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PhotoSEL LS21E52 Softbox Studio Lighting Kit - 2 x 85W 5000lm 5500K 90+ CRI Bulb 40x60cm Softbox

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  • 2 x 5500K 85W 5000lm pure white daylight bulb
  • 90+ general colour rendering index (CRI)
  • 2 x 40x60cm softbox with removable inner and front diffuser
  • Flicker Free
  • For still photo or video
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PhotoSEL LS21E52 Softbox Studio Lighting Kit - 2 x 85W 5000lm 5500K 90+ CRI Bulb 40x60cm Softbox + PhotoSEL BS103 Professional Background Support System 2.6m (H) x 3m or 2m (W) with Carry Bag + PhotoSEL CL135SC 35mm Grip Size Photography Clamp for Background Support and Backdrop (Set of 12)
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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 7 Kg
  • Item model number: LS21E52
  • ASIN: B002I3VCGS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 18 July 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

The PhotoSEL LS21E52 Softbox Studio Lighting Kit - 2 Light Kit is an ideal kit for portraits in a confined area or product photography, and can be combined with a light pod or pop up light tent.

If you have been trying to shoot pictures with an accurate colour representation of the items you are photographing, it is very likely that you have been relying on special filters and/or software editing to improve the results. With the PhotoSEL LS21E52 Lighting Kit, this may well be a thing of the past. Rather than providing inferior quality 6400K 50-80 CRI light bulbs, this kit includes two high quality 5500K 90+ CRI fluorescent light bulbs. Set-up is easy: plug the lights in, place them on the ground, and turn them on. The result is 5500K light output that's ideal for taking digital shots by collectors, arts and crafts hobbyists, sellers, archivists, and desktop publishers. The lighting kit can also be used for DV talking head shots, digital still portraits, and webcam desktop video conferencing.

The lighting kit provides a soft uniform diffused light. The front and inner diffuser on each softbox are removable, offering hard or soft light options. The lighting kit comes supplied with two 85W 5500K 90+ CRI 5000lm daylight fluorescent light bulbs. Also included are two 40 x 60cm softboxes, two bulb holders, two power cables with in-line switch, two 80-190cm light stands and one carry bag.

Specifications
Input Voltage: 230V AC
Lamps: 85W Fluorescent x 2, E27 base, included
Softbox Size: 40 x 60cm
Light Stand Height: 80-190cm

Box Contains

2 x bulb holder
2 x power cable
2 x PhotoSEL SBPR4X6 softbox
2 x PhotoSEL ST231 light stand
2 x PhotoSEL BBEH5 light bulb
1 x carry bag

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Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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131 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Boing TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Mar. 2010
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Nutshell version: good product and fairly good value for money.

I bought this light stand set for two reasons: portrait photographs, and creating even lighting for a green screen background.

What's in the box:
- Two Photosel light stands,
- Two photographic white daylight bulbs,
- Two light heads with on/off switches and UK 3-pin plugs,
- Two 40x60cm soft boxes (silver inner, black outer),
- Two inner diffuser sheets,
- Two outer diffuser sheets,
- Eight metal support rods,
- Carrying bag.

The light stands are fairly lightweight but totally adequate for supporting the heads and softboxes. The softboxes themselves are very well made, and the only let down is that the light heads are made of a cheap plastic which feels like it is going to break in your hands.

One nice surprise is that the light heads include a slot for a photographic umbrella, so you can add those to your lighting arrangements without having to buy anything else.

The bag supplied is a bit dubious. It is about 5' long with a zip at only one end, so it can be difficult to actually get the kit into the bag and there is no arrangement I can find that does not result in masses of unused space. Coupled with the fact that the carrying strap is utterly useless, this makes the bag a bit of a white elephant. Sure it will keep everything together and clean when it's in your car, but you won't be dancing for joy about how neat and portable your lighting kit is.

The bulbs on the other hand are absolutely smashing - in the 'great' sense, not the damaged sense. The light is clean, strong, even, and super-pure looking, and the softboxes perform admirably with these bulbs.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Slo on 11 Jan. 2011
I've used these lights on a couple of shoots now. They are extremely good value, but they are limited. You're not going illuminate much more than upper body and head for portraits, so if that's all you want, or product shots etc. these should really suit you well. If you want to shoot someone standing, and you want all of them in the shot, these light won't do it for you, so just make sure you buy them for what you want, and not for what you think they might do, especially if you're just starting out and think they'll be enough for all you want.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Mike Le Gray on 5 Nov. 2009
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These lights arrived well packaged and come with a soft case, making it very easy to move to location shoots or simply for storage in the home. I bought them with PhotoSEL BK-13CB Black 100% Muslin Background 3x6m, PhotoSEL BK-13CW White 100% Muslin Background 3x6m and PhotoSEL BS-103 Professional Background Support 2.7, which together make an excellent budget studio kit.

The light stands are sturdy and strong enough, whilst not being too heavy and perfect for the job. However, the light heads themselves are made of a very cheap and I suspect, fragile, plastic. You really do have to be careful not to tighten the softbox mounting screws too tight, as I have no doubt the plastic will crack. That being said, so long as you handle them with care, you shouldn't have any trouble with them.

The quality of the light produced by this set is surprisingly good. When I assembled the first light, I wasn't expecting too much, but when I turned it on, it way exceeded my expectations. I did a shoot here in my home yesterday, using both lights and the white muslin background and got some very nice shots indeed.

As a photographer on a budget, these lights were a great buy and I'm extremely pleased with them. They are perfect for me to use either at home, or to take to an office for a corporate shot, for example.

If you're in the market for a home studio solution, I highly recommend this one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R Bentley on 4 Mar. 2011
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EDIT 23/2 after much more experience with these and other lights

This is not for a professional. However, if you are getting into your photography a bit more and want to play with lighting techniques, then this is a relatively cheap starting point. You get some good daylight bulbs, sturdy stands, and a nicely branded piece of kit.

For £120 these will be good for headshots and general lighting. But dont expect this to be good for full figure or group shots as the light tail off is too much. Mainly as these boxes are 40cm x 60cm which is not that big. Ive had these two softboxes and the photosel umbrellas (105W) aiming to light a 2m square area for guest pictures in a marquee and still struggled to get good camera settings (and I DO know what Im doing).

You will be able to play with lighting and learn with these and it will be money well spent. Next stages are more £300+ (ebay) for strobes with larger boxes, then you can get into big brands for proper studio work at £750 - £1000. Strobes/Flashguns/monolights are your professional choices - so just dont be expecting too much from these.

On other points:
1. Photosel should have instructions or their own youtube video rather than rely on a frustrated customer to show you how to put this kit together
2. They can be top heavy and will topple easily if knocked
3. Softbox frame was so difficult and awkward to construct that I leave them made up - which takes up a lot of space and isnt ideal for transporting. I'm just not convinced I could necessarily put them together easily as and when without breakages - which would be disasterous if Im at an event where I need them.
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