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Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount

B&H # SMUK2 MFR # 401484
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  • 2- Umbrellas, Light Stands, Brackets
  • Case

This is a Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount augments your flash or tungsten lights - up to 500 watts. It includes light mounts, 8' light stands, 40" white umbrellas and case.

Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount
  • 2- 40" Black-Backed White Umbrellas
  • 2- Raven RS8 8' Black Aluminum Stands
  • 2- UM-4 Umbrella Mounts
  • 1- TB-990 Carrying Case
  • 1- Lighting Guide: Imaging with Light
    Note: Light fixtures are not included
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    Smith-VictorUK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount
     
    4.6

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (13)
    • Durable (8)
    • Easy to setup (8)
    • Attach securely (6)
    • Long-lasting (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (12)
      • General purpose (7)
      • Indoors (6)
      • Photography (5)
      • Artificial lighting (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great setup, great price

      This is a great kit for someone who is just starting flash photography, or somebody ona budget. The price is simply unbeatable for the quality.The stands are fairly compact, and quite stable. They...Read complete review

      This is a great kit for someone who is just starting flash photography, or somebody ona budget. The price is simply unbeatable for the quality.The stands are fairly compact, and quite stable. They are pretty wobbly when you add the umbrella, but if you spread out the legs further, it helps to stabilize it.The ubrellas are actually 45", as indicated by the packaging. The back is removable to shoot-through. The shaft is solid and stable, and the umbrellas are easy to open and close.The brackets are probably the "worst" part of this kit. They work perfectly fine, but they are mostly plastic. This causes slight instability, but it won't suddenly fall over if you have it pretty tight. I believe the brackets alone are about [$] each, so this is a great value. They are a bit confusing to figure out for a beginner, and no intructions are included.Here's how:1. Pop the black caps off the metal tops on the stands.2. Screw on the female gold metal adapter.3. Attach the braket with the lever part on top. Screw it in.4. Use the male adapter on the top to mount your flash or a shoe mount adapter.The bag is intended for one tripod and umbrella, not the whole kit. I found this a bid disappointing, but I just shove both tripods in w/ the brackets on, and put the umbrellas through the strops, sitting on top. Bungee cords are great for this is you are traveling.Overall, it's a great kit fot the price.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good value....bag too small

      The included components are of decent quality, and no complaints whatosever given the price point. The kit is a very nice start, but not quite complete, and I'm not sure why. I...Read complete review

      The included components are of decent quality, and no complaints whatosever given the price point. The kit is a very nice start, but not quite complete, and I'm not sure why. I would give 3.5 stars if it were an option, but 4 was just too high for a bundle that is slightly "quirky" in my opinion.
      First, I'm surprised the description isn't correct, but the umbrellas in this kit ARE shoot-thru. The black backing easily comes off. In Keith's review he mentions the black backing can't be detached. He's incorrect. Unscrew the black cap at the tip and the backing comes right off. 2nd, this kit is designed for use with flash, so I'm very surpised that shoes for flash aren't included. I don't get it. I actually had to call to make sure I definitely needed another piece, and verify what exactly I needed. You need the Stroboframe 300-405 as well.
      I received my kit on 4/30/10 and the bag that came with the kit is ridiculous. It's of decent quality but way too small. Bill mentioned that his bag was roomy. He must have lucked out and gotten a different bag. The bag I received is designed for a TRIPOD and says so on the packaging. Not two light stands with brackets attached. In a nutshell, remove the bag from your consideration set (unless a decent tripod bag is of value to you), and add $20 to the package to make it functional with flash, and what you have is a $130 kit that is still a decent value in my opinion. I would buy it again, but just wish these things were better communicated.

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      4.0

      Perfect for the amateur on the go

      By Cage1975

      from Lancaster, PA

      Comments about Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount:

      Construction is very good for the price. They are light, and need to be weighted down if outside and breezy. I'm very happy with mine. I use them with a pair of 430ex-II speedlites. Highly recommended!

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      5.0

      great

      By eric

      from washington, dc

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting

        Comments about Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount:

        excellent

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        • No

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        4.0

        Good stands, meh umbrellas

        By Jeff

        from Tucson, AZ

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

        • Not Durable

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Portraits

        Comments about Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount:

        The stands feel pretty sturdy, but I'm not too convinced about the umbrellas.First the stands/support: the collars are plastic, but feel like glass filled nylon, so they feel pretty sturdy. They're my first stands, but feel about the same as others I've played with.the umbrellas I'm not such a fan of. The ribs are thin metal, and feel like they're going to bend some day, and the black cover is held on using metal caps that are stitched to the cover. Still, it's a good starter set that gets you up and shooting, just plan to replace the umbrellas someday soon.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Just What I Wanted

        By metrodawg

        from drb1230

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Umbrella mounts

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount:

        I use these as reflectors for off camera lighting. I shoot portrait photos at events. The size of the umbrellas, and the height of the stands are perfect for this. I had read that the carry bag was too small. The bag I received is large enough to carry my tripod as well!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Kit

        By longlens

        from South Dakota

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Special Events

            Comments about Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount:

            I was very plesed with this kit. Lightweight and portable. I have used it both as to shoot through by removing the black backing, and as a reflector.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Fantastic Umbrellas

            By Michelle

            from Las Vegas, nv

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors

                Comments about Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount:

                I bought these to use with my shoe mount flashes, so I had to also get the umbrella brackets w/adjustable shoe, but they are big enough to use with larger lights so I will get them eventually. For now they still work fantastic as a 2-light set-up on the go.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great value!

                By MarcinMoka

                from Toronto, Canada

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Photography
                  • Strobe Lighting

                  Comments about Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount:

                  I've only had a few occasions to try this kit out, but so far, I am very impressed. Materials used seem fairly sturdy, very easy to assemble and use with my SB-700 & SB-900. Plus bonus points for the bag. While it is too large for the kit, the additional size lets me throw in a heavy duty tripod, making travel that much easier.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great Kit

                  By Kay

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount:

                    Umbrellas are great and have the option to take the black layer off. Once you turn the bracket the other way then as it came you can move the umbrellas to the direction that is needed. The one downfall is the case has a zipper at the side and bottom of it, so you have to be careful of how u place objects in the case so when you transfer it to place to place it doesn't not brake anything.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great strobist kit

                    By AviacionCR[@]

                    from Heredia, Costa Rica.

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Price

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits
                      • Strobe Lighting

                      Comments about Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount:

                      I am starting in the strobist world and was looking for a fair priced starter kit.
                      The umbrellas are made of high quality materials, the stands are very lightweight and the case is very convenient for transportation.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great kit for a basic home studio

                      By Saadi Kawkji

                      from Dubai - UAE

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy Setup
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artificial Lighting
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount:

                        It is a very nice kit, i would recommend it to others, easy setup and light weight.
                        Even though there is no flash shoes with the kit, i'm able to use the shoes of the flashes themselves, the bag is nice and large enough for the kit.

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                        (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Good value....bag too small

                        By Scott

                        from Minneapolis, MN

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy Setup
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount:

                            The included components are of decent quality, and no complaints whatosever given the price point. The kit is a very nice start, but not quite complete, and I'm not sure why. I would give 3.5 stars if it were an option, but 4 was just too high for a bundle that is slightly "quirky" in my opinion.
                            First, I'm surprised the description isn't correct, but the umbrellas in this kit ARE shoot-thru. The black backing easily comes off. In Keith's review he mentions the black backing can't be detached. He's incorrect. Unscrew the black cap at the tip and the backing comes right off. 2nd, this kit is designed for use with flash, so I'm very surpised that shoes for flash aren't included. I don't get it. I actually had to call to make sure I definitely needed another piece, and verify what exactly I needed. You need the Stroboframe 300-405 as well.
                            I received my kit on 4/30/10 and the bag that came with the kit is ridiculous. It's of decent quality but way too small. Bill mentioned that his bag was roomy. He must have lucked out and gotten a different bag. The bag I received is designed for a TRIPOD and says so on the packaging. Not two light stands with brackets attached. In a nutshell, remove the bag from your consideration set (unless a decent tripod bag is of value to you), and add $20 to the package to make it functional with flash, and what you have is a $130 kit that is still a decent value in my opinion. I would buy it again, but just wish these things were better communicated.

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent kit for the price

                            By Xeven

                            from Vancouver, BC

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Easy Setup
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Strobe Lighting

                              Comments about Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount:

                              Works well. The umbrella stem is a little soft, tightening too much will deform it. The bag that I got is HUGE, fits everything and has enough space for at least one more stand + umbrella. Stands have sturdy build and balances well (as long as you put it on wide stance). I don't like the tightening clamps/brackets that much. They do their job, but they are a little flimsy for my taste. For the price though, this is a great kit and I would recommend it to anyone. If you're looking for your first or supplementary umbrella kit, don't think twice. Just get it.

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                              5.0

                              Awesome Customer Service

                              By John Caetano

                              from NJ

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Pros

                              • Easy Setup
                              • Great CustomerService SV
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Strobe Lighting

                                Comments about Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount:

                                Wow, although the kit is clearly a bigger kit, the customer service is just great! The kit works wonderfully, but if your looking for a strong kit, this is not for you (hense why other kits are more money). But if your one to takes care of your products, then this is just perfect.

                                I had my bag rip, and about a year later the handle broke off on the umbrella mount after dropping it. Both times the company shipped me replacements hassle free. No questions, no extra chargers. I can say how great it's been dealing with them.

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                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Good quality, good price.

                                By REBlue

                                from Springfield, IL

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy Setup
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Photography
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount:

                                  The kit seems very good for light duty studio work. The items all seem to be high quality and the carry bag makes it quite convenient to move the kit to a shoot site. I compared the quality with similarly priced items, and this kit won, hands down.

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                                  4.0

                                  Sturdy, easy setup

                                  By Keith

                                  from Holmesville, OH

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy Setup
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Portraits
                                    • Weddings

                                    Comments about Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount:

                                    This is an excellent starter kit for a casual user. Brackets could be a little more sturdy for commercial use. Threads for umbrella retaining screws seam a little weak....also the black backing on the umbrellas seam to be removable at first, but are still fastened permanently in the center...even though the outside retainers can be detached. This means the umbrellas cannot be used for shoot-through. Overall good quality.

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                                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Excellent kit to start with

                                    By Bill

                                    from Redmond, WA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy Setup
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount:

                                      This is a great kit to begin your portrait and Strobist lighting with. I've used it for portraits and like the results. It works great for flash shooters.

                                      I consider this kit an excellent value. The lightstands are decent quality, the umbrellas are 40" tip-to-tip and thus larger than the umbrellas in some comparably priced kits, the umbrella brackets work well, and there's a bag to carry everything in.

                                      The lightstands are black. They are not air-cushioned but I consider that an advantage. More expensive, heavier, heavy-duty, air-cushioned stands are suited for carrying big strobes and softboxes, where the weight can collapse the stand easily and pinch your fingers. However, lighter-weight, less-expensive lightstands don't benefit from air-cushioning when carrying flashes and umbrellas. The lack of air-cushioning makes the stand easier to take down.

                                      The umbrellas are 40" measured straight from tip-to-tip. This is a good size for most uses, except for full-length portraits. Beware that some other kits have smallish umbrellas that are more problematic for waist-up portraits.

                                      While flash users may be put off by the kit's lack of shoes, I find the shoes in most low-priced kits to be less than satisfactory. I'd much rather buy two Stroboframe 300 shoes separately. That gives you possibly the best flash shoes available for not too much money.

                                      Finally, some reviewers have complained about the size of the bag. Perhaps they got a different, smaller bag in the earlier kits. I have zero problems fitting both assembled stands+brackets and both umbrellas into the bag. There is plenty of room for them, with space left over. Indeed, I think I could squeeze in a third lightstand and umbrella into the bag.

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                                      4.0

                                      Good product for the price

                                      By Hairless Dave

                                      from NE Miss.

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy Setup
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount:

                                        Stands are well made with wide stance. Need weights for outdoor use. Carrying bag holds all parts and some add'l equipment. Good value.

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                                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        So far, so good.

                                        By mcruzn

                                        from North Hollywood, CA

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Comments about Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount:

                                        I just received my umbrella kit and it is great so far. Yes, the umbrella mounts are made of plastic, but they seem pretty strong. I am a total beginner and I was up and shooting in a few minutes. The bag that I received with my kit fit all of the equipment plus bungee, extension and sync cords with plenty of room to add additional equipment. I was apprehensive at first, but now I'm really glad I made the purchase. I totally recommend this kit to anyone doing the strobist thing and just starting out.

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                                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Very cool!

                                        By dpchicago

                                        from Chicago, IL

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Pros

                                        • Black
                                        • Easy to use
                                        • Sturdy

                                        Cons

                                        • Shoe mounts not included

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Etc
                                        • Portrait

                                        Comments about Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount:

                                        More than I expected. The stands are sturdy and contrary to the picture they come in black which I thought was really nice. As my first umbrella kit I can see it bringing me much joy and finally better lighting!

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                                        5.0

                                        Great results at a very reasonable price

                                        By Joe

                                        from Rockville, MD

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Good Value

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount:

                                            As a serious amateur photographer who wanted to get better lighting using off camera flash this solution turned out to be a relative low cost way to get great results. I am using it with two CLS capable Nikon flash units and I am very pleased with the results.

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