Cheap eBay lights.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ABOUT THE REALLY CHEAP LIGHTING KITS YOU CAN FIND ON EBAY? I CAN FIND AN ENTIRE THREE-LIGHT KIT WITH LIGHTS, STANDS, AND MODIFIERS FOR ABOUT THE SAME PRICE AS ONE NAME-BRAND LIGHT ALONE.

A: Most of that cheap eBay stuff is garbage. You get what you pay for in photography. I have found that there are things that are cheap and there are things that are inexpensive. You could end up spending thousands of dollars on cheap gear before you found the things that are inexpensive. What’s the difference? “Cheap” ends up not being worth the money you spent. “Inexpensive” is actually finding a good deal.

Cheap things fall apart, break, or are so quirky you can’t deal with them. Inexpensive things don’t cost a lot ...

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