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Smith-Victor KSB-1250 3-Light 1250 Watt Economy SoftBox Kit with Mini Boom (120V)

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Product Highlights
  • 1,250 Total Watts (120V AC)
  • 2- SBL2436, 1- SBL1024 Softbox
  • Light Stands, Boom Arm, Bulbs

The Smith-Victor KSB-1250 3-Light 1250 Watt Economy SoftBox Kit with Mini Boom is an economical way to provide intense, soft, tungsten light. Use it for portraits or still-life setups. It includes 2- 500 watt and 1- 250 watt flood light bulbs, 3- Raven black aluminum light stands that rise to a maximum height of 8 feet, and the Smith Victor MB110 Mini Boom Arm.

The SBL-1 fixture has an insulated Tilt-Handle, ratchet locking system, and 5/8" Baby mount.
Softbox fixture has a ceramic socket that accepts tungsten a flood light bulb, screw-in fluorescent bulb, or a screw-in slave flash.
Elastic collar on rear of softbox helps prevent light leaks.
The Mini Boom Arm allows overhead lighting. It extends to a maximum length of 5.3 ft (1.6 m).
Rating SB2436: 500 Watts SB1024: 250 Watts
Socket (Lampholder) E26 Edison Screw
Lens (Condenser) Not applicable
Reflector (Mirror) Silver softbox interior
Mounting 5/8" Baby
Yoke Not applicable
Cable 15' 2- wire
Focusing Not applicable
Weight Each Fixture: ~5 lb
Dimensions SB2436 Softbox: 24 x 32 x 17" (61 x 81 x 43 cm)
SB1024 Softbox: 10 x 24 x 15" (25.4 x 61 x 38 cm)
Kit Weight 43 lb (19.5 kg)
Smith-Victor KSB-1250 3-Light 1250 Watt Economy SoftBox Kit with Mini Boom (120V)
  • 2 x SBL-2432 500 Watt Economy SoftBox Light - 24 x 32" (120V AC)
  • SBL-1236 250 Watt Economy SoftBox Light (12 x 36")
  • 2 x ECT Lamp - 500W/120V
  • ECA Lamp - 250W/120V
  • 3 x RS8 8' Aluminum Light Stand with 5/8" Top Mount
  • MB110 2 Section Lightweight Boom,
  • "Imaging with Light" Guide
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty on Fixtures and Stands
  • 30 Day Manufacturer's Warranty on Softboxes
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    Smith-VictorKSB-1250 3-Light 1250 Watt Economy SoftBox Kit with Mini Boom (120V)
     
    3.8

    (based on 10 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight kit (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography (7)
      • Portraits (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (3), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Be Prepared

      Unless you're really familiar with Soft Boxes and their overall concept and design, do NOT expect a very helpful response from Smith Victor's website or any instructions as to how to assemble them because...Read complete review

      Unless you're really familiar with Soft Boxes and their overall concept and design, do NOT expect a very helpful response from Smith Victor's website or any instructions as to how to assemble them because there AREN'T any....

      After an hour of wrestling and getting popped in the face, and after it became a two-person operation, we finally figured it out: pull the black softbox over the metal light base, then attach the steel rods to the white cloth fabric corners *FIRST* (look for little raises stitching notches in the corners of the fabric to slide the steel rods into. Then slide the steel rod into the metal light base. Repeat this process DIAGONALLY across the white fabric and then repeat two more times for the other diagonal....

      Expect to take at least 10-15 minutes per light..

      PROS: Big light box throws very nice soft light. Easy to figure out AFTER wrestling with it...

      CONS: Lack of support and instructions for the product. The tall hair light WILL cause your light to teeter ... be prepared in advance to get you some weights so that the light doesn't crash down onto your subject. Lack of case is really bad too as there are three pieces for each light -- making it very encumbering to move from location to location.

      BOTTOM LINE: For Softboxes that are cheap - this does really well. Just be prepared for additional setup time that you might not need from other lighting kits.

      Last note: During use,.. DO NOT REPOSITION LIGHTS FOR SHOOT WHILE THE LIGHTS ARE ON!!! Turn light off. Move the light to the new spot that you want it, then turn the light back on. If you move the light, (even gently) the softbox bounces, and it blows the bulb. You'll need more bulbs to finish shoot.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Missing some small pieces

      The product works fine, but there were some missing parts. Screws were missing from the stand, also one of the lights blew the first time I turned the light on.

      The product works fine, but there were some missing parts. Screws were missing from the stand, also one of the lights blew the first time I turned the light on.

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      4.0

      Great Flood lights and Good throw

      By RayRayT

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Great Coverage
      • Lightweight Kit
      • Long Sync Chord
      • Nice Bag For Carry

      Cons

      • Finicky Switch
      • Hassle Of A Softbox

      Best Uses

      • Background Lighting
      • Interviews
      • Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about Smith-Victor KSB-1250 3-Light 1250 Watt Economy SoftBox Kit with Mini Boom (120V):

      I ordered these lights for another studio and began testing them when they came in.The packaging is great. The bag is quite nice and well taken care of. Bravo Smith and Victor for packaging.As for the lights themselves. The bulbs do make it a bit amateurish, but once you get the softboxes on them, they look great. The softboxes can be a bit of a hassle if you are not use to the wire setup softboxes. I recommend keeping them this way after building, hassle to take apart and put together if you are on a gig. The power switch is little plasticy and dinky, but it works for easy on and off.These lights are great for flood lighting. Whether you are doing green-screen or just need to light the background, these work wonders. And have a very good long light throw as well. Quite happy for the price you pay for these. Definitely not bad for flood lighting.

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      4.0

      Excelent for digital stills and video

      By CJ

      from West Palm Beach, FL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • The Equipment Case

      Cons

      • The Stands Are Very Light

      Best Uses

      • Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about Smith-Victor KSB-1250 3-Light 1250 Watt Economy SoftBox Kit with Mini Boom (120V):

      The kit provides an easy way to get simple three point lighting for online video as well as studio lighting for photos. I would reccomend an investment in different wattage bulbs so that you can really create some interesting looks and marginally increase the contrast from the key to the fill side.

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      3.0

      missing parts

      By liapileggi

      from Boulder, CO

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight Kit

      Cons

      • Difficult to set up

      Best Uses

      • Artificial Lighting
      • Photography

      Comments about Smith-Victor KSB-1250 3-Light 1250 Watt Economy SoftBox Kit with Mini Boom (120V):

      I was very excited to get this item to add to an equipment checkout facility where I work. But the item came with missing parts right out of the box. It is not very easy to set up, easier with 2 people. Very bright, soft light. Good kit for the money. The rolling case is very useful for our needs of transporting the kit.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Economy Soft-boxes

      By Jessica

      from Vallejo, Ca

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compatible
      • Easy Setup
      • Lightweight Kit

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Smith-Victor KSB-1250 3-Light 1250 Watt Economy SoftBox Kit with Mini Boom (120V):

        The lights are easy to use and I haven't had any issues with them. They provide a nice even light on my subjects for in studio portraits. The soft-boxes were a little hard to put on but with some help you can get them on. With the boom, I suggest that you have one of the legs on the stand right under the light or it will start to fall and also an extra weight for the other side would help balance it out. The cords on the lights are a little short but other then that they work great and are easy to maneuver.

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        3.0

        Missing some small pieces

        By Tommy

        from Spring Valley, NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compatible
        • Easy Setup
        • Lightweight Kit

        Cons

        • Inconsistent

        Best Uses

        • Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Smith-Victor KSB-1250 3-Light 1250 Watt Economy SoftBox Kit with Mini Boom (120V):

        The product works fine, but there were some missing parts. Screws were missing from the stand, also one of the lights blew the first time I turned the light on.

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        4.0

        Great Economy Light Kit

        By Mike

        from Cleveland, OH

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Economic
        • Lightweight Kit

        Cons

        • Short Lifespan

        Best Uses

        • Photography

        Comments about Smith-Victor KSB-1250 3-Light 1250 Watt Economy SoftBox Kit with Mini Boom (120V):

        Great, low cost lighting kit. We occasionally use (once or twice a week) for industry large electronics pictures.

        The set up wasn't too difficult having read reviews and having a second person on hand to help.

        Buy extra light bulbs. We broke one in the first week. Turn off the lights when moving them to save the bulbs. We also store the bulbs separate from the softbox to help preserve them.

        Great light, works well.

        Overall a great economy kit.

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        4.0

        Good product for the price

        By Photoguy

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Great price
        • Great value

        Cons

        • No setup instructions

        Best Uses

        • Artificial Lighting
        • General use
        • Photography
        • Portraits
        • Video interviews

        Comments about Smith-Victor KSB-1250 3-Light 1250 Watt Economy SoftBox Kit with Mini Boom (120V):

        Just like other reviewers already pointed out, you have to be careful with the hair light as it can be overextended and just crashing down on your subject, do pay attention on balancing all the lights.

        I see some quality issues on the SBL-1 fixture as they may bend over time. But I can't complain too much for it as the price/result ratio you get from this set is really great.

        Especially on my case I just added socket splitter and replace the bulb with two CFL bulbs instead. Now I just found a 1-to-4 socket splitter I can add 2 more CFL bulbs to it and it worked like a charm. So for both big softbox, I use 4 CFL-bulbs each and 2 CFL-bulbs for the hair light.

        The 2 CFL-bulbs hair light is not quite as bright as the 250W original bulbs as I use only two 23W bulbs, but on the heat department, it is excellent. Even with the 4 CFL-bulbs, the box is just slightly warm to the touch and not to mention I only use 92W / box for the equivalent of 400W incandescent light. For non-professional like me, that makes a lot of difference!

        Despite its shortcomings, I'd still highly recommend this product and solution to everyone.

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        4.0

        Good Product

        By LauraUSA

        from Tigard Oregon

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy assembly
        • Easy to pack up and go
        • Size of Softbox

        Cons

        • Really needs a tote bag
        • You need extra bulbs

        Best Uses

        • I used it for portable ap

        Comments about Smith-Victor KSB-1250 3-Light 1250 Watt Economy SoftBox Kit with Mini Boom (120V):

        I had never used a softbox kit before this purchase. After 6 minutes of trial and error I figured out how to assemble the lights. They were really easy after the first one. I felt that they provided the right lightiing but, would opt for a brighter bulb. I don't know what I did but, the first bulb blew out. I would definately bring extra bulbs to a shoot. Overall a good kit.

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        4.0

        Be Prepared

        By La Vert of Raej Entertainment (RAGE)

        from Irvington, NJ

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good soft lighting
        • Good Value

        Cons

        • Not Balanced Well

        Best Uses

        • In Door
        • Out Door
        • Photo
        • Video

        Comments about Smith-Victor KSB-1250 3-Light 1250 Watt Economy SoftBox Kit with Mini Boom (120V):

        Unless you're really familiar with Soft Boxes and their overall concept and design, do NOT expect a very helpful response from Smith Victor's website or any instructions as to how to assemble them because there AREN'T any....

        After an hour of wrestling and getting popped in the face, and after it became a two-person operation, we finally figured it out: pull the black softbox over the metal light base, then attach the steel rods to the white cloth fabric corners *FIRST* (look for little raises stitching notches in the corners of the fabric to slide the steel rods into. Then slide the steel rod into the metal light base. Repeat this process DIAGONALLY across the white fabric and then repeat two more times for the other diagonal....

        Expect to take at least 10-15 minutes per light..

        PROS: Big light box throws very nice soft light. Easy to figure out AFTER wrestling with it...

        CONS: Lack of support and instructions for the product. The tall hair light WILL cause your light to teeter ... be prepared in advance to get you some weights so that the light doesn't crash down onto your subject. Lack of case is really bad too as there are three pieces for each light -- making it very encumbering to move from location to location.

        BOTTOM LINE: For Softboxes that are cheap - this does really well. Just be prepared for additional setup time that you might not need from other lighting kits.

        Last note: During use,.. DO NOT REPOSITION LIGHTS FOR SHOOT WHILE THE LIGHTS ARE ON!!! Turn light off. Move the light to the new spot that you want it, then turn the light back on. If you move the light, (even gently) the softbox bounces, and it blows the bulb. You'll need more bulbs to finish shoot.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great starter kit!

        By Mack

        from Upstate, SC

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great price

        Cons

        • Runs Hot

        Best Uses

        • General Use

        Comments about Smith-Victor KSB-1250 3-Light 1250 Watt Economy SoftBox Kit with Mini Boom (120V):

        I bought this as a general purpose lighting option. It's my first and I am pleased with it. The lights provide great, clean light. Everything is very light weight. This is good for travel, but be careful that the lights don't tip over. Balance them well. Also the smaller light got so hot it burned through one of the diffusion cloths. That might be my error for not observing them more carefully. I'd buy another set for sure!

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