737doctor
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Camera Gear Question

Wed May 24, 2006 9:09 am

I have been away from this site for a long time, but I need some advice about some gear and figured that some of the experts here could assist me.

Recently I did a photo shoot for an organization who is having a national convention later this summer. They want me to take some portrait-type shots for them at the convention, plus have the ability to print them out on the spot.

Sooo...

I need some suggestions for the following equipment:

1. tripod
2. portable printer (capable of printing 8x10's)
3. portable studio flash kit

I am looking for mid range gear pricewise, but of decent quality. Durability and portability would be the biggest criteria.

FYI, I am currently shooting with a D70 and an SB 800 speedlight

I contacted Wolf Camera and they told me that the SB800 should be sufficient for the job, but I was thinking more along the lines of a stand alone flash system with the umbrella-type deflectors.

I know that this seems off of the aviation subject, but it is for an aviation related organization.

Thanks in advance...

Any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated.
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JeffM
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RE: Camera Gear Question

Wed May 24, 2006 9:32 am

Ditch the on camera flash. Who wants to buy a print with that "dear in the headlights" look to it and a shadow behind them? Check out the Alien Bee 400's. You will probably be o.k. with a three light setup, main, fill, and background. Get some nice colored 9' seemless paper for the backdrop.

I would not recomend using the tripod, trigger them wirelessly and handhold, much better when composing for portraits.

Printers? Dye-Sub is the way to go for onsite prints.... Check Kodak...they have a slick unit that can pump out 8x 10s...
 
WhyWhyZed
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RE: Camera Gear Question

Wed May 24, 2006 11:22 am

Quoting JeffM (Reply 1):
Ditch the on camera flash. Who wants to buy a print with that "dear in the headlights" look to it and a shadow behind them? Check out the Alien Bee 400's. You will probably be o.k. with a three light setup, main, fill, and background. Get some nice colored 9' seemless paper for the backdrop.

Alien Bee's =  thumbsup  thumbsup  thumbsup   

Quoting JeffM (Reply 1):
Printers? Dye-Sub is the way to go for onsite prints.... Check Kodak...they have a slick unit that can pump out 8x 10s...

Of course Jeff's reply is better to follow, however, if you decide on an inkjet printer... get the Canon IP90 portable photo printer.

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[Edited 2006-05-24 04:23:49]
 
psyops
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RE: Camera Gear Question

Wed May 24, 2006 1:46 pm

I can't disregard the advice given already - I am sure the quoted flash units are superb and will do the job. I do have alternate advice for your consideration.

Given you already own one wireless flash unit (the SB-800), buy one more and you have three lights including the on-camera remote flash.

With the D-70 the on-camera flash gives only minor fill, but it wirelessly commands many other speedlight sb-800's (with no expensive pocket wizard gadgets to purchase)

I have used the on-camera flash to wirelessly trigger two other sb-800's with my d-200. The only difference with the d-200 is i can dial in an amount for each flash, while on the d-70 the on-camera flash is fixed.

One way to achieve multiple flash cheaply (already owning one sb-800) is to buy another sb-800 and a diffuser (or use the diffusers that come with the sb-800). I find they work pretty good without having to spend a whack of cash on studio strobes.

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