"Cheap" Studio kits - worth it?

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  1. ajmall

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    there are a few starter studio kits that have taken my interest over the past few weeks though I'm wondering whether it's worth saving the money for a bowens set up? my budget is £300/$530 absolute tops at the mo and have seen a few used set ups around but not a huge choice within my budget as you might expect.

    I am looking for a set up along the lines of the bowens espirit gemini kits. 2 heads, stands, brollies, soft box, case. 250 Watts will suffice.

    Any recommendations? I want to use the kit primarily for portraiture.

    Thanks
     
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    Strictly speaking, flash power should be measured in Joules because you are stating how much energy is stored and that's what Joules measure. But they are sort of equivalent as a Watt is 1 Joule/sec. I'm just nit-picking.

    You would do better to get the most powerful flash you can afford - 250 is quite limiting in terms of output. And a 500 used at half-power recycles a lot quicker.
    Have a look at second hand kits. You can get a bargain. Stick with Bowens as they are robust and easily fixed. You can still get spares for most of them.
     
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    thanks hertz. I've trawled the net for used bowens lights and it's really hard. Ebay only has the odd light which will cost me a fortune buying things individually. i guess i'll just have to save....
     
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    yes i know it's tacky...

    thanks hertz
     

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