Studio lights?

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  1. ajmall

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    I'm looking at investing in a couple of studio lights and other gear only I don't know a great deal about who are the nikon and canon of studio gear apart from bowens?

    Who else would would you recommend and what exactly would you recommend for a second hand start up kit? I have a D70s with a few lenses my budget's about £200/$350

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    Hello


    The top makes are Broncolor, Elinchrom, and Bowens. I'd go for Bowens. There's loads of them around and long term maintenance will be cheaper than other brands. Also, third party add ons are usually cheaper and with a greater selection. They come up quite often on ebay and you should be able to come across a couple of monoblocs within you're budget if you're patient, although postage may be a bit of a mare! (A brand new 2x500J kit with brolly, softbox, stands comes in at about £700)

    good luck

    F.Duddy

    ps, don't forget you'll need an adaptor to link up to your D70 if it doesn't have a standard pc socket.
     
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    I use Hensel, I'm very happy with them.
     
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    thanks for the replies. anyone got any more advice?
     
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    Let me put in a plug for Alien Bees...great lights..low price!
     
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    The Alien Bees would be some to look at and so would Photogenic.
     
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    Find an old set of Normans on Ebay, those things never die.

    My P2000D setup is 20 years old and still firing.
     
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    Hello,

    IIRC, Alien Bees are sold direct from the factory in the US. I would therefore suggest that the chances of finding them second hand in the UK would be, to say the least, slim.;)

    I would stick with the brands commonly used in the UK - Bron, Elinchrom, Bowens, Hensel - as the starting point of any search.

    I had a look on ebay (uk) and there seem to be quite a few going for very little cash.:thumbup:

    Regards

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    i found a brand new portaflash kit going for 66% of the price of the street value! if only i had the money now for it!
     

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