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nicolesy
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Posted Wed Sep 13, 2006 4:59AM

I am going to be purchasing some studio lights (probably alienbees), and have a question on which ones to get.  Can anyone explain the different situations you would need an 800ws vs. a 1600ws strobe?  I don't just want to get the less powerful set because I am a "beginner" at studio lighting or because it is less expensive, but would rather get what matches my needs.  I'm just not sure how much more light a 1600ws can provide that an 800ws can't.

(I will be shooting people, head and full body shots, in a small in-home studio, and plan on getting at least two lights.)

Thank you for your help  
billcourtney42
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Posted Wed Sep 13, 2006 5:05AM
Basically 1600 gives you one more stop of light over an 800
Depending on how far you can turn the 1600's down you may find they are stronger than you will want in a lot of situations.. If you plan to use Umbrellas or Soft boxes they will cut down on some of the light so the stonger lights might be the best choice... Unless you are useing a diffuser of some sort over a reflector you will probably find the lights to harsh to use direct so that will cut down on light output also.. A lot depends on how far you will have to put them from the subject.. There are a lot of variables. Personally I would go for the more powerful unit.
sjlocke
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Posted Wed Sep 13, 2006 5:25AM
Most people find the 800s are fine for their needs. Unless you're shooting a group of 50 from 20 yards away ....
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Posted Wed Sep 13, 2006 7:48AM

If you are shooting in a small studio, the AB800 is enough.

If you are occasionally shooting in a large ballroom, the AB1600 is handy. 
BMPix
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Posted Wed Sep 13, 2006 9:18AM
I use old Bowens 200 joule units. These are adequate for full length and small groups, and more than powerful enough for headshots. They are however a bit limited for larger groups. 800J with an output control should be adequate for a studio, especially a small one.
nicolesy
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Posted Wed Sep 13, 2006 10:16AM
Thanks for all of the replies!  You've been very helpful ...
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