I have 2 SB-700 that get very little use, an SB-800 that gets a lot more as it is more powerful and can connect to a power pack, and a hensel porty lithium 1200.
I take children's portraits, events, school and sports photos (link in sig).
I just realised that if I sell the two SB-700 or 1 and the SB-800 (w/ pack) I will have almost enough for a CL-180 (https://www.cheetahstand.com/product-p/cl-combo.htm
), well kind of.
The CL-180 is manual only, but a lot more poweful. They may also release a CL-360 at some point which should be twice as powerful.
Do you think this is a good idea?
I use a D800 plus an SB 900 and for on camera flash
and 2 or 3 SB 900s in soft boxes or umbrellas with PWs for off camera
I use a cheap Nikon copy external power packs
i love CLS and would hate to back to manual flash
but if you don't use/ need CLS I would looks at the Quantum Qflash TRIO or if you really need some power, a Profoto studio flash and battery pack
Make sure to research the Cheetah lights - I looked into them and found a bit of a mixed bag - mainly due to long term use quality. Did look like a really good option though.
TTJ - good points. The problem is I can't spend time adjusting numerous lights separately. ATM I'm like click, click shoot shoot, chimp, click shoot shoot chimp (where the clicks are adjustments).
I would look very carefully at the specs of the Cheetah. Your two SB-700's put out more light than one Cheetah, it would appear from the specs. And combing the SB-800, some Pocket Wizards....then a silver umbrella or even a home made diffuser for your SB-700's, you can probably do the same thing for less money as it is shown in the video. If you want big power...go for 110v units. And a simple gas generator can provided power. My thoughts only....
I don't like the light mods that go on speedlights. The bare bulb and range of mods as well as the extra power make the CL-180 attractive.
Though joining the two SB-700 in some way is an option.
I currently have about 50 AA batteries, and keeping a track on how charged they are is also an issue.
... And no time to use them.
sevencrossing; Hensel is German made and available in the UK from linhof studio and aj's. The lithium porty was pretty much the top of the line portable lithium pack until the broncolor move was released.
Thanks for everyone's advice. Keep it coming. The reason I am asking on here is I figure you guys will try and convince me to stay with the Nikons, while I am leaning the other way, so we should get a good balance of opinion.
They are useful as little ambient and hair lights and I would miss them for this. They are also good if I need to get down to less than 1/128 as I can use ttl. The CL-180 being too powerful up close could be one of it's biggest issues.
Having more than one flash especially 3 or 4 in a box is hardly making use of CLS. I would much rather have one light than four acting as one and have the hassle of 16 AA batteries with no reliable battery low reading, then have to try and muck together attachments because flashguns are not designed to take mods.
More equipment = more things to lose. This is a major for me as I work alone and have already lost quite a few bits of kit.
what I really need is a D4 but can only afford a D5000
can I get a f 2.8 super telephoto for under $1000
I would like a D800 but cant afford the computer to go with it
may be once year we should run a lottery
we all put in $100
then, one of us has his wish fulfilled
as ever, don't take me too seriously
go through the last couple of pages.
I am more convinced than ever.
What interests me is the 360 is now released with the hotshoe foot as a modular included add on.
There is also that nifty two-to-one cable that gives the CL-180 a 1.2 second recycle and the 360 an amazing 2.3 second recycle.
Although these are interesting, more due to the portability and power, and not to take anything away from them, I have reserved to myself to get a Einstein E640 or similar if/when the need arises for more power. For portability, the SBs work so far for me. I have 2 Yongnuo YN568EX in my Amazon "cart" for a month now and just waiting to get paid for a job to get those. At $190 a pop with the power of the SB900 they seem to be a heck of a deal. Best 3rd party sb900 like flashes I have seen yet. Big key is that they have the high-speed-sync, most others don't at all. My thought has been to get a Phottix Odin system with receivers for each of the YN568EXs and the rest of my flashes. YN568EX + receiver = $310 which is a great price for a radio wireless flash.
Too many things I need, and mother nature keeps ripping brollies, and breaking light stands, putting diffusers into bushes to be ripped, and kids ripping a backdrop - heck of an expensive month so far. Hopefully I'll be able to pick up one of the YNs up to try next month.