Lighting Kit

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  1. Summer75

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    I want to get a lighting kit (to ship to Canada) for still photos. My main issue is that my budget is between 100-200 dollars and I want something portable with a carrying case. I have been looking around and am so lost. Can someone point me in the right direction?


     
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    I am no expert but I think a couple stands, umbrella flash brackets, umbrellas, trigger/receivers, should be less than $100 while utilizing speed lights if you have them. Personally, I would not trust those monolights. If I were in the market for mono's, I would save my money up and buy Adorama's Flashpoint 320 or 620 kit.

    Check this thread out. Attention to Derrel
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    The "shipping to Canada" part will be what kills this deal...the rates are very prohibitive. You might want to see what the larger Canadian-based retailers or e-Bay dealers can offer you. The Cowboy STudio, two-light,two umbrella, two-stand deal **is** cheap lighting gear...that's why the price is low. I know the Canadian dollar is not very strong right now, but $375 sounds like too much to me: those monolights are cheapies...similar ones from Adorama, with non-replaceable flashtubes, are $49 to $69 typically.

    Monolights like that, plastic housing, non-replaceable flashtubes, low power...if they last five years are an okay deal. The thing is they are basically to be used as disposables. Adorama's "budget monolight" series is a good example of this product type. The 320M is a replaceable flashtube type unit, so, a step higher up the ladder.

    I personally think $375 is just a little too much money for the Cowboy Studio setup. (roughly $265 US dollars)
     
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    Great replies and thanks for the link above. For me this set is only $170 with shipping and the case, in my Canadian dollars. I didn't realize the bulbs were not replaceable though, that it is a disposable light. Maybe I am better off with one and using my flash off camera or natural light as my second.
     
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    Cowboy Studio used to be junk and had a bad reputation. Something about lights catching on fire. Unfortunately there is a reason that a cheap Profoto setup is about $5,000.
     
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    I went with YN 560 iv, and a yn560 tx transmitter from Amazon.ca. It fits into your budget. Add a shoot thru umbrella, light stand and a bracket and your all set, and in budget. Came three weeks earlier than expected too!

    I like it so much I'll be adding 2 more yn560iv lights, to easily remove shadows, act as rim/ hair lights etc or just to kight up a party hah.
     
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    I know this is going over your budget but for 225 US dollars you can get a Paul C Buff AlienBees B400 light kit (sorry, don't know the conversion. But they ship to Canada :) ). I have the B800s for portraiture and I've never had a problem with them. I usually have mine powered half down. Depending on what you're shooting, a B400 may be worth the extra money. The advantage of using the cheaper shoe camera flash that someone else posted is you'll be able to shoot off camera with a trigger or on your camera's hot shoe; so you in a way get 2 lights in one. I did that for a little while while I was just learning lighting. And just shy of 100 bucks may be your best bet.
     
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    I shipped another set yesterday is going to total 135. Ordered a 560iii, as I already have 2 transmitters with the 560iv and 560tx.

    Cant wait to light it up a bit more. Also read strobist again today thats a pretty good blog for speedlights.
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    PS 225 american is like 700 Canadian dollars atm.
     
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    Holy heck! Really? I thought the Canadian dollar and US dollar were usually relatively equal. What happened?
     

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