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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2012
I have used other portable lighting kits that assemble in a similar manner, so I knew what to expect. While I'd recommend this, or a similar small setup for convenience, affordability, and a pretty decent product, I do not recommend the ephoto brand. The carrying case ripped apart second day. A fuse blew first day using less than the total power. The directions are terrible, and if you go to their website, even the video instructions never cover some things. 2400w for 3 boxes implies each box will support 800w each. They will not; I blow fuses even at 700w. I suppose I'll try buying bigger fuses that may fit. The bolt that supports the boom pole is too short to reach through the plastic housing and reach the actual pole. This is unforgiveable to me, that it comes in an unusable manner due to insufficiently measured pieces. Yes, you can do a great deal with a small kit like this, but buy fotodiox or cowboy studio. I have had fine experience with both brands.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2011
If you are expecting Arri or Matthews quality you are going to be very disappointed. This is a cheap light set and I did not expect too much. The stands are okay. The first thing I noticed is the bag it comes in. Tried to open it up, the zipper got stuck, no big deal. It looks like the teeth came about on it. Go to unzip the other side, same thing. After a bit of shaking the zipper it's open. I pulled out the Key light stand, set it on the ground, the screw that locks the legs was hard to turn and would not lock it in place. It looks like it was bent. Okay, next I set up the rest of the stand for this Key light. The metal eye hole ring used to hook the sand bag fell off after taking some weight out of it and re-hooking it. Okay, I thought whatever. Really, I'm thinking I hope the rest goes better. I still have an open mind that this will work. I built the rest of the lighting setup and thought it's kinda junky, really hope it works. I have experience with some of the best professional equipment out there so I'm kinda comparing it even though it's apple and oranges but did not expect much. The problem is that if you know good equipment it's hard not to compare it. Set up my Key, fill & back lighting and fired them up. Yay, they all work. You are able to stop down the light by shutting half of it down, so two of the four lamps are lit. This is a nice feature. It was suppose to have (2) 24"X16" softboxes and (1) 16"x16". It came with (3) 24"X16", all the same, that's okay with me. So I whipped out my Canon SLR and put the dog up on the couch. At 100ASA, the depth of field was very shallow, blur from end of dogs nose to his eyes. Think it was 1/60 shutter & F1.8. Flipped it to 400ASA, got about an f5 1/60 second. I had the fill and back and half power. I will experiment more but I do think it was pretty good for the price. It already has issues but hey, it works. What can you get for $150 bucks these days. I think one Matthews stand costs more. Yeah it's made cheap but think it's pretty good for your average photo/video hobby guy. You will be able to produce much better picture compared to a camera mounted flash.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2012
Product quality was better than expected. Have been using it for months with great results. Perfect starter kit. Very bright. Multiple switches turn light pairs off and on selectively within each head.

Only one note. Do not plan on packing this up fully and moving it quickly. It all breaks down into a small bag but assembly and dis-assembly takes a long time. I always move it partially assembled.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2011
I'm just starting out so i didn't want to spend the big bucks right away. This set is good for my small indoor studio. For this amount of money you arent going to get the best quality, but it definitely is not bad at all. Decent starter kit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2012
Overall, I like this product however when I screwed in one of the included light bulbs, the socket broke inside. Now it won't hold a bulb. I chose to keep it rather than send it back. One is just not quite as bright as the others. I couldn't quite figure out how to set up the boom hair light. The instructions didn't explain how.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2012
The plastic is built cheaply, when you go to tighten the rods to hold light up in place they strip out and the light falls down. Especially the boom! It isn't that much for cost, and it was fun to put together and really lights up the room, but I will have to figure out some way to rig the lights to stay up.

Best Regards!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2013
there were no instructions and one of the lights bulbs didnt work. and the stands are flimsy. I would not buy this product again or recommend it to a friend
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2013
Decent lighting system, best suited for beginners. I think a seasoned pro would find this kit a little on the cheesy side. I picked it up to use it as a back-up system in case I needed extra lighting support.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2012
Arrived broken. One of the telescoping legs would not tighten. Hair light boom tripod seemed too light for the weight of the boom and light fixture. Returned item and HAD TO PAY MY OWN SHIPPING! That's the part that took the cake for me. There are plenty of inexpensive brands out there that are functional for the hobbiest such as my self. This was just plain cheap.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2013
My purchase of this kit was emergency for a video shoot the next day; I went directly to ePhoto's office to buy it.

The Love of this kit is the price & the relatively good output of daylight color temperature. The electrical draw and heat compared to a traditional tungsten kit is far lower so the expense to use it & speed between set-ups & teardown is quick.

The Hate is the quality & low durability. You will get what you pay for. Do not buy this kit if you intend to use it in the field. The softboxes are cheaply made & come apart, the case is flimsy with a constantly failing zipper & breaking threads, the bulbs are a time-killer to remove & store away between set-ups. Keeping the lamps in & not collapsing the softboxes for transportation will result in breaking lamps. An intern or assistant will destroy these lights; nothing is durable.
The plastic tighteners on the stands strip out & do not hold the weight after a few set-ups.

This kit is a great cheap solution to set up ONCE in a small studio & leave up for daylight color temperature.
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