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Strobe kit for the Canon 7D

Posted: Mon, 26th Jul 2010, 6:26pm

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Joecool1081

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about a month ago i bought a new Canon 7D and now im looking to purchase some lights. Now i would like to buy maybe a light kit for outside photography and portraits. But the thing is that I don't want to spend a ton of money on a kit, I think a good price would be at least $300. I just need a decent outdoor strobe kit, and I was wondering if anybody could help point me in the right direction. Also the kit needs to work with the built in wireless transmitter for the 7D

THANKS
Posted: Tue, 27th Jul 2010, 5:14pm

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Joecool1081 wrote:

about a month ago i bought a new Canon 7D and now im looking to purchase some lights. Now i would like to buy maybe a light kit for outside photography and portraits. But the thing is that I don't want to spend a ton of money on a kit, I think a good price would be at least $300. I just need a decent outdoor strobe kit, and I was wondering if anybody could help point me in the right direction. Also the kit needs to work with the built in wireless transmitter for the 7D

THANKS
Sadly, unless you're buying used and haggling on price, it's the manufacturer that gets the final word on what a "good price" is, not the buyer.

As far as I know, only Canon's own speedlights can operate remotely from their built-in IR transmitter, so that limits you to to a single 480EXII if your budget is $300. (plus you'll still need to get a stand if you want to use the flash off camera)

Now ... the 480ex can work fine as a fill flash in many situations, but it's not really too powerful or flexible as flashes go.

Another option could be to get something like an Alien Bee B800 kit. A single light, with stand, radio transmitter (longer range and less limited than the Canon IR system) runs about $400 and is far more powerful and flexible than a 480ex. On the flip side, it's a bit more challenging to use outdoors since it requires wall power (unless you feel like paying an additional $300 for a portable power source).
Posted: Tue, 27th Jul 2010, 8:13pm

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njush wrote:

Joecool1081 wrote:

about a month ago i bought a new Canon 7D and now im looking to purchase some lights. Now i would like to buy maybe a light kit for outside photography and portraits. But the thing is that I don't want to spend a ton of money on a kit, I think a good price would be at least $300. I just need a decent outdoor strobe kit, and I was wondering if anybody could help point me in the right direction. Also the kit needs to work with the built in wireless transmitter for the 7D

THANKS
Sadly, unless you're buying used and haggling on price, it's the manufacturer that gets the final word on what a "good price" is, not the buyer.

As far as I know, only Canon's own speedlights can operate remotely from their built-in IR transmitter, so that limits you to to a single 480EXII if your budget is $300. (plus you'll still need to get a stand if you want to use the flash off camera)

Now ... the 480ex can work fine as a fill flash in many situations, but it's not really too powerful or flexible as flashes go.

Another option could be to get something like an Alien Bee B800 kit. A single light, with stand, radio transmitter (longer range and less limited than the Canon IR system) runs about $400 and is far more powerful and flexible than a 480ex. On the flip side, it's a bit more challenging to use outdoors since it requires wall power (unless you feel like paying an additional $300 for a portable power source).
Thank you for replying to my topic
I have found some decent kits online and i was wondering which one of these would be suitable for what im looking for. They all come with wireless transmitters, so would these be able to work with my Canon 7D?

Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Portable-Portrait-Photography-Lighting-Kit/dp/B003UYEBE4

Cowboy Studios
http://www.cowboystudio.com/product/c07/p0702-18.php

Tube Tape
http://www.tubetape.net/servlet/the-214/450-Watt--dsh--Triple/Detail
Posted: Wed, 28th Jul 2010, 2:54am

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njush

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I'm not familiar with any of these kits, but they all look pretty under powered for typical outdoor work ... especially if you intend to use the softboxes/reflectors that come with them .. but I guess they're all better than nothing (or just a single speedlight).

Still, I certainly couldn't say I'd "recommend" them.

If I were shopping, my main concerns for outdoor would be...

Power: Needs to provide enough light on a subject to allow for underexposing the sky behind a subject.
Ruggedness: If I'm going out with these lights a lot, they better be able to hold up to getting banged around in a trunk and moved around (maybe even knocked down by wind once or twice)
Reliability: Need to know that the kit is going to work every time I arrive to setup for a shoot.

Hope this helps.
Good luck.