MF1217 with B2

MF1217 with B2

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Sometimes you just have to show how you do things so you can pass it on. I have here a MF1217 with a B2 Profoto Kit. I have modified the heads using FourSquare Mini Mounts so that they are easily useable in a FourSquare Block and Box. I also have a couple of Manfrotto 026 stand adapters so that I can use umbrella, FourSquare box or a bare head. This kit is easy carry on size no problems local or international. The heads are corded to the small power pack giving you plenty of length to move around.

The beauty is just how compact you can make it and carry on the plane. I could have stuffed more but it would not have been as pretty. Great things come in small packages.

How To Pack And Organize 72 Rechargeable AA Batteries

How To Pack And Organize 72 Rechargeable AA Batteries

Seventy two Sanyo Eneloop Batteries in one compact package

Seventy two Sanyo Eneloop Batteries in one compact packagebatteries showing used and fresh charge

These images should be pretty self explanatory. A Pelican 1060 Micro case and AA battery holders from LightwareDirect.com. (they are in the Cool Tools section). This battery kit lives with my speed light flashes. It’s always there. The nifty thing about using this is that battery will insert either way. So if I insert the battery and the little silver top is showing in the hole ( at the top) it tells me its charged and ready. If the battery is inserted up side down and its showing the flat side (-)  it tells me it needs recharging. Simple but effective. They stay organized and makes traveling easier.

Recent Set – Purple Background Set

Recent Set – Purple Background Set

This is a simple set to replicate the soft light that comes in through a sheer window covering

One of the first set ups using a FourSquare 48. We used the large FourSquare to blast through the hanging drapes from Ikea. I have a Lumedyne head in the box that I modified with a Mini Mount so I could easily slide the head onto the FourSquare mount. With the Lumedyne heads  you could mount four heads if you wanted … just like four speed lights, they are that small! I did not use either of the screens in the front of the box because the drapes were doing the “diffusing”.

The other FourSquare is our key light with two SB 900’s at 1/4 power. The only thing not in the photo is a white bounce board on the right edged up to the wood floor.

Our wall is made up of 1×4’s and luan sheeting braced by a C stand and grip head. All this is easily available at your home improvement center.Makes for a very mobile and interesting set for the studio. After doing this shoot I have found more tidbits at IKEA that are easy on the budget and make for very interesting light modifiers. Have fun and keep shooting.

Belkin Rockstar Sync Cord Splitter

Belkin Rockstar Sync Cord Splitter

Image of a belkin rockstar and four nikon flash speed lights

 

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Thinking outside of the box again … this little device is used to share your  music with friends. It also works great as a trigger hub for  speed lights in a FourSquare box (or your box of choice).  We used only one radio receiver and the Belkin hub.  It worked exactly as expected, great at taking the signal and sending it out to the attached speed lights be it Nikon or Canon or whoever. Using this with optical slaves that have a PC connection, is terrific way to use “old” Canon flashes that did not have a PC connection.

I found this on Amazon for only fourteen dollars. They call it a Belkin RockStar 5-Way headphone splitter. I have been using a custom made splitter, this is a little more funky, but the price savings is great!!!!!

 

B2 and the FourSquare 30″

B2 and the FourSquare 30″

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So here we go… Two FourSquare boxes on with B2 heads the other with two Nikon SB 900’s. What you see is a pretty good comparison on options available for your road kit. I was pretty amazed to see that the two are somewhat equal in output. With todays new sensors and all the the advancements in cameras adusting for 4/10 of a stop is not that much. I just so expected the B2 to blow away the speedlights. Much to my surprise, I was surprised! For money out of pocket solely I would choose the speedlights for the WOW factor for the client the Profotos leave a different impression. I am sure my friend Dave Black, www.workshop-at-the-ranch.com, would be the first to tell you to take the frosted glass off the front of the B2’s. That is exactly what Dave did to his B1’s and I believe he gained almost a full f-stop of light. If any of you out there have the time to check this out for sure with the B2’s let me know I am really curious.

Light being light, I think that the speedlights would be easier to travel with. It seems that most of the B2’s going to the wedding and location shooter who needs that extra punch for the images. However, it really comes down on where and how you want to spend your money. How many options do we have out there that will do the same thing as the speedlights and the B2’s. Amazon has a number of possibilities, Adorama and B&H have their own solutions, Lumedyne, Paul C. Buff and probably more that I can’t think of while typing this.