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ePhoto VL9026s 2000 Watt Lighting Studio Portrait Kit with Carrying Case with 2 Soft boxes, 2 Light Heads and 10 Fluorescent Bulbs

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3.1 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
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  • Ideal for portraits
  • 2000 watts/45 watt fluorescent light bulb = 200 watt Incandescent lights
  • Soften lighting with soft box
  • Easy to control your lights with ON/OFF switch.
  • Set up in minutes to offer you a professional result.
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Spyder 3 gives enthusiasts and advanced amateur photographers color they can depend on allowing them to faithfully reproduce on their computer displays and in their final prints. Datacolor products offer a more efficient digital workflow and allow users to achieve their creative vision quickly and accurately without having to become color gurus. The Spyder3Express colorimeter comes equipped with new state-of-the art optical design, 7 detector color engine and largest aperture in the industry making it the industry’s leading colorimeter. The easy streamlined user interface walks you through the calibration process. Spyder3Express provides consistent, predictable color on all your LCD, CRT and Laptop displays. Spyder3 helps photographers faithfully reproduce on their monitors what they see and capture with their camera. The Spyder 3 comes with Datacolor Spyder3Express Colorimeter, Software CD, Quick Start Guide, Screen Cleaning Cloth, 1- year hardware warranty Spyder3Express. System Requirements: XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Win 7 RC ;Mac OS X (10.4 or higher) ;USB Port; Monitor Resolution 1024 x 768 or greater (with 1024x600 Net Book option) ;16-bit video card (24-bit recommended); 128MB of available RAM; 100MB of available hard disk space.

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Product Dimensions 34 x 10 x 10 inches
Item Weight 17.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 17.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B002SCGY5S
Item model number DA-D13U-ZA17
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3.1 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,580 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Lighting & Studio > Lighting
#13,967 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Video
Date first available at Amazon.com October 9, 2009

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I bought this lighting kit primarily because it uses color-corrected cfl's, which are low heat and work nice in small studio setups. The light output is nice and the kit assembly, although not easy, is not much harder than similar kits from other manufactures. My one complaint, which is significant, is that the hardware, such as the thumb screws and fasteners are very poor quality. The first time I fastened the fixture to the stand, the plastic yoke holding the thumbs screw assembly broke. I have good deal a familiarity with lighting kits, so I know not to crank down on the thumb screws, since most econo kits are flimsy, yet with just finger tight pressure the yoke cracked.
The kit would be fine, even very nice, if the hardware wasn't so poorly constructed.
2000 WATT Digital Photography Lighting Studio Portrait Video Continuous Softbox Lighting Kit Light Set + Carrying Case - 2 Light stands, 2 Softboxes, 2 light heads(5bulbs each), 10 Photo Bulbs by ePhoto INC VL9026s
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After years of shooting outdoors, I decided it was time to learn about shooting with artificial lighting. I found some great hints in FACES: Photography and the Art of Portraiture which I recently reviewed. This kit looked like a good place to start.

When other reviewers discuss the quality of documentation, they are being too kind. It would serve ePhoto well to hire an actual English speaker to write the instruction page. It's easier just to toss the paper in the bin and figure out how the thing goes together. Complaints aside, it does assemble quickly. The build quality is adequate but not spectacular (that's why this kit is less than half the price of professional gear). The "iffiest" bit of construction is the adjuster that controls tilt of the soft box. It would be easy to damage. I've found that it's best to loosen the adjuster completely, position the soft box, and then tighten the adjuster again.

As advertised, the kit does come with a carry case. The case is pretty nice, considering the price, but I'm not sure how practical it is. The boxes must be completely disassembled and the bulbs removed from the light heads. The photographer must find some way--perhaps towels--to wrap the bulbs for transport. While the bulbs are adequately packaged for shipping, the foam crumbles easily and will not support reuse. I think the kit will survive several assembly cycles, but must be treated pretty delicately.

How about the light quality? I've converted a small room to a studio and I've found these lights are sufficient, if occasionally marginal. I'm able to shoot at ISO 100 up to about F/7.1.
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I just got done spending over an hour unpacking and putting these together for the first time. This isn't going to be a thorough review of the product itself, but rather a word of warning for what you're getting yourself into, and a few tips. I'm also doing this partly because the manual is ABSOLUTELY WORTHLESS.

First, I'll start off with my thoughts on the assembled lights. They feel moderately sturdy.. the piece that lets you adjust the angles feels pretty weak, and as others have mentioned, the plastic tightening knobs are flimsy. The tripod is thin steel, but seems to stand well. The lights are pretty bright, I have no complaints there. There IS a little bit of a blue tint to the light, but it's very minor. It's not pure white, but close. I love being able to switch on and off all bulbs separately, it gives a lot more control. Each fixture has a removable fuse and came with a spare fuse for both. The cords are a good 10-12 feet long. The diffuser material and reflector housing don't really straighten out when everything's put together, there's a lot wrinkles in it.. not a big deal, but it does make them look a bit cheap. There's a very faint hum emitted from the lights, but it's nothing that's going to get picked up by a microphone if you're doing video, you have to have your ear right up to it, and even then it's hard to hear. Overall, I'm content with them. I don't love them, I don't hate them, but they work well and do what they were designed to do. Would I buy them again? That's a tough call. Only time will tell how long they're going to hold up.

Now for the fun stuff. As my title reads, if you want a portable continuous softbox kit, look elsewhere. There is so much involved in setting these up and breaking them down, it's insane.
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I purchased this ePhoto 2000 WATT Digital Photography/Video Softbox Lighting Kit from Amazon and received it about 4 or 5 days ago. I am (at best) an amateur photographer so I do not have the experience or knowledge to give this review any real depth, at least from a professional photography standpoint. I will, however, review it from an amateur photographer / novice user standpoint since that is what I am and I believe that is really who this kit is geared towards. I purchased this kit to help light some smaller objects I intend to macro photograph.

In the short amount of time I've had the kit, I've shot maybe 100 photographs with it using a point and click digital camera (the Fujifilm A170 10.2MP Digital Camera) that I already own. While this camera is definitely of the amateur variety, most of my photgraphs will only be viewed in small web shots so it should suffice for now. The difference shooting before and after receiving the ePhoto kit is, almost literally, night and day. Here are my thoughts thus far:

Pros:
- The kit was packaged well. While there was some damage to the packaging boxes, the kit itself made it to me intact and without damage. (See below for the one exception)
- While the different parts are definitely not what I would consider "high" quality (as most parts are plastic), for the money the quality seem more than adequate.
- The light produced by the bulbs is of the daylight variety and is a huge improvement over the regular incandescents I was using before (the dining room lights, truth be told).
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