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Old Jun 20, 2006, 5:51 AM   #1
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Morning I love taking candid portrait shots and now want to progress to some home studio portraiture.

I have the space and a few bits I need but my big missing is lighting.
I would really appreciate some advice.

I have about £200 to spend so I appreciate I may not get everything initially but want something to start with so i can build up from that.

I have seen a couple of options.

First Continuos options
#1 @ £199
The kit features two Tungsten Halogen bulbs, two 250 w/s continuous light digilights with stepless 1/8 to full power setting options, two 50 x 70 softboxes, two light stands and one adjustable, foam-padded protective carrying case.

#2 @ £165
COMPRISING: 2 X FOTOLITE TUNGSTEN 500 WATT CONTINUOUS LIGHTING HEADS WITH ALUMINIUM REFLECTORS.
2 X PROFESSIONAL LIGHTING STANDS OF MAXIMUM EXTENSION TO 10.5FEET HIGH.
2X WHITE TRANSLUCENT SHOOT THROUGH UMBRELLAS,
ALTERNATIVELY YOU CAN HAVE 2 X SILVER REFLECTOR
UMBRELLAS, OR YOU CAN HAVE ONE SILVER + ONE WHITE.
2X500WATTLAMPS
2 X 275 WATT LAMPS
THE TUNGSTEN 500WATT LAMPS OPERATE AT A COLOUR TEMPERATURE OF 3,200K


Or Flash lighting

#1 @ £129
Two strobe lights, two 2.1m light stands, two 36 white umbrellas, two swivel adaptors/umbrella holders, a sync cord and a carrying bag.
Specifications
Flash Power 2 x 45 WS
Guide No (ISO100) 28m
Recharge Time 8-10 sec
Lighting Range 55 deg
Flash Duration 1/1000 sec
Triggers Slave & Test
Colour Temp 5600K
Slave Effectiveness 10m


#2 @ £199
Two strobe lights with full and half power setting options, two 75W modelling bulbs, one 36" silver umbrella, one 36" white umbrella, two light stands, two extra long flash cords and one protective carry case with foam padding and adjustable sections.

Output (each) 110W/S
Recharge Time 1-3 sec
Beam Width 55 deg
Flash Duration 1/1000 sec
Triggering Slave, Synch Cord, Test
Power Settings 1/2 and Full
Model Lamp (each) 75W
Colour Temp 5600K
Weight 7.5kg
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Old Jun 20, 2006, 6:02 AM   #2
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Go to Calumet and look at the Travel Light studio strobe packages. I use three 759's and they are great.

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Calumet are in the USA though so not really doable as i am in the UK
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Check on E-Bay, You may find what you are looking for from a GB vender. Most studio strobes are good if they have enough power and can be adjusted for output. Try to be sure they have a built in slave so one can fire the others. If using a backdrop you will want a three light set.

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Thanks Ronnie the ones above are from Ebay do they seem 'right'
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The Elinchrom D-lite 2 go is an excellent kit, £399 though.A little pricey but high quality, well packaged and very portable.You can also add all the Elinchrom accessories, may may not be able to add anything with the kits from ebay.

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