Top critical review
23 people found this helpful
on December 2, 2013
I've been a professional photographer for five years, book over 100 weddings a year, and have a 2000 square foot studio. I bought this kit for my son to experiment with so that I didn't have to worry about him breaking my 600 dollar softboxes.
Let me start by explaining the multiple negatives.
The stands are useless. They're less than an inch thick, and can't hold more than two pounds without bowing.
The boom is useless, as it can not be raised more than 36 inches from the floor without toppling over, even with weights.
The sand bag ripped as soon as I filled it, and poured sand all over my feet.
The softboxes are cheap and mass produced.
The sockets have holes for the softbox brackets to mount to, but are all cut to different lengths, and have broken the cheap plastic housing of the lamps.
The Muslims are the equivalent of 300 thread count bed sheets, and can be seen right through.
The bulbs are standard household cfl bulbs.
The plugs are stiff and rigid and have ZERO play.
The bag has broken zippers, and single stitched handles. They expect my son to be able to carry this without it breaking his feet when the stitches fail after three uses.
The backdrop support seems to be the only quality piece to this whole kit.
I'd advise to stay VERY far away from this kit. Spend the money and piece together a kit. Sadly, because of the torn sand bag, amazon has denied by return.
This kit would be suitably priced at 99.00 dollars. It simply is the ebay special in softbox lighting.