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Inexpensive but not Versatile
on February 16, 2013
These work well with umbrellas, but can NOT be easily adapted to any other kind of reflector. But hey, for 10 smackers what more can you ask? The problem is that I wouldn't use them with an umbrella larger than 24 or 26 inches. It's all plastic construction and pretty lightly made at that.
They get pretty hot using a 250 Watt incandescent photo bulb, so I've stayed with fluorescents instead. As another reviewer suggested, 23 Watt household compact fluorescent bulbs provide very little usable photo light. Go for at least 85 Watts and more if you can afford. One great advantage of photographic compact fluorescents is that their life is considerably longer than conventional bulbs. Sure, you run across to an occasional dud, but when they work, they work a long, long time.
For about a bit more money than this you can get a very similar product, but in a style that take a variety of reflectors. Some of these models are easily recognised by a wooden handle that stick out the back. Worth a few dollars, imho.