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Old Jan 21, 2007, 7:36 PM   #1
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Count me among the folks trying to get away with spending as little as possible to assemble a portable studio strobe set-up. (Alienbees is beyond my reach.) I already have a couple of stands and umbrellas.

Here's the link...
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...;rd=1&rd=1

I asked the seller who makes these and he said "They're OEM." Translated, "made in China." I have no problem with that, if it will get me started.

Does anybody have any experience with this type?
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Old Jan 22, 2007, 9:40 PM   #2
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I've never seen those lights before....although, I have bought cheap lights, only to buy better ones later. Some I use & some I dont (but I regret buying junk that coud have been better spent on good lights). That particular light looks very cheap (the reflector is the worst I've ever seen). Deals can be found on Ebay on name brand lights (For instance, I got a 3 light Norman strobe system for less than $200.00).
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Old Jan 23, 2007, 12:53 AM   #3
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I guess it's a question of being in the right place at the right time, and with enough $$$ to jump on it, and I can never seem to get those things together!

From what I've read on the net, they're like most bargain-basement things: handle like eggs, don't expect too much, and they'll get the job done.
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Old Jan 23, 2007, 9:45 AM   #4
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I've also been looking for an inexpensive studio strobe set up. I had decided on this kit (which was recommended by HughesinNC) http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ype=osi_widget

After reading what Kalypso mentioned about the brand name lighting I found this kit http://cgi.ebay.com/Fotodiox-Advance...QQcmdZViewItem

Can someone with more experience give me their opinion on each kit?
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Old Jan 23, 2007, 10:37 AM   #5
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Search eBay for alien bees they do come up ocassionally and for good prices
You need to serarch for both Alienbees
http://cgi.ebay.com/AlienBees-B400-S...QQcmdZViewItem

and Alien Bees
http://search.ebay.com/alien-bees_W0QQfromZR40

There are a couple of norman power packs but no heads
http://search.ebay.com/norman-strobe...ofocusZunknown

And getting up in price (these are getting into the real studio grade units) there are a few elinchrom units
http://search.ebay.com/norman-strobe...ofocusZunknown

And there is a pile of speedotron stuff, I'd guess most of it has seen some heavy studoo/rental use
http://search.ebay.com/norman-strobe...ofocusZunknown


I guess what I am getting at is you can find real well know lighting on ebay if you search at bit, as well as the off-shore kits that promise a lot for very little.

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Old Jan 24, 2007, 2:22 AM   #6
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It looks like quite a few other people are aware of the quality of Alienbees lights, judging by the number of bids already on the board. Obviously, this will prevent us bottom-feeders from scooping up any significant bargains.

At this point, even $300+ would be out of my reach. I already own a couple of umbrellas and stands, although the stands won't handle the heavier units. So a kit wouldn't be the best way to go for me.

Speaking of the imported (Chinese) units that promise a lot for a little $$$, I've been taking a hard look at Britek lights, their intermediate range. For as seldom as I'd use them, they would probably do the job for me. User comments on the 'net range from the usual "piece of rubbish" to "haven't let me down in 5 years" so the truth probably lies somewhere in between. Thanks for the heads-up, though.
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Old Jan 24, 2007, 7:48 AM   #7
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OK, I'm chiming in, because I use Britek lights, and for what I'm using them for, they suit my needs perfectly. I purchased a 3 light home studio from eBay (Steve Kaeser Backgrounds on eBay) for about $350, but he does have cheaper setups which only include 1 or 2 lights, and no umbrellas or soft boxes.

While people (Those who are professionals, unlike myself) often try to sway some of us away from inexpensive lights, let me state that photography isn't my bread winner. I'm an Oracle DBA for a large discount retailer headquartered in North Carolina. My budget is somewhat limited, especially with 3 boys and a wife who stays home and devotes her time to them (i.e. only 1 income).

I went the cheap strobe route because I wasn't sure if I would enjoy using the setup, and I didn't want a large investment to be squandered. Some people argue that if you buy cheap, you'll eventually have to replace them. I associate this scenario with buying our oldest his first guitar. We bought an inexpensive accoustic guitar, signed him up for lessons, and in less than 6 months, we upgraded to a nice Ibanez guitar custing close to $750 becasuse we saw his interest level and dedication to his talent. Same scenario with our middle child and drums. Same scenario with our youngest and the piano. Yes, it's noisy around here! LOL!

Anyway, I had to go cheap, and my strobes are working well for me and what I need them for. If you're just looking to "dip your toe" in the water, so to speak, feel free to have my support, and I hope your story doesn't turn intothe nightmare version that some have told. Good luck!
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A couple of Britek's is where I first started and I still have them.
They now make for good kicker lights, you just have to wait for them to cycle.

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Old Jan 26, 2007, 1:40 AM   #9
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Wait for them to cycle? I thought they had a recharge time of just a couple of seconds...? The fast recharging time is one of the reasons why I'm even considering this route in the first place.

Hughes, I feel the same way you do: start with the low-grade stuff and work your way up if things click in the right direction; no reason to be saddled with expensive things you might not need. And as far as the music thing goes, I feel your pain:

http://jeffglasser.com/music/bio.htm
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My Britek strobes take no more than 2 seconds to recharge when on full power. Of course, that may change as they get older, but I'm willing to wait.
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