Bjorn planning to buy a studio flash kit, didn't expect that one coming, did you? I do though, wanna buy such a kit, and I need some advice, please. I won't bother you all with my reasons for buying studio equipment, but I'll just tell you that it's for portrait and still life photography.
First of all, let me just tell you what set I've been looking at:
Falcon Eyes SS150 F
, which consists of:
- 2x flash 150ws SS150F
- 2x tripod 240cm
- 2x Softbox 50x70cm
- 1x Sync cable
- 2x 220 volt cable
I can't find an English link on Google at the moment, so I'll give you guys a link to the Dutch store here
Some specs translated from that page:
- power: 100ws
- guide number: 42 (ISO100)
- adjustable power: full to 1/8th
- colour temperature: 5600K
- *permanent* light (?): 50 watts
- charging time: 4,5 sec. (after full power)
I have a couple of questions, which I'd very much like some people with experience or good knowledge to answer:
- Is the Falcon Eyes any good? As far as I can tell, their products seem to be good enough, but then again, I know close to nothing about all brands in studio equipment...
- What are the important disadvantages of buying a cheaper set? The main reason I'm looking into this set is the costs, obviously, it only costs a 175 euros, which is all I'd be willing to spend at the moment. But apart from difference in quality with higher-end sets, what would be the difference between the set above, and one that costs ten times as much?
- Which is more convenient, a softbox, or an umbrella? I've read more on both, and to me, the softbox seems the prefered option, but I'd like your opinion as well. Which one would work best for a beginner like me?
That's all questions I can come up with now, but it's late, so I might think of more tomorrow. Don't worry about answering only one question if you don't really have the time to answer all of 'em, all replies are greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
- Bjorn -