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any camera heads out there can tell which is the better option between these two options , im leaning towards the electra just cause i'm being given a very good deal by a friend but i still don't know.
NORMAL PRICE + G.S.T (EACH)
SPECIAL PRICE + G.S.T (EACH)
ELECTRA PRESTIGE 400 W
TOKINA AIR LIGHT STAND
TOKINA SILVER ECLIPSE WHITE 45 INCH
ELECTRA SOFT BAG 2X FLASH HEADS
ELECTRA SOFT BAG FOR LIGHT STANDS
Total price + G.S.T will be $1234.00 + G.S.T 15%
thankyou i hope that made sence
"thankyou i hope that made sence"
It didn't make any sense.
Never heard of Electra.
Do they have a website? because I can't find one.
My first thought though is that the Bowens for sure have the capability of running off a battery. Can the Electra's handle DC?
Bowens is a worldwide brand... Electra seems local to you... google doesn't show much for me...
Bowens S-mount is a nice bayonet way of locking in softboxes, many other reflectors, snoots and even a nice ringflash adapter, so yes, the mount is a big deal if you're not just shooting umbrellas or the plain reflectors.
Most newer bowens lights can take a battery pack, and/or you can get a batttery pack from innovatrix that fits most lights, includeing the bowens.
I'd get the bowens, as the extra cost now may be recouped if you ever sell it, they hold their value as long as you're good to them.... NOTE that the bowns flash tubes can be a bit fragile and expensive. If you're getting a used bowens light, check the flash tube for dark grey or brown discoloration near the end mounts. Modeling lights are cheap though....
Light stands can often be bought used, from somebody who's bought tons of gear and realizes they don't need it....and umbrellas through ebay.... I'd get a couple of extra cheap umbrellas if shooting outside as they die often if used outdoors....
Bowens are known as Calumet Travelites in the US.... though assistants call them "travel-heavies" because they're not that lightweight.... they are commercially used in Chicago along with Profoto and Speedotron,etc....... so it's a viable pro choice here at least...
One other reason to go bowens is that you can get chinese strobes pretty cheap that use the same s-mount for softboxes/etc.... and not have a compatibility issue as long as all your lights use the bowens S mount. You have no idea how important this is until you want to move a softbox from one light to another easily without a time-wasting delay in the middle of your shoot...
It's possible the Electra lights may user a bowens S-mount, I have no idea, but I'd assume not.....
not to go on forever, but I do like the Bowens S mount because it clicks in a lock lever after you rotate it, kind of like mounting a lens on a camera. Some other mounting methods on some other brands are not nearly as solid, you often feel like the softbox will fall off and hit the model in the head with some brands....