I gotta thank you for mentioning Norman's lights. I just saw that new post on Ebay and I coudn't refuse. I'm not sure if it was a good deal, but I talked to that guy and he told me the lights I bought have been used only once.
"Vocation to Solitude -- To deliver oneself up, to hand oneself over, entrust oneself completely to the silence of a wide landscape of woods and hills, or sea, or desert; to sit still while the sun comes up over the land and fills its silences with light." Thomas Merton
Yup! Some suggestions for a 5K Mole.
* Do not use this for photographing ice cream.
* On an early morning shoot, place a small chicken in the housing just behind the lamp- by lunch time it will be ready to eat- saves you money at KFC and no trans fats.
* You can rent a cheap studio space without heating and survive quite nicely- even up here in Canada.
* On slow weeks you can rent it out to folks who are opening a new business or like to search for enemy aircraft by night.
* Does anyone know the melting point of human flesh?- good to know for portrait photographers.
* Use the insulated handles only unless you are a masochist or enjoy the oder of burning flesh.
* Not the best thing to use on a boom as a hair light unless you have a Volkswagen to use as a counterweight.
* May disturb the clergy of you brought this into a house of worship for some dramatic shots at a wedding assignment.
* Do not plug this in the same outlet as your toaster or your defibrillator.
* Do not advise former Vice President Gore that you have this in use or the green folks are gonna picket your studio!
Hay- I have a sense of humor too- but it is sick
Oh- I forgot!
When purchasing used electronic flash gear, watch out for carbonized flash tubes. The symptoms are blackened glass near the electrodes. Tubes like that are not long for this world and can yield poor color rendition. Also watch out for blackened connector pins and sockets- theses are signs of misuse.
On that unit that has only been used once- make sure tis owner did not try to use it on a glamor shoot and took the power supply on a swimming pool or bathtub. The poor guy may have electrocuted himself and never got to use his brand new strobe again. Maybe he is languishing away in a penatentery for killing his model.
Good luck! Ed
I own 2 AB800 and one AB1600 and wondering how to trigger LF cameras , I use wireless trigger for my 5D Mark II .
AlienBee had a transmitter that was very similar when I got my SkyPort, but since then they've introduced one that's actually quite a bit more sophisticated, but I don't know much more than that about it. I have heard from folks who used the earlier version that they worked quite well, and both the AlienBee and Elinchrom wireless triggers cost a lot less than PocketWizards -- you get a receiver AND transmitter + a set of adapter cables for the price of a single PocketWizard receiver OR transmitter.
If you are looking at Paul Buff products check out the newer Einstein flash units he is making. Variable power without changing color temperature is a nice feature.
Broncolor puts out the most light over any other pack f128@10ft. I've found that there are more used Brons on the market then any other brand.
Try Jack's camera