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Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC)

B&H # IMEX100A2LKQ Mfr # EX100A-2KII
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Product Highlights
  • 2x 100 Ws
  • 24x24" Softboxes, Stands
  • Sync Cord
The Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC) is an economical 100 watt/second monolight with modeling light and power variator. This Impact EX100A Two Monolight Kit includes 2 EX100's (total 200 w/s), 2 softboxes with silver interiors and mounting rings, to soften the light output and 2 air cushioned light stands. It also includes a sync cord.

Kit Items
    2 x One Monolight Kit (120VAC)
  • 24 x 24" Softbox
  • 7" Reflector
  • Flashtube for EX 100 Monolight
  • Dedicated EX100A Speedring
  • 60W Modeling Lamp
  • Mini to PC Synch Cord
  • Spare Fuse
  • One Year Manufacturer's Warranty


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ImpactTwo Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC)
 
4.3

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to setup (6)
  • Compatible (4)
  • Lightweight kit (4)
  • Durable (3)
  • Good color value (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (10)
    • Indoors (8)
    • General purpose (5)
    • Artificial lighting (3)
    • Low light (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great kit for the beginner!

    So far I have loved this kit for my uses. I use it in a small home studio and have had no issue with the low power. If your shooting in a small low...Read complete review

    So far I have loved this kit for my uses. I use it in a small home studio and have had no issue with the low power. If your shooting in a small low light room they are fine. I can shoot with the blinds on the windows closed and have plenty of power. I have not needed to go above half power with any of my shoots thus far. The accessories it comes with are nice. One of my light stands is a bit sticky and hard to release. Make sure you tighten the non-adjustable end on each of the links on the light stands. One of mine was quiet loose. I do not care for the bag that came with them. But then again it does protect against them being bumped around alot. I wish it had foam inserts with cutouts for where to place everything but that is ok. It is basically just a large duffle bag with their logo. Also I don't like that I have to remove the modeling light everytime I want to install the bulb cover. Some people may leave the reflector in place for protection but I prefer the full cover just in case. I bought these to decide if I like studio strobes. You can't go wrong with the price. I use the popup flash to fire these. Just set the pop up to manual and the lowest power and it should not affect your exposure. I also use a speedlight for added light which is fired with an optical slave adapter you can pick up quiet cheap.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Garbage, do not buy this!!!

    I wish I could give zero stars but that is not an option.

    I've gone through 4 of these heads and everyone of them failed under light use. If you are...Read complete review

    I wish I could give zero stars but that is not an option.

    I've gone through 4 of these heads and everyone of them failed under light use. If you are actually going to use them, save your money and get something better.

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    5.0

    Love!!!!

    By E

    from South Dakota

    Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC):

    These lights are great!! I was skeptical based on the price but one light put out enough power for a newborn shoot in my small studio. They do beep, but I honestly don't notice it too much. Came with instructions to put the soft boxes together. I had the whole thing put together in 5 minutes and was shooting in 10 and have never used strobes before! I always just used natural light from my windows but it is a bit restrictive! (I know people complained about not having instructions and the SB were hard to put together) Awesome purchase!! Can't believe I waited so long to buy these!

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    5.0

    Great lights for the price

    By sunnysid3up

    from Bellevue, WA

    About Me Photography Student

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Low Light
        • Portraits

        Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC):

        I use these recreationally and so far had not had a problem with them. They are great for beginners like me and serve the basic function of monolights.

        Pros:
        - Price
        - Assemble and ready to use
        - Overall good quality

        Cons:
        - Stand is a little flimsy, but wont fall over or anything if set up properly.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Great Value Kit for its price.

        By Hide

        from New York

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Pc Sync Port Not Reliable

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors

          Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC):

          This is Great Value kit for home studio or low budget studio set up.

          100ws is powerful enough for small studio set up, and it should cover wide range of application.

          Own this kit for neary 7 years, and to my experiecne they performed reasonably well in many occasion.

          One problem this one got is bad PC Sync port, both unit's Sync port died realtively quickly early in service.

          And Sync via pc cable or wireless solutions were not exactly reliable even when it was functioning. So, this one really should be treated as Photo-Slave monolight, and really should not be expected much from Sync port either wired or wireless solutions. They do not perform well, and they will died at the most inconveneant timing.

          However, photo slave sensor are still funtional after years of use, so I kept using it. They are reasonable responsive in studio setting large and small.

          For price, it is good performer, as long as you are not asking for faster recycle time, action stopping short flash duration, more ability to stop down, or very consitent color across, you should be fine.

          I do own other far more expensive solutions from reputable brands such as profoto, but still use this monolight in variety of circumstance. And I would recommend it to lots of people both amateur and professional with limited studio light need.

          This sets is very cheap by the standard of studio lighting kit. But this kits is well worth investment, and you will get nice return very quickly if you used it carefully understanding limitation this type of monolight possese.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          For The Price - Good Lights!

          By Museum Photographer

          from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Weak

          Best Uses

          • Indoors

          Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC):

          I use these lights in a community museum. The setup was a breeze, no instructions needed. I use them in quite a large room and they do not seem to be powerful enough when photographing larger items where I have to bring them back. Probably my fault for using them in such a large room, but its the only space we have. On the other hand using them with a light tent where they are right beside the tent they produce some good results.
          For the money pretty good lights, if you need to photograph larger things by having the lights further away it might be wise to go for something with a little more power!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          do not hesitate buy!!!

          By Adiaz Photography

          from Bronx NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Low Light
            • Portraits

            Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC):

            i use this setup for home studio since it easy to use i learned quick how to use lighting in my shots. buying this lighting kit was the best choice ive made. if anybody is a beginner and looking to use studio lighting this is the way to go

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great for Studio work!

            By Chris Adval

            from Hazleton, PA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Cost effective
            • Durable

            Cons

            • Lack of modifiers

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Portraits
            • Product photography

            Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC):

            No problems what so ever! It's a little tough to install the softboxes but note to self to never remove the uninstall softboxes you'll be fine, also installing the softbox onto the lights are a bit difficult by yourself with no help. As for everything else it works like a charm!

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            5.0

            most economy & easy to use lighting syst

            By GG1

            from Tokyo Japan

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Attach Securely
            • Good Color Value

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC):

                I like everything except unswitchable charge-ready BEEP sound.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Phenomenal value

                By Colorado Kevin

                from Colorado

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Quality for price
                • Value

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors

                  Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC):

                  I purchased this setup from B&H a year ago, and use it to shoot portraits for my part-time photography business. While it certainly could be higher quality, I have NO real complaints considering the price. It has been set up and torn down about 20 times, including to client homes. The light stands are much higher quality than I expected. Power more than sufficient for portraits of 1-2 people. Lightboxes are not easy to put together, and probably would not take repeated setup/teardown. I have chosen to keep them assembled for that reason.

                  Best features: low cost, infinitely variable power, reliable firing, overall value.
                  Cons: small lightboxes, loud beep can't be turned off, zipper on padded case failed quickly, reflectors can be a challenge to lock on. Note that these would be major complaints on a more expensive kit, but I can live with them for the cost of this item.

                  If I had to make this decision again I would not hesitate to purchase this product again.

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                  (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  a question

                  By Aldo

                  from Monterrey

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC):

                  i bougth this kit but the monoligths doesnt sync anymore! the one that is with the cable is fine it shoots, but not the other one.[...]

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent value

                  By Dan

                  from Rochester, NY

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Compatible
                  • Easy Setup
                  • Lightweight Kit
                  • Long Sync Chord

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC):

                    How can you go wrong? I had one for sometime now and bought another unit for a different application. The first unit I've had for about one year and used it on many occasions with success. For the money I can't see how you could go wrong. Considering an SB-900 is almost $500.00! I know, apples and oranges. I like it.

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                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Horrible product!!!

                    By Christina

                    from Minnesota

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Compatible
                    • Easy Setup
                    • Lightweight Kit
                    • Long Sync Chord

                    Cons

                    • Short Lifespan
                    • Slow Recycling
                    • Unreliable

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC):

                      I purchased this kit for my studio and they seemed to work great, but one light broke within a year. I purchased the exact same kit and both lights broke within one month!! Should have learned my lesson. I would not recommend this product.

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                      5.0

                      No Worries - Worth every penny

                      By Vinbba

                      from Queens, NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Complete Kit

                      Cons

                      • No softbox instructions

                      Best Uses

                      • Any shoot needing lights
                      • Artificial Lighting
                      • Photography
                      • Strobe Lighting
                      • Weddings

                      Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC):

                      This was my first set of strobes. You get everything needed to start. Connect one strobe with the supplied sync cable (comes with two) and the second strobe fires wirelessly. Great Set!!

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Value

                      By sy

                      from Colorado

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy Setup
                      • Great value

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Strobe Lighting

                        Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC):

                        I use them at home or take it to people's home to shoot portraits. They are only 100 Watt each but I never use max power. I sometimes use one light and reflector and the other light as a background light. Instructions are poor. Building softbox is easy once you figure out how to do it. Carrying case doesn't have puddings but if you treat it with care, you should have no problem. They miss fire once in a while but over all they are way better quality than that I thought. Very great value for the money I spent.

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                        5.0

                        Great Starter Kit

                        By MFDPhotographer

                        from Meriden, CT

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Easy Setup
                        • Lightweight Kit

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC):

                          This is my first light kit and I have to say I'm very pleased with it. My only complaint was that it didn't come with instructions for assembling the softboxes, but it only took me about 5 minutes to figure it out and put them together. For the price, you can't go wrong,

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                          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          12,000 flashes in 4 days!!!

                          By Rick

                          from Long Island, NY

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Compatible
                          • Easy Setup
                          • Lightweight Kit

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artificial Lighting
                            • Portraits
                            • Strobe Lighting

                            Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC):

                            I was hired to shoot 20 people, over 600 shots each. These units worked perfectly... I even had bought an additional set as "back-up", totally expecting at least one of the units to fail. I can't believe the reliability for the price! They never failed once. Subjects were on 107" white seamless paper, I had a flash on each side, high and 45 degrees (typical). Power was set to about 1/3 power with the diffuser. Lighting was incredibly even, consistent and perfectly exposed from shot to shot. For the price, actually, for any price, these are amazing units. Light, compact and quick to set up. Yes... the instructions are the worse, but you easily figure it out. Great buy!!!

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great kit for the beginner!

                            By Brock Lawson

                            from Dallas, TX

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Compatible
                            • Easy Setup

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artificial Lighting
                              • Portraits
                              • Product

                              Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC):

                              So far I have loved this kit for my uses. I use it in a small home studio and have had no issue with the low power. If your shooting in a small low light room they are fine. I can shoot with the blinds on the windows closed and have plenty of power. I have not needed to go above half power with any of my shoots thus far. The accessories it comes with are nice. One of my light stands is a bit sticky and hard to release. Make sure you tighten the non-adjustable end on each of the links on the light stands. One of mine was quiet loose. I do not care for the bag that came with them. But then again it does protect against them being bumped around alot. I wish it had foam inserts with cutouts for where to place everything but that is ok. It is basically just a large duffle bag with their logo. Also I don't like that I have to remove the modeling light everytime I want to install the bulb cover. Some people may leave the reflector in place for protection but I prefer the full cover just in case. I bought these to decide if I like studio strobes. You can't go wrong with the price. I use the popup flash to fire these. Just set the pop up to manual and the lowest power and it should not affect your exposure. I also use a speedlight for added light which is fired with an optical slave adapter you can pick up quiet cheap.

                              Share this review

                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Great starter kit

                              By C2015

                              from Canada

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Great Value

                              Cons

                              • Needs better instructions

                              Best Uses

                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC):

                              The whole point of this kit is pretty clear: provide everything somebody needs to get some monolights in their studio/home studio/small location shoot.

                              A few negligible issues: the units emit a loud beep when they power up and are ready- this can not be disabled. For studio use this is fine but if you need to do a location shoot where noise may be an issue, not so good.

                              Another is to anyone unfamiliar with softboxes, the first attempts at setting one up can be a little discouraging. Impact really needs to include a guide for this in the kit. Even if B&H threw in a quick guide.

                              They're not overly powerful but coming from a hot-shoe strobist background I find these are more than enough.

                              Bottom line: Get these if you want to upgrade from shoe strobes. Great way to do so without spending too much money. They're more than enough to get a feel for monolights.

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                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Fantastic starter set!

                              By Photogmama

                              from Keno, WI

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Easy assembly
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Great price
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                              • Directions non-existent

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Low Light

                              Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC):

                              This is a fantastic starter set. I normally shoot outdoors in natural light but wanted to get some extra lights (my speedlite doesn't do it for me)for work at client houses. This works great. Very easy to use. Granted the instructions are awful, but I was able to set it all up pretty quick. Definitely worth the money! Love that it is portable and easy to break down. If you are looking for something to travel with or just use part-time this is the set for you.

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              I'm Impressed

                              By Kenny M

                              from Fort Lauderdale,Florida

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Pros

                              • Good Color Value
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                              • Poor Documentation

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors
                              • Product Shooting

                              Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC):

                              I'm using the setup for product shooting and it works just fine. It does what it is advertised to do and it does it well, especially for its price. I give this product a 4 Star rating only because the instruction manual is pretty sad. I can't speak about durability since I just received it. It seems to be put together pretty well though. The case is a plus, the stands seem to be good and it contains everything one needs to start right out of the box. All in all, I'm very happy with the purchase. One other thing, I am totally blown away by its power (and this is entry level unit). For product shooting I'm using the lowest power setting.

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                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Killer Starter kit!

                              By MindSoulVision

                              from NYC, NJ, CT, PA

                              Pros

                              • Good Value

                              Cons

                              • Fragile

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Lighting

                              Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit without Bag (120VAC):

                              This is a great portable lighting rig. I do a lot of on location shoots and I dont always need a huge amount of light to get "The Shot!" The On Board controls give me the flexibility to generate just the right amount of fill light when and where needed. You just have to keep in mind that it is a portable lighting kit and it is fragile or you will have to replace/repair Heads!

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