Westcott 6222 Spiderlite TD6 2-Light Promo Kit (Black/Silver)
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- All metal construction
- Built-in adapter ring
- 3 controls to adjust light output
- 180-degree rotation
- Daylight fluorescent or tungsten halogen lamps
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Building upon the design of the well-received TD5, the Westcott Spiderlite TD6 adds another socket for a total of 6 for increased light output. The light fixture accepts optional tungsten halogen (3200K) lamps up to 1200W maximum as well as fluorescents (3200 - 6000K) and screw-mount flash. Three separate controls allow multiple combinations of bulbs together with no color shift. The TD6 has all-metal construction with 4 built-in receptacles for direct attachment of a 4-sided softbox without an adapter ring. This Westcott 2-Pack Spiderlite TD6 PROMO Kit includes 2 TD6 heads, 2 Tilter Brackets and 12 50W daylight-balanced fluorescents. 2 ideal Softboxes for portrait or product work are also included: a 36 x 48" Shallow Softbox and a 12 x 36" Strip Softbox.
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I have wanted to try continuous lighting for a long time--by way of background, I have several decades of experience as a serious portrait photographer. Until recently, always relied on my Elinchrom strobes and many different light modifiers. I am fortunate enough to be able to spend money on occasional experiments and decided, based on a lot of reading, recommendations from Scott Kelby, and my own desire to learn, to take the plunge and acquire the TD-6 two-light kit. I spent about eight hours trying this kit with three different models. Essentially, I don't feel that I have the same light quality as I do with my strobes and am uncertain as to whether I ought to simply add another TD-6 unit to give me further control. Normally, one-light portraits are a cinch. With the TD-6, trying lots of angles, shutter/aperture combos, and three different super lenses, I have come to a couple of conclusions: 1) light quality is ok but not great, 2) lower light output level (even at full power) allows much wider apertures meaning I can use things like a Canon 85mm f1.2 at something like f2 which gives great bokeh and background separation, 3) I don't think the light temperature is as claimed at 5500K as all my shots required white balance adjustment during post processing--I was able, of course, to avoid this problem when using a custom white balance.
Although I could probably fine tune my methodology with these lights but after initial trials, my enthusiasm meter is pretty low. Now, in all honesty, it has taken me many years and hundreds of models and thousands of shots to be really effective with strobes. I may just be resisting going up the continuous lighting learning curve. Would love to hear the experiences and points of view of others who can do the comparison between continuous and strobe lighting.
1. Bulky, but that is expected if I want a big soft light.
2. I have had a LOT of issues with the bulbs themselves literally falling apart. On a shoot I had one fall out and shatter everywhere.. not good since it was an interior I was shooting.
I have contacted support-‘so I can update when I hear back, but if I had no issues with the bulbs I would give 5 stars.