Strobe Light VS 2 Sb-600's?

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  1. BOOSTED

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    I have one brand new SB-600 laying around was thinking of buying another one. But the folks at my local camera store said to look into a strobe light for automotive.

    Here is an example of the strobe light (automotive):
    Setup Shot on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    Here is an example of two flashes (automotive):
    Evo X - a set on Flickr
     
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    Well monolights are gonna give you more power per dollar but you lose all portabity. Also you will need AC power for the Strobes or a vagabond or similar powerpack. Its also widely agreed that SB-600's arent very good for off camera work as they have no PC jack. If you decide to go with smaller flashes you might want to look into something like the SB-28s or vivitar 285s as there more powerful and cheaper you just cant use them on camera with TTL.
     
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    Either/or IMHO. The reflectors you use would matter most. The flashes would give you TTL metering (I think), but strobes will probably mount up more readily with umbrellas and stuff. You will also need a decent flash meter.
     
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    Also if your shooting in daylight the strobes will help.
     
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    The monolights give you more options than the speedlights will, like shooting in direct daylight.

    Many who routinely use strobed light (from monolights or speedlights) for location shooting, use manual settings on both the camera and the lights which lends itself to radio triggering solutions.

    Radio triggering of the lights eliminates the cords which can create a substantial shoot location hazard.

    The SB-600 has some pretty severe limitations as far as power output and zoom (only 85mm). They work well for people but I would say there are better solutions. Some being more expensive on a per speedlight basis.

    I tend to a greater number of less expensive speedlights so I can put light in more areas around, under, behind, and inside of vehicles.
     

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