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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2012
This is a fun little strobe. I initially planned on using it strictly as a background light in addition to my main studio strobes but I have found it also serves well as a no frills, cheap, lightweight key/main light. It would make a cheap entry for someone getting into off camera lighting. It just plugs into the wall so you don't have to worry about charging/changing any batteries.

To use this effectively you will need a camera with a manual mode that allows you to set aperture and shutter speed. To trigger the flash you can either use your camera's flash or the included sync cord assuming your camera will accept a standard flash sync plug. I took some test shots with a Canon 5D mkII using the included 10 foot sync cord. I found that a shutter speed of 1/200th worked well. Any higher than that and you will start to see part of the picture fade to black because the shutter and flash become out of sync. There is no power adjustment so if you do use this as a main light you will need to control the exposure by changing your aperture, ISO, or distance between the strobe and your subject. I have a light meter but I have found it is just as quick to guess the exposure and take some test shots. There is a hole/screw to insert and secure an umbrella but the stand base is too small to support an umbrella without tipping over. You can fix this by either weighing down the legs or using a larger stand. The adapter/socket can be attached to any light stand with a standard mount.

I have only done a few test shots so I can't comment yet on the strobe's longevity/output power with continued use.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2011
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WOW what a powerful little light. no longer do you need a $1000 package to fill a volume of space. This little inconspicuous light was perfect for stashing into a dark corner of a big beautiful church to help fill my frames with light. I was amazed at how well it worked. Just keep it away from the wall to avoid the "ICE CREAM CONE" effect of the light registering on the nearby walls... lol
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Let's start with what you get (and what each piece is worth):

- A mini light stand, $12

- An AC socket and cord, $6

- A bright strobe, with diffuser, that can be triggered using either light from another flash or the included sync cord, like the Studiohut 45W Master Slave Strobe flash with sync cord , $20

So, the individual pieces are worht $38 and you get them for $10 off.

Is it worth it, you ask? Absolutely, I respond. The light produced is bright and even. The AC cord is long enough that you can get the light well away from a wall. The stand is quite sturdy, well up to the task of holding the light and maybe a small umbrella.

As a rough guide, using this light with the green filter from the Adorama Color Filter Set illuminating a dark beige wall resulted in a correct exposure of f/13 at 1/100 (not that shutter speed matters in this case) for ISO 200 with my camera 12' from the wall. If I want to add extra diffusion (really no need) or possibly drop the light output a stop or two then this set works very nicely with my 25-Inch Umbrella.

And the bonus use... You've probably already guessed. I've found this light, along with either a blue or green filter, when shined on a smooth wall, gives you a "green screen" without the green screen. Using the setup described above with a subject standing six feet from the wall, a NEEWER® 24" 60*60cm Portable Professional Softbox Kit slightly to the front of them and to the side, and my camera six feet further away, results in great chromakey images. I can drag them into FXhome Ltd PhotoKey 5 Pro and get the background removed perfectly in well under a minute.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2011
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Dont just think about this as a background light
I recently used this at a big wedding for a fill light on large groups shots .
I've also been using this as a second light in the studio for portraits
You will not be disappointed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2010
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Nice, does what is should to illuminate the background. You definitely should get the gels to go with it to add color.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2013
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Worked great for me....with a bit of effort....
I wanted a strobe to do some home smoke and macro photos.
Worked great and for the money you cannot beat this. Yes, there are no advanced settings. Yes, there are no instructions. I did take some rather spectacular smoke photos using this though. I googled and youtubed until I found the info that I needed. Took about an hour or two as I'm kind of a photography newb and didn't exactly know what I was looking for but I eventually figured it out.

Here are some tips for Pentax K200 users.

1) You will need to get a hot shoe adapter to connect to the strobe.
Pentax Hot Shoe Adapter 2P - for PC Connection with SF, PZ & ZX Series Cameras worked for me. Amazon sells this for about $45. I got mine at bhphotovideo for $30.

2) Assemble the strobe unit. This part is self-explanatory. No more
difficult than setting up a tripod, really. There are some instructions at
the cowboy studio web page for this part.

3) Once assembled take a look at the head of the unit. I'm calling it the head but there may be another name that I'm unaware of. I'm referring to the part that holds the flash bulb. On the side of the head there is a red button. About an inch to the side above the red button is a hole for inserting the cord that connects the strobe to your K200.

4) This head unit is, roughly, a cylinder. On one end is the flash bulb itself. At the other end is the screw in socket part that
connects the head to the tripod stand thing. On this screw in socket part there is a switch that turns the unit on and off. It looks kind of like
a light switch that could be used on a kitchen stove light. Looks exactly like the button for my stove light, in fact.

5) Take the hot shoe from 1) and attach it to the top of your K200.
It may not be immediately evident how to do this but play around with it.
There is really only one way that it slides in and works. Google dslr hot shoe and look at the pictures if you need to.

6) Plug in your strobe unit to your home electrical socket. Turn it on using the oven light switch described above. Look at the bulb. When turned off but plugged in there is an orange light showing. When turned on and plugged in
there is an orange light and a green light showing. We want it to be turned on so we should have the orange and green light showing at this point.

7) Okay, now for the first test. Turn the bulb away from your eyes/face towards the wall, maybe. The unit is now plugged into your wall electricity and the bulb is showing both the orange and green lights. Press the red button mentioned in 3). The strobe should flash. Horrah.

8) Turn on your K200. Switch the dial to manual mode and make sure that flash mode is on. This is done from the fn menu.

9) Connect your camera to the strobe as follows. Using the cable included
with the unit, plug one end into the hole on the head of the unit that is about one inch away from the red button. Take the other end of the cable and plug it into the hot shoe that is now attached to your K200. There is only one way this works as the plugs on the cord ends are of totally different types.

10) Now you're ready to go. Take a picture. The strobe should flash. Horrah horrah.

Hope this helps. For non pentax K200 users the setup should be similar but
not sure about the hot shoe part.

Peace.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2011
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If you are going to use this a supplemental flash it is great. If you are using as a addition to a strobe setup it just isn't bright enough to wash out a white background - or to color a dark one with the color filters (that do fit).

It is good enough to knock down shadows - but not to wipe them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2011
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This is just what I was looking for. An easily portable light for backgrounds with a stand. It goes together and comes apart easily and is just what i needed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2013
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this little $28 backlight is a steal. and it's perfect! so compact, simple and easy to use, you just plug it in, and when it sees your flash, it fires too.

it's nice and small and goes great with my little travel speedlight umbrella kit setup. the perfect backlight to accompany my speedlights in the front. it sees the speedlights, and it fires with them.

ignore the folks on here who gave it one star. they all either got a broken item shipped to them, or they couldn't figure out this VERY SIMPLE STROBE, so they gave it one star. ridiculous. i highly recommend this deal!
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2011
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This review is one of those "for the money" types... these are really good "for the money".

No, they are not Alien Bees or Einstiens or higher end lights, but they do work. They recharge very slowly so you need to not blow through them or over heat them.

Other than that, they are fine.

Just buy it, you know you want it :)
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