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Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case

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Product Highlights

  • 1950 Total Watts
  • Rifa EX55, Omni-, Tota-, Pro-lights
  • 120V Bulbs, Barndoors, Umbrella
  • Gel Frames, Gels, Flag, Stands
  • TO-83 Hard Kit Case
  • 120-240VAC/12-30VDC
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This is a Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case four-light kit. It features one of each of the most popular fixtures in the Lowel line and plenty of light modification accessories for any lighting scheme. It includes the medium-size TO-83 Hard Kit Case.

The Rifa-lite EX 55 is a self-contained, 21 x 21", 500W, collapsible, tungsten/halogen soft light that uses the unique umbrella-like Rifa design allowing set-up in 60 seconds or less. Bathe almost anything in luxurious soft light, from talking heads to table-top stills. Its twist-turn socket is removable, and allows the use of several types of bulbs when you order the optional sockets. Its quick-change power cord easily converts for use with professional battery belts, allowing it to work at 12V, 14V and 30VDC in addition to 120V and 230VAC. It's the perfect complement to today's compact, light-sensitive digital cameras and film stocks.

With its high intensity #2 reflector and prismatic glass, the tiny focusable Pro-light is more efficient than a Fresnel of equal wattage; yet it gives an exquisite even light, with Fresnel-like shadow quality. It can be used as a low-level key or accent light, fill light (with diffusion), or backlight.

The wide focusing range of the Omni-light makes it a flexible key or back-light. Add diffusion or an umbrella, and it's a soft fill source.

Compact, rugged and versatile, the broad-throw Tota-light can be used with its umbrella or gel frame and diffusion as a soft key, fill, or backlight. With its adjustable reflectors, it can be a smooth and even background light, or point it at the ceiling to raise the ambient (base) light level of a room. Tota-lights are also widely used for photographic copy work.

Although equipped for 110-120 volts, this kit may be used with 220-240 AC or 12-30 volts DC, with the appropriate bulbs and cable adapters--available separately.

The Rifa EX 55 has a changeable socket, which allows the use of other types of bulbs, including fluorescent screw-ins
The Pro-light's versatility can be increased by adding a DC adapter cable and swapping its bulb for use as a camera-top fixture
Use the included light modification devices to alter the color, intensity, quality and shape of the light
The medium-sized TO-83 kit case holds everything, including the light stands, for storage and transport
UPC: 084127400254
Rating Rifa-lite EX 55, Omni-light: 500 watts
Tota-light: 750 watts
Pro-light: 250 watts
Socket (Lampholder) Rifa-lite EX 55, Omni-light: 2-pin
Tota-light: R7s Double-ended
Pro-light: Pro socket
Lens (Condenser) Rifa-lite EX 55, Tota-light, Omni-light: Not Applicable
Pro-light: Prismatic glass
Reflector (Mirror) Rifa-lite EX 55: Silver interior softbox
Omni-light: Double parabolic peened reflector
Tota-light: Dual Gull Wing reflector doors
Pro-light: High intensity #2 reflector
Mounting Fits any standard 5/8" stand or stud
Yoke Not Applicable
Cable Rifa-lite EX 55, Pro-light: 4' captive cable, 12' extension, inline switch
Omni-light, Tota-light: 16' with inline switch
Focusing Rifa-lite EX 55, Tota-light: Not applicable
Pro-light, Omni-light: Continuously variable
Weight Rifa-lite EX 55: 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg)
Omni-light: 2.6 lbs (1.9 kg)
Tota-light: 2.25 lbs (1 kg)
Pro-light: 2 lbs (0.9 kg)
Dimensions Rifa-lite EX 55: Collapsed length 24" (61 cm)
Omni-light: 8 x 5.5 x 3" (20 x 14 x 7.6 cm)
Tota-light: Size closed: 2 x 3 x 11" (5 x 7.6 x 27.9 cm)
Pro-light: 4.6 x 5 x 3.7" (11.7 x 12.7 x 9.4 cm)
Kit in Case: 29.5 x 13 x 7" (74.9 x 33 x 17.8 cm)
Kit Weight 38 lbs (17.2 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 44.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 30.5 x 19.0 x 8.0"

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LowelDV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case
 
4.6

(based on 18 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (5)
  • Good color value (4)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

  • Runs hot (5)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (11)
  • General purpose (9)
  • Low light (5)
  • Portraits (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (5)
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5.0

Compact + Powerful enough for Portraits

By Hobby Photographer

from Richmond, VA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Runs Hot

Best Uses

  • Portraits

Comments about Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case:

I was worried it wouldn't generate enough light since I'm using it for still portrait photography against a backdrop, but it seems to be bright enough and having four lights allows me to light the backdrop and subject separately. In my 12x10 home studio room lit only by this kit my camera is at 100 ISO with a 50mm f/1.8 lens and the shutter speed is generally 1/250 - 1/400 depending on light positions and diffusers (about 5 feet from subject). I have ordered a white tota-brella since my setup really needs more diffused light. I also ordered spare bulbs. The kit is very compact and looks like it will travel well. I'll be taking it to two evening weddings next month where I'll use it to give my speedlights a break and setup a mock-photo booth.

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4.0

Good Kit

By Nathan

from Nashville, TN

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good Color Value
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors
    • Low Light
    • Portraits

    Comments about Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case:

    Use this a a travel rig. It fits in a nice hard case, individual units are extremely portable and light. i wish the case had wheels though because at 47lbs it gets kind of heavy on the strap lugging it.

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    5.0

    Great lights!

    By Harris

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Build quality
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Runs Hot

    Best Uses

      Comments about Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case:

      These are the first lights I've owned so I can't really compare them to anything but they work great! Build quality is solid and the lighting is even and bright. They do get hot though, and in a small room you will definitely notice it, as will your camera.

      The other reviews regarding the difficulty of packing everything back in once you open the box are correct. A quick picture of the undisturbed contents with my phone helped me get it all back in there after a couple of tries.

      Also the instructions and gels are under the flap on the inside of the lid of the box. It took me a while to find those haha.

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      4.0

      Lights are as billed. Case is too small

      By Scott

      from Columbus, OH

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • complete
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Flimsy
      • Runs Hot

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors

      Comments about Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case:

      Great little light kit. Good soft light options. Compact kit, although a slightly bigger case would go a long way to alleviating the stress of trying to cram everything back in following the shoot. Perfect for one-man-band scenarios. A few warming gels added to the kit would be a welcome plus - you currently only get a bit of blue and a bit of diffusion. Ships with one lamp per fixture. Spare lamps should be included as well - you get the empty lamp packs, but no spares. Omni lamp pretty difficult to install. As these lights burn pretty hot, many of the accessories created smoke when first attached (tota screen, omni barn doors, etc.), but less of a problem after some use. If you are used to Lowel light kits, this has no surprises.

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      5.0

      Still the one after the 2nd time around

      By Tim the Window Cleaner

      from Palm Springs CA

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

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            Comments about Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case:

            I film in-house video promotions for our products Simple Cleaning Solution (hardwaterstain.com) and Clear Fusion V (clearfusionv.com). We have also filmed countless video testimonials, and even used to shoot a local TV program on a green screen. We bought this kit about 7 years ago and it worked quite well. Recently someone stole my light kit and after looking around at what's new, I decided this kit was still the best value for what it delivered. This is my second kit, and hopefully my last (tip: never store your lights in an unlocked garage when on vacation. Enough said.)

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            5.0

            all you need

            By Hidari

            from Alexandria, VA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Long-Lasting
            • Powerful
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Portraits
            • Special Events

            Comments about Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case:

            Versatile and compact, the 55 is its own kind of industry standard. My guru said, "Of the equipment I was using ten years ago, this is the ONLY thing I still use." Now that I have my own, I understand why. Treat it with respect, and it will last you a lifetime. Get a sturdy dolly cart, though!

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            5.0

            Thanks, we went viral

            By Terra

            from Brooklyn, NY

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

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                  Comments about Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case:

                  We went viral with our puppy training series, thanks to Lowel

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                  4.0

                  Great kit, case could be more spacious!

                  By sasjoberg

                  from Fargo, ND

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Color Value

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors

                    Comments about Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case:

                    I am a video professional and I have used a number of different setups and rigs for different lighting needs from stage to still photography. The DV Creator kit is a great baseline lighting setup for any type of scene on camera. Lights are easy to setup and tear down if you are on the go. The hard plastic case that this comes with is good not great and everything fits in it when it first comes, so remember how to squeeze it all back in when you take it out.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    case small

                    By Maggie

                    from Cap Cod

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Evrything needed

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case:

                      I think everything in the kit is pro level, but if you plan on fitting everything back in the case after original removal....good luck. I have the hard case, and I'm forced to carry the soft light separately.

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                      4.0

                      great kit for the money

                      By wflanary

                      from Hillsboro, NC

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Color Value

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors

                        Comments about Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case:

                        A nice portable kit for a good price.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Great Kit

                        By 3Point Johnny

                        from Switzerland

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Good Color Value
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                        • Runs Hot

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Low Light

                        Comments about Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case:

                        I used the kit for an interview setting, simple 3 point lighting and basic green screen. Perfect for interview though figuring it all out in ten minutes was a little tricky.

                        The only thing I'd suggest is buy an extra set of bulbs just in case, though I've had no problems.

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                        4.0

                        Illumination in a Case

                        By Rod

                        from NYC

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors
                          • Low Light

                          Comments about Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case:

                          It's all there, soft lighting, the hard edge, key light, fill light. What's nice is that it's so compact, a bit weighty, but worth the heft.

                          For interviews, location shoots, more intimate scenes - this kit is the right choice. The tripods lift high enough for moat demands and the selection of lamps and the choice of fixtures works out well.

                          I would have preferred to get a larger variety of lamps with the kit, but overall it works for me. With a camera in a back pack and the light kit and tripod on a hand truck. I can do by myself, what took two or three people before.

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                          4.0

                          Great product

                          By Steve Benko

                          from Oak Flats, Australia

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Portable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case:

                            Compact, easy to set up

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Great Product

                            By Brian

                            from Blaine, MN

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good size

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Special Events

                              Comments about Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case:

                              Lights any size room

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Exactly what I needed and wanted

                              By Flurbik

                              from Castle Rock, CO

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Artificial Lighting

                                  Comments about Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case:

                                  I use this kit in various indoor settings including a studio for news reels and interviews. It gives me the greatest ability to paint with light in diverse situations. Its compact size is easy to store and move around. The best part about it is that I purchased a professional set for an excellent price.

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                                  5.0

                                  Fantastic product!

                                  By DefyGravity

                                  from Oklahoma

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compatible
                                  • Easy Setup
                                  • Great value

                                  Cons

                                  • Bulbs are hard to install

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Artificial Lighting
                                  • Continuous Lighting
                                  • Photography
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Weddings

                                  Comments about Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case:

                                  Easy to use and setup. The equipment is high quality and flexible to fulfill my needs.

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                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Flexible kit with minimal weight

                                  By Peter

                                  from San Francisco CA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy Setup
                                  • Lightweight Kit

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Artificial Lighting
                                    • Photography
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case:

                                    I bought this to supplement natural light in my documentaries and to light interviews in a naturalistic way. I've used the two tota / one omni kits in the past but having the rifa and pro lights make this one much more flexible. We even managed to light a green screen and interview subject using just this kit and a reflector.

                                    The fixtures aren't quite as solid as the Arri kits, but they're much lighter and they break down much smaller, which was the big selling point for me.

                                    Also, we use the adapter to put 3 CFL's in the Rifa which is great for minimizing heat and risk of tripping a circuit.

                                    The case is pretty tight so if you want to pack many extras in there, you might want to go with the larger case.

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                                    5.0

                                    Everything and more....

                                    By mademedia

                                    from Seattle, WA

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attach Securely
                                    • Durable
                                    • Long-Lasting
                                    • Powerful

                                    Cons

                                    • Runs Hot

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors

                                    Comments about Lowel DV Creator 55 Kit, TO-83 Case:

                                    I just bought this kit having never purchased a light kit before. I have to say I'm impressed with the quality of the lights and stands that are included in this kit. The equipment is well worth the money for what you get. I really like how the gell holders and gells are included because I don't have to buy them separately. I have used the light kit for two interviews so far and I have to say I'm pleased with its performance.

                                    Pros:
                                    Soft Box is a good size
                                    Larger Stand for the soft box
                                    Gells Included
                                    Nice Long cables
                                    Cables have switches on them


                                    Cons:
                                    The case is kind of small so its quite hard to fit everything into it.

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