Strobist Lighting Gear

Speedlite / Flash

The Canon Speedlite 580EX Older but still a crowd favorite. Some of it’s notable features includes, E-TTL (and E-TTL II), has a guide number of 58/191 (meters/feet) at ISO 100 and 105mm focal length. This speedlite works flawlessly and is reliable in any situation.

 

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Canon 430EX II

 

The Canon Speedlite 430EX II features a powerful flash (guide number of 141 ft./43m at ISO 100) with a fast recycling time in a compact, durable body. A one-touch quick-lock mechanism makes it easy to attach or detach the 430EX II from the camera and a metal foot has been added for strength and durability.

Flash controls can now be set through the camera’s LCD screen on compatible EOS Digital SLR cameras. The Speedlite 430EX II is also quieter, recycle time is 20% faster (as compared to the 430EX) and since it is compatible with Canon’s wireless E-TTL, it can be used as an affordable “slave unit”.

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Yongnuo YN-560Yongnuo YN-560 and Yongnuo YN-560 II. A cheap reliable manual flash that can surely deliver. This flash has a power comparable to 580 ex II, it’s got a great build quality that will last a longtime. I’m really happy with this flash. I will post a review when I get a chance. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a powerful, tough, manual flash. Great for strobist setup without breaking the bank.

 

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Sunpak RD2000C Camera FlashCompact, yet powerful flash for Canon or Nikon cameras. The hot shoe base rotates into the flash body so it can fit in your pocket. Also comes with built-in diffuser. This is my favorite flash for Macro Photography, it’s ETTL capable, best of all it is light, small and easy to carry.

 

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Light Modifiers / Diffusers

Rogue FlashBender Kit A very versatile and portable light modifier, this is my new favorite. You can bend a FlashBender into almost any position, and it will assume that shape, staying in position until you reform it. FlashBenders are made from the highest quality materials, including genuine Cordura nylon and genuine Velcro fasteners. FlashBenders’ white reflective surfaces are made from a durable, wipeable, synthetic fabric which has been tested for neutrality so that it won’t alter the color temperature of the reflected light from a strobe. Rogue FlashBenders fit a wide range of shoe mount flash brands, including: Canon, Konica, Metz, Minolta, Nikon, Nissin, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Quantum, Sigma, Sony and Vivitar. Bendable Bounce Card / Flag The versatile Rogue FlashBender Bounce Card can be used either as a reflector to bounce light onto a subject, or as a flag (using either the built-in white surface, or included black fabric attachment) to shield light away from it.

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Demb Flash Diffuser ProThe Demb Flash Diffuser Pro consists of 2 separate parts: a Big Flip-it!, which attaches to your flash, plus a front diffusion panel that goes on the strap of the Flip-it! with Velcro. This is like one of the best flash diffuser I’ve out there, way way better, than Gary Fongs Soup Bowl, the Lightsphere I and II, better than Lumiquest Pro Max. The best light modifier for all around on the go jobs, great for events, indoor & outdoor, fill, bounce you name it.

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Fotodiox 8″x12″ Softbox. This is NOT Plastic, or Paper. It is real fabric softbox for Professional use. It has a Professional appearance, NOT a toy like light modifier. The quality of construction and the diffusion it gives me really top notch. It comes with a zippered bag to keep the diffuser screen clean and the velcro strap is sewn to prevent misplacement. Better than opteka. I also use this when I’m photographing insects, bugs, bees and the likes, I set the flash on a stand and put this on the flash and fire it remotely, it gives me awesome clarity and a great quality of light. I use this mostly for macro.

 

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Cowboy Studio Light Kit.Cowboy Studio Light Kit. Light stands : Versatile, Hardworking & Lightweight; Black anodized aluminum; Max height is 6.1 Ft; Stable & Quick Setup.

 

White Soft Umbrella: This translucent umbrella is a great addition to your studio setup. This umbrella works well to diffuse the light from any flash creating a soft even light for your subject. The lack of a black backing give this umbrella the ability to flash through the umbrella if needed and simulate the effects of a soft-box. Portability is a plus for location shots. This size is good for head shots and small to medium sized products.
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ePhoto Light duty light stand Photography Studio Video light stands WT803BThis light stand with aluminum alloy construction is perfect for studio lights, flash, umbrellas, reflector and background support. It offer sturdy support in the studio and easy transportation to locations shoots. It’s the most popular light stand on the market.

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This is a portable and versatile softbox designed for speedlites and flashes with a hotshoe. The softbox comes standard with an adjustable L-Shaped mounting bracket which can fit practically any flash unit. By diffusing the flash lighting, the softbox creates a perfect and even lighting that allows you to capture picture-perfect shots. It will also reduce blemishes and improve skin tone contrast while delivering super rich coloring, it’s everything you need to produce studio like photography on a more professional level. It also comes includes a carrying bag so you can take this convenient and effective combination to create the desired results you want anywhere you go!

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LumiQuest SoftBox III LQ-119 – Application: To produce the softest possible shadows from a SoftBox capable of on-camera use. Compatibility: Unless otherwise noted, all LumiQuest accessories fit most standard bounce flashes. If in doubt, email us. Note: The unit is large enough to block autofocus assist and interfere with auto exposure UNLESS you are using TTL metering.

 

 

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PT-04 NE 4 Channels Wireless/ Radio Flash Trigger SET with 3 Receivers for Canon Nikon Yongnuo Olympus Pentax Sigma Sunpak VivitarThis is a cheap remote trigger, great for beginners, but I find these product reliable enough for most work. There were a few times that it misfired, but for non critical application this is a great alternative.

 

 

 

 

 

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PocketWizard Plus X Radio Trigger with 10 Channels Set of 2I have since upgraded my flash triggers to this pocketwizard plus x. Excellent quality triggers and really easy to use, plus I love the long range at 1600 feet. I’m about to add another two.
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Impact Convertible Umbrella – White Satin with Removable Black Backing – 45″ This is an Impact 45″ white satin umbrella with removable black backing. Umbrellas soften, broaden, and diminish the light output of any tungsten or flash light source. Umbrellas with a white interior will soften and weaken light more than an umbrella with a silver lining. A white umbrella without a black backing may also be used as a makeshift softbox, although the use of the light will not be as efficient as with a softbox.
Choosing umbrella size is determined by the size of the subject, and the strength of the light supply being used. Choosing an umbrella surface is as subjective as choosing a paint and brush.
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