Speedotron Brownline

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  1. richnmib

    richnmib TPF Noob!

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    So I have seen some of these on ebay. Complete light sets for very reasonable prices. My understanding is that you adjust the lights power output from the power pack. Is that correct?


     
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    That is correct. It's not quite as convenient as a monolight where you simply dial down 1/3 of a stop, BUT... once you become familiar with using a pack & head system, it works like a charm. Speedotron Brownline is my primary system and despite now being a position where I could afford much more stylish gear, I have stuck with Speedo, and likely will as long as they are around. Quality-wise, it's hard to beat. All metal, super strong mounts, a virtually fool-proof mount for modifiers... his stuff is built to last and last and last.

    There are a couple of less positives as well of course... Speedotron isn't the most common modifier mount, so if you're looking for soft boxes, beauty dish, etc.... you might have to look a little bit, but it's available. As well, pack & head systems aren't as immediately initiative as modern monolights. They're designed for portrait work where everything was about ratios (eg, key one stop above fill, etc), and once you get that squared in your mind, it's dead easy. Minor adjustments (<1/3 stop) are often made simply by moving the light six inches.

    My favorite thing about them is that they're a small company and this is all they do. They also answer their telephone. A few years ago I needed a new 'Push to flash' switch for one of my power packs; I called Speedo in Chicago, a person answered the 'phone, and in less than five minutes had taken my information, CC # and the parts were in the mail. No 'phone tree, no "We don't sell parts" or lectures on voiding warranties, just, "One switch.. that'll be (some very reasonable price I can't recall).

    I'm a firm advocate of them as the absolute best deal in professional lighting today. I currently have five power packs and over a dozen heads. Everything on my website (link below) that was done with a strobe (with a few exceptions which are speedlight work) was done with Speedo Brown.
     
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    ac12 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I started with a small low power 400w Brownline.
    Then I upgraded to a Blackline. The eBay prices made it hard to resist upgrading.
    The Blackline is more flexible in adjusting the power with a dial, but I could have used the Brownline forever, doing just as 'tirediron' mentioned.

    What I like about the pack system is, for a home setup. I don't have multiple electrical circuits in my garage, for feeding multiple monolights. The pack is just ONE unit to charge, so just one circuit is used.
    The con is that you have cables running form the pack to each head. So you have to be careful to not trip on the cables. Tape and cable tunnels help to prevent tripping on the cables.

    Too bad you were not in the SF Bay Area. I have a spare Brownline that I will be selling, once I find it in the pile of stuff in the garage.
     
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