20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2010
The whole system works well,super quick to put up and take down. When folded up its thin enough to slip behind my desk. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars..the color backgrounds that come with it are wrinkled and very badly. They are made from nylon with a crushed velvet side, so ironing and running through the dryer without melting the nylon will be annoyingly difficult.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2010
I take photos of my wife's cupcakes and cakes for her business. I was getting tired of setting up the paper background with strobes with attached umbrellas. This is great for quick shots, but if you want to stay out of Photoshop, you'll want to use it with the Novoflex Magic Studio System, Opaque Portable Shooting Surface - 39" x 20". See the photos I have added to the product page there.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2013
First thing- this is not a full cube. You get 4sides once assembled. No floor until you place one of the backgrounds. This wouldn't be a problem EXCEPT the company website has a how-to video that clearly shows this item folding into a complete cube. I even returned the first shipment for a replacement because I thought the damn thing had been assembled wrong in China. For the false video and the trouble of returning the first item, I knock off two stars.
Otherwise, it works fine.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2013
Notice how, in the pictures, there are only 3 white sides showing, then two sides are covered with sort of a blanket thingy, and of course the front side is open. Well, the velvety sheets that come with this box are pretty worthless. They are so wrinkly, you'll never get a smooth white background with them, so they really aren't good for anything unless you're ready to do a TON of post processing - and even that might not work. So that leaves you with a light box with only 3 white sides, which means you've still got to come up with 3 more. I use poster board for this. I just use scotch tape to attach one to the back, then put one on the bottom (rolled up onto the back smoothly so you can hardly notice a seem) and one with a slit cut in it (large enough for a camera lens to peek through) that I tape to the front whenever I'm photographing an object that's reflective. And lately, because there really isn't much to attach the back poster-board to so it's constantly falling, I've been flipping the whole thing over so the top is open and creating a "roof" for it with cardboard and more white poster board. So now I'm building FOUR sides.
I was building light boxes with cardboard and poster-board before I got this thing, and it was just too much work assembling and disassembling it every time I had to use it. And now I find myself still doing quite a bit of assembling, even with this new light box. However, I've got to say it's MUCH easier to build a light box when you've got this thing to use as a frame, so I am still glad to have it to some extent, and I am getting use out of it.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2012
The box is large, but thin, flexible and easy to store. It accommodates large articles, and diffuses light beautifully. As many have said, the accompanying backdrops do have creases or wrinkles, but one side is a non-reflective velveteen, so the wrinkles and folds shouldn't show. I did find there was lint on the newly opened backdrops, so I did have to use a lint remover to prevent having to touch it up in Photoshop. My biggest complaint was that there were no directions. There ARE directions here on the sale sight, and some have said there are directions for folding for storage on the website, but I didn't find them - and MY problem was setting it up. A seemingly simple process, but I wasn't experience enough to know which side was to be up without having to look back on this site to look at the picture.
WARNING: Do not order with the lamps that come with the special offer without noting that the lights (which are better than the the small lights I ordered http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0034TUDD8/ref=oh_o00_s00_i00_details) say the lights ship separately, within 4-6 months). If you have a project that is immediate, you will be very disappointed.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2012
I like this light box. Price was right at only $30, pretty fast shipping. One of the best parts about it is it folds up into a flat square. I can hide it in my closet or behind a table easily. It surprised me with how large it was upon opening.
Like another reviewer I was temporarily perplexed at setup. I didn't think it would be too complicated, but after a minute or so I figured it out. The black part with the 3 pouches goes on the top, having this knowledge really helped out with setup because now I knew what was up and what was supposed to be down.
There's a velvet like surface on one side of the backgrounds but it won't hide wrinkles. You'll have to iron it out. My Ebay items are so cheap I don't care enough to iron it so I just leave them there.
I bought two inexpensive lamps from Walmart (40 watt bulbs) and put them on either side. I don't know if it's my lights that are weak or whether the sides of this unit are thick, but I had trouble illuminating my subject as bright as I wanted. I know this was a complaint with the standard lights that are supposed to come with this unit, which is why I decided to purchase this light box by itself (without the lights).
In the future I'll use my 100 watt lamp on one side to see how much better it fares and maybe do an update to this review. I like to fold up the different color backgrounds and store it in the little pouches on the side of the light box. So convenient. The only thing I would do, is add a carry handle to the top for easier transport. That would have been really nice.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2012
This light tent is easy to set up, folds flat for storage in a few seconds, has velcro in all the right places, and can be used in several different orientations. I needed to photograph some glossy Chinese ceramics, and was very pleased with the results. I've recommended it to my other photographer friends.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2013
I wanted this light tent to be able to easily fold it up and store it, but it isn't worth it. It doesn't actually improve any better than a DIY box made with cardboard and tissue paper and it has some issues.
First of all, there is no bottom section to it, it just sits on the table or floor, which makes it rather unstable. On top of that, the carrying case that folds it up actually ends up forming the backing and then you can either lay it over the top to block the light from that direction or it sort of awkwardly folds up behind it, it's not too bad, but still annoying.
Finally all the backdrops that come with this are worthless. They arrived heavily creased and no amount of ironing could take them out. I washed them all and hung them to dry and it only got worse from the wash. Instead of being creased, they crinkled all over and, again, no amount of ironing could get it out.
I decided to just roll with it because I edited most of the background on the white anyway so that the wrinkles were hardly noticeable. But the material they are made of has an odd velvet feel and it picks up lint like no one's business I find I had to lint roll it between each photo.
Which meant not only was it annoyingly unsturdy and clunky, I needed to either purchase or make new backdrops.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2011
It is large enough for my usage. The products that are photographed in my light box are 20" high. The box has plenty of room for pictures at different angles on all sides. The backdrop colors are nice, although I only use the white. Pictures are clean and crisp. I am not sure how to wash the material, and lightly ironed the little wrinkles out. I have not had any problems to date, and would buy again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2013
i am using profession 'daylight' fluorescent lightbulbs designed for photoagraphy that are the equivalent of 225 watts on each side and one shinning straight down onto the pieces I'm photographing and the light is sooooo weak I have to photoshop the heck out of the images. The sides should have been designed with half the amount of covering so the light would penetrate it. Would have been perfect if you could remove, say with a zipper, a layer of the siding cover as a way of adjusting the amount of light you want. I'm so frustrated:( easy assembly and storage is the best I can say.