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Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC)

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Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC)

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Product Highlights

  • Boom Extends From 36 to 64"
  • 8' Light Stand
  • 250W Bulb
  • 120V AC

You Pay: $103.95

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The Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120V AC) features a 250W flood light, a 10' 2-wire cord, a carrying case and a lighting guide. The single light stand in the kit is 8' tall, and the boom extends from 36 to 64". The reflectors are hand-spun and chemically etched to maximize light output. The exteriors have a photographic black, baked-on enamel finish. The insulated handles allow for heat-free adjustment while in use. This kit is ideal for providing a hair light for models and/or portraits. This kit supplied for use with 120VAC.

Even Spread
Produces an even 50 degree beam angle
Reflector
The reflectors, are made of heavy-grade aluminum, are hand-spun and chemically etched to maximize the light output
New Knob
A new, comfortable, easy-to-tighten angle adjustment knob with heat-free handles
UPC: 037733002827
Rating Max 500 watts
Socket (Lampholder) Phenolic socket
Reflector (Mirror) Chemically etched aluminum
Mounting 3/8" Stand mount
Kit Weight 8 lbs (3.62 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 10.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 36.0 x 8.5 x 8.5"
Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC)
  • 1-5" Reflector
  • 1-Socket and Cord Set with Stand Mount
  • 1-Mini Boom (MB110)
  • 1-Raven RS8 8' Light Stand
  • 1-ECA 250W Photoflood Lamp
  • 1-Corrugated Carrying Case
  • 1-"Imaging with Light" Guide
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Smith-VictorMB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC)
     
    4.4

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (14)
    • Consistent (8)
    • Reliable (8)
    • Easy to set up (7)
    • Easy to setup (6)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Artificial lighting (15)
    • Photography (14)
    • Portraits (14)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (4), Casual photographer (3), Photo enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Light for Displaying Item

    I bought this boom light kit to display a product at a trade show and it really helped shed light, literally, on the product displayed. If you get a wider cone to splay...Read complete review

    I bought this boom light kit to display a product at a trade show and it really helped shed light, literally, on the product displayed. If you get a wider cone to splay the light out with, you can illuminate a whole room for interviews and other occasions where light needs to be distributed. Overall a great buy.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not what I had in mind

    I purchased this as a hair light. It generates way too much light over too broad an area to be an effective hair light with out modification. By using a grid, a snoot,...Read complete review

    I purchased this as a hair light. It generates way too much light over too broad an area to be an effective hair light with out modification. By using a grid, a snoot, cinefoil or other inexpensive coping strategies it can be made to work.
    I thought the directions that came with it were unnecessarily vague, for instance, this is not a photo of what the completed device looks like.

    Reviewed by 20 customers

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    5.0

    Satisfied with product.

    By PewPew

    from VA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC):

          Good kit for the money. Pretty stable at max height and extension. No complaints.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Nice equipment, low price.

          By jbp123

          from New Mexico

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artificial Lighting
            • Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC):

            I use hot lights for all my still photography and, of course video. For many years strobes were my choice for stills but I like the quality of light hot lights provide over strobes. About seven years ago I photographed a model using a medium format film camera and a 500 watt SV hot light. She was signed to Ford Models from one of the photographs from that session and I became a hot light devotee. I have many 12" SV reflectors with different wattages of bulbs. This mini-boom kit allows a smaller light spread, ideal for many of my lighting situations. It is compact, lightweight but sturdy and comes with a nice padded zippered carrying bag. The boom arm and angle adjustment knob are sturdy yet lightweight. I plan to buy another one or two soon.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Aces

            By Big Dawg

            from Burlington, Canada

            Comments about Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC):

            This is a great piece of kit!

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            5.0

            very nice and a good price

            By livedog9

            from Mechanicsville, MD

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Photography
              • Portraits

              Comments about Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC):

              works well. I had no problems with setting this up or putting it together.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Durable but hot.

              By fss

              from philadelphia

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC):

                  The lamp gets very hot. Other than that I am very happy. It's very durable.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  good hair light for the money.

                  By In the Tin Images LLC

                  from Montana

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • Poor Bulb Choice

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Hair Light
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC):

                  Replace the bulb way too hot.I put in a 60 watt led daylight balanced bulb[$] but well worth it.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Just what I needed

                  By KRobinette

                  from Brigham City, UT

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC):

                    I bought this light for my sculpture studio and it is perfect! I put a dimmer on it, with a natural sunlight bulb and it is just what I needed. The quality appears quitegood, and I am very pleased.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Light - Compact

                    By martinidick

                    from Savannah, GA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography

                      Comments about Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC):

                      This is the second of these that I have purchased. Perfect for my small studio. Easy to assemble, intuitive to use, adjustable in many ways. , allows me to give directional lighting as I choose. So much better than a flash - I can see what I'm getting in advance.

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                      • No

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                      3.0

                      Cost effective, gets the job done

                      By JoshtheProducer

                      from New York City

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Not easy to set up

                      Best Uses

                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC):

                      good for a basic hair light. Not very portable

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Ok Light - Good Value for the Money

                      By Emily

                      from Irving, TX

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC):

                            Pretty good light, but with the following drawbacks:

                            My kit came with no instructions - I figured it out eventually, but it wasn't simple, especially since I'm new to this. I'm still not quite sure if I have the boom arm attached correctly - but people with more experience with this kind of equipment may find assembly to be no problem. Attaching the swivel head/reflector/light fixture to the boom arm was especially intimidating thanks to all the little unmarked pieces and no earthly idea how they were supposed to go together. But eventually, through trial and error, I figured it out.

                            My biggest frustration is the size and shape of the reflector does not allow for CFL bulbs; I use CFLs in my other lights because they run cool and I prefer the color temp over tungsten lamps. Before purchasing this kit I checked with B&H to see if a CFL would be compatible and was assured it would be - in their defense, the bulb would work in the fixture if the reflector was wider.

                            I also wish I could control the light output or that the kit came with some sort of diffuser, but I guess you get what you pay for! I would recommend this product to a friend only after explaining the above concerns.

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                            5.0

                            EXCELLENT

                            By MDPROVIDEO

                            from White House Tn.

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artificial Lighting
                              • Photography
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC):

                              1.STURDY
                              2.LIGHT WEIGHT
                              3.WELL BUILT
                              4.GREAT PRICE

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Would buy it again.

                              By Boudoir crew

                              from Charleston, SC

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artificial Lighting
                                • Photography
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC):

                                Very mobile and quick set up. Worked perfect as described and was great as a hair light. Only thing I would change is it needed a longer cord. When the boom is fully raised and arm extended the power cord was a little short.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great Light for Displaying Item

                                By Spencer

                                from Larkspur, CA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent
                                • Easy Setup
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Artificial Lighting
                                  • Displaying
                                  • Photography
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC):

                                  I bought this boom light kit to display a product at a trade show and it really helped shed light, literally, on the product displayed. If you get a wider cone to splay the light out with, you can illuminate a whole room for interviews and other occasions where light needs to be distributed. Overall a great buy.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

                                  Share this review

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Not as "Mini" as you might think

                                  By Jonny Fargo

                                  from Moorhead, MN

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent
                                  • Easy Setup
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC):

                                    I'm a painter. I've been using the mini-boom kit in concert with other lights when I take reference photos for portraits and still life paintings. Perhaps my studio or subjects are small, but it lights things up in a big way! It's inexpensive, lightweight and doubles as a very good work light!

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                                    • No

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Seems to do the job

                                    By Nate

                                    from San Antonio, TX

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy Setup
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Artificial Lighting
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC):

                                      Good kit although weights need to be used when fully extended. The defuser I also purchased works well.

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                                      3.0

                                      Not what I had in mind

                                      By Hopeful Hal

                                      from Santa Fe

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Artificial Lighting
                                          • Photography

                                          Comments about Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC):

                                          I purchased this as a hair light. It generates way too much light over too broad an area to be an effective hair light with out modification. By using a grid, a snoot, cinefoil or other inexpensive coping strategies it can be made to work.
                                          I thought the directions that came with it were unnecessarily vague, for instance, this is not a photo of what the completed device looks like.

                                          Share this review

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Decent Light

                                          By Dana

                                          from Riverton, UT

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Artificial Lighting
                                            • Photography
                                            • Portraits

                                            Comments about Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC):

                                            Good little light, I'm using it for a hair light although I would like to put lower wattage bulbs in it but I haven't tried. The stand is a little shakey high up but still worth the purchase.

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                                            5.0

                                            Exactly what I needed

                                            By Roberti99

                                            from San Diego, CA

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Consistent
                                            • Easy Setup
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Artificial Lighting
                                              • Photography
                                              • Portraits

                                              Comments about Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC):

                                              This little boom light is the perfect hair-light for both photo and video work. It's lightweight, and rises to the occassion with a tall stand and long boom arm. For the price, it's a steal.

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                                              4.0

                                              Good value lighting

                                              By JoeS

                                              from Eden Prairie, MN

                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy Setup
                                              • Good Value
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                              • Tippy

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Artificial Lighting
                                              • Lighting on a budget

                                              Comments about Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC):

                                              I use this light occasionally in a lab environment. It met my needs of a light duty, compact, inexpensive workspace lighting for product photos. It is a bit tippy, so weight the base for more stability. Be careful, as the 250W bulb gets hot.

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                                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              4.0

                                              Decent

                                              By Meg

                                              from Mansfield, PA

                                              About Me Pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy Setup
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Photography
                                                • Portraits

                                                Comments about Smith-Victor MB500 1-Light 250 Watt Mini Boom Hair Light Kit (120VAC):

                                                Unit gets extremely hot. A sandbag is necessary to keep from tipping when adjusting boom for all needs.

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