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    Default Should I buy JinBei Mini Studio Lights

    Yesterday I was At PP...

    saw this JinBei...Mini Studio lights.

    Being an amateur, Wasnt very sure whether is it a good buy....
    its retailing at $499 ....

    Basically, need to seek your opinions of whether Jin Bei provides sufficient lights for Photo Shoots...

    This following is without Jin Bei Light..

    This is with Jin Bei Light....

    Hope to get some opinions..

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    Quote Originally Posted by richliow
    Yesterday I was At PP...

    saw this JinBei...Mini Studio lights.

    Being an amateur, Wasnt very sure whether is it a good buy....
    its retailing at $499 ....

    Basically, need to seek your opinions of whether Jin Bei provides sufficient lights for Photo Shoots...

    This following is without Jin Bei Light..

    This is with Jin Bei Light....

    Hope to get some opinions..
    Had u tried using a normal flash?

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    Default Re: Should I buy JinBei Mini Studio Lights

    from pics, i think you need more than that... i suggest you go for course... learn the basics then get the lights.

    btw, you using a prosumer camera? cos i see very prominent vignetting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt
    from pics, i think you need more than that... i suggest you go for course... learn the basics then get the lights.

    btw, you using a prosumer camera? cos i see very prominent vignetting.
    I am using D70S

    chim, whats a prosumer camera?

    and what is vignetting?
    Last edited by richliow; 26th October 2005 at 03:22 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blurblock
    Had u tried using a normal flash?
    dun have a chance..
    basically, the studio lights are sensor driven....
    they trigger each time i trigger my own flash....

    and i also paiseh to ask the shopowner to switch it off.

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    let me try. i am no expert. prosumer is between professional and consumer.

    vignetting is something like what one can see from your first photo. 4 corners are darker in tone. causes of vignetting are numerous. cannot tell the actual cause in your photo.

    btw, why do you think a jinbei light/s can 'solve' your lighting problem?


    Quote Originally Posted by richliow
    I am using D70S

    chim, whats a prosumer camera?

    and what is vignetting?
    Last edited by reachme2003; 26th October 2005 at 09:23 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richliow
    I am using D70S

    chim, whats a prosumer camera?

    and what is vignetting?
    haha, very cute.
    prosumer = professional + consumer
    vignetting = a bad thing
    Last edited by michhy; 27th October 2005 at 05:40 PM.

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    actually i am also quite interested in this set of lights....ard $500 rite?

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    Quote Originally Posted by reachme2003
    let me try. i am no expert. prosumer is between professional and consumer.

    vignetting is something like what one can see from your first photo. 4 corners are darker in tone. causes of vignetting are numerous. cannot tell the actual cause in your photo.

    btw, why do you think a jinbei light/s can 'solve' your lighting problem?
    err...duh ...i basically want to learn how to shoot and make the product look glamorous and sexy and sleek ..... and so the naive me , tot a mini studio can create that kind of effect..
    so first timer me...encountered Jin Bei for the first time, so asking around to see whether can garner any comments on Jin Bei

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    Quote Originally Posted by richliow
    err...duh ...i basically want to learn how to shoot and make the product look glamorous and sexy and sleek ..... and so the naive me , tot a mini studio can create that kind of effect..
    so first timer me...encountered Jin Bei for the first time, so asking around to see whether can garner any comments on Jin Bei
    simply put lah... the pics doesn't do justice to the lights... or the tent as well...

    thats y i recommend u go class 1st... learn how to use the lights instead of buying it, else u might end up like me trying to figure out for a year...

    and you also have to get a light meter (optional), a wireless trigger (RF prefered), bomb stand, transparent \ translucent \ studio table. there is alot of things to get...

    then also, need to learn how to place light to prevent washout like your 2nd pic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt
    simply put lah... the pics doesn't do justice to the lights... or the tent as well...

    thats y i recommend u go class 1st... learn how to use the lights instead of buying it, else u might end up like me trying to figure out for a year...

    and you also have to get a light meter (optional), a wireless trigger (RF prefered), bomb stand, transparent \ translucent \ studio table. there is alot of things to get...

    then also, need to learn how to place light to prevent washout like your 2nd pic.

    err is it possible to buy first, then learn as i attend the course?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragos
    actually i am also quite interested in this set of lights....ard $500 rite?
    499 before GST

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    Default Re: Should I buy JinBei Mini Studio Lights

    If u just want to shoot product then maybe a light tent and yr handheld flash is a cheaper alternative. This photo was taken with a light tent and Nikon D100 with SB80DX.

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    Default Re: Should I buy JinBei Mini Studio Lights

    what is bomb stand har?

    I only use boom stand leh, can or not har?

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights
    what is bomb stand har?

    I only use boom stand leh, can or not har?
    paiseh lah, suddenly got the urge to bomb something...

    hmm boom boom go shake the room...
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    hi richliow, for ur info, jinbei is a china made brand.
    All studio lights can produce sufficient light or insufficient light, depending on how u use them.
    Difference between Jinbei and other brand is that their tone variation is much higher.Thus the lighting is not that consistent. Of course, it's the cheapest so u can't hiam too much.

    Anyway, having lights is not enuff. You need a decent lightmeter ( $400), a couple of softbox( more $$) and stands to start with. Then, there are tonnes of other accesories which can set u back by thousands of dollars. PLUS you need space.

    A light tent might be easier.

    I think DON'T buy first. Try renting a studio and play with the lights there first. Alternatively, go for some course first. ( try SLCC...haha, Joanne, must thank me hor, i am advertising for you). I'm interested in learning too. Maybe we can go rent a studio together and play play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosycatus
    hi richliow, for ur info, jinbei is a china made brand.
    All studio lights can produce sufficient light or insufficient light, depending on how u use them.
    Difference between Jinbei and other brand is that their tone variation is much higher.Thus the lighting is not that consistent. Of course, it's the cheapest so u can't hiam too much.

    Anyway, having lights is not enuff. You need a decent lightmeter ( $400), a couple of softbox( more $$) and stands to start with. Then, there are tonnes of other accesories which can set u back by thousands of dollars. PLUS you need space.

    A light tent might be easier.

    I think DON'T buy first. Try renting a studio and play with the lights there first. Alternatively, go for some course first. ( try SLCC...haha, Joanne, must thank me hor, i am advertising for you). I'm interested in learning too. Maybe we can go rent a studio together and play play.

    hmmmwhere'sSLCC?

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    Shot with a Canon PowerShot S45

    Light Tent with JinBei Mini Studio Lights.




    File size: 105236 bytes
    File date: 2004:05:07 22:13:37
    Camera make: Canon
    Camera model: Canon PowerShot S45
    Date/Time: 2004:05:07 16:30:17
    Resolution: 800 x 600
    Flash used: Yes
    Focal length: 21.3mm (35mm equivalent: 306mm)
    CCD width: 2.50mm
    Exposure time: 0.017 s (1/60)
    Aperture: f/8.0
    Metering Mode: center weight
    Jpeg process: Baseline




    File size: 124280 bytes
    File date: 2004:05:07 22:13:35
    Camera make: Canon
    Camera model: Canon PowerShot S45
    Date/Time: 2004:05:07 16:28:54
    Resolution: 800 x 600
    Flash used: Yes
    Focal length: 12.3mm (35mm equivalent: 177mm)
    CCD width: 2.50mm
    Exposure time: 0.017 s (1/60)
    Aperture: f/8.0
    Metering Mode: center weight
    Jpeg process: Baseline



    Some Other Personal Collections Shot with the Same Setup....




    Quote Originally Posted by richliow
    Yesterday I was At PP...

    saw this JinBei...Mini Studio lights.

    Being an amateur, Wasnt very sure whether is it a good buy....
    its retailing at $499 ....

    Basically, need to seek your opinions of whether Jin Bei provides sufficient lights for Photo Shoots...

    Hope to get some opinions..

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    are you the guy who spoke to me in East Gear?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon
    Shot with a Canon PowerShot S45

    Light Tent with JinBei Mini Studio Lights.




    File size: 105236 bytes
    File date: 2004:05:07 22:13:37
    Camera make: Canon
    Camera model: Canon PowerShot S45
    Date/Time: 2004:05:07 16:30:17
    Resolution: 800 x 600
    Flash used: Yes
    Focal length: 21.3mm (35mm equivalent: 306mm)
    CCD width: 2.50mm
    Exposure time: 0.017 s (1/60)
    Aperture: f/8.0
    Metering Mode: center weight
    Jpeg process: Baseline




    File size: 124280 bytes
    File date: 2004:05:07 22:13:35
    Camera make: Canon
    Camera model: Canon PowerShot S45
    Date/Time: 2004:05:07 16:28:54
    Resolution: 800 x 600
    Flash used: Yes
    Focal length: 12.3mm (35mm equivalent: 177mm)
    CCD width: 2.50mm
    Exposure time: 0.017 s (1/60)
    Aperture: f/8.0
    Metering Mode: center weight
    Jpeg process: Baseline



    Some Other Personal Collections Shot with the Same Setup....


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