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Cowboystudio 400 Watt Photography Studio Monolight, Studio Strobe Light with 75 W Model Lamp

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List Price: $150.00
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  • It is a one 400 Watt second strobe light.
  • This strobe comes with 3 colors, red, blue and grey
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Cowboystudio 400 Watt Photography Studio Monolight, Studio Strobe Light with 75 W Model Lamp + CowboyStudio NPT-04 4 Channel Wireless Trigger for External Speelights with 1 Trigger and 2 Receivers (NPT-04+extra receiver)
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003XCDA9A
  • Item model number: SW-400
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 25, 2010

Product Description

Package contents: One (1) professional flash head, power output 400ws (joule) in full
Specifications: Guild No. 64 (ISO 100)
Circle flash tube: Color temperature: 5500K, exchangeable, made by PerkinElmer (Heimann).
Ave. flash bulb life: over 8000 flashing.
Flash power setting: 1/16 to 1/1 full step less variable with separate switch.
Recycling time: 0.5~3.7 sec.
Flash Triggering: Photo cell,Sync cord, and Test button
Power input: 110 volts, 60 Hz.
Modeling light: with on/off switch. Bulb included, E27 socket, up to 100 watt.
Sync.Voltage: DC 12 v.
Cooling fan: Built-in.
Audio signal on/off switch. Beep when ready for flash.
Weight: 3.45kg.
Power cord, sync cord and an extra fuse are included.

Customer Reviews

Very solidly built and of excellent quality!
Thomas L
They use a Bowen mount and the flash mount is a nice sturdy metal with a lock that snaps when in place.
Great light for outdoor fill, or basic studio work.
James P. White III

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

69 of 69 people found the following review helpful By blarg on April 4, 2012
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Before you read the review, I'd like to point out that many of Cowboystudio's products contain five-star reviews written by a ringers - probably the vendor herself. If you look at other reviews written by these users you will notice that all their reviews are for Cowboystudio products, all are glowing 5-star reviews, and the "story" in the reviews are completely inconsistent with each other. While this practice doesn't violate Amazon's policies, it is unethical and misleading. While looking at other Cowboystudio products I have discovered at least two such users with about 30 or so reviews, all for Cowboystudio products, all 5-stars, all absolutely ecstatic about their purchase, and all with inconsistent stories - in one the reviewer claims to be an experienced semi-pro, while in another a first-time photographer. I'm not saying all the products are bad, in fact I gave this one a 5-star review myself and will be buying several more of these heads, I'm just saying buyer beware and don't take reviews for Cowboystudio products too seriously, especially if there aren't too many of them.

now - on with the review.

I was looking for a cheap strobe to play around with. I'm not a pro but I've been shooting for 25 years as a hobby. I have my own darkroom and generally shoot medium format and recently got a digital camera to shoot some pinup photography.

I got this light as an experiment just to see what's possible with a strobe and it worked very well. The light was consistent and plenty strong for a small indoor studio. I also got a couple of wireless sync modules. I had to shoot at below 1/500 sec to get consistent sync, which is fine with me. Since I only got one, I used 85W 5500k CFL's I had laying around for fill light.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Patrick M. Racey on November 3, 2011
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I was doing research on trying to find an inexpensive alternative for a strobe that we would use on a college campus in the photo dept. Budget is always a concern and I wanted an inexpensive light that would serve us for head shots, more serious environmental portraits, occasional product shoots, and whatever else comes up.

I bought this after reading many reviews and some guy that blogged about it. I found the light to be everything that was advertised. I was looking at Alien Bees as an alternative but the big drawback for me on all their stuff is their build construction as it pertains to how the speed rings attach to the front of the units. You can't use a very large light bank with any WL or AB product as if it's too heavy (or windy) the bank will tear right off the front of the strobe, sometimes taking with it the flashtube and modeling light.

These are built right with all metal hardware where it connects to the stand, and it uses a standard Bowens reflector attachment which is more than solid. I've already tried using a 4x8' bank on it with no problem.

So, I like everything about these units and would consider their more powerful models as well after shooting with this one for a few days. My only negative is the claimed power output is probably half of what it really is. These are 200-300 w/s at best, which is fine for the use I need them for. I did shoot an engagement portrait the other day of a couple standing in front of a small pond in the woods and it barely gave me enough fill for the sun which was low in the sky. It worked but I had to move the bank towards them more than I might have. But it did work... This is not the product to use shooting portraits on the beach in full sun or on the side of a glacier at noon...
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Kurtis M. Miller on August 19, 2012
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EDIT AT THE BOTTOM*** The cheaper 300 Watt light I bought along with this one is easily brighter at full blast. This light is built quite well, but if you use a really big light modifier (like a 70 inch octagon softbox) do not count on the plastic handle on the rear to do the job you expect it to. Mine, after one use, is showing signs of breaking off and it actually flexes the rear control plate in a sure to soon make this into a paperweight kind of way.

The Bowens style mount is nice but know that when you buy this monolight you will need to have at least a "Bowens Standard Reflector" (search it) attached to the front unless you want your barebulb hanging out there.

So after all that griping... I like the cooling fan, digital power output, features for slave selection and audible ready. The lower mount has no problem holding a lot of weight, and the head shows no sign of failure from large softboxes dancing on it.

Worth the price? Sure but know what you are buying and accept its short comings.

***EDIT*** mine has just broken free of the stand. The 3 screws held just fine it was the plastic housing that finally gave-way. Photo posted in the contributed section.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James in MPLS on January 10, 2013
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This is an UPDATE to my earlier review (below).
After my 3rd photo shoot with these lights, two of the three I own failed.
I believe the flash tubes died on them. I thought the item description "Ave. flash bulb life: over 8000 flashing." was a mistake. It wasn't. After about 8000 shots, the light dies.

Since my other studio lights (different brands) have flash tubes that last in excess of 60,000 flashes, I am disappointed that the light is dead, and I can't find anywhere to order replacement flash tubes.

ALSO - I did some more testing for output - and the light intensity (in camera exposure) is about half of what other 400 WS lights deliver.

Dropped my rating from 4 stars to 2 stars. Too bad - they were fun little lights while they lasted.

********************** PREVIOUS REVIEW ***********

For the price and the features, the CowboyStudio 400 Watt Photography Studio MonoLight with 75 Watt Model Lamp is an EXCELLENT buy.
They would be ideal for someone doing product and still life photography where small setups are shot as well as for small studio headshot portrait and half-length shots are taken. They do not have as bright of an output as other 400 W/S monolights, and the slow recycle times will frustrate photographers shooting live action or fashion. OVERALL - a strong recommended BUY for photographers on a budget. I plan to buy a few more units in the near future.

I've purchased and used 3 of these units for photo shoots on location to avoid tearing all my lights down in my commercial studio (that setup has 7 AlienBees of different power outputs). I use them mainly for doing family portrait shoots (in homes of clients) and for boudoir shoots in hotels.
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