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Bare Bulb vs. Speedlight

I'm in the process of changing my flash system to Flashpoint. Requests for head shots have ticked up a teeny bit. I want to upgrade my "Main Light" and modifier. Currently I use a Speedlight with a 24x24 inch softbox.

I have ZERO experience with bare-bulb lights. Am I correct in thinking a bare bulb would fill out a larger modifier (i.e. 36+ inch softbox) than a Speedlight, and *maybe* produce softer lighting? Correct or not, besides my thinking, what else comes with using bare bulb?

Also, if anyone uses a Flashpint Streaklight 360, I would like to know how you like it.

Thanks - Dave


  • Hi Dave,

    Take a look at the super versatile Flashpoint Evolve systems. You get lithium battery without cords. Almost as powerful as a studio strobe. Can be used as bare bulb or regular flash. Everything is there. Then you can try bare bulb vs regular to see what works best for you. I've used both, and could not tell too much. But that was just me. The added plus is they integrate with the whole R2 system and easily portable. check em out. 

  • Neil vNNeil vN Administrator
    Bare bulb ... as in the bulb is bare, i.e. direct?
    Or do you mean the bare bulb in a softbox?  (For then it isn't bare bulb anymore.)

    Anyway, what you need is a stronger light source than a speedlight, and a larger light source than a 24x24 inch softbox.
  • Neil. I meant in a modifier  

    Jay  how does the power of the evolve compare to a speed light? I thought I saw x3?  Do you have any experience with the Streaklight or know anyone who has one?
  • Heres a comparison of all the Godox (Adorama) lights. I have the Evolve 200. It has about 3x the power of my Nikon 910. 

  • Hi Dave,

    As great as the Streaklight is, I prefer lights that do not require a dangling battery pack. The lithium batteries (built in) are the best. However, the streaklight is more powerful. 360 ws. vs the Evolve (I believe 200 ws) and is better priced now. The streaklight will require a "dongle" that plugs in to connect to the R2 radio triggers and the Evolve has it built in. Its just a matter of preference and budget. Personally the Evolve is the way to go in my opinion. It just tic's all the boxes of versatility and convenience. Either way you can't go wrong. 

  • Hi, Jay -

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    I purchased an eVolv200 today, which was in a kit. I thought it was a good deal. Now my questions are about modifiers for bare bulb, and excuse me if the first one is simplistic: can you use a reflective umbrella with a bare-bulb light, or is that a waste? Are they best used in a softbox, "ricebowl", or the like? If I want to use the eVolv200 with an umbrella, is it best with the Fresnel head?

    Unrelated: is there any sort of modeling light to speak of with this unit?

    Thanks - Dave
  • Dave,

    Happy Thanksgiving to you also. Congratulations on your purchase! Using an umbrella with the bare bulb is wasted power. Use the reflector with the bare bulb when using the umbrella or the other head. The modeling light is with the fresnel head only.

  • Dave, looks a nice bit of kit was looking  at the AD200's a while back. Interested to know what you think of it once you've put it through its paces.

  • dbrunodbruno Member
    edited November 2017
    Thanks, Jay. I *think* the reflector comes with it. I'm looking to get a larger, rounder-shaped softbox for headshots, and I know the bare bulb will fill it out better than a Speedlite. But for small group posed shots, I tend to work with an umbrella so I'll get the reflector or snap in the fresnel head.

    Tony T. - I'll let you know how it goes once I get it and play around with it. I've changed my Canon/Yongnuo lighting system to Flashpoint. The speedlights seem pretty sturdy, built-in radio receivers, and not nearly as much money as Canon.

  • edited August 2018
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  • Hi, Marry - What it would be doing is mostly headshots when they come my way.

    Since I posted this, I have also picked up an inexpensive, AC-powered studio light (Flashpoint Studio 400) to play around with. This will now be my main light in a large octabox; the eVolv200 will be my hair light in a smaller softbox.

    I don't do a lot of product stuff, but will check out your link, thanks.

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