What are your studio lights?

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    I'm really debating on which one/s I should purchase. I've been looking around at Elinchrom's D-lite 4's, AB800's, WL X1600's, and a few other "entry level" studio strobes. If you have a set of monolights that you use, could you post what they are, their max sync speed, and what your experiences are with them? Maybe others can use this thread as a reference for their future purchases.
     
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    I use a set of 430 and 580 flash units with the STE-2 trigger. A cheaper way to go would be a couple of Metz 45s with an optical or radio trigger.
     
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    Studio strobes. I already have what I need as far as speed lights go.

    Stuff like d-lites, AB's, White Lightnings, Excaliburs, and other monolights.
     
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    I really like the Elinchrome D-lite 4's but I have some generic studio strobes (no name just a w/s rating) and my SB-800, a Metz and on D-200 camera flash to trigger them all.

    Funny thing is that I rarely use more than 1 light lately (SB-800 or single studio strobe). I must be in my minimalist stage. :lol:
     
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    I use speedlights because I don't want to invest in a permanent studio. I'd rather have a large trunk and set up from the trunk as required. As I'm mainly a location shooter, I'm happy.
     
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    Photogenics two 500w and one 1kw. With the built in pocket wizard transceivers. Love em.
     
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    Alien bees seem to be pretty popular. I know a few people that have them and love them. They are simple and indestructible. Oh, and cheap.
     
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    I Use AB's 3 800's
    I love the, simple and inexpensive
     
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    I have 3 x 600w/s (full power down to 1/32) with 250W modelling lights, large soft-boxes, shoot-through and reflect umbrellas. used mostly as key, side and backlights.
    Coupla 300 w/s (full power down to 1/32) for hair and kicker lights.
    Obligatory barndoors, snooks. some gels (which I sparingly use mainly for backlighting IF requested...) Wireless hotshoe trigger to 2 receivers (and the onboard slaves on the other rigged lights fire from these 2...
    All pack into 2 VERY LARGE pull along suitcases... necessary since I do most of my shoots on location...
    Oh - and the sync speed is determined by the camera... most strobes fire a burst of light in the order of 1/4000th to 1/8000th os a second (well, mine do... the sync speed of the camera is set so that the duration of exposure (when the curtains are open) captures the "flash" - this is usually much longer than the flash duration... about 1/125 or thereabouts
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    Right. I asked about mono lights. I have speed lights. I don't need any more.

    But that's what confuses me. I've read several reviews and tests that say that once you his over 1/125 with the d-lite 4's, that they start to have the black band, like what occurs when you surpass the x sync, enter the frame. One of the people that complained about this was using pocket wizard PII's, which I know can sync much faster than that. I use them with my speed lights.

    The shooter was using a Canon, which all newer models sync at 1/200-1/250 depending on the sensor size.
     
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    I currently own one Profoto 600 w/s Head w/ umbrella, air cushioned stand, boom pole, and built in Pocket Wizard. Hoping to get another one soon.
     
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