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Digital Concepts Portable Lighting Studio (PS-101)

3.6 out of 5 stars 120 customer reviews

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  • Includes light and dark backgrounds for the best color contrasts
  • Delivers steady lighting with two 20-watt lamps
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Product Description

The PS-101 lighting studio helps produce great images that are professional quality. This package includes light and dark backgrounds for the best color contrasts. Be a professional with Digital Concepts portable lighting studio.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 17.3 x 17.4 x 3.6 inches
Item Weight 1 pounds
Shipping Weight 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B000FBF400
Item model number PS-101
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3.6 out of 5 stars 120 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #4,598 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Lighting & Studio > Photo Studio
Date first available at Amazon.com May 7, 2006

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The light box construction is well done and executed.!

The two lamps provided are 20 watt units, and a bit weak for the purpose.
The lights can be upgraded to 35 watt or 50 watt halogens. You need 120 volt GU10 type replacements available at home center stores or here on Amazon. (Push in and twist 1/4 turn to remove the lamps)

If you do upgrade to the higher wattage lamps, use them only intermittently. Also unscrew and remove the front lamp retaining ring to allow increased airflow around the higher wattage lamps. After the lamps cool, replace the ring for secure storage of the lamps.

The tripod provided works OK, and supports my Lumix DMC-FZ7 without a problem.
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Pros: Compact and complete, this portable lighting studio offers flexibility with it's reversible backdrop (gray/blue). I also have used the black back panel for some shots as well. Construction quality is good ( I found one of my cats sleeping on the top panel, which is fabric and held in place with Velcro tabs), sturdy enough for its intended purpose. I like the output of the lights--seems to be a broad spectrum similar to daylight.

Cons: Only one complaint: The output of the lights could be stronger. Requires a tripod to gain depth of field with a smaller aperture.
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The light tent is very nice and it folds down into a carrying case. The lights however, are terribly underpowered. Even with the lights half an inch from the tent fabric, I was shooting at 1/20th of a second at f5.6, and at a macro setting the depth of field is very poor. These lights might work as fill if you use a much brighter one on top, but then you'd have to get one that matches the halogen bulbs/filters that these use.

Buy a tent seperately, and get some reflector lights and daylight bulbs at the hardware store. THis isn't worth the money.
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The tent is decent and the portability is excellent. However, the lights are woefully underpowered and the bulbs create uneven color casts. The tripod is flimsy, frustrating, and almost useless, but this is the price of portability as well. I ended up buying clamp reflectors with 150 watt daylight bulbs at a local home builder's store. I also replaced the blue/black backdrop with a white one, and added the velcro strips to hold it in place. You can purchase better domes or tents from online photo retailers, but they are more expensive. Do a little research to discover your needs, and be sure to use the white-balance feature of your digital camera. At first this item looks like a good idea at a reasonable price, but its performance comes up short.
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The concept is good, but the lights were a problem. They are not strong enough, and they get extremely hot. I fixed the problem very easily. First, I turned the lighting studio upside down, so the three white boards were like so: [_] Two sides of white board, and one white board on the bottom. Nothing on the top. Then I took a two bulb reptile light (heat lamp type light) for a ten gallon aquarium tank. I switched the reptile lights with 75 watt light bulbs. The reptile light is long, goes straight across, and sits atop a ten gallon tank. You simply rest the metal light right on top of this portable studio. It fits perfectly. Put your item right on the bottom so you have a white background, and you don't have to buy a white backdrop this way either (this only comes with a royal blue backdrop). I take jewelry pictures, and the pictures come out great using this method.
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As a photographer interested in capturing product shots, I seriously looked into this product but previously held off due to the negative reviews posted. Fortunately, I got this as a gift over the holiday season, and my earlier hesitation proved to be unjustified. While I can understand the hesitation of those who feel that it's overpriced, I am very happy with this product and strongly recommend it.

THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES
I was originally considering buying the Sakar product since it was cheaper than alternatives, but while researching it I came across some Do-It-Yourself solutions online (you can Google "DIY macro photo studio") that I was hoping to pursue, but I got this as a gift before I was able to construct my own alternative. While I understand people's reluctance to shell out over 30 dollars for this product, many competing photo boxes I came across online were much more expensive.

BUILD QUALITY
This is a well-built product that easily folds up. I love how portable this is! It's also very light, so it easily stays put together with the Velcro straps. The Tripod was suitable for my point-and-shoot, but [understandably] too weak for my bulkier SLR camera. I'm very happy with the construction of this product.

LIGHTING
The lighting is good, but could be better. I don't think it's as bad as some of the negative reviews made it out to be, but at 20 watts these bulbs don't generate enough light for a perfect picture. While a serious photographer might find this to be a problem, for most people the pictures should probably come out good enough. Just a note, the lights get really hot, so you might want to wait a little before you put it back into the carrying case.
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