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    I'm an experienced photographer with 35 years behind me but have never had studio flash lighting gear.

    I'm planning some portrait work in domestic situations, individuals, couples, small groups etc. but I also need them for event jobs which can be a little more unpredictable in regard to the subject and the situation!

    I've done my research as to the product I'm going for but my question is 200w or 400w? I've found 2 kits for around the same money: 2x 400w with 2x softboxes or 3x 200w with 1x softbox, 1x white/black brolly + collapsible background with stand.

    So, any thoughts as to what I should buy?

    Any help appreciated...
    _______________
    Graeme

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    Re: What power shoud I buy?

    Originally posted by Graeme View Post
    I'm an experienced photographer with 35 years behind me but have never had studio flash lighting gear.

    I'm planning some portrait work in domestic situations, individuals, couples, small groups etc. but I also need them for event jobs which can be a little more unpredictable in regard to the subject and the situation!

    I've done my research as to the product I'm going for but my question is 200w or 400w? I've found 2 kits for around the same money: 2x 400w with 2x softboxes or 3x 200w with 1x softbox, 1x white/black brolly + collapsible background with stand.

    So, any thoughts as to what I should buy?

    Any help appreciated...
    Can you clarify - are you going for continuous lighting in preference to flash?

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      Re: What power shoud I buy?

      Originally posted by Ian View Post
      Can you clarify - are you going for continuous lighting in preference to flash?

      Ian
      It seems to me Graeme is talking about flash.

      I have a couple of Elinchron D Lite2 with softboxes. They are extremely lightweight and portable and ideal for portraiture. 200W is plenty powerful enough for this sort of work. However if as you say you may need them for events where possibly more power is needed, then the 400W modules may be better. Have to say a third light is sometimes useful though and the collapsible background may be worth having
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        Re: What power shoud I buy?

        Originally posted by Stephen View Post
        It seems to me Graeme is talking about flash.

        I have a couple of Elinchron D Lite2 with softboxes. They are extremely lightweight and portable and ideal for portraiture. 200W is plenty powerful enough for this sort of work. However if as you say you may need them for events where possibly more power is needed, then the 400W modules may be better. Have to say a third light is sometimes useful though and the collapsible background may be worth having
        _______________
        Graeme

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          Re: What power shoud I buy?

          i like Elinchroms. i have several different models but i enjoy the freedom of the Ranger the most. 1100ws that you put up anywhere without electric. they are releasing a new generation which is lighter and smaller and i can't wait. with the higher ISO's and reduced noise featured on newer cameras, large power packs no longer a necessity. i agree about the shaft size on umbrellas forcing one to buy theirs but other than that, no problems. i been a user of their gear for over ten years now. only problem was a flash tube burning out.
          before them i used Comet out of Japan. they make a fine product as well.

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