For some time I have been looking at simplifying my lighting, to move everything to a single brand, and more importantly a single trigger, and to make it smaller and lighter.
This idea was motivated by a video I saw on Youtube some time ago by American photographer, Zack Arias. It it he talks about being able to distill his lighting down to a single bag containing a single brand of lights that all ran off of the same trigger system.
That idea sounded amazing! Who wouldn’t want that in their life? Right? On paying closer inspection to the setup that Zack went with I realised that it wouldn’t really work for me as at the time Phottix didn’t have much on offer for FujiFilm users. Also, a lot of the lights just weren’t available in South Africa.
Yesterday Sean Tucker posted a video in a similar vein to the one Zack posted, with the exception that the lights are smaller, lighter, and importantly, available in SA and for Fuji users.
I have been following the Godox brand for some time now and it is shaping into quite a nice system. They really do need to be praised for the leaps and bounds they have made in the past few years.
The setup in this video is pretty close to ideal for the sort of work I do. But, I could even add to it over time by including lights like the AD 400 Pro and/or the AD 600 Pro.
What is impressive is the pricing. If you went with everything in this kit, and even threw in a few extras, the setup would come in under R25,000 from the local suppliers. And, if you just so happened to be in the States you could get the kit for about $1,100 (R15,500), which is less than the price of a single ProPhoto or Broncolor light.
So, what are your thoughts with regards to Sean’s portrait lighting kit or the idea to simplify your lighting down to a single bag of lights? Let me know in the comments below what you think of the idea or if you have found any better options.