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Smith-Victor KT1000U 2-Light 1000 Watt Intermediate Thrifty Umbrella Kit

B&H # SMKT1000 Mfr # 401432
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You Pay: $134.00

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Offer ends: DEC 31 '14
Price after rebate: $109.00

You don't have to scrimp and save to get started with hot lights--1000 watts of lighting power are yours with this Smith-Victor KT1000U 2-Light 1000 Watt Intermediate Thrifty Umbrella Kit . Look what you get: two 500-watt 3200K lamps w/8' cable; two 8' light stands; two aluminum reflectors; two 32" shoot-through white umbrellas w/mounts; and an "Imagining with Light" Guide. 

The lights feature 660-watt phenolic sockets, 10' 2-wire cords and 5/8" stand mounts. The reflectors are hand-spun and chemically etched to maximize light output and the exteriors have a photographic black, baked-on enamel finish.

Even spread
Produces an even 50 degree beam angle
Reflector
The heavy-grade aluminum reflectors are hand-spun and chemically etched to maximize light output
New knob
A comfortable, easy-to-tighten angle adjustment knob with heat-free handles
Rating Max 500 watts for each head
Socket (Lampholder) Phenolic socket
Reflector (Mirror) Chemically etched aluminum
Mounting 5/8" Stand mount
Kit Weight 12.4 lbs (5.6 kg)
Smith-Victor KT1000U 2-Light 1000 Watt Intermediate Thrifty Umbrella Kit
  • 2 x 12" Reflectors
  • 2 x Socket and Cord Sets with Stand Mount
  • 2 x Raven RS8 8' Aluminum Light Stands
  • 2 x ECT 500W Photoflood Lamps
  • 2 x 32" White Umbrellas
  • 2 x UM-6 Umbrella Mounts
  • "Imaging with Light" Guide
  • 2-year Warranty on Light Fixture
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    Smith-VictorKT1000U 2-Light 1000 Watt Intermediate Thrifty Umbrella Kit
     
    4.3

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight kit (4)
    • Easy to setup (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography (7)
      • Portraits (5)
      • Artificial lighting (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

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      5.0

      Works as promised

      By Ed

      from Buffalo, NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Smith-Victor KT1000U 2-Light 1000 Watt Intermediate Thrifty Umbrella Kit:

          I bought this kit to shoot photos for my church's directory. It is light duty but for my application it is all I need at a reasonable price. If this was going to get more frequent use I would have purchased something sturdier but for this project it is 100% meeting my needs.

          I found that if I tighten the head sufficiently the reflector/umbrella does not droop even after several hours of use. So far no problems with the bulbs that came with the kit but I did buy extras just in case.

          I was skeptical about the 500 W bulbs because with a previous Smith Victor set that I had purchased used, 500 W bulbs melted the plastic sockets. No problem with this set, however.

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          3.0

          Light Duty, but does the job

          By Jim the Runner :)

          from Indiana

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors

            Comments about Smith-Victor KT1000U 2-Light 1000 Watt Intermediate Thrifty Umbrella Kit:

            Low cost way to add additional defused light to a job.

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            • No

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            5.0

            great!

            By sweet jones photography

            from richlands nc

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Photography
              • Portraits
              • Weddings

              Comments about Smith-Victor KT1000U 2-Light 1000 Watt Intermediate Thrifty Umbrella Kit:

              I use these on location and they are great! Wish it came with a bag but other than that its great and just what I need!

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              5.0

              [...]

              By mash

              from sugar land, texas

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight Kit

              Cons

              • Short Lifespan

              Best Uses

              • Photography
              • Portraits

              Comments about Smith-Victor KT1000U 2-Light 1000 Watt Intermediate Thrifty Umbrella Kit:

              its a great product i just feel the bulb life is very short

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              4.0

              Good Value Kit with poor Lamp adjustment

              By Jim

              from San Jose, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compatible
              • Good Value
              • Lightweight Kit

              Cons

              • Poor Reflector Adjustment

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Photography

              Comments about Smith-Victor KT1000U 2-Light 1000 Watt Intermediate Thrifty Umbrella Kit:

              This S-V Kit is pretty hard to beat. The stands are well made and easy to use. The Reflectors and Umbrellas are fine. However, the control for adjusting the relector's angle is somewhere between annoying and terrible. It's quality material but a poor ball/friction design. There is no half way with the ball. If you haven't positioned it properly and it starts to slip, when you try to adjust it, you will find you are starting over because when you lossen the clamp from the ball, all previous settings are lost and you are starting over. It's not a good thing especially if the equipment gets hot.

              I personally am redesigning this socket to suit myself. My design is a garage "fix" and can be done with hand tools like a hack saw and an electric drill.

              S-V has been in business a long time and makes decent stuff for cheap. If you want something better, throw more money at it. I recommend it, as it is, IF you understand what you are buying.

              I also own the barn doors. You might want to take a look at that review also.

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              5.0

              Works great

              By Yellow Ruby

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy Setup

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photography
                • Product Photos

                Comments about Smith-Victor KT1000U 2-Light 1000 Watt Intermediate Thrifty Umbrella Kit:

                Decent value, fairly compact size. Would be nice to have spare bulbs.

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                4.0

                Great hot lights for the price

                By Quinna B

                from Kearny, Az

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy Setup
                • Lightweight Kit

                Cons

                • Doesnt get tight enough

                Best Uses

                • Artificial Lighting
                • Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about Smith-Victor KT1000U 2-Light 1000 Watt Intermediate Thrifty Umbrella Kit:

                The only problem I had was the ball joint that attaches to the stand doesnt get quite tight enough to hold the weight of the umbrella. But a rubber band around the end of the umbrella to the knob works great. Really a great deal for the price.

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                3.0

                Nice Set-Up with Minor Flaws

                By kjerstin

                from tacoma, wa

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy Setup
                • Lightweight Kit

                Cons

                • Meager fittings

                Best Uses

                • Artificial Lighting
                • Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about Smith-Victor KT1000U 2-Light 1000 Watt Intermediate Thrifty Umbrella Kit:

                This is a great kit as you get umbrellas, stands, and the light hardware, which are pretty good. However, the swivel joint for the lights doesn't clamp to the lights well or tighten securely. Plus, included are 3200K lamps. It would be great if they included 4800K lamps instead so you're shooting with a cool daylight rather than a warm incandescent light. Be prepared to spend another $18 or so if you want daylight lamps.

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