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

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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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  • Shipping Weight: 20 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B003XCDA9A
  • Item model number: SW-400
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 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.

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Customer Reviews

Very solidly built and of excellent quality!
Thomas L
I usually know exactly what i'm getting when I buy it.
Frank Contreras
Great light for outdoor fill, or basic studio work.
James P. White III

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

63 of 63 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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52 of 53 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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Eric Zhang on November 2, 2011
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I bought two and when I received them they came in different colors and slightly different models. I returned one and got a new one but still has a problem. The power adjustment should go from 10 to 60, which is the case for one of them, but the other can only go from 20 to 60. Not a huge deal, but it just shows the QC not very good. Otherwise the monolight is a solid build with good features, a bargain for the price if you get good quality ones.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 31, 2012
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I'm not sure who is in charge of the marketing for Cowboy Studios, but it sucks. I went back and forth about if I should get these lights and now, it was all wasted time as I should have ordered 3 from the start.

There is a lot of feedback about mismatched products. Either those are old and they've fixed it or I was lucky because I ordered one, liked it so much that I ordered another one a couple weeks later, and they're identical. I tested it with my light meter and got a 6 stop range between the 1.0 and 6.0 setting (the period doesn't light up on mine so it looks like 10 - 60). I don't think it really makes a difference though. Here's what I got at a shutter speed of 1/125 and an ISO of 200 with the strobe about 4-5 feet away from the subject on a 45 degree angle:

Setting - F stop
6.0 - f/22
5.0 - f/16
4.0 - f/11
3.0 - f/8
2.0 - f/5 (instead of 5.6 which would have been a full stop)
1.0 - f/2.8 (it skipped 4.0, but the variable dial is step-less so I'm sure I could have dialed in 4.0, 5.6, and anything in between if I cared).
Note - one strobe was 1/10 of a stop off of the other one at every setting. So at least it was consistent.

This gives me the range I need. The recycle time is pretty good, especially on the lower settings. On lower settings (3 and below), I can't even time the gap between pressing the shutter and hearing the beep, to signal it's recharged and ready, with a stop watch. That's fast enough for any studio work I do. On 3, I can just shoot away with no problems.
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