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DonJuanMair
post May 17 2012, 09:19 AM
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QUOTE(Blue Devil @ May 16 2012, 10:30 AM) *
i just pulled the trigger on the AB1600... i currently only have the AB400.... so I will let you guys know how it compares... smile.gif


want to sell me your B400?

QUOTE(Daz @ May 17 2012, 05:47 AM) *
Let us know what you think.

I've wanted to get some proper studio heads for ages but never got round to it. The 1600's should be perfect for even direct sunlight shouldn't they?


yeah this shot was taken on a hot day in Vegas sun right in his face, i had the B1600 at full power with a beauty dish pointing at his face, directly where the sun was coming from and a B800 to his right a bit but much closer on full power with a silver reflector

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post May 18 2012, 03:31 AM
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QUOTE(DonJuanMair @ May 17 2012, 06:19 PM) *
yeah this shot was taken on a hot day in Vegas sun right in his face, i had the B1600 at full power with a beauty dish pointing at his face, directly where the sun was coming from and a B800 to his right a bit but much closer on full power with a silver reflector

Damn you and your awesome portrait shots lol.

I'm still using a small assortment of speedlights and the power is far from great lol. One day I'll save up for some studio heads. At the moment I don't think I'd get enough use out of them anyway lol.
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post May 18 2012, 10:37 AM
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lol but Daz are you shooting a lot of people at the mo?
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post May 18 2012, 10:47 AM
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QUOTE(DonJuanMair @ May 17 2012, 01:19 PM) *
want to sell me your B400?

can't... smile.gif I gotta get me more lights.. I think I will be happy with this 2 light setup for a while...

wanna sell me your Vagabond ?
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post May 18 2012, 12:29 PM
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QUOTE(DonJuanMair @ May 18 2012, 07:37 PM) *
lol but Daz are you shooting a lot of people at the mo?

No lol. Peope scare me haha. I'm trying to arrange a couple of portrait shoots like what you do, ie with a setting that suits them with natural lookng lighting. Downside I have is I'm crap at portrait photography so need to work on it.

The shots I'm trying plan are of a guitarist sitting on a log with the sun setting, a motocross track owner, and a pole dancer smile.gif. Fingers crossed I can get them going and we can all laugh at how bad they are lol.
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post May 18 2012, 12:40 PM
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QUOTE(Blue Devil @ May 18 2012, 11:47 AM) *
can't... smile.gif I gotta get me more lights.. I think I will be happy with this 2 light setup for a while...

wanna sell me your Vagabond ?


want to buy both of them?

QUOTE(Daz @ May 18 2012, 01:29 PM) *
No lol. Peope scare me haha. I'm trying to arrange a couple of portrait shoots like what you do, ie with a setting that suits them with natural lookng lighting. Downside I have is I'm crap at portrait photography so need to work on it.

The shots I'm trying plan are of a guitarist sitting on a log with the sun setting, a motocross track owner, and a pole dancer smile.gif. Fingers crossed I can get them going and we can all laugh at how bad they are lol.


nice, good people to shoot to be honest, interesting subjects. If you need any advice let me know!
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post May 22 2012, 03:27 AM
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QUOTE(DonJuanMair @ May 18 2012, 09:40 PM) *
nice, good people to shoot to be honest, interesting subjects. If you need any advice let me know!

Thanks Anthony. I'm sure I'll be asking for plenty of advice lol.
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post May 22 2012, 09:19 AM
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QUOTE(DonJuanMair @ May 18 2012, 04:40 PM) *
want to buy both of them?



one or 2.. depends on how good the deal. wink.gif
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post May 23 2012, 03:43 PM
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shoot me an offer dude
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post Jul 18 2012, 08:10 AM
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So, i got to play with my B1600 on direct FLORIDA sunlight....

it's a fucking beast... smile.gif

Here.. i will leave this here in the meantime...



I was shooting at 1/200 sec at f 9.0 ISO 100 ... with the light stand about 8 feet away from my subject... with a big soft box on it... and I was shooting at 1/2 of the power from the left... to balance the daylight coming from the right....

in contrast to my B400 at full power with no diffusion was barely able to act as fill earlier when i tried on my assistant at a much shorter distance.

Would I buy another B1600? the price difference is a about 90 dollars.... i don't know where the 800 falls as far as performance.... i will probably just end up getting another 1600 down the line so I can have the same lighting ratio if I am doing some fancy double lighting scheme where I need two mains....


that's my .02 cents as far as the B1600 vs the B400
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