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Smith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V)

B&H # SMKF3U Mfr # 401456
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Product Highlights
  • 3 Flash Units
  • Brackets, Light Stands
  • 2 Umbrellas, Lighting Guide
  • Storage Case

TheSmith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas is one of the most economical flash kits available. kit includes 3 FlashLite 45i AC Slave/Master Flashes, swivel mounts, umbrellas for softening the light output, light stands and a corrugated case for storage.

The built in optical slave fires the second flash when it "sees" the light from the first unit.
The black backed white umbrellas soften the light.
Maximum Watt/Seconds 45 each
Guide Number 90, ISO 100
Recycle Time 3 seconds
Flash Duration 1/500-1/1000 sec.
Flash Variability No
User Replaceable Flashtube No
Changeable Reflector No
Changeable Reflector No
Modeling Light Wattage Not applicable
Voltage Stabilization Not specified by manufacturer
Flash Ready Indicator LED
Operating Voltage 110-115V AC only
Built-in Slave Cell Yes
Circuit Protection No
Fan Cooled No
Auto Dump Not applicable
Dimensions Each flash: 3 x 5.6" 7.6 cm)
Kit in Case: 13 x 26 x 13" in case
Weight Each flash: 0.25 lb (0.1 kg)
Kit Weight 19 lbs (8.6 kg)
Smith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V)
  • 3 x 45i Slave flashes with sync cords and test buttons
  • 2 x 33" Black backed white umbrellas
  • 3 x Umbrella/light swivel mounts
  • 3 x S8 8' Aluminum light stands
  • Corrugated storage case
  • Lighting Guide: Imaging with Light
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Smith-VictorKF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V)
     
    4.2

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (15)
    • Easy to setup (12)
    • Reliable (10)
    • Consistent (9)
    • Easy to set up (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (14)
      • Photography (11)
      • Strobe lighting (8)
      • Artificial lighting (6)
      • Weddings (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      A Nice Strobe Lighting Kit for Beginners

      I bought this kit three weeks ago and use the kit to learn portrait photography. I have had a lot of fun with this kit so far. This kit contains essential stands, lights...Read complete review

      I bought this kit three weeks ago and use the kit to learn portrait photography. I have had a lot of fun with this kit so far. This kit contains essential stands, lights and umbrellas for three point lighting. The kit will be better if one of the umbrellas is silver-black, or one white-black umbrella and one softbox instead of two identical white-black umbrellas.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good value

      This is good for the price. I needed a light set up to get going without spending too much. They work well. My only compliant is it can take up to 10 seconds...Read complete review

      This is good for the price. I needed a light set up to get going without spending too much. They work well. My only compliant is it can take up to 10 seconds for them to recharge which causes a lot of missed shots.

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      4.0

      Good product but read this review.

      By Graphicjordy

      from Delray Beach FL

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Cheap
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Can't be used outdoors
      • Needs a special trigger

      Best Uses

      • Indoors small subjetcs
      • Portraits
      • Strobe Lighting

      Comments about Smith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V):

      I bought this lighting kit, received very exited and when I went to try it, boom! it didn't seem to work. These are slave flashes with a power of 45w/s (keep in mind, pros use 350 to 500 w/s minimum). My trigger, of course is the tiny winny flash that pops up from my camera, and guess what, that little flash is way brighter than this lights so you when the flash shoots you can't see any effect of these lights in your picture.
      I though it was a total failure from my end, buying such a low power BUT... I saw that the flashes can also be triggered with an AC cable, my camera doesn't have an AC hole so I had to get an adaptor (also from B&H of course), waited for it and when it came I ran to try it with these lights, that at that moment were already packed for return, IT WORKED! great lighting, awesome pictures, the kit is easy to set and light to handle, great. Now I only have one issue with it, my camera hast a 2 time flash system that only allows me to use these lights up to 1/250 speed, higher speed than that and you get a dark a black area in your frame, which makes me think you can't use these light outdoors, but whatever, I like it! it was cheap and so far has produced results. I hope this review is useful.

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      • No

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would buy again anyday of the week!!

      By ashleygracephotos

      from Ohio

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photography
        • Portraits
        • Strobe Lighting

        Comments about Smith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V):

        I got this as a "beginners" set 7 years ago and have never needed anything else!! It is the most versatile and easy to use set I have seen on the market...especially at this price!!! It would be great if the kit came in a pretty or more durable carrying case, but after 7 years of lugging this kit around in the original box, it is still holding up, so I can't even complain about that. I haven't found a camera yet that it doesn't work with effortlessly.

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        • Yes

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        4.0

        Great for the price

        By Danielle

        from Fairport, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Smith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V):

          This is the first lighting set up that I have owned and I really have no complaints about it. Setting the slaves up was easy and I had no issues with the construction involved with setting up. While I have worked with much more advanced (and therefore expensive) models, this one is definitely something great to get you started!

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          • No

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          3.0

          light weight. proceed with caution

          By smacintyre a700

          from Wyandotte, MI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy Setup
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting
            • Portraits
            • Strobe Lighting
            • Weddings

            Comments about Smith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V):

            Great price. Great starter kit, but it's made with a lot of plastic. This setup will work but needs a gentle hand. The plastic clamps have a tough time holding the umbrellas. Bump it and the umbrella will drop.

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            5.0

            Great for the price

            By Michele

            from AshlAnd ky

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy Setup
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Photography
              • Portraits
              • Strobe Lighting
              • Weddings

              Comments about Smith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V):

              Gets the simple jobs done! Amazing for the price! Highly recomended'

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great value for the money.

              By Tom C.

              from Orangeburg, SC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy Setup
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Artificial Lighting
                • Portraits

                Comments about Smith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V):

                I bought this to use for location shooting and some studio product shots. An added bonus is that I can also use it for video lighting by switching out the stobes with photofloods. Easy to set-up and carry. Very good quality, good power.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great For The Price

                By Suzy

                from Colorado

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy Setup
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Smith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V):

                  I use the lights in my home to take pictures of all the babies in the family and my daughters head shots for her acting resume. Works great and easy to set up.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Nice starter lighting kit

                  By KM

                  from Dallas, TX

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Photography
                    • Strobe Lighting
                    • Weddings

                    Comments about Smith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V):

                    I am trying to break into the business of photography so I wanted a light set-up that was economical until I was able to afford more. This has done the trick. It will allow me to take location photographs in a professional manner.

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                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    A GREAT BUY

                    By COOGLY

                    from QUEENS. NEW YORK

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Easy Setup
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting
                      • Weddings

                      Comments about Smith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V):

                      THIS PRODUCT GIVES YOU ENOUGH LIGHTING FOR JUST ABOUT ANYTHING YOU DO. ONLY DOWNFALL IS THAT ITS LIMITED TO INDOORS AND JUST ABOUT ANY FLASH WILL SET IT OFF.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great Tool

                      By Amy

                      from Milwaukee, WI

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy Setup
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photography
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Smith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V):

                        This flash is perfect for our occasional studio needs. Sets up quickly and breaks down into easily stored pieces.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Quick and Easy

                        By Paul

                        from Memphis, TN

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy Setup
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography
                          • Strobe Lighting
                          • Weddings

                          Comments about Smith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V):

                          Very quick and easy to set up. Compact enough to make transportation not feel like your moving into and apartment.

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          A Nice Strobe Lighting Kit for Beginners

                          By DX

                          from Prairie Village, Kansas

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy Setup
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photography
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Smith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V):

                            I bought this kit three weeks ago and use the kit to learn portrait photography. I have had a lot of fun with this kit so far. This kit contains essential stands, lights and umbrellas for three point lighting. The kit will be better if one of the umbrellas is silver-black, or one white-black umbrella and one softbox instead of two identical white-black umbrellas.

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                            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great starter set

                            By PM Photography

                            from Mocksville, NC

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy Setup
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Photography
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Smith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V):

                              This is a great simple set of flashes for an amateur breaking into some portrait photography. The flashes are simple to setup and can be triggered either by a direct cable connected to your camera or automatically by the flash from your camera. All around a simple and easy to use set.

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                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Surprised, Surprised!

                              By The MS Aperture

                              from Pater, MS

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Easy Setup
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Smith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V):

                                To be totally honest, I really didn't expect that much performance from a kit this inexpensive. I bought it because I wanted a kit with umbrellas to make me appear more professional-looking.

                                MAN, DID I SELL THIS KIT SHORT!!! More power than any flash I've ever owned; with this kit, I can comfortably run my ISO @100-200 @f/5.6 to f/8 as opposed to 400-800 with my multiple slave flash setup at 8-15 feet. Well worth the money.

                                However, for those who need variable light, be aware that this kit is constant; it does not offer adjustable lighting; but in fairness to the kit, it wasn't designed to do so. I have adjustable flashes, so that detail doesn't bother me.

                                Because of this kit, I have now gained enough confidence to step up to a system with variable power. If you are a mobile photographer, new to indoor photography, or in need of a good, solid starter or auxiliary system, get this one.

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                Good value

                                By Erin T

                                from North of Boston, MA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy Setup
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • Slow

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits
                                • Strobe Lighting

                                Comments about Smith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V):

                                This is good for the price. I needed a light set up to get going without spending too much. They work well. My only compliant is it can take up to 10 seconds for them to recharge which causes a lot of missed shots.

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Excellant Product for a start up studio

                                By Tvo

                                from Nampa, Idaho

                                About Me Getting started

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent
                                • Easy Setup
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • None

                                Best Uses

                                • Artificial Lighting
                                • Photography
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Smith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V):

                                I have just started my business and this is one of the best purchases that I have bought. Absolutely amazing product. I recommend this to anyone who needs a good entry level studio lighting equipment.

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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Great Prince and Easy to Use

                                By Anonymous

                                from Summit, NJ

                                Comments about Smith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V):

                                I have been using this kit for 3 weeks now and love how easy it is to get pretty darn good results. A decent background & reflectors will help tremendously along with plenty of practice. For a super-tight budget, this beginner kit does a good job.

                                Problems Encountered: The hardware used to hold the strobe's position is plastic and sometimes drops under the weight of an umbrella.

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                                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Tigershots-Photography

                                By Cliff

                                from New Jersey

                                Comments about Smith-Victor KF3U 3-Light 135W/s Thrifty Location Kit with Umbrellas (120V):

                                I just to Thank you very, very much for helping me out to select this studio lights. First I was so nervous but it turn out to be very easy to use and it really. It really help me out a lot because I can be referred to anybody that I can create my projects Again, Thank you very, very much. Thank,

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