Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Baaaark, Jul 22, 2009.
Is it possible to get a strobist-style setup with two flashes for under $200? What about $300?`
You could do a single flash (corded) strobist setup for $200 but for a decent two light setup you're probably looking closer to $400 and that's without radio triggers, you'd have to go hard wired with cord.
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You could try the used market or eBay and maybe get something for around $300 but I'm guessing it's not going to be quality stuff.
The 3 strobist rigs in my Gear List easily cost me over $1,000.
The most expensive part is probably the flashes. So if you can find some cheap ones, that will really help. There are a ton of older flashes to be found on E-bay or wherever...although you would have to compete will all the other 'cheap strobists' for them, which has driven the price of them up a lot higher than they used to be.
I've got a box of old flashes, some of them work, some don't. I always look for them at garage sales or flea markets etc.
You could do it for $300 on ebay. The problem with ebay is the stands / umbrella's, etc.. the shipping cost. You have to look hard for the ones not pulling the inexpensive item cost, jack the shipping up stores.
But you could do 2 flashes, 2 stands, 2 umbrellas, 2 flash mounts / swivels, and even 2 radio triggers. I think the radio triggers help as you don't have to have flashes with pc syncs, or dedicated to your camera's hot shoe. They just need a hot shoe firing system (most all do). So with wireless triggers your open to many used or new third party flashes.
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