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    I ordered one of those 750 Watt kits for my students at school. It was $339 Canadian and came with three stands, two soft boxes, two umbrellas a barn door, grid and some gels. It even includes a wireless flash remote. We have used this tirelessly,including a 300 shot shoot for the prom. My only beef is that my FF camera can only synch to a max of 1/160th. Fast enough for portrait work, but I found out today, not fast enough for other purposes.

    I researched them before buying and there didn't seem to be any major issues. They are the 250DI models that you see on ebay. I have noticed lots of others that look similar but have been debranded. The silver models in one of your posts reminds me of the DI models we have.
     
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    So they work fairly well? How long have you had them and used them, so I know how well theyre holding up for you.

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    We got them last October and we are still on the original bulbs. During a typical school day, they will get used two to four shoots. We use them for all our formal group yearbook photos (teams, award winners, clubs etc). Plus I used them two hours straight shooting all the couples at this year's prom.
     

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