inexpensive lighting - strobes

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  1. ryan7783

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    Can anyone recommend some decent, yet, inexpensive strobes? I've checked ebay but I never know if any of those are decent enough to work with. I'm new to lighting equipment so any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm not looking to spend a crazy amount of money but I would like something half way decent. Please help
     
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    Take a look at the Patterson Interfit line. They have quite a few "kits" that are real nice for starters. I use the Patterson Interfit 300 kit and I love it. They have several different power options and kit options as well. Both B&H and Adorama have them.
     
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    You could even consider getting a couple cheap strobes like the SB-200 and using them as optical slaves sitting on some cheap $20 tripods. That's a really a great bang for the buck.
     
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    I know I am a dork but I got some shop lights from Sears and put a sheet 6 inches in front of them. Makes a great light. I spent $40 on the 2 lights.
     
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    Watch out for those halogen shop lights, the might burn something that is 6" in front of them...and I wouldn't want to be a model who has to sit in front of them for any length of time.
     
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    What's a strobe, what's a crazy amount of money, and what are you wanting to use them for?

    2 200w/s monolight kit which is almost a rebranded Elinchrom D200, iirc. $319: http://www.calumetphoto.com/item/CF0502K1/

    Or you can get some used Vivitar 283's for about $35 a piece on ebay and have some that's more portable.
     
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    maybe i'm confused - i'm looking for a constant source of light to use as a main source and a secondary source.

    I appreciate the help thus far
     
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    You are. Those are called constant lights. A strobe is a light that fires a quick pulse of light, like a strobe light. A flash is a strobe. A strobe is a flash. A constant light is a light bulb.
     
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    ryan7783 TPF Noob!

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    thanks for setting me straight. now who can suggest some good, inexpensive CONSTANT lights?

    i like working with a flash but i'm getting more into modeling work and it looks like i'm going to need some more equipment

    Is the kit that you suggested before going to be in line with what i need?
     
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    If you are going to be shooting people, then I'd suggest looking into strobes/flash rather than constant lights.
     
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    I have no idea why, but that comment made me laugh
     

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