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SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC)

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Product Highlights
  • Reflector, Modeling Light
  • Sync Cord, Umbrella
  • Air Cushioned Light Stand

The SP Systems Excalibur monolights are on the cutting edge of professional quality lighting. These are affordable, full featured strobes, perfect for the beginner, or advanced amateur.

This 320 watt/second monolight includes a reflector, umbrella, air cushioned light stand and sync cord.

Lightweight
Easy to transport for location photography
Color Temperature
Accurate color
User Replaceable Flashtube
No tools are required to replace this "plug & play" flashtube
Modeling Light
Uses standard household lightbulbs -- inexpensive and easy to find.
Built-In Slave
Switchable optical slave for synchronization with other flashes
Maximum Watt/Seconds 320 w/s
Guide Number 160, in feet @ 100 ISO
Recycle Time Minimum 0.3 sec., maximum 3 sec.
Flash Duration (t 0.5) 1/300 sec. @ full power
Flash Variability 4 F-Stops, Full to 1/8 power, 320 to 40 w/s
User Replaceable Flashtube Yes (SPFT60R)
Changeable Reflector Yes
Modeling Light Wattage 60W Tungsten standard household
Voltage Stabilization Yes, +/- 1.5%
Flash Ready Indicator LED Charge indicator.
Operating Voltage 110-120V AC, 60hz
Sync Voltage 9V
Built-in Slave Cell Yes, switchable
Circuit Protection Fuse safety protection
Fan Cooled No
Auto Dump No
Dimensions 4.9 x 8.9 x 15" (12.5 x 22.5 x 38cm)
Weight 5lbs 11.7oz (2.6kg)
SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC)
  • Flashtube (SPFT60R)
  • Modeling Light (60W household)
  • AC Power Cord
  • Sync Cord
  • Protective Cap
  • Reflector
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • 90 Day Flashtube Warranty

  • Included Free

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    SP Studio SystemsExcalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC)
     
    4.2

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good color value (16)
    • Good power output (16)
    • Durable (14)
    • Long-lasting (11)
    • Attach securely (5)

    Cons

    • Flimsy (5)

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (17)
    • General purpose (13)
    • Outdoor events / games (9)
    • Low light (7)
    • Portraits (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (12)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excalibur 3200 - Never quits!

    I've had Excalibur lighting for over 15 years now....and NEVER had one slight problem. I own three strobes, and just purchased my fourth. The reliability is amazing, since they have...Read complete review

    I've had Excalibur lighting for over 15 years now....and NEVER had one slight problem. I own three strobes, and just purchased my fourth. The reliability is amazing, since they have all flashed thousands of times, without a glitch. The 'slave' option is strong, even when not quite in the line of view, and I love the smooth 'slider' used for the intensity of the strobe and the model light.
    I bought this brand as a beginners, and assumed that I would have to 'upgrade' in five years. My 'upgrading' has now become buying more of the same. Things that 'aren't' so great about them?? I haven't found any yet!
    Sarah

    VS

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    They serve me well

    I've had a set for years. I've been able to adapt some after-market modifiers to them and I've done plenty of great work with them.

    It's not easy to find the...Read complete review

    I've had a set for years. I've been able to adapt some after-market modifiers to them and I've done plenty of great work with them.

    It's not easy to find the little fuses and they blow every now and then. Recycle time is SLOW, not fast. When mine were purchased it was rather inexpensive for a whole set, they seem to have gone up.

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    5.0

    Best light for the money

    By Johnbo

    from Missoula Montana

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Color Value
    • Great Value
    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Home Studio
    • Indoors
    • Low Light
    • Portraits

    Comments about SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC):

    I have used these lights for years now. My first one still works as good as new. I light metered it and it still is strong as new.I use it in a home studio that is fairly small so the 320ws has been plenty strong for my use. I usually have to dial them down to half power or so under normal shooting conditions. They are very well made. I like them so much that i now have four of them. Much cheaper and more powerful than speed lights. I highly recommend them for a small studio and for someone on a budget as I dont believe you can get a better light for the money. The recharge time is good too. Not real fast but not so slow that it interupts the flow of the shoot. There is a decent amount of light modifiers for them but they take awhile to ship so order them long before you need them.The stands are well built and a good size.

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    5.0

    Great value for money

    By DSP

    from Burlington, VT

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Color Value
    • Long-Lasting
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC):

      I've used SP-Systems flashes for years. They're consistent, easy to use and fairly durable. Highly recommended.

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      • No

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      5.0

      A Veritable Workhorse

      By Bill Karoly

      from Syracuse, UT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Long-Lasting
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Portraits
      • Special Events

      Comments about SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC):

      I have two of these that I purchased over 20 years ago and they are still going strong. These 3200's have worked and worked and worked. I have replaced the strobe tubes once because they just simply wore out.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great light for the money.

      By Photo Black

      from Memphis, TN

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Long-Lasting

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC):

        Good main or fill light for portraits.

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        5.0

        Used for 15 years in professional studio

        By Oldpro

        from Mechanicsburg, PA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Good Color Value
        • Lightweight
        • Long-Lasting
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Portraits
          • Special Events

          Comments about SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC):

          I used two 3200 and one 1600 monolight in my retail portrait studio for 15 years. These were the only lights I owned. When I first started out, I packed these up and brought them on location. Later, they were mounted in the studio. Today, as I retire and am selling all my equipment, these monolights are just like they were the day I bought them. These are great, quality units at a super price!

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          • No

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          3.0

          They serve me well

          By Dave

          from Montgomery Alabama

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Good Color Value
          • Lightweight
          • Long-Lasting
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

          • Hard to find new fuses

          Comments about SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC):

          I've had a set for years. I've been able to adapt some after-market modifiers to them and I've done plenty of great work with them.

          It's not easy to find the little fuses and they blow every now and then. Recycle time is SLOW, not fast. When mine were purchased it was rather inexpensive for a whole set, they seem to have gone up.

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          • No

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excalibur 3200 - Never quits!

          By Sarah

          from North Andover, MA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Good Color Value
          • Long-Lasting
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Low Light
            • Night Time
            • Outdoors
            • Portraits
            • Special Events

            Comments about SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC):

            I've had Excalibur lighting for over 15 years now....and NEVER had one slight problem. I own three strobes, and just purchased my fourth. The reliability is amazing, since they have all flashed thousands of times, without a glitch. The 'slave' option is strong, even when not quite in the line of view, and I love the smooth 'slider' used for the intensity of the strobe and the model light.
            I bought this brand as a beginners, and assumed that I would have to 'upgrade' in five years. My 'upgrading' has now become buying more of the same. Things that 'aren't' so great about them?? I haven't found any yet!
            Sarah

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            • No

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            4.0

            Good lighting setup for classes

            By Dani

            from Richmond, VA

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to set up
            • Easy to Use
            • Good price value
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Flimsy
            • Slow recyling

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Portraits
            • Studio lighting

            Comments about SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC):

            I bought these lights to complete a four light kit for college classes. I had previously purchased the Excalibur 6400 model and added these lights to use with those. The lights all have similar and easy to use controls, which was helpful in combining the two kits. The reflector dishes are somewhat flimsy, and I've had to repair dents to the dish from travelling with the the lights in a soft bag. When mounting the lights to the stand, it's also somewhat difficult to get a secure fit, and the lights tend to shift slightly on the stand during use at times. The lights are easy to assemble out of the box, and work well for student usage. The kit quality would probably stand up to professional studio usage as well, although the recycle time could be a bit slow for portraits.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent Monolight

            By Walt

            from Belle Haven,VA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attach Securely
            • Durable
            • Good Color Value
            • Long-Lasting
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Special Events

              Comments about SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC):

              I use the lights in a studio setup and for large group shoots, lighting up the entire stage for ballet cast photographs.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Light Kit

              By AJ Photography

              from Frederick, MD

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Color Value

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Special Events

                Comments about SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC):

                Bought these to round out my lighting. I have a set of constanst flourescents and now a set of strobes. Assembly was easy and the protective cover is really nice. The cycle times also seem to be fine. They are a little wobbly and I do anchor them with sand bags. Good light with nice model light aspects.

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                • No

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                4.0

                More Than Enough Flash Unit

                By Nursejr

                from Harrisburg PA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Color Value
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Night Time

                  Comments about SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC):

                  I bought these units to get back into studio photography in my retirement and I am happy with the purchase. I do portrait work and small groups and have found these units to be more than sufficient. The only problem that I had was a defective synch cord with one of the units. Instructions or a manual might have been nice.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Very Reliable Set of Lights

                  By Jeff

                  from Hinesville, GA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC):

                    I have had another set of these lights for over a year and have never had any problems. When I recently needed another set I didnt even hesitate to buy another set. I use these lights alot and are pretty ruff on them and I am very satisfied with them.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Lights

                    By jim

                    from Indiana

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors

                        Comments about SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC):

                        Ues this on sports and they work great

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Pieces of Garbage.

                        By miscusi

                        from new york city

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC):

                            I had two of these, and both broke. I hear a pop and then the fuse goes, (5v). new fuses just blows instantly. These things just are not durable. When they work, they work fine, but when they break, its so horrible. Mine broke in a middle of a sesson, So always have a backup strobe. And it wasnt $ cheap $. very dissappointing product.

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                            1.0

                            Please Help

                            By Mike

                            from Omaha, NE

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Pros

                            • Attach Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Good Color Value
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                            • Blows the 5 v fuse

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC):

                              I have the Excalibur 3200, It keeps blowing the 5 v fuse. Does anyone know why? Please e-mail me with the answer. Thanks [@]

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                              3.0

                              SO SO

                              By Sackytar

                              from GR MI

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Only four stops of power
                                • Plastic

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors

                                Comments about SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC):

                                Good starter kit. But not very durable. Used for 2 years. These wont last forever.

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                                5.0

                                Beautiful true color!

                                By Lorrie

                                from Atlanta, Ga

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Good Color Value
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors
                                  • Low Light

                                  Comments about SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC):

                                  I use the Excalibur monolights for still product photography. One of the problems that my company came across when shooting the photos was that the color temperature wasn't warm enough... the product looked different in the client's home than it did on the website. These lights not only fixed the issue, but with flying colors. I would recommend these lights to anyone doing photography, including portraits.

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                                  4.0

                                  Strobe Review

                                  By Alan

                                  from Hartsdale, NY

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attach Securely
                                  • Good Color Value
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                  • Recycle Slow

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use

                                  Comments about SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC):

                                  It's easy to use and has nice power. Recycle time is a little slow. It performed well the first time I used it.

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                                  4.0

                                  Very Simple to Use

                                  By Duck Creek Studios

                                  from Las Vegas, NV

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Good Color Value
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors
                                    • Low Light
                                    • Special Events

                                    Comments about SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC):

                                    This monolight, along with the SP 920 is my first lighting set up. I wanted something for event portraiture. This unit was easy to learn how to use, quick to set up, and reliable. The only real issue I had was the stand, which comes as part of the kit, appears flimsy. The light does appear to be extremely powerful. I haven't used it at more than 1/2 power as of yet.

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent for the price!

                                    By Mike in Illinois

                                    from Plainfield, IL

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Color Value
                                    • Powerful

                                    Cons

                                    • No owners manual

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors
                                    • Special Events

                                    Comments about SP Studio Systems Excalibur 3200 - 320 Watt/Second Monolight (120VAC):

                                    This is the second unit of this type that I have bought, and it is wonderful. Easy to use and set up and produces wonderful light. A lot of features for a low price! I've used it for several weddings with both 35mm and digital SLR cameras with fantastic results.

                                    The refresh time could be a bit faster - not good for rapid succession of photos.

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