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CowboyStudio 160 Watt Photo Studio Lighting, Mono Master Strobe Flash Light
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- One (1) 160 watt strobe
- One (1) 50 watt model lamp
- One (1) 15 ft PC sync cord
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|Package Height||5 x 7 x 8.9 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.95 pounds|
Flashes are used in photography to produces an instantaneous flash of artificial light at a color temperature of about 5500 K to help illuminate a scene. This strobe is high quality and easy to adjust, both in position and brightness. It can act as a slave, making this strobe easy to use in any studio environment. The strobe head also works well with many different accessories, including softboxes, snoot, and barn doors.
The unit mounts onto any standard lightstand with a 5/8" or smaller mounting stud. It has a circular flash tube that is daylight balanced at 5600 deg. K, a guide number of 36 at ISO 100 and a recycling time of 5-7 seconds. It also comes with a 50 watt removable modeling lamp. The Budget Studio monolight Flash can be triggered through the camera with its included 15' sync cord, by another flash being fired and activating the built-in Photo-Slave, or through its open-flash test button. It's a compact 7.0" long with a diameter of 3-3/4" and weighs only 15 ounces.
Power: 160 Watt Seconds; Angle-adjustable bracket with built-in umbrella holder; 50 Watt model light; Color-temperature corrected (5,500K) circular flash-tube; Includes 10' AC Power Cord All kinds of lighting accessories available: barn-doors, snoot, color filters, honeycomb, soft boxes & umbrellas.
Top Customer Reviews
*It will break and have wasted your money on this
*You will replace it with something better and have wasted your money on this
*You will leave the hobby and have wasted your money on this
For a very small amount of cash you get a monolight that has a slave sensor, variable output and a non-tracking modeling light. If you're brand new into studio lights and you're just looking to see if this is the sort of thing you want to get into, then just buy it. Buy it with the understanding that you'll be replacing it. If you're only looking to test the waters and expect to trash this then I give it my blessing.
If you're otherwise going to give it even a semi-serious amount of use, expand past this or think you're investing into something then look elsewhere. Don't get me wrong, it's at least a step up from the 110 watt model, not just in power but in that you gain variable power output. The 110 watt model only has high and low. The problems with this is that there's really no expectation of longevity here.
Just hold it for a few seconds and you'll realize how poorly it's constructed. The plastic housing is exceedingly thin and flexes under the slightest pressure. Anything larger than a small 18x24" softbox will strip the angle adjuster. This assumes that the plastic mounting bracket doesn't just snap.
There's nothing to protect the modeling lamp and flash tube. No cap, nothing. So wherever you store it, you have to be awfully careful about how you do it. You also have to store it so that dust doesn't accumulate on the flash tube. The flash tube burning out is much less likely than physically breaking, however if you do need to replace it then you need to disassemble the flash and manage to desolder the old lamp and solder in a new one without killing yourself from the capacitor inside it. All other flashes have easily replaceable flash tubes.
Flash color is fairly inconsistent. It's not hugely drastic, but there are color shifts depending on what power level you have this set for.
Really, the biggest negative is that this isn't a system to grow on. Maybe you can use it as a background light until it dies, but expect to one day send it to the grave. The softboxes that Cowboy Studio sells to go along with these are of similar quality and have similar issues. If you do get one of these strobes then stick with umbrellas. They're light and compatible with other devices, which will get you around a few of the negatives of these strobes.
Physically exists for the price
The slave sensor works reasonably well
Cycles relatively quickly
Includes wiring to connect to your hotshoe
Modeling light only on or off, does not track with flash output
A medium-sized softbox will destroy it