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Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit

B&H # IMFL1250MBK Mfr # 401470
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You Pay: $219.95

This item may contain 10 or 12 inch reflectors, depending on availability.

Product Highlights
  • 1250 Total Watts
  • 1- 5", 2- 12" Reflectors
  • Umbrellas, AC Stands
  • Mini-Boom Arm, Case
  • 120VAC
This is an Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit, built around the Impact 12" and 5" reflector units with high-heat ceramic socket. Each light's wooden control handle stays cool, and each light has a cord with in-line switch.

This unique kit includes umbrellas, a boom arm, air-cushioned light stands, and a case for transport and storage.

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  • Swivel mount
  • Counterweight
  • Dual Carry Handles that Convert to Shoulder Straps
  • Touch Fastened Divider Tray
  • 6 x Touch Fastened Dividers
  • One-Year Warranty

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ImpactThree-Light Mini-Boom Kit
 
4.2

(based on 143 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (74)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (50)
  • Good color value (48)
  • Good power output (40)
  • Lightweight (31)
  • Attach securely (27)

Cons

  • Runs hot (32)
  • Flimsy (14)
  • Poor instructions/manual (4)
  • Weak (3)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (94)
  • General purpose (60)
  • Low light (48)
  • Portraits (39)
  • Outdoor events / games (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (46), Photo enthusiast (19), Casual photographer (16), Photography student (12), Pro photographer (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (75)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

starving DP's learning kit

I purchased this kit so that I could have some kind of lighting for my cinema 101 project since the community college I attend has nothing in the way of lighting gear for students to...Read complete review

I purchased this kit so that I could have some kind of lighting for my cinema 101 project since the community college I attend has nothing in the way of lighting gear for students to check out. In addition to my shoot, the kit ended up being set up and struck about ten times in the last two weeks for three of my classmates shoots, I was using black wrap to control the light ( be careful to allow top ventilation if you do this, as the plastic retaining ring in the socket may melt).
After all this (including a few spills) the kit is still operable, though I've had to do some minor repair on one of the sockets. The stands have proven to be sturdy considering all the handling abuse they've taken. The kit has great versatility, providing a key (spotted with black wrap) a fill (bouncing with a reflector board) and a kicker/backlight (using the boom to get near the ground). The case provided with the kit holds everything nicely, with a little wiggle room to stuff some extension cords and a roll of black wrap inside.
For the price of the kit, there is really not much to complain about it. Though the set up is in general a bit flimsy and fragile, you still get more than your moneys worth. If the kit could be improved upon without raising the price, I would suggest weighting the stands legs and replacing all plastic hardware with aluminum or steel. All things considered the price is really the strong point of the whole kit.
If your a wanna-be cinematographer I highly recommend this kit. You'll be able to grasp lighing theory in a hands on way and practice without going into serious debt.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

DO NOT BUY THIS!!!!!!!!!

Simply do not buy this product! I have never written a review ever on B&H, but I have never come across a product this bad in all my audio and photo purchasing...Read complete review

Simply do not buy this product! I have never written a review ever on B&H, but I have never come across a product this bad in all my audio and photo purchasing life. Unless you like being struck with pangs of frustration, then you should find a better quality lighting kit. Let me take you through my experience. It is true what the other reviewers say about this being somewhat confusing to assemble. But sometimes you have to just use your brain a little more. After assembly I plugged them in to receive their warm glow. . . Then the light switch doesn't work. . . then a bulb blows after I "gently" move the stand (the bulbs are poor too) . . . then I go to turn the remaining two lights off and one won't turn off and the other has a mind of its own and turns itself on and off at will. . . I had replacement sockets sent, which were supposed to have working switches; well they didn't even turn on at all. At least the original sockets worked for a little bit. . . So after receiving my replacement - replacement sockets I thought "well things are going to be better now, I'll just hang on to these instead of getting a real lighting kit." Well the new replacements pretty much do the same thing. Think to yourself, what do you want most out of a product? At least what do you want at the most basic level? I don't want the equipment to become an obstacle to my original goal. . . which was if I remember correctly to take pictures. . .? I just want this stuff to work. . . and it does not. Thus anyone looking at this product should just invest in a quality lighting kit and at least know that it will work when you want it to. I'm never buying impact again and I hope I can save someone else from a similar fate.

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5.0

KISS - (keep it simple stupid)

By STRICK

from SEASIDE, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Easy
  • Good Color Value
  • Lightweight
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Nothing yet

Best Uses

  • General Use
  • Indoors
  • Low Light
  • Tight Situations

Comments about Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit:

Makes everywhere a set! I can make most locations a controllable sound stage. We set-up on location fictitious Live News rooms.
EZ set-up in minimal space and EZ ad lib in most scenarios.
Durability may be an issue, so take it easy.

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5.0

Perfect fit

By Pj.

from Tucson AZ.

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors
    • Low Light
    • Night Time
    • Portraits

    Comments about Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit:

    This ligth kit is a perfect fit. I do stills and video and these lights are powerful and flexible enough to handle both. A big bonus is the carrying case.

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    5.0

    Great Deal, Solid Product!

    By Lana

    from Washington, DC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Runs Hot

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit:

    I bought this kit about 6-7 years ago to do some portrait work, and didn't think that I would ever use it more than a few times. Now that I am shooting video, I am dusting it back off and adapting it for CFL lighting. It's a lot of bang for the buck, and those stands are as sturdy as any others I've used over the years. The kit is lightweight and portable, and much, much better than many of the inexpensive light kits that I am seeing online for around $100-$200. There is no comparison between this kit and the other ones with soft boxes that won't even go together correctly. I have no problem using the hot lights, and enjoy this kit, but there are ways to convert it to cooler and more energy efficient bulbs, and there are adapters for making them accommodate CFLs in small groups. I am glad that I decided to hang onto this kit because it is proving to be an invaluable part of my gear closet, and I might just pick up another one for shoots where I need more lighting. The bag is also made of sturdy material, and won't disappoint the professional who is used to solid bags. There is a dimmer adapter that can also be used with CFLs that can be dimmed (but the bulbs must be dimmable!) and I highly recommend the adapter for modifying the lights. While the reflectors are not ProFotos, which I have owned, the price also isn't going to break the bank, and there is no reason to feel that these lights are any less effective at what they do. The modifying choices are fewer with hot lights, but the umbrellas work fine and are made of good material, and again, with the CFL version, the soft box options becomes available and more practical. Impact makes a nice product -- so much better than some cheap cowboy studio lights I got off another site. Those were junk, and I can honestly state that there is much wisdom in buying something a little more expensive just to get something that will hold up over time and use. Nothing is worse for business than equipment failure on the job, just make sure that you go through all of the wattage math when plugging in hot lights of this voltage when working with household outlets, and spread the load with extension cords of a good thick gauge. And wear the gloves!! These things will fry your fingers if you aren't careful. Always read up on safety measures for working with hot lights if you've not had professional instruction on how to do so. Thanks, B&H, for a product that has lasted years and is still bringing me great results!

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    5.0

    nice kit for the money!

    By Barbara

    from North Little Rock, AR

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Color Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Low Light

      Comments about Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit:

      I am doing some product photography, mostly tabletop stuff, and needed some professional type lights, got this kit on recommendation of a photographer friend and love it. I have the mini boom and smaller reflector set up as an overhead light on my table, and the others for front/side lights. Although this was one of the least expensive 3-light kits anywhere, I was very pleased with the quality. The stands feel very substantial and the switches are nice and firm. I think this is a great choice for a hobbyist or part time photographer.

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      4.0

      Intro Kit - Is what it is

      By Graphic Designer

      from Birmingham,AL

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Pros

      • Affordable
      • Lightweight
      • Simple

      Cons

      • Flimsy
      • Runs Hot

      Best Uses

      • Product Shooting

      Comments about Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit:

      This product is suitable for someone experimenting with lighting who doesn't want to go all out on his/her first purchase. My only problem with the kit was that the overhead boom ballast kept rejecting the tungsten bulbs - one fell out of its socket and the other exploded!
      After speaking with the manufacturer (Impact) they suggested that the bulb bundled with the kit is not suitable and should be contacting B&H to make them aware of the problem. They suggested a SP32/50K Spiral Fluorescent Lamp (32W/120V).
      B&H was quick to resolve the problem and sent me 3 new bulbs - ITEM EISP32. I've only used the new fluorescent bulb for a short period of time so can't say whether the issue has been resolved.
      Don't really care for the blueish light the fluorescent puts out but it helps resolve my shadows from the left and right tungstens so that's all that matters.

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      4.0

      Great for the price

      By producer jake

      from Santa Fe, NM

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Flimsy
      • Runs Hot

      Best Uses

      • Indoors

      Comments about Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit:

      these lights arrived quickly and in great working condition, for the price you cant go wrong perfect for a small film studio.

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      5.0

      Phenomenal Kit

      By P.O.P

      from Upstate New York

      Comments about Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit:

      I am a motivational speaker and was in need of a lighting kit to setup my home studio. My cousin, who is also is a professional cinematographer suggested this kit. After tons of research, I decided to go with it and I do not regret it one bit!! I particularly like the versatility and sturdiness of it and the fact that it comes in its own really cool carrying case:-) I highly recommend it to anyone interested!! God Bless

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      5.0

      Great lighting kit for amateurs and pros

      By Benny

      from Tucson, AZ

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Portraits
        • Special Events

        Comments about Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit:

        I really did not know what to expect from this lighting kit. I needed more light to do family pictures during gatherings, i.e., semi-portraitures. This three light kit is perfect. The stands are stable, the light is just the right amount and color and the reflectors get the light back onto the subject.

        The kit also comes with a great bag that contains all of the parts and pieces that will keep it all together when you need to move it to your next location.

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        5.0

        Works Well

        By TJ

        from Myrtle Beach, SC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Good Color Value
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Portraits

          Comments about Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit:

          Used for interviews the kit produces a huge amount of light evenly.

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          4.0

          Good for the money

          By Jesse

          from New York, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Low Light
            • Portraits

            Comments about Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit:

            You get what it tells you. The case it great, the lights work. You have to completely disassemble the lights to fit them in the case, which takes time and offers more opportunity to break the bulbs.Every review I saw stated that this was good for home studio, and not easy to move, so I knew that coming in. Not super durable, but again, for the money, it's great. The stands are the same as what comes with a Tota. I like this kit. It saved me a lot of money and does the job. I don't mind the assembly because I'm not doing it every day. For a REAL pro, maybe not the kit for you. For a semi-pro, definitely a good buy.

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            4.0

            Great for the money

            By AREX

            from Lacey, WA

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit:

                  This is my first light kit so I think for the price and the quality of equipment that this will be a great educational kit as well as last me a long time.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  ITS AWESOME

                  By Manch07

                  from Baja California, Mexico

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Color Value
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • Runs Hot

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Indoors
                  • Low Light
                  • Night Time
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit:

                  It is really cool, i love it XD

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                  5.0

                  Great First Kit

                  By Hunter

                  from Blacksburg, VA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit:

                    Is exactly what it says it is. Get's the job done. Perfect to play with light.

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                    4.0

                    Great for the price!

                    By Clyde

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Color Value
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                    • Runs Hot

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit:

                    I use these lights for photography and film, it does the job pretty well.

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                    3.0

                    Not so bad for a beginner

                    By Smiley

                    from WA

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit:

                      It's compact and for what you get. I guess it's a good price. The adjusting height is not fun and doesn't always stay put. Do more research. All the parts should be metal. Aluminum but not a hard vinyl. Doesn't tighten we'll and causes movement. Product should also come with simple instructions. That way your not spending time trying to find a way to make sure it correct....... Just do more research. Spend more money for better stands.

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                      4.0

                      Good value for the price

                      By Kari_ shutter

                      from Los ANGELES

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light
                      • Night Time

                      Comments about Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit:

                      I purchased this light set so I can do indoor portraiture. Although, this light set does not come with an instruction manual, it's fairly simple to figure out and set up. I really like the ceramic light sockets because they are reliable and you do not have to worry about them melting away. I especially like the mini boom handle, it's great as a hair spot light. ThE stands are sturdy enough, but there is room for improvement.Overall, I'm pretty happy with my purchase, lights look semi- professional, and it gets the job done. Lights are easy to store and the carrying case is great for when you have to travel. I would recommend this product to anyone who is in the market for professional lighting equipment and does not want to break their bank account. It's a great light set to practice with;ideal for beginners.

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                      4.0

                      Awesome kit for the price.

                      By Dave G

                      from El Paso Texas

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors
                        • Low Light
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit:

                        This lighting kit is great for the price. The stands are very stable and with the boom fully extended the support provided by the counterweight was solid. At no point did I feel it was going to fall over. Word of caution take the time to tighten the screws on each stand before you use it as some of the one on mine were a bit loose. The umbrellas soften the lights from my Ushio 500 watt bulbs perfectly. Couldn't be happier with this kit.

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                        5.0

                        Impact Light Kit

                        By Colin

                        from Providence, RI

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                        • Runs Hot

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors
                        • Low Light
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit:

                        I used the impact light kit to help set up a production studio. The package came exactly as described and the delivery was incredibly fast. The light assembly and breakdown are fast, easy, and self explanatory. The carrying bag is easily adjustable and keeps everything safe. I can fit the light equipment along with my tripod and other camera gear in the bag. The only drawback is that it is a bit of a pain getting the metal fastener to seat correctly on the ceramic threads while lining up the light shield.

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                        4.0

                        The only economy setup with a boom

                        By Jewel Clark

                        from Phoenix, AZ

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Price

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors

                          Comments about Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit:

                          I have one of these kits for myself which I've been using for a year or so and one I just purchased for work. I like this kit for the price and the boom. The kit is very decent- good fixtures, stands and umbrellas. I also like that the thing packs down into a very transportable padded bag. I can carry extra lights, gray card, tape, etc. in there as well. I use these lights exclusively for product photography including jewelry. My only complaint is that the boom isn't quite strong enough to hold an umbrella upside down for a bounce effect over the shooting area. It almost immediately begins to droop even with firm tightening of all screws. It's a relatively small complaint however. But for the money, this little kit is hard to beat.

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                          5.0

                          Great product

                          By Sarai Lange

                          from Weston,Wisconsin

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Good Color Value
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Impact Three-Light Mini-Boom Kit:

                            easy to install, great lighting. I am new to studio photography and this makes it easier for me!

                            Great kit!

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