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    I am considering buying some alien bees flash heads and wonder what people have to say about them. Anybody have experience with the 800s? Thanks for any help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSRay View Post
    I am considering buying some alien bees flash heads and wonder what people have to say about them. Anybody have experience with the 800s? Thanks for any help.
    Absolutely love them. You do have to know their limitations and work within them, but dollar for dollar, they are great.
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    Thanks for the info. I'm just looking at table top shots so I expect that won't be a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSRay View Post
    Thanks for the info. I'm just looking at table top shots so I expect that won't be a problem.
    You cannot do this with a couple of extra flashes? You will save some dollars and have better control on small table top shooting..
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    Hence my asking the question...

    Would love to do both. Suggestions or can you point me to a reference?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSRay View Post
    Hence my asking the question...

    Would love to do both. Suggestions or can you point me to a reference?

    Can you provide a touch more info about what you shooting and what system you are using?
    As an example, with small subjects (smaller than refrigerator) I can get by with my sb900 and a few sb600 flashes. I can also grab portraits on the fly with this system. For larger subjects or larger areas (studio, banquet hall) I break out the strobes. Strobes offer a ton of light, but don't offer the exact range that a couple of flashes can do. For table top work, strobes a tad overkill, but can be done given the room for shoot through or bounce umbrellas. Flashes also offer a little easier ability to shoot on the fly. Strobes require power or large batteries, making it tougher to just grab and go.

    For great reading on what can be done with a simple flash, click here
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    I own a pair of Mettle 300ws monolights from a us distributor on ebay. They are Chinese, but are also CE listed, enclosures made of heavy gauge aluminium and have cooling fans. Like the alien bees, they take bowens accessories. I do not use them much, but feel pretty confident with them for casual or semi pro use. They cost about half that of the alien bees and yield about the same output as the alien bees 400ws units, according to my measurements as compared to the alien bees specifications. The kit parabolic reflectors are a bit cheap, but that's just a minor complaint.
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