Will higher usable ISO create a resurgence of small Strobes vs Monolights?
As an event and commercial photographer base in West Palm Beach, FL, I’m continuously replacing old gear with new to increase productivity. Well, yesterday I began searching for a new set of studio strobes as ours are… let’s just say… getting at bit long in the tooth!
Jumped head first into researching which of today’s monolights was not only high quality but also were the best bang for the buck. While reading reviews and of course asking friends and fellow professional photographers, @trevorcurrent, @photojack, @lensflare35, @newmediaphoto, just to name a few, on Twitter — my second home. Quickly it became apparent that this cross section of well-recognized Pros would have answers as diverse as the style of photography they worked in. From Alien Bee to ProFoto and everything in between!
Was I asking the right questions or was there something else that I should be focusing on?
After speaking with Trevor Current of currentphotographer.com , fellow photographer and Podcaster; his answer struck a chord: “…since I shoot mainly small product photography I only need small lights and simply use a couple of 25 watt Lowel Ego compact color balanced fluorescents.”
Now, having allot of experience as professional commercial photographer I immediately questioned him as to how the heck was he shooting with such a small lighting setup?
He simply explained “… I’m shooting around f20 at ISO 2,000 with my 5DmkII and the images look great with very little noise!”
His respond caused an epiphany of sorts and a few new question pop into mind:
Q: As the “useable” camera ISO migrates north will more professionals migrate away from the heavier, less portable and much more expensive monolights in preference of smaller less powerful portable strobes?
and even more importantly…
Q: Will expensive high-powered studio strobe pricing decrease as usable ISO increases?
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