Should I buy JinBei Mini Studio Lights


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richliow

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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.. :bsmilie:
 

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richliow said:
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.. :bsmilie:
Had u tried using a normal flash? :D
 

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

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

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Del_CtrlnoAlt said:
from pics, i think you need more than that... i suggest you go for course... ;p 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?
 

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blurblock said:
Had u tried using a normal flash? :D
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?


richliow said:
I am using D70S

chim, whats a prosumer camera?

and what is vignetting?
 

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richliow said:
I am using D70S

chim, whats a prosumer camera?

and what is vignetting?
haha, very cute.
prosumer = professional + consumer
vignetting = a bad thing
 

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reachme2003 said:
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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richliow said:
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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Del_CtrlnoAlt said:
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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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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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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cosycatus said:
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....




richliow said:
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.. :bsmilie:
 

richliow

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

Simon said:
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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