Lighting? I need advice

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  1. MikeJ77

    MikeJ77 TPF Noob!

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    Ok so my friend and I are attempting to get serious about DSLR photography. I currently have a Canon digital rebel 350xti and she has a nikon D60. We just recently got my basement set up with backdrops and decent flooring and are now looking into some lighting.
    We have a wedding we are doing in Oct and want to purchase lighting that we can use in the basement as well as take with us on site. We are limited with how much we can spend until we get some money coming in.

    So far I found these three items on ebay that I assume is what i need/want.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=360088332796

    http://cgi.ebay.com/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=360088347887 X 2

    The total for this including shipping and a carrying case came out to 207

    Does this seem like a good deal? for a starter package?
     
  2. Johnboy2978

    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think a lot of people probably use those ebay wireless triggers and generally have a lot of success with them. The lights you listed on the other hand seem fairly low powered in that they are only 150 ws output. Also, I doubt if they have user-replaceable tubes. If you haven't looked already, I would suggest taking a look at www.Alienbee.com and comparing prices. They are very reliable in my experience, and a good bang for the buck. I would suggest the AB 800 strobes though if not the 1600. You can always turn them down when it's not needed but you can't push more power than the max in cheaper sets. Lighting is unfortunately rather expensive and in my opinion, not an area to scrimp on with a cheap strobe. Others will say Alien bee are not professional and cheap, yada yada yada - to those people, feel free to invest in the Briese line and spend $30-50K + on your lighting equipment. But I think many would agree that the package you listed may pass for individual portraits, but completely unsuitable for wedding and large groups. Don't make the mistake of buying a cheap unit only to buy later what you should've bought initially.
     
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