Digital Concepts Portable Lighting Studio (PS-101)
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- Produces great images for your online products
- Includes light and dark backgrounds for the best color contrasts
- Delivers steady lighting with two 20-watt lamps
- Portable and easy to set up
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|Included Components||Blue/gray colored backgrounds, high-output lights|
|Item Dimensions||3.6 x 17.4 x 17.3 inches|
|Item Weight||1 pound|
|Shipping Weight||5 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Cons: Only one complaint: The output of the lights could be stronger. Requires a tripod to gain depth of field with a smaller aperture.
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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The very first time I used this, one of the lamps fell over and the light bulb didn't work anymore. The tripod legs on the lamps did not lock into place after I'd used them a few... Read morePublished on June 13, 2014 by SAK
i use this to set up small still life for my paintings. this has been great, but, exact replacement bulbs are truly hard to find. Read morePublished on June 4, 2014 by susan tait porcaro
This setup will allow you to get much better photos of many small objects. It is usable in a small space and then stores out of the way easy as well. Price is good! Read morePublished on May 9, 2014 by Nick Pregent
I have done some macro work with this little studio and it works well. My only criticism would be the lights. They are cheaply made. Read morePublished on February 21, 2014 by JoLawr
could not figuar out how the legs on the light worked so rathe than chance breaking it, I sent the unit back.Published on December 5, 2013 by Jim P
Works great for my purposes. I needed a stage to photograph my craft projects and it fit the bill. Fast delivery.Published on November 14, 2013 by Dedewil