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2.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as good as the comparably priced Cowboy Studios version., July 20, 2013
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This review is from: LimoStudio-Photography Photo Portrait Studio 600W Day Light Umbrella Continuous Lighting Kit (Camera)
I purchased a similar three-stand lighting kit from Cowboy Studios on Amazon earlier this year, that also featured three stands, two umbrellas, sockets, bulbs and, importantly, a carrying case. That kit worked out fine, but I needed a second kit, so thinking the LimoStudio kit looked nearly identical, and was about $10 cheaper, I decided to take a chance and purchase the kit.

The kit arrived, in workable condition, though it was immediately apparent that, while similar in profile and build quality, it was of different manufacture than the Cowboy Studios kit. The adjustment on the Limo-studio stands tighten via knob versus a simple folding clamp on the Cowboy Studios. This requires extra time to make height changes and also means having to double check the tightness to make sure the knobs are tight enough to hold the light.

Second, the shorter edge/rim/back light only comes up to about waist height. The Cowboy Studios version, while not as tall as the two fill and key light stands, does actually extend to nearly 5.5-6 feet tall.

The included "day light" balanced bulbs read REALLY blue, and take a bit more time warm up to their full brightness, and even then are a touch dim.

There is a second depressible fin on the side of the LimoStudio umbrellas pole towards it's base that serves no real purpose other than to make it harder to insert and remove the umbrella from the light socket guides. The Cowboy Studio version has a smooth stem.

The one slight advantage of the LimoStudio version is that the tops of the stands have male camera screw mounts, so that you can directly attach certain items in a pinch (small cameras, an H1 microphone, hot-shoe adapters, Neewer LED light panel, etc...)

The main drawback of this "kit" however, is the fact that the contents don't actually fit in the included carrying case. The stands don't even fit properly, even when taken out of the boxes. When I contacted their customer service, they informed me that the case was not meant to hold the entire kit, just the stands and the umbrellas OR the sockets, and that the bulbs were meant to be carried separately because they were "too fragile." Moot points all, as nothing fits well in the case period. But really, what is the point of sending a carry case for a kit, if the kit doesn't fit in the carrying case?!

In the future, I would advise people to spend the extra $10 and go for the Cowboy Studios kit, which is a bit more functional and certainly better thought out.
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Initial post: Feb 7, 2014 8:50:24 PM PST
Now that they the Cowboys are $20 more, not $10, do you still hold the same or does that now make these a bit more attractive?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2014 2:50:01 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 19, 2014 2:50:42 PM PST
M. Ocampos says:
$20 is peanuts if it would mean convenience and better durability over a longer period.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 9:24:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 31, 2014 9:25:00 AM PDT
Chris Kim says:
Title: How to sell more than your competitors

Answer: Manipulate other customers by comparing your products to theirs (a violation of Amazon's policy)

1 star reviews as of 3/31/2014:
Cowboy Studio: 30
LimoStudio: 9

In conclusion, it shows that Cowboy Studio has more unsatisfied reviews than LimoStudio.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 31, 2014 10:11:18 AM PDT
Shyaporn says:
If you're suggesting I have any affiliation with either of these companies other than as a customer, you are sorely mistaken. I bought one of each kit and shared my findings based on using them and my negative interactions with one of their customer service departments.

You can click on my profile and see a history of reviews, and can Google my name to see that I am a long-time YouTube video maker for whom these sort of kits are useful. "Chris Kim," on the other hand, has no discernable history on their account and is more likely to be the very kind of sock puppet account used by companies to bolster sales that he is accusing me of being.

Take that in to consideration, reader. Unless the size of the carrying case of this set has changed, my review stands.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2014 8:15:24 AM PDT
Do you have a link for the comparable Cowboys studio one?

Posted on May 16, 2014 6:12:33 AM PDT
R. Lingle says:
Thanks for this review - I was almost won over by the lower price, but will definitely go for the Cowboy Studio kit.

Posted on May 31, 2014 6:36:27 AM PDT
Auggie says:
I second the request for a link to the CowboyStudios lighting kit that supposedly has the "simple folding clamp" on their stands versus the knobs on the Limo-Studio; all the searches here on Amazon show only knob-adjusted CowboyStudios stands (at least, according to the photos listed), with prices typically $20-30 more.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 4:52:07 AM PDT
Third request for link to Cowboy Studios product.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 2:57:05 AM PDT
Brian T says:
Fourth request for that link! I could really use it as I can't seem to find the one matching your review. :(

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2014 4:35:21 PM PDT
5th request. but the last request was like 2 months ago, so eh.
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