21st October 2004, 03:02 PM
Bowens or Visatec Studio lights?
Can anyone give me some advice on the 2 brands of lighting?
Would like to know from users what they think of the light quality, reliability and after sales service/parts availability for the 2 brands.
What are the wear and tear costs usually associated with Studio light maintenance? Is it just a change of bulbs only?
Would appreciate any recommendations for a good book on studio potrait and product photography. Thanks.
21st October 2004, 06:10 PM
anyone care to give some input??
21st October 2004, 06:37 PM
I have 4 Bowens, no Visatec. Bowens light output are ok, consistent, some would say a bit hard/harsh. The unit itself is reliable, sometimes drop on the floor also can survive (very common in studio someone will trip the wire/cable). After sales service is provided by a local shop Ruby, if under warranty the repair if free, if out of warranty there is a repair charge around %80-$100plus.
The usual maintainance cost is the modeling light bulb, I am a heavy user so may not apply to u. My light bulb burnt almost once a month, the replacement is abt $7-$21, depends on wattage.
The flash tube seldom fail, it lasts a long time.
However, after buying the flash light/softbox/stand, you would still need to buy "a lot of" accessory, some examples:
- barn door
- colour gel
See my gallery for more examples.
22nd October 2004, 10:02 AM
Anyone using Visatec? Care to give some comments?