who knows monolights?

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by afterthecollapse, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. afterthecollapse

    afterthecollapse TPF Noob!

    Apr 7, 2006
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    Up until know I have worked exclusively with tungsten lighting. But the time has come for me to invest ina monolight which I will primarily use to shoot portraits.

    2 questions:

    1. WHat are the good brands? I don't mind shelling out the dough if its gonna last me until I'm an old man. I hear good things about Opus and Elinchrom. Other than that I'm clueless.

    2. How much W/S do I need in my monolight to light a batch 5 people If I have a large softbox at my disposal? Are there any issues attaching a 56x72" softbox to say, a 400 w/s? Is that a bad idea? I guess I should really investigate the basics of flash systems before I make a purchase.

    Anyone with any advice??

  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2003
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    Many people have been impressed with the Alien Bee line of strobes. I would call them an entry level studio light. They may not be as good as top end units but they offer a pretty good value. The same guy who runs Alien Bee also sells White Lighting lights...which are a bit more professional.

    I'm sure someone will more experience can offer more insight.
  3. fmw

    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Sep 30, 2006
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    I recommend Calumet TraveLights http://www.calumetphoto.com. I've been using them since 1992. I still have the first one I ever bought. They are made by Bowens of England, the inventors of the self contained studio strobe the the owners of the trademarked name "monolight." I just bought a new tube for one that I bought in 1996. I don't have a lot of experience with a lot of brands, but I can certainly recommend these.

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