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    CFL lighting

    On eBay I came across this set for just about $ 200 (incl. shipping).

    I wonder if there is anyone with experience with this particular seller and these lights.
    How would 2 x 4 x 50W CFL work out. I am not a professional and would like this as additional light for my small object photography (and maybe the odd portrait).

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    they will be very very weak in terms of lighting the subject and the lighting will be less appealing than using studio strobes against a back drop

    but if you are using it primarily on a casual and fun basis, 200 bucks plus shipping is not bad!

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    mmm .. for product stuff maybe, but people photography .. no, I wouldnt.

    Youve already got a couple of nice flash options in your sig so Im a bit confused as to why youd be interested in spending money on these things.
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    G'day Henk

    From a qwik look at the ref site, I feel "a bit both ways" here

    SO -
    2x lamp units is okay
    each lamp unit has 4 bulbs

    As I understand it, these fluoro bulbs have an equivalent output equal to "double the old bulbs" ... so 4 x 50w here gives the same as 4 x 100w of the old bulbs ... therefore you are shooting with an equivalent of 2 light units each giving the equiv of 400watts of output

    From experience, 400watts of light is okay for home use / small use, as to using ISO-400 for a decent exposure as well.
    Sure - flash is superb, quick & often quite powerful, but expensive when compared with this option

    Your sig says that you have several flash guns available - okay for lots of things
    If you want some floodlights, go & get these and give them a good going over
    If the really don't suit you, then I'm sure that you can find another use for them

    Go for it and have fun
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