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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.