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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
|Price:||$139.99 & FREE Shipping|
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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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|Item Dimensions||10 x 10 x 34 inches|
|Shipping Weight||17.1 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
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
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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:
- 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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After 20 minutes of use, the light bulbs started to pop. After 1 hour, all light bulbs were broken. Don't buy if you want to use the setup in a 220V setting (Europe) as opposed to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Anders Toxboe
This economical lighting setup has worked flawlessly for me for the last 4 years. I wouldn't describe it as high quality and durable, but for the price it works for me. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sam
After looking at the reviews. The product look promising but is a complete waste of money. To save you pain and time. DO NOT BUY THIS. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sucre
Many people are rating these light units has not be able to take the rigors of the professional set environment. They are not made for that. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Paulian Morris
Stands are VERY cheap and can barley hold the lights up. Both of mine have broken from gentle use.Published 18 months ago by Disgruntled Customer448
10 light bulbs exploded just after 30 seconds of turning them on for the first time.Published 20 months ago by ahmed khofo