Strobe Studio Flash Light Kit 900W - Photographic Lighting - Strobes, Barn Doors, Light Stands, Triggers, Umbrellas, Soft Box
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- Professional Studio Lighting Kit 900W
- This professional kit is perfect for advertising products, photo-art, industrial, scientific and technical photography and much more!
- 100% BRAND NEW
- Three 300W lights and tons of accessories
- Imported from USA
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I'm an experienced photographer and I wasn't afraid of buying this... I've used the same kit before and the results are great.
So, let me be clear with these things.
1. If you're an amateur or a beginner, this would be great start-up kit (even more than what you need, It's always better to work with natural light when you are starting, and first learn all the light and photo theory, learn how to use the camera, and basic accesories properly)... But if you buy this, don't be afraid of the reviews that say "Where's the instruction manual?"... "The instruction manual it's absolutely neccesary".. "I'm dissapointed because I don't know how to use this thing"....and that kind of bullsh... The kit is REALLY EASY to use and set-up. Anyway, this DOES COME with a manual (I attach the photo of the instructions manuals).
2. Also, don't be afraid of the reviews that say: "The light set on fire"... "this is dangerous"... "bad product because I don't know how to use it and I set that thing on fire"... (more bullsh...) .. Like ALL the photographic equipment (even Nikon D4x, Canon Mark V, Hasselblad... Because if you use it wrong, in a beach or with high temperatures... the sensor is going to overheat) It's a delicate piece of equipment and you have to be careful. If you use your light kit in outdoors... Try to make it in a season where the weather is fine (I'm in Colombia, the climate here is stable all the time.. we don't have seasons and because our height above sea level, we're always around 15°C and 22°C.. Our only problem with weather is when it rains) But if you're going to work in summer, Try to do you shooting sessions indoor or keep your lights cool trying not to use the modeling lamp. Also, there's a lot of people complaining about good temperatures and setting in fire their strobes. well, If you keep the modeling lamp ALWAYS on, obviously something is going to set on fire (basic physics... duh...) Try to use the model lamp ONLY if it's strictly neccesary... (this kind of indications are more than obvious... and this is written in the first page of the instructions manual)... Even Elinchrom lighting kits may set on fire if you're not careful enough (and smart enough) To use this kind of equipment (Conclusion, if you don't know how to use this... do some research first... and treat your photographic equipment like your girlfriend / boyfriend... be delicate.)
3. "Cheapish feeling" (Actually, I saw a review with that...) Really?... Do you want to feel expensive? Or do you want to take great photos? ... It's the photographer, not the equipment.... And the equipment doesn't make a good photographer. It helps, but it doesn't make you better... You don't need Elinchrom to be a great photographer.
4. I saw a lot of reviews where people sent the packages back... Didn't recieved what they expected... the package was incomplete, etc. My shipping wasn't different. First, they sent a package with the strobes, only one umbrella and barndoors... I wrote the seller (Bestlight) And next week, they sent another package only with the bag (that pissed me off a lot) So, I wrote again the seller asking for: Softbox, light stands and wireless receiver/trigger... They answered that they didn't have softbox, so they refunded me for that, but they sent the rest of the package just in time and that was great (To other people, the seller didn't even answered.... But I'm happy because at last, I received all my equipment (And even with that issues, before the estimated delivery time).. So my seller was not that bad, at least they gave me a solution.
5. About the light stands.. Yes, they are very lightweight... But it is helpful... If someone accidentally kicks one, It will balance easier and give you time to response and catch it before it falls (but for outdoor, it's better to use heavier light stands, the wind can take these ones easily down)
6. About the trigger/receiver set... Don't expect One trigger, three receivers (Obviously, it would be more expensive)... It only comes with one trigger, one receiver and you can use the other two strobes with no problems.... You can set them to "slave" so, they will trigger when the one with the wireless receiver does.... Or, you can sync the other two strobes with the INCLUDED sync cords (There's a sync cord included with each strobe)
Conclussion, this is a great piece of equipment at an excellent price... Be delicate and careful with your investments like this one... Be careful with sellers, mine was Bestlight and the issues were minimal. And don't believe all the reviews...
Everything was well packed, but one of my strobes was dead on arrival. Sent it out, received it back in about a week. The plastic on everything is about average to better quality, nothing to call home about, but it gets the job done. I'll go down a list of the items.
The strobes are adequately powerful for shooting through an umbrella or softbox in sub-7 ft distances at around 1/200 and f/8 at minimum power. The dial in the back has a 2-stop variability. This is NOT a lot of latitude when shooting, but it's not a make-or-break kind of thing for me. I calculated this simply by shooting at f/8 on minimum power and checking the histogram until it matched up, and it matched at f/16 and full power, thusly, 2 stops. You can't turn the beep off, which kind of pisses me off sometimes, but what can I say? I have no idea if they're actually 300 w/s, but they work for me.
The stands are a bit flimsy, but I like it, and I'll tell you why. With my heavy strobes and heavy stands, if someone accidentally kicks the stand, that strobe is toast. With these, they're thinner and the flex slightly, making it actually self correcting if you accidentally kick it; it just slides on my hardwood floor, a combination of the light weight and flexibility of the stands.
The umbrellas are cheap and small, but they work. I already had a few umbrellas, so I usually use them.
The barn doors suck. I ordered an extra pair, but they don't control light as well as they could. You would probably be better off with a homemade gobo contraption or a snoot, depending on the light you want. Gels work, but they're pretty cheaply made. The honeycomb actually works really well compared to the rest of them.
Softboxes are good, but they are a pain in the ass to assemble, as are all softboxes. They work pretty well and there are two of them, one rectangular, the other a square.
The bag is high quality, and slightly modular inside, with velcro dividers. The is padding everywhere except the bottom, which pisses me off, because that's where the back of the strobe or the front will usually sit.
The wireless transmitter is decent, it fired from inside a box, another room, etc. Not sure what the limitation is. I personally avoid using it because it has a maximum sync of like 1/160ish, at higher shutter speeds the bottom part of the frame won't expose completely. My onboard flash triggers up to 1/200, so that's the maximum with just the onboard flash, but it is possible to use shutter speeds up to 1/4000 and probably 1/8000, you just need to use a speedlight to trigger it and have FP sync on. I have a Nikon d90 and an SB-600, and while higher shutter speeds rob the strobes of power, because they don't get all the light out in that fraction of a second, it's nice to have the ability to freeze action when the ambient light is high too.
So basically, the breakdown is this:
CHEAP - you won't find this power this cheap ANYWHERE else (an Alien Bees B800, 320 w/s, is $280 on it's own, with nothing else!)
Lightweight - I do location lighting sometimes, and I hook these up to a 1000w/1200w peak generator. You appreciate the plastic they use when you're lugging it around all day.
Decent customer service.
2-stop range on control on the back, Alien Bees have a 6-stop range.
Cheapish feel sometimes.
No ability to turn off recycle beep.
Radio trigger has low sync speed.
Anyone with more questions can just post on this and I'll try and get back to you. Lord knows no one answered me before I bought these...cheers!