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128 pages

Minimalist Lighting, Professional Techniques for Studio Photography

Creator: Kirk Tuck | Photography - 2009-04-01

My basic studio kit for portraits is based around two Alien Bees B800 flash units (as of 2008 cost, these are $279 each) and one ... Basically, I was trying to preserve my Profoto lights and viewed the Alien Bees units as expendables.

Publisher: Amherst Media

About this book
Photographers learn how to create amazing photography with this simple, basic, money-saving approach to working in the studio. While exploring available lighting and equipment, this reference tackles the concerns of studio photographers regarding too much gear, not enough space, and a strict budget and offers alternative techniques for photographing subjects. Tips for how to set up a studio in a limited amount of space, what kind of equipment works best for different effects, and finding great tools for budget prices make this a truly comprehensive reference.



128 pages

Jeff Smith's Lighting for Outdoor & Location Portrait Photography

Creator: Jeff Smith | 2007-06-01

A flash tube for my Alien Bees costs about $30, as opposed to the $150 to $200 for the other brands of lights I use. Don't sell your current lighting equipment to buy Alien Bees, but when you are in the market for new lights, ...

Publisher: Amherst Media

About this book
Shattering the notion that location lighting has to be difficult, inconvenient, or compromised in its quality, this resource provides guidance on how to create unique and personalized images shot in parks, on city streets, at sports arenas, in workplaces, or in a client’s home. With an overview of equipment and a discussion on the essential tools for a shoot, this guide walks photographers through the creation of dozens of location images—from casual headshots to full-length, formally posed portraits. With strategies for meeting lighting challenges found outside of the studio—from evaluating existing light to modifying or supplementing light as needed—this book will help photographers shoot confidently by developing a plan for creating professional-quality location portraits.



128 pages

Rangefinder's Professional Photography, Techniques And Images from the Pages of Rangefinder Magazine

Creator: Bill Hurter | 2006-10-28

estiny was created with an AlienBees 1600 with a standard 7-inch reflector, fired into a Superior Arctic White seamless ... The Camera: Sigma SD-9 Lens: 50mm Sigma f/2.8 macro/portrait Lighting: Alien Bees 800 with 7-inch reflector; ...

Publisher: Amherst Media

About this book
The best images by the best photographers from around the world are featured in this collection that reflects the pinnacle of contemporary photography, both in terms of technical skill and creative ingenuity. Appealing to photographers of all levels, this book includes images from all genres of photography—from wedding and fashion to portrait and product—as well as more than 100 instructive articles. In each chapter, the images and techniques are thematically grouped to provide for rapid learning and easy cross-referencing. The breadth of topics, the high quality of the images, the technical skills required to create them, and the sheer creativity reflected in each shot, makes this collection an essential addition to any photographer's library.


Flashes and Flash Accessories Directory

Paul C. Buff, Inc.
Studio Lighting for Professional Photographers - Factory Direct Sales of AlienBees, White Lightning, Zeus and Einstein Flash Units and Accessories designed by Paul C ...

Paul C. Buff - AlienBees B800
Illuminating the Galaxy - the small and mighty AlienBees flash units by Paul C. Buff - the most popular flash units in the universe

AC9 AlienBees Adapter - PocketWizard
PocketWizard radio systems enable untethered triggering between all of the components of your photographic imaging system, no matter how simple or complex your remote ...

Alien Bees B1600 with Large Octabox - YouTube
Short demo of my recently purchased Alien Bees B1600 studio strobe with a Paul C. Buff / Alien Bees large octabox. Triggered using PocketWizard MiniTT1 and ...

Flashpoint Monolight 1820A REVIEW (Better than Alien Bees ...
Where I Buy all of my Gear http://bit.ly/emipazm (Best Prices Too!!) This review is about the Flashpoint Monolight1820a by Adorama. In my opinion, this ...


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  • Neewer

    Strobe Studio Flash Light Kit 900W - Photographic Lighting - Strobes, Barn Doors, Light Stands, Triggers, Umbrellas, Soft Box

    Photography (Neewer)

    Rating (96 reviews):
    (4.2/5)
    Neewer

    Not bad for $400, folks.

    I am a semi-professional photographer, and I was looking for some lightweight, cheap strobes of decent power. These are budget strobes from the get-go, if you want professional products, you have to pay professional prices. Look at Broncolor or Profoto if you want high quality. Everything was well packed, but one of my strobes was dead on arrival. Sent it out, received it back in about a week. The plastic on everything is about average to better quality, nothing to call home about, but it gets the job done. I'll go down a list of the items.The strobes are adequately powerful for shooting through an umbrella or softbox in sub-7 ft distances at around 1/200 and f/8 at minimum power. The dial in the back has a 2-stop variability. This is NOT a lot of latitude when shooting, but it's not a make-or-break kind of thing for me. I calculated this simply by shooting at f/8 on minimum power and checking the histogram until it matched up, and it matched at f/16... 5/5 Jimmy Lamont (Tampa, Florida) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Strobe Studio Flash Light Kit 900W - Photographic Lighting - Strobes, Barn Doors, Light Stands, Triggers, Umbrellas, Soft Box (Electronics) I am a semi-professional photographer, and I was looking for some lightweight, cheap strobes of decent power. These are budget strobes from the get-go, if you want professional products, you have to pay professional prices. Look at Broncolor or Profoto if you want high quality. Everything was well packed, but one of my strobes was dead on arrival. Sent it out, received it back in about a week. The plastic on everything is about average to better quality, nothing to call home about, but it gets the job done. I'll go down a list of the items.The strobes are adequately powerful for shooting through an umbrella or softbox in sub-7 ft distances at around 1/200 and f/8 at minimum power. The dial in the back has a 2-stop variability. This is NOT a lot of latitude when shooting, but it's not a make-or-break kind of thing for me. I calculated this simply by shooting at f/8 on minimum power and checking the histogram until it matched up, and it matched at f/16... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 19, 2010

    Excellent value with a few minor qubbles

    I needed a simple 'LIGHT' and portable studio to cart around for outside my studio shoots.This is one heck of a value and you cannot go wrong.I am amazed it is so inexpensive.The strobes are fast recharging and the quality for the money is excellent.If you want studio grade, you will need a fat wallet and a strong back. There is no reason to buy a $2000 set to bang around other than for ego.Let me address the 'quibbles' others have mentioned.1) Diffusor assembly. Keep the diffusor boxes assembled and you will only have to put them together one time. Who wants to keep reassembling them anyway - time is wasted on a shoot doing this. Take your time putting them together. It takes only a few minutes. They are simple to put together and do not need instructions (fat end of rods go in the strobe collars). Only beef is the Velcro in the rectangular box does not have the 'other half' to stabilize the ribs. So I went to the... 5/5 William - See all my reviews This review is from: Strobe Studio Flash Light Kit 900W - Photographic Lighting - Strobes, Barn Doors, Light Stands, Triggers, Umbrellas, Soft Box (Electronics) I needed a simple 'LIGHT' and portable studio to cart around for outside my studio shoots.This is one heck of a value and you cannot go wrong.I am amazed it is so inexpensive.The strobes are fast recharging and the quality for the money is excellent.If you want studio grade, you will need a fat wallet and a strong back. There is no reason to buy a $2000 set to bang around other than for ego.Let me address the 'quibbles' others have mentioned.1) Diffusor assembly. Keep the diffusor boxes assembled and you will only have to put them together one time. Who wants to keep reassembling them anyway - time is wasted on a shoot doing this. Take your time putting them together. It takes only a few minutes. They are simple to put together and do not need instructions (fat end of rods go in the strobe collars). Only beef is the Velcro in the rectangular box does not have the 'other half' to stabilize the ribs. So I went to the... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 5, 2011

    900w Neewer kit

    0 4/5 Phot_newbee - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) Bought this kit along with some other equipment to shot a friends senior portraits. I'm having a lot of fun with them. They are not built to pro quality but, they are not pro priced.Everything went together well, flashes work in master and slave mode quite well. With the trigger on my D90 I can use a sync speed of 1/160 of a second. I use 1/125 just to be on the safe side. Everything in the kit is pretty intuitive and no instructions are really needed. Where would the challenge be if they told you everything you need to know!If you are going to make a living with Photography, not probably the set for you. If you are doing light work and a home studio on a budget, this is perfect. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 7, 2011
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    This professional kit is perfect for advertising products, photo-art, industrial, scientific and technical photography and much more!
    Three 300W lights and tons of accessories
    Professional Studio Lighting Kit 900W


  • Fotodiox Inc.

    Fotodiox Pro Octagon Softbox 60" with Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light B400, B800, B1600

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)

    Rating (179 reviews):
    (4.2/5)
    Fotodiox Inc.

    Provides excellent light, packs small, and is extremely well made and durable

    Customer Video Review Length:: 2:34 MinsI was very happy when I received this softbox, along with another Fotodiox softbox which I will be reviewing separately, as a gift. It provides excellent light, packs very flat, and is extremely well made and durable. Best part is, it's huge. With a 400 Watt studio light I can light whole people with that excellent, wraparound light that you get from a softbox. And, since it is very transportable I can take it this outstanding modifier wherever I go. It's like having portable sunlight!My only "issue" was that it took a bit longer to set up than I would like. The annoyance is you need to feed eight metal rods into the adapter and they can get jumbled up as you are trying to do that. At home it's not that big an issue but if I'm setting up in front of someone the last thing I want them to see is me wrestling with equipment. Fortunately I was able to come up with a simple and inexpensive fix that allows me to go from bag to completely set up... 5/5 Bob Tobias "Robert Tobias" (Arlington, VA USA) - See all my reviews, May 21, 2012

    48" Fotodiox Octobox

    I'm writing this review after 3 months of use and it's still the best bang for your buck you can get. The quality was a lot better than I expected. The material is very strong and has a nice inner diffuser. Although I don't like the connections they use for the inner diffuser, I'll probably replace those clips. It doesn't come with instructions, but it doesn't take an engineering degree to understand exactly how it works. I wonder if these people also have problems using common umbrellas. It is a little heavy paired with my Alien Bee 800 so a medium duty light stand is a must. Anyone complaining about this deal needs to take their $35 bucks back and go put it towards a $1000 Elinchrom Octobox. I see the potential for poking the rods through the seams, but if you don't act like the Hulk I'm sure I'll be fine and even if you do it's an easy fix. I gave it 5 stars because I didn't buy a Kia and expect it to be a Mercedes, however there are still millions of happy Kia owners. Buy it... 5/5 Charles Edward - See all my reviews This review is from: Fotodiox Pro Octagon Softbox 48" with Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light B400, B800, B1600 (Electronics) I'm writing this review after 3 months of use and it's still the best bang for your buck you can get. The quality was a lot better than I expected. The material is very strong and has a nice inner diffuser. Although I don't like the connections they use for the inner diffuser, I'll probably replace those clips. It doesn't come with instructions, but it doesn't take an engineering degree to understand exactly how it works. I wonder if these people also have problems using common umbrellas. It is a little heavy paired with my Alien Bee 800 so a medium duty light stand is a must. Anyone complaining about this deal needs to take their $35 bucks back and go put it towards a $1000 Elinchrom Octobox. I see the potential for poking the rods through the seams, but if you don't act like the Hulk I'm sure I'll be fine and even if you do it's an easy fix. I gave it 5 stars because I didn't buy a Kia and expect it to be a Mercedes, however there are still millions of happy Kia owners. Buy it... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 29, 2011

    Great big softbox. Hard set up. Good results.

    Customer Video Review Length:: 4:20 MinsRecently, I've been trying to find ways to improve my photography at my home studio. In the past, I used my new Alien Bee 800 with either a shoot-through or a reflective umbrella. The results were not too good using a white wall as a background. Hard shadows affected the composition of the portrait and faces always ended up a bit shiny. So I decided to invest in a good but affordable softbox. I went to Amazon and decided on the Fotodiox Pro 48" Octagon Softbox based on good reviews and price (only $50).As usual, after buying a new piece of equipment or accessory, I recorded a video review of the product so other potential buyers can benefit from it. I had to split my videos into two parts due to length. You can find both of them in my youtube channel. I posted part 2 here in Amazon because it includes the review section.Let's start with the materials. The main part of the softbox is made of heavy duty leather-ish heat resistant... 4/5 debaserphoto - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fotodiox Pro Octagon Softbox 48" with Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light B400, B800, B1600 (Electronics), February 27, 2014
    List Price: $56.95
    Includes a 24 month manufacturer warranty
    Pro-grade, heat-resistant, & reflective fabric
    Sealable venting for use with modeling lamp or continuous lighting source
    Rotating speedring with thumb-screw lock
    Features an inner baffle and outer diffusive cover for an even light throw


  • Fotodiox Inc.

    Fotodiox Pro Beauty Dish 28" Kit with Honeycomb Grid and Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light B400, B800, B2800

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)

    Rating (6 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    Fotodiox Inc.

    Great dish, Honeycomb not so great

    0 4/5 K. Xiong "callaesthetics" - See all my reviews, November 25, 2011

    Perfect Fit

    I received this 28" dish with honeycomb grid and white cover today for my Alien Bees 1600. While I have not shot with this dish yet I would like to mention the fit and finish on this dish is excellent. I thought I read somewhere that the interior of this dish is silver. It is white not silver which I believe would be allot less harsh than silver and white seems to be what all the major brands are. I also read in one of the reviews that said the speed ring did not fit right. The speed ring on my unit fits excellent. It fit very well on the dish and very snug against the Alien Bees unit so I have no idea what the other reviewer was talking about. Please note I do have a newer Alien Bees light so I don't know it the clamps have changed but the fit is excellent. Also the honeycomb grid fit well. It has 3 clips and felt secure on the dish. I would like to see more clips on the grid but I shook the dish hard with the grid attached and it stayed in place with no problem. It would be very... 5/5 triedntrue (USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fotodiox Pro Beauty Dish 28" Kit with Honeycomb Grid and Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light B400, B800, B2800 (Electronics) I received this 28" dish with honeycomb grid and white cover today for my Alien Bees 1600. While I have not shot with this dish yet I would like to mention the fit and finish on this dish is excellent. I thought I read somewhere that the interior of this dish is silver. It is white not silver which I believe would be allot less harsh than silver and white seems to be what all the major brands are. I also read in one of the reviews that said the speed ring did not fit right. The speed ring on my unit fits excellent. It fit very well on the dish and very snug against the Alien Bees unit so I have no idea what the other reviewer was talking about. Please note I do have a newer Alien Bees light so I don't know it the clamps have changed but the fit is excellent. Also the honeycomb grid fit well. It has 3 clips and felt secure on the dish. I would like to see more clips on the grid but I shook the dish hard with the grid attached and it stayed in place with no problem. It would be very... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 11, 2012

    GREAT Light from this dish!!!

    0 5/5 Sylvester The Photographer Potter "Sylvester ... (North Carolina -- USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Fotodiox Pro Beauty Dish 28" Kit with Honeycomb Grid and Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light B400, B800, B2800 (Electronics) I've used this dish for a little under a year now, and it gives me GREAT results. I can use it for almost any style of beauty lighting as well as outdoor shots. The dish is not too heavy at all for its size, and it fits the AB800 very well after switching the speed ring with a PCB one. It also comes with a Sock that fits easy, and works like a charm for softer spread. I've uploaded two of my images taken with this dish to show the quality of the light it produces, and the coverage as well. While people are under the delusional influence that equipment MUST be expensive to be good...I try to stray from that. I think the 28" dish is a GREAT buy for anyone who wants one...I have a 16' and this 28", and I use them both for different purposes. 0, August 16, 2012
    List Price: $179.95
    Price: $149.95
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    24 month manufacture warranty
    Lightweight eggcrate design grid produces controlled light source
    Diffuses light to provide high output with moderate feathering
    Included white diffusion cover
    80° reflector dish in heavy duty aluminum construction


  • Cowboy Studio

    Cowboystudio 400 Watt Photography Studio Monolight, Studio Strobe Light with 75 W Model Lamp

    Photography (Cowboy Studio)

    Rating (152 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    Cowboy Studio

    two years later...still very happy

    Before you read the review, This is for the SW-400 monolight. Looks like Amazon has combined it with other models and I can't speak for those. I've only used the Menik SW-400 model. I'd like to point out that many of Cowboystudio's products contain five-star reviews written by a ringers - probably the vendor herself. If you look at other reviews written by these users you will notice that all their reviews are for Cowboystudio products, all are glowing 5-star reviews, and the "story" in the reviews are completely inconsistent with each other. While this practice doesn't violate Amazon's policies, it is unethical and misleading. While looking at other Cowboystudio products I have discovered at least two such users with about 30 or so reviews, all for Cowboystudio products, all 5-stars, all absolutely ecstatic about their purchase, and all with inconsistent stories - in one the reviewer claims to be an experienced semi-pro, while in another a first-time photographer. I'm... 5/5 blarg (Houston) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Cowboystudio 400 Watt Photography Studio Monolight, Studio Strobe Light with 75 W Model Lamp (Electronics) Before you read the review, This is for the SW-400 monolight. Looks like Amazon has combined it with other models and I can't speak for those. I've only used the Menik SW-400 model. I'd like to point out that many of Cowboystudio's products contain five-star reviews written by a ringers - probably the vendor herself. If you look at other reviews written by these users you will notice that all their reviews are for Cowboystudio products, all are glowing 5-star reviews, and the "story" in the reviews are completely inconsistent with each other. While this practice doesn't violate Amazon's policies, it is unethical and misleading. While looking at other Cowboystudio products I have discovered at least two such users with about 30 or so reviews, all for Cowboystudio products, all 5-stars, all absolutely ecstatic about their purchase, and all with inconsistent stories - in one the reviewer claims to be an experienced semi-pro, while in another a first-time photographer. I'm... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 4, 2012

    Best flash for the money

    I am a commercial & editorial photographer in Colorado and just purchased this flash because my lumedynes are on their last leg and my calumet travelite 750's are getting long in the tooth. I was going to switch to AlienBee 1600's but After reading all the positive reviews and because they have a Bowens mount that should work with my travelite accessories, I decided to give these a try. I am very impressed by the flash, it is so useful to have the AC/DC option which I have already used twice in the 3 days Ive owned the flash. The build quality is very good almost as nice as the calumets travelite's and about the same as the Alien Bee's and better than the Photogenic StudioMax ac/dc strobes. They are pretty light for their power, though they are the same physical size as the calumet travelite 750's they are much lighter, though not as light as the AlienBees 1600. They recycle very quickly at full power on ac mode and about twice as long on DC mode. The audible beep is very... 5/5 Amazon Customer (Colorado) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: CowboyStudio Dual Power AC/DC 110v Mettle 600W Flash, Professional Strobe Flash Light, with Rechargeable Battery Pack (Electronics) I am a commercial & editorial photographer in Colorado and just purchased this flash because my lumedynes are on their last leg and my calumet travelite 750's are getting long in the tooth. I was going to switch to AlienBee 1600's but After reading all the positive reviews and because they have a Bowens mount that should work with my travelite accessories, I decided to give these a try. I am very impressed by the flash, it is so useful to have the AC/DC option which I have already used twice in the 3 days Ive owned the flash. The build quality is very good almost as nice as the calumets travelite's and about the same as the Alien Bee's and better than the Photogenic StudioMax ac/dc strobes. They are pretty light for their power, though they are the same physical size as the calumet travelite 750's they are much lighter, though not as light as the AlienBees 1600. They recycle very quickly at full power on ac mode and about twice as long on DC mode. The audible beep is very... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 20, 2012

    Fantastic Value and build quality but not 400 w/s

    I was doing research on trying to find an inexpensive alternative for a strobe that we would use on a college campus in the photo dept. Budget is always a concern and I wanted an inexpensive light that would serve us for head shots, more serious environmental portraits, occasional product shoots, and whatever else comes up.I bought this after reading many reviews and some guy that blogged about it. I found the light to be everything that was advertised. I was looking at Alien Bees as an alternative but the big drawback for me on all their stuff is their build construction as it pertains to how the speed rings attach to the front of the units. You can't use a very large light bank with any WL or AB product as if it's too heavy (or windy) the bank will tear right off the front of the strobe, sometimes taking with it the flashtube and modeling light.These are built right with all metal hardware where it connects to the stand, and it uses a standard Bowens... 4/5 Patrick M. Racey (Knoxville, TN) - See all my reviews, November 3, 2011
    List Price: $150.00
    It is a one 400 Watt second strobe light.
    This strobe comes with 3 colors, red, blue and grey


  • Neewer

    Neewer 180W 5600K Bowens Mount Photo Stuido Flash Speedlite Strobe Light Monolight for Studio, Location and Portrait Photography

    Photography (Neewer)

    Rating (147 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    Neewer

    Works well for it's price, got some pretty awesome results with it.

    I did a class recently in Atlanta showcasing what you could do with a cheap strobe nowadays and bought this one. The bottom line is it works well and you can get amazing results, but don't expect much from the build quality.I found the strobe plasticy to the touch, the umbrella holder is tension based and not screw based, and adjusting the tilt of the light very clackity. If held at certain angles the Phottix II stratos used to trigger the light for the class didn't fire the light, so don't know if there's an issue with the sync port or not, just happened consistently.During use those the light worked extremely well and produced consistent results. I've attached a few shots from the event up to show the results you can get using this $50 light, a $30 umbrella modifier, and a $20 craigslist special 100-200 lens.At $50 I would say this is a no brainer of a buy for anyone interested in starting studio lighting, or having an extra light as a kicker... 4/5 Trent Chau Photography "Photographer" (Atlanta) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Neewer 180W 5600K Bowens Mount Photo Stuido Flash Speedlite Strobe Light Monolight for Studio, Location and Portrait Photography (Electronics) I did a class recently in Atlanta showcasing what you could do with a cheap strobe nowadays and bought this one. The bottom line is it works well and you can get amazing results, but don't expect much from the build quality.I found the strobe plasticy to the touch, the umbrella holder is tension based and not screw based, and adjusting the tilt of the light very clackity. If held at certain angles the Phottix II stratos used to trigger the light for the class didn't fire the light, so don't know if there's an issue with the sync port or not, just happened consistently.During use those the light worked extremely well and produced consistent results. I've attached a few shots from the event up to show the results you can get using this $50 light, a $30 umbrella modifier, and a $20 craigslist special 100-200 lens.At $50 I would say this is a no brainer of a buy for anyone interested in starting studio lighting, or having an extra light as a kicker... Read more, May 8, 2014

    Its a nice set

    When I was buying this item I looked on every website to find any review of this producted, but there was none. Any ways hope this will help you guys if you want to buy it.Let start with the carrying case, you would love the quality of the carrying case, enough space to carry the gear and even space for extra storage, the material is really nice.The softboxes come in two sizes 50x70 and 60x60, there is no instruction manual so you will have to figure out y ourself how to assemble it, but dont worry its not very difficult to assemble the soft boxes. The site says one of the umbrellas is silver and one in black, but i received two silver umbrellas 33" the barn door is so easy to assemble and with different colours.The materials does not look cheap at all, the stands are stable, the flash re-cycle time in full power is about 8-9 seconds and in half power it takes about 4 seconds to recycle.. The trigger working perfect and the rest of the flash are... 4/5 J Azizi - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) When I was buying this item I looked on every website to find any review of this producted, but there was none. Any ways hope this will help you guys if you want to buy it.Let start with the carrying case, you would love the quality of the carrying case, enough space to carry the gear and even space for extra storage, the material is really nice.The softboxes come in two sizes 50x70 and 60x60, there is no instruction manual so you will have to figure out y ourself how to assemble it, but dont worry its not very difficult to assemble the soft boxes. The site says one of the umbrellas is silver and one in black, but i received two silver umbrellas 33" the barn door is so easy to assemble and with different colours.The materials does not look cheap at all, the stands are stable, the flash re-cycle time in full power is about 8-9 seconds and in half power it takes about 4 seconds to recycle.. The trigger working perfect and the rest of the flash are... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 28, 2010

    Glad I got it.

    0 3/5 squarepeg_photography - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Neewer 180W 5600K Bowens Mount Photo Stuido Flash Speedlite Strobe Light Monolight for Studio, Location and Portrait Photography (Electronics) Plenty of power for my small studio (aka, the basement). I have noticed a little quirk, though; If I don't use the modeling light, it doesn't recognize the sync cable after one picture. With the modeling light on, the sync cable works every time as long as you wait the 3-4 seconds to recharge.UPDATE: Raised the light stand and tightened the screws ever so slightly and the mounting barrel broke. Wrapped with packing tape to keep it on the stand. Amazingly, I'm still glad I bought it but now it's just 3 stars. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 16, 2013
    List Price: $79.95
    It could be triggered by a flash,infrared and sync cord (included).
    It will work as main light, back light or hair light and comes with an easy-to-use umbrella holder.
    This is a brand new 180ws Flash Strobe (master strobe).
    It also comes with a test button and variable dial for power setting from 1/8 to full 180w.
    The Studio Light is providing you with a Continues Lamp and Flash Function.


  • Neewer

    Neewer 300W Strobe/Flash Light for Studio, Location and Portrait Photography

    Photography (Neewer)
    List Price: $142.95

    The Studio Light is providing you with a Continues Lamp and Flash Function.
    100% BRAND NEW!! 1 Year Warranty!
    It will work as main light, back light or hair light and comes with an easy-to-use umbrella holder.
    NEW! Professional Studio Flash Strobe Light 300W


  • Fotodiox Inc.

    Fotodiox Pro Beauty Dish 28" with Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light B400, B800, B2800

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)
    List Price: $229.95
    Price: $89.95
    You Save: $140.00 (61%)

    80° reflector dish in heavy duty aluminum construction
    Diffuses light to provide high output with moderate feathering
    Included white diffusion cover
    24 month manufacture warranty
    Included speedring insert for your light


  • Fotodiox Inc.

    Fotodiox Pro Beauty Dish 22" with Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light B400, B800, B2200

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)
    List Price: $179.95

    Included speedring insert for your light
    24 month manufacture warranty
    80° reflector dish in heavy duty aluminum construction
    Diffuses light to provide high output with moderate feathering
    Included white diffusion cover


  • Fotodiox Inc.

    Fotodiox Pro Softbox 32x48" with Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light B400, B800, B1600

    Photography (Fotodiox Inc.)

    Rating (103 reviews):
    (4.0/5)
    Fotodiox Inc.

    Absolutely terrible

    0 1/5 Tyler Jordan - See all my reviews, January 5, 2010

    Similar experience: cheap build and hard to setup

    I purchased this softbox hoping for a good bargain, having used only small hotshoe-flash-mounted softboxes in the past. I read other reviews about problems setting up and found that cowboy studios has a series of videos on utube showing how to set things up. I watched the video and decided it shouldn't be too hard. As to reading instructions, it came with none so the video is really important.But in reality, the first time was a bit difficult. 2 of the holes that hold the bars have already crumbled away during the first setup. Once I got everything together, it seemed like a reasonably decent softbox. I'm afraid I didn't get to try it out because my kid came down with a cold.Given the damage sustained on the first setup, I find it hard to believe that this softbox will last more than 1 or 2 setups.I'll try the setup again, but something tells me that I'm going to wind up spending a bit more for a name-brand softbox and hope I have better... 2/5 SomeNYCGuy - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) I purchased this softbox hoping for a good bargain, having used only small hotshoe-flash-mounted softboxes in the past. I read other reviews about problems setting up and found that cowboy studios has a series of videos on utube showing how to set things up. I watched the video and decided it shouldn't be too hard. As to reading instructions, it came with none so the video is really important.But in reality, the first time was a bit difficult. 2 of the holes that hold the bars have already crumbled away during the first setup. Once I got everything together, it seemed like a reasonably decent softbox. I'm afraid I didn't get to try it out because my kid came down with a cold.Given the damage sustained on the first setup, I find it hard to believe that this softbox will last more than 1 or 2 setups.I'll try the setup again, but something tells me that I'm going to wind up spending a bit more for a name-brand softbox and hope I have better... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 5, 2010

    Just buy one, you won't be disappointed

    I must have looked at hundreds of reviews about all the big names in softbox technology wondering what I should get. I stumbled across this one on the net and considering the price and the few good reviews it had, I decided what do I have to lose. Turned out to be a great choice.The material looks and feels durable and no loose stitching or anything. My biggest surprise was the size. After setup, it's huge. Was really happy about that and quickly put it to test. The output is marvelous and already getting noticed here and there.One thing I should tell you is that it's not like the Westcotts that fold up like a large umbrella so you'll need to get used to setting it up and dismantling it. Like the other reviewers, and for someone who had never setup a softbox, i had to google it and watch a video on youtube. After this it was a breeze, quite simple to setup and dismantle but will take a little practice. It has a double baffle so diffusion is smooth. You may want... 5/5 Wailor (GA, USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Fotodiox Pro Softbox 32x48" with Speedring for Alien Bees Strobe Light B400, B800, B1600 (Electronics) I must have looked at hundreds of reviews about all the big names in softbox technology wondering what I should get. I stumbled across this one on the net and considering the price and the few good reviews it had, I decided what do I have to lose. Turned out to be a great choice.The material looks and feels durable and no loose stitching or anything. My biggest surprise was the size. After setup, it's huge. Was really happy about that and quickly put it to test. The output is marvelous and already getting noticed here and there.One thing I should tell you is that it's not like the Westcotts that fold up like a large umbrella so you'll need to get used to setting it up and dismantling it. Like the other reviewers, and for someone who had never setup a softbox, i had to google it and watch a video on youtube. After this it was a breeze, quite simple to setup and dismantle but will take a little practice. It has a double baffle so diffusion is smooth. You may want... Read more, December 19, 2011
    List Price: $54.95
    Sealable venting for use with modeling lamp or continuous lighting source
    Rotating speedring with thumb-screw lock
    Features an inner baffle and outer diffusive cover for an even light throw
    Pro-grade, heat-resistant, & reflective fabric
    Includes a 24 month manufacturer warranty


  • ephoto

    ePhoto Large 55cm Studio Photography Beauty Dish Reflector Beauty Dish for Alien Bee Alienbees White Lighting By ePhoto A121SRWL

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    Rating (8 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    ephoto

    solid

    0 5/5 Brad M. (New Mexico) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: ePhoto Large 55cm Studio Photography Beauty Dish Reflector Beauty Dish for Alien Bee Alienbees White Lighting By ePhoto A121SRWL (Electronics) It's solidly built and fits nicely on my Einstein. If anything, it's a tad snug, but this is my first beauty dish and I imagine you want it to be snug to prevent spill out the back. Unlike older reviewers, I had little difficulty getting the diffusion sock on. Perhaps they've made it larger than before. The dish/adapter design has changed slightly from the photo. There is only one thumbscrew on the back holding the speed ring in place, and the other three are slots/notches where the adapter fits into the dish. Seems like a smarter design which holds it in place just as well but only requires you to remove one screw to pull it off. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 21, 2014

    Highly recommend.

    0 5/5 MrChoate - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: ePhoto Large 55cm Studio Photography Beauty Dish Reflector Beauty Dish for Alien Bee Alienbees White Lighting By ePhoto A121SRWL (Electronics) If you're looking at this, then there is no doubt you've already been to the Paul C Buff website looking at Alienbees. This is a cheaper solution than the beauty dish they have offered on their website. I bought this at the same time as my Alienbee lights. I knew what to expect because I done a lot of research, but I had no idea the difference this makes when taking portraits. I will always have this with me on a photoshoot. ESPECIALLY for headshot sessions. Highly recommend. Build quality is great, locks on to flash firmly. I am very happy with this purchase. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 21, 2013

    Works very well

    0 5/5 Steve T - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: ePhoto Large 55cm Studio Photography Beauty Dish Reflector Beauty Dish for Alien Bee Alienbees White Lighting By ePhoto A121SRWL (Electronics) This is a good product, and significantly cheaper than pretty much anyone else out there including the stock Alienbees BD. It fits quite well on both my AB400 and AB800 monoblocs. It creates a nice even wash of light, but I do not know if the stock grid will fit this BD. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 20, 2010
    List Price: $150.00
    Price: $149.99
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    1 x elastic diffuser
    1 x 55cm 21.7" Beauty Dish


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