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on May 8, 2014
I did a class recently in Atlanta showcasing what you could do with a cheap strobe nowadays and bought this one. The bottom line is it works well and you can get amazing results, but don't expect much from the build quality.

I found the strobe plasticy to the touch, the umbrella holder is tension based and not screw based, and adjusting the tilt of the light very clackity. If held at certain angles the Phottix II stratos used to trigger the light for the class didn't fire the light, so don't know if there's an issue with the sync port or not, just happened consistently.

During use those the light worked extremely well and produced consistent results. I've attached a few shots from the event up to show the results you can get using this $50 light, a $30 umbrella modifier, and a $20 craigslist special 100-200 lens.

At $50 I would say this is a no brainer of a buy for anyone interested in starting studio lighting, or having an extra light as a kicker or a hair light. It works well and delivers for the price.
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on August 28, 2010
When I was buying this item I looked on every website to find any review of this producted, but there was none. Any ways hope this will help you guys if you want to buy it.

Let start with the carrying case, you would love the quality of the carrying case, enough space to carry the gear and even space for extra storage, the material is really nice.

The softboxes come in two sizes 50x70 and 60x60, there is no instruction manual so you will have to figure out y ourself how to assemble it, but dont worry its not very difficult to assemble the soft boxes. The site says one of the umbrellas is silver and one in black, but i received two silver umbrellas 33" the barn door is so easy to assemble and with different colours.

The materials does not look cheap at all, the stands are stable, the flash re-cycle time in full power is about 8-9 seconds and in half power it takes about 4 seconds to recycle.. The trigger working perfect and the rest of the flash are triggered automatically .. overall for the price you pay to this item, its all worthed and i would say go for it!!!
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on March 16, 2013
Plenty of power for my small studio (aka, the basement). I have noticed a little quirk, though; If I don't use the modeling light, it doesn't recognize the sync cable after one picture. With the modeling light on, the sync cable works every time as long as you wait the 3-4 seconds to recharge.

UPDATE: Raised the light stand and tightened the screws ever so slightly and the mounting barrel broke. Wrapped with packing tape to keep it on the stand. Amazingly, I'm still glad I bought it but now it's just 3 stars.
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on July 1, 2010
This strobe set was so much more than I expected. I knew I was buying a very cheap set up, so my expectations weren't very high, but when I received it I was very pleasantly surprised. The set up was very easy, and it packs very small. The remote works perfectly with my Canon 7D, and I've shot some really great portraits. There are a couple minor things, but again, I wasn't expecting a perfect set. First, the light sensor sits in on the back of the strobe, so you can't have the master sit in front of the slaves. With a little trial and error, and altering the soft-box and/or umbrella set ups, it's very easy to work around this issue. The other thing is that there are no spare light bulbs for the strobes/modeling lights, but the whole strobe only costs $44, so you can just cary a couple spare ones and they all fit in the same bag.
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on January 14, 2013
Purchased one of these and I must say, it works well. Right out of the box, no time to setup and fires everytime.

I will be purchasing another 1 ( maybe 2) very soon!
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on March 26, 2013
I have had this system for about four months. I'll be very honest and write the pros and cons.


Affordable. It is very difficult to get this many options for the price.
Flash and model light built into each head
Nice to have a barn door, honeycomb, umbrella, softbox all in one kit
Decent performance

Cons (this might be long but worth reading, I promise!)

The lights are poorly made. There is no other way to say this. Upon arrival, one of the lights would only fire one out of three times. I wrote to the company and returned the one damaged flash head. I sent it to them, in New Jersey, at my own expense and received a replacement about ten days later. The new one seemed to work fine. I used the light infrequently for about three weeks before I had a photo gig. I should emphasize that I am NOT a professional photographer. A friend's daughter was getting married on a budget and I agreed to do the photographs for free just for some experience. I brought the lights with me. After the reception, I set up the lights on the dais of the church to photograph the wedding party. After three shots, the flash head that was sent as a replacement popped loudly and then billowed smoke in the church. The entire sanctuary smelled like melted plastic for about an hour. I wrote to the company again and received a shipping label (hurray!) and finally received a replacement two weeks later. I specifically asked for a better unit but they sent me the same model which performs as well as I could expect.

The speedrings are awkward. The soft box is really just a rectangle of white fabric that is supported by four poles that mount into the speedring. It is not a true softbox. The effect is the same as a shoot through umbrella.

The stands are cheaply made. Use them with care as they are not the most stable.

The gels are useless.

The honeycomb works well but fell apart after two uses.

So, should you buy this product? Well, if you want to get your feet wet with some studio lights, the price is certainly right. Do not expect this to last very long. I didn't realize when I ordered it that it only came with a 90 day warranty. I cannot return it although I wish that I could.

Also, the customer service emails must come from out of the country as they never arrived during business hours, were poorly written, and never quite addressed the questions I wrote.

I retired the set up after I found a used Speedotron system at the local used camera store. The difference is incredible.

Perhaps this will work for whomever is reading this review. I would strongly recommend experimenting with it heavily immediately after purchase so as to be able to return the items if they aren't right for you.
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on November 24, 2012
very good quality for the price.....reliable enuf for
professional work. yes they work great. the slaves are so
sensitive..I can stand 10ft in front of them and they still go off.
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on August 9, 2010
I highly recommend this kit to everyone who is interested in amateur photography and is learning about lighting. This kit has everything you need and works ok.The delivery was super fast.
Every flash unit is working, but an observation, in high power output the charging speed is 4 to 5 secs, if you expect high refresh speed and high power consider another kit, this is adequate for amateur photographer.
In general is a good product considering the price.
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on July 22, 2013
Let's get one thing out the way right away: This light very inexpensive, and you need to set your expectations accordingly. It feels very cheaply made. That being said, I have been very pleased with this light. It has proven to be very reliable, and puts out quite a bit of light. And, while I noted that the build feels cheap, this also means that it's very light to carry around.
Overall a good light for someone on a tight budget (such as myself) or as a back-up light.
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on December 25, 2012
I have three of these and three 250W monolights right now and I'm blown away by how well they work...Not to mention the cost! So, the base has some plastic? The fact is that so far, they are all reliable and consistent. In the digital age, studio photography has become a pleasure.

These little units are a big part of my new happy studio life!
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