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American Recorder SIB-101CS Photo Studio-in-a-Box


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  • Complete photos studio ideal for internet auctions and online catalogs
  • Soft light box for uniform illumination, reduces glare and harsh shadows
  • Versatile two-sided background with blue and grey surfaces
  • Two 2800K tungsten lamps for even color temperature and excellent clarity
  • Fully adjustable aluminum and steel camera stand for ultimate stability
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 18 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0009E3UUY
  • Item model number: SIB-101CS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Photo Studio-in-a-Box is the first and only complete photo studio for under a hundred dollars. This kit contains everything needed to take professional studio quality images: A soft lighting diffusion box, lights, backgrounds and camera stand--all in one package with carrying handle. The Photo Studio-in-a-Box is hundreds of dollars less than competing products and without any sacrifice to quality. With the growth in Internet auctions and online catalogs, the Photo Studio-in-a-Box is the easy solution to great photos.

Soft light box
Featuring a lightweight, easy-to-set-up table-top design, the soft light box uses a specially woven, heat resistant, 100% nylon fiber mesh diffuser, which delivers uniform illumination while eliminating harsh shadows and reflective glare. Folds for convenient storage and travel.

Two-sided background
The dual-sided, blue/grey, non-reflective polyester fabric background provides for contrast with either dark or light objects, as well as creates an infinite field of depth.

High output lights
Two studio quality, high-output 2800K Tungsten lamps provide excellent and even color temperature and clarity. Retractable legs allow for hand-held use. 8-inch height with 8-foot power cord. 110-volt/50-watt, UL listed.

Camera stand
The fully adjustable, high-quality aluminum and steel camera stand eliminates jitters and blurs commonly experienced with hand-held shots. Large legs with skid reduction pads keeps the stand firmly in place. Neck height ranges from 10 inches with extension up to 18 inches.

Product Description

Photo Studio In a Box

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The lamps over heat in minutes and take quite a long time to cool down.
Randall G. Rich
It performs as I expected and I am getting very good looking product shots.
Amazon Customer
This is a nice compact unit which allows easy photographing of small items.
K. Gaston

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2006
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I was not expecting much based on the price but I wanted to see if I could improve my photos for small ebay stuff I wanted to sell. The only down side to this package is that the lights are not very bright. I did not find this to be a big issue since I could just increase the exposure time to compensate. The fact that it all folds up into a neat thin package is really clever. The camera stand surprised me the most, it's thick metal and supported my heavy DSLR and big leans easily without feeling like I was overloading it. It even has a locking ball head to make it easy to make overhead and portrait shots. I also thought the light holders and were clever the way the legs retract into the handle with a spring. They could use a rubber pad on the bottom of the feet because the weight of the cord will pull them off the table. The built in blue or gray fabric background is also a nice feature however, because it must be folded to be stored in the kit, it has a nasty crease in it that shows in your photos. It performs as I expected and I am getting very good looking product shots. Play around with the exposure and be sure to close down the lens or you will get a very shallow depth of field. I also found that setting the self timer in my camera allowed the camera to stop shaking well before the shutter fired.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Randall G. Rich on February 23, 2006
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Upon opening the box and unpacking the lights I noticed parts missing (they had fallen off). The kit is a good idea but this one is quite cheap, the tripod is useless and will not support a DSLR - I tried and no luck as it would not lock. The components were undersized and cheaply made. The fabric is good, not great but good -- the box is difficult to keep square with the small velcro tabs. The lamps over heat in minutes and take quite a long time to cool down. Your better off looking elsewhere.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By CopyliciousSF on May 25, 2006
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The idea of this is great. The light box part is fine (although I would prefer a white background to blue and grey) and the package is slick. It's true you get what you pay for though. The lamps start heating up quickly and smell horribly and cannot be turned off without almost burning your hand. There are extensive warning notes all over the instructions about fire...they must know it runs too hot. Also, the 'camera stand' is awkward and worthless. Just use a regular tripod if you need to get this for a cheap, temporary solution.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Tucker on May 22, 2006
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I have never written a review on Amazon before, and the reason is I have never felt the need. But there really isnt a ton of information out there about this, so I figured a few words may help someone else looking to purchase the SIB-100.

First of all, I bought this item mainly to take pictures of merchandise to sell on eBay and my website. I unpacked it, and without even glancing at the 1 page "manual" I set it up and was taking pictures within minutes. It's very easy to set up. (Look at the picture, then set up. It's a two-step process really.)

I have been taking pictures with it of all sorts of things all night and must say I am mightly impressed. (You can see some of the pictures I took under "customer images")

This item is not designed for your DSLR!. The camera support is not sturdy enough to hold it. However, it works like a champ for my mini-digital olympus 500. The camera stand adjusts in any way you can think of to get just the shot angle just the way you want it.

The backdrop does have a crease in it, howver I noticed I was able to diminish the crease by limiting the depth of field. (using a longer focal length and moving the camera away from the subject)

Other than that minor gripe, this will work prefectly for my needs. The lights get HOT! (As do all photo lamps) so be careful, best just to let them sit a while after you are done using them.

This is the only thing I have seen like it on the market designed specifically for taking pictures of small items all in one kit, and to sum it up, it does the job perfectly. Just make sure you of other camera support arrangements if you choose to use a SLR.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jean-pierre Le Clair on May 1, 2006
I had been shopping for a light tent for some time and had even resorted to making a temporary one out of a hanging file folder frame. Worked so-so but wasn't something I wanted to travel to job sites with.

Saw this at $66 and thought, "Why not give it a shot".

Took it out on a product shoot just after I received it. Works like a champ, looks professional, and transports easily.

The camera stand seemed a little lightweight for my Rebel DSLR until I removed the battery grip.

Overcame the camera shake on long (2.5 second) exposures by using an IR remote shutter release.

This was well worth the investment and I can strongly recommend it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Meeks on January 28, 2007
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I found the materials used and construction of the photo box to be of a very nice quality. The portable design was well thought out. One of my favorite features is the camera stand. This is better than tripod models because it stays out of the way while changing subjects within the box.

The lamps heat up very quickly. They have a very nice broad spectrum. However, in order to keep from melting them I connected them to a power strip and just flick the switch with my foot right when I'm going to shoot the photo.

Otherwise, what I have shot in this studio has come out well. The soft white sides can take glare off of anything. The box is well suited for items as small as pins or as large as a bust with a necklace. This is the least expensive photo studio I came across but I can't imagine a reason to recommend anything else for jewelry photography.
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