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

B&H # SMMB500 Mfr # 401554
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You Pay: $93.95
Product Highlights
  • Boom Extends From 36 to 64"
  • 8' Light Stand
  • 250W Bulb
  • 120V AC

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
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)
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)
     
    4.3

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (13)
    • Consistent (7)
    • Reliable (7)
    • Easy to setup (6)
    • Easy to set up (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artificial lighting (14)
      • Photography (13)
      • Portraits (13)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (4), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      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.

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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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • 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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • 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.

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              • 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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • 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

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                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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                      • No

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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

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • 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

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                            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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                                        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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