I know! Wouldn't it be so much easier if some of the companies standardized speed rings/reflectors/etc. Knowing my luck, I would invest in one brand of lighting, they would go out of business and I would never be able to find the right hardware!
The reflectors may be different, but the speed rings are the same (or, at least, photoflex sells you the same ring for both lights).
I use White Lightning at work but would buy Alien Bees, absolutely.
I think you can visit the factory if you are in Tn. Always heard good things, especially when it comes to repairing and dealing with the factory.
I just bought one recently, and for someone who knows very little about studio lighting, I foung them easy to use. One thing I have heard, however, is the sync cords can go after awhile. So it might be a good idea to keep an extra sync cord on hand.
Has anyone here ever tried the new Alienbee ringlight? It looks VERY tempting in terms of price vs functionality and power (a nice compromise between the mini versions for 35mm and the humongeous studio units).
I am more of a Bowens pack user, and am a bit hesitant to invest into an unknown-to-me system.
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