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  1. lui-même

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    Here is my second post asking for an advice.
    I'm looking to start shooting product. My kit is canon 50D, tripod, 24-70 L, 70-200/2.8 IS, vivitar 55/2.8 macro, spending time on ebay for a 24/3.5 TS.
    I want to buy a lighting kit, CFL. Budget is around 500$.
    After reading numerous reviews, for different lights I stopped at this kit

    Calumet Quattro Fluorescent Two Light Set - CF0003K1 -

    What's your opinion in this regard?
     
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    Thank you Don.
    I looked at your set-up ( the pen) I considered the Alien but 500$ is all I have for the time being. Alienbee would cost me much more. Later, for sure.
     
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    Okay, here's some stuff to look at.

    You can get creative with CF's and reflectors...

    http://www.photoflexlightingschool.c...ike/index.html

    http://www.ehow.com/video_4985173_pr...-lighting.html

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMqmOQK6odM&feature=fvw"]YouTube - Episode 18, Tabletop Studio Photography done with mirrors[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zARqGgHjNc&feature=related"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zARq...eature=related[/ame]

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-oyv...eature=related[/ame]

    Cheers, Don
     
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    I'll look into it tomorrow, now here it's a little bit later than your place.;)
    What do you think about that calumet kit as a starter?
     
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    Actually not bad.

    To give you an idea.

    I started with 2 x 10" reflectors and light stands for $150, no bulbs.

    The largest CF bulbs I could find locally were 65w x 4100k @ $35.

    $225/130w CF total

    Then I purchased 2 x four bulbs/head in 16" reflectors with stands for $250 similar to the kit you linked to. The bulbs were low quality and only 26w.

    Then I discovered Alzo Digital and upgraded the bulbs to 45w, another $80.

    $330/360w CF total

    So the kit you are looking is 280w CF's for $299. NOTE - for the same price the Alzo's only have three lights/head, square vs round reflector.

    Short answer, if price is the deciding factor, the Calumet kit will be fine for smaller product but you should also consider purchasing a seamless paper backdrop, see Alzo for them.

    Reflectors you can get creative with and a top/back light is nice. You could rig up something with a clamp on shop light reflector with a CF bulb for that.

    Shoot at night, turn off all the room lights, use a tripod/aperture mode and the fun starts :)

    Cheers, Don
     
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