Alienbees B800 or Calumet travelite 750

Discussion in 'Studio Equipment and Lighting' started by sic1, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. sic1


    Feb 9, 2007
    Chicago IL
    Alright which one you guys prefer , either one in a soft box for portrait photo's
  2. I always recommend the Alien Bees simply because they are the best value in studio lighting. Avoid the softbox for portraits and get a Large Octobox... you'll get a more natural catchlight.
  3. sic1


    Feb 9, 2007
    Chicago IL
    i read that in another post you had.... i am gonna try the alien bees. From all the posts i have read over the past 48 hours in multiple photo forums i dont think i can can go wrong.
  4. The best value in studio lighting.
  5. jfrancis


    May 8, 2005
    Orlando, FL
    You can't go wrong with the ABs. I just bought my 4th. Great lights at a very decent price. And I too now prefer the octabox for a main light.
  6. I recently got an AB800 and large octabox and couldn't be happier!! Good luck, you won't be disappointed.
  7. snownow


    Jul 13, 2006
    so cal
    Same here, took the advice here and happy i did.
  8. jjdesanto1


    May 1, 2005
    Warwick, N.Y.
    John DeSanto
    Me three.

    Go with the AlienBees.
  9. davidzvi


    Apr 30, 2005
    As I have Travelites for sale all I'll say is that just remember, the AB800's are only 320 w/s. Even the 1600's are only 640w/s. The Travelite 750's are 750 w/s. And the modeling lights are 250-275 watts instead of 100-150 watts as they are on the AB's.

    I'm not saying the AB's aren't good. Many use them with great results, and I have used them. It's just that you are comparing the AB800 and Travelite 750. I want to ensure that you know that the output is not the same.
  10. sic1


    Feb 9, 2007
    Chicago IL
    wow thanks for the info! How much you asking for your lights?
  11. Ruffles


    May 5, 2005
    Rexburg, ID
    I just purchased an Adorama Flashpoint 1820. Cheaper than the AB and more powerfull. I'm very impressed with it's construction and operation. Check them out as well.
  12. sic1


    Feb 9, 2007
    Chicago IL
    those do look nice... and good price. One Travelite goes for 600.00, I got the kit with umbrela, stand and case for 670.00. Only good news my photos have improved 100% over my old strobes so im happy...and broke! Large low profile softbox makes all the diffrence in the world.
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