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Arri Softbank D1 Three-Light Kit

B&H # ARSBD1WCK Mfr # 571960W
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You Pay: $2,169.95
Product Highlights
  • 1100 Total Watts
  • Fresnel 150, 300 and 650 Fixtures
  • 16x22" Softbox, Adapter
  • 120V Bulbs
  • Compact Wheeled Kit Case

Less is more--sometimes. The Arri Softbank D1 Three-Light Kit was designed with modern, light-sensitive digital media in mind, so you can accomplish even more than you might think with the 1100 total watts in this package. Three of Arri's most popular Fresnel lights form the core of this complete lighting outfit: the Arri 150W is a small Fresnel with great performance and rugged construction, with a 2" (50 mm) Fresnel lens; the very efficient 300W Plus Fresnel uses a 3.2" (80 mm) low expansion, borosilicate Fresnel lens to produce a soft, even field of light. The 650W Fresnel features the same lens, reflector, housing and power cord as the 300W Fresnel, producing (of course) more light.  A Chimera 16 x 22" softbox is included (perfect for interviews and soft light in tight spaces), as well as barndoors, filter frames, light stands, bulbs, a ceiling scissor clamp and a hard compact wheeled carrying case for storage and transport. This kit is equipped for 120V AC operation. It will also function with 220-240 AC Voltage, with the appropriate bulb and plug adapter, available separately.

Fixtures

Light Spread
Each Fresnel fixture produces a soft, even field of light
Lenses
  • The Arri 650 has a 4.3" (110 mm) low expansion, borosilicate Fresnel lens
  • The Arri 300 Plus has a similar lens, measuring 3.2" (80 mm)
  • The Fresnel 150 has a 2" (50 mm) Fresnel lens
  • Ventilated Housings
    Ribbed for cooler operation, the fixture ribs act like heat sinks to help disperse any heat build-up
    Aluminum Reflectors
    Spherical, specular, high purity reflectors insure even light

    Light Shapers

    16 x 22" Softbox with Adapter
    Chimera softbox provides varying degrees of softness, with its removable front diffuser
    Barndoors, Scrims, and Filter Frames
    Enable adjustments of the fixture's light spread, intensity and color

    Support and Storage

    Drop-Ceiling Clamp
  • For mounting a 300 Fresnel from a drop ceiling frame
  • It features a standard 5/8" (baby) mounting stud
  • Compact Kit Case
  • Vacuum Molded ABS Plastic Case
  • Butterfly Latches and Reinforced Piano Hinge
  • Spring-loaded Side and Top Handles
  • Rating Fresnel 150: 150W
    Fresnel 300: 300W
    Fresnel 650: 650W
    Socket (Lampholder) GY9.5
    Lens (Condenser) Fresnel 150: 2" (50 mm)
    Fresnel 300: 3.2" (80 mm)
    Fresnel 650: 4.3" (110 mm)
    all with low expansion borosilicate Fresnel lenses
    Reflector (Mirror) Spherical, specular, high purity aluminum
    Mounting 5/8" (16mm) stand mount
    Yoke Fits on standard 5/8" stand or mounting stud
    Cable Fresnel 150: 15' (4.6 mm)
    Fresnel 300, 650: 25' (7.6 m) with in-line switch
    Focusing Worm-gear driven
    Weight Fresnel 150: 2.3 lbs (1 kg)
    Fresnel 300: 6.5 lbs (2.9 kg)
    Fresnel 650: 7.2 lbs (3.3 kg)
    Dimensions Fresnel 150: 5.25 x 7.75 x 6.1" (13.3 x 19.7 x 15.6 cm)
    Fresnel 300: 7.1 x 10 x 6.3" (18 x 25.4 x 16 cm)
    Fresnel 650: 9 x 12 x 7.5" (23 x 30.5 x 19 cm)
    Kit in Case: 32.5 x 17 x 10.75" (82.5 x 43.2 x 27.3 cm)
    Kit Weight 44 lbs (20 kg)

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    ArriSoftbank D1 Three-Light Kit
     
    4.7

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (10)
    • Good color value (6)
    • Good power output (6)
    • Long-lasting (5)
    • Attaches securely (3)

    Cons

    • Runs hot (9)

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (8)
    • General purpose (7)
    • Night time (4)
    • Portraits (4)
    • Low light (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Perfect for my HDSLR needs

    My girlfriend freaked out when I bought these. She was concerned that we would never go out to eat again. That all fun was over. That we would sit in our 65sq foot...Read complete review

    My girlfriend freaked out when I bought these. She was concerned that we would never go out to eat again. That all fun was over. That we would sit in our 65sq foot apartment and just stare at this light kit while eating bags of day after expiration date priced kale. Oh how wrong she was!

    First, you can rent these lights for a very decent price in most major cities. I did rent this kit once before I purchased them for a series of shoots I had coming up. I had to drive to the video house. Fill out forms, leave a large deposit on a credit card. Take the lights home. Unload them so they would not get stolen from my ghetto butt condo parking deck. Load them back into the car. Use them. Return them. Argh. I ain't got time for that!

    There are a lot of cheaper light kits out there. A lot cheaper.

    Don't mess around. These are the real deal.

    Since I own them, I have many times just set them up and experimented with lighting, making me much more proficient and confident in using them. I have used them to take product type shots of things for my website. And of course, I rent them as part of my package on HDSLR shoots for paying clients.

    In particular, this light kit works well indoors for interview and corporate video shoots with my HDSLR cameras. The 650w softbox works great for interviews. I thought it would be too much light, but it's not. It's really almost perfect and it's nothing that either varying the distance a little bit, or using the screens to dim a stop or two, or clipping some diffusion paper to the barns can't solve. Very flexible. I've done a half dozen shoots and a few experimental set-ups and some product type shots and the original bulbs are still going strong. Of course I have spares ready to go.

    The case is of good quality and the wheels are probably a must. The lights themselves are well made. Changing the 150w light bulb is a little fussy since it's so small, but the 300w and 650w are easy.

    The power is modest, I don't worry about blowing out sockets. They do put out some heat though, and without the softbox or some diffusion paper, they can be uncomfortable for subjects. LED prices were not really an option for me at this time.

    You look professional pulling these things out, and should I decide to sell them off, I suspect they would sell quickly and for a fair price.

    The girlfriend has made peace with the lights. I have never regretted buying them. A+++ Would buy again.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    OK for basic lighting, but instructions.

    I like the lights, but the heat is a bit too much. The instructions leave a lot to be desired. I have yet figured out how to mount the softbox with the speedring...Read complete review

    I like the lights, but the heat is a bit too much. The instructions leave a lot to be desired. I have yet figured out how to mount the softbox with the speedring provided. They just don't match.

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    5.0

    Perfect start to a professional light ki

    By TexasChance

    from Houston, Texas

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Arri Softbank D1 Three-Light Kit:

      I am a preditor in Houston. Sometimes a one-man-band, sometimes a member of a crew, and sometimes heading up a crew, in all cases, this little Arri kit is the perfect start to a shoot. You gotta have one, and this one is it.

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      5.0

      Perfect Interview and Go to Kit

      By John

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Long-Lasting
      • Portability
      • Practical

      Cons

      • Runs Hot

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Interviews
      • Small studio

      Comments about Arri Softbank D1 Three-Light Kit:

      Excellent three point tungsten kit. The Arri lights have a great quality to them that is better than any other small kit i've used. Comes with a lot great accessories. There is also some room to put gels and diffusion. You may be able to store some extra bulbs too.

      The only negatives are the kit is difficult to put back together. Take a picture before you start pulling it apart for the first time. And the soft box is difficult to get on, you really have to force it. However, with that kind of chimera it is to be expected. Also, the 650 especially can run pretty hot, but again this is a tungsten kit and that should be expected.

      You can't really beat the value. I couldn't be any happier with them.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Perfect for my HDSLR needs

      By Schemula

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Runs Hot

      Best Uses

      • Indoors

      Comments about Arri Softbank D1 Three-Light Kit:

      My girlfriend freaked out when I bought these. She was concerned that we would never go out to eat again. That all fun was over. That we would sit in our 65sq foot apartment and just stare at this light kit while eating bags of day after expiration date priced kale. Oh how wrong she was!

      First, you can rent these lights for a very decent price in most major cities. I did rent this kit once before I purchased them for a series of shoots I had coming up. I had to drive to the video house. Fill out forms, leave a large deposit on a credit card. Take the lights home. Unload them so they would not get stolen from my ghetto butt condo parking deck. Load them back into the car. Use them. Return them. Argh. I ain't got time for that!

      There are a lot of cheaper light kits out there. A lot cheaper.

      Don't mess around. These are the real deal.

      Since I own them, I have many times just set them up and experimented with lighting, making me much more proficient and confident in using them. I have used them to take product type shots of things for my website. And of course, I rent them as part of my package on HDSLR shoots for paying clients.

      In particular, this light kit works well indoors for interview and corporate video shoots with my HDSLR cameras. The 650w softbox works great for interviews. I thought it would be too much light, but it's not. It's really almost perfect and it's nothing that either varying the distance a little bit, or using the screens to dim a stop or two, or clipping some diffusion paper to the barns can't solve. Very flexible. I've done a half dozen shoots and a few experimental set-ups and some product type shots and the original bulbs are still going strong. Of course I have spares ready to go.

      The case is of good quality and the wheels are probably a must. The lights themselves are well made. Changing the 150w light bulb is a little fussy since it's so small, but the 300w and 650w are easy.

      The power is modest, I don't worry about blowing out sockets. They do put out some heat though, and without the softbox or some diffusion paper, they can be uncomfortable for subjects. LED prices were not really an option for me at this time.

      You look professional pulling these things out, and should I decide to sell them off, I suspect they would sell quickly and for a fair price.

      The girlfriend has made peace with the lights. I have never regretted buying them. A+++ Would buy again.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Professional!

      By JJ

      from NJ

      Comments about Arri Softbank D1 Three-Light Kit:

      I love the construction and output of this pro light kit. The softbox was a bit tricky to figure out, but I found a YouTube video that helped. The wheeled carry case is well constructed.

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      5.0

      Great Multi-use Kit

      By Anthony

      from Aliso Viejo, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Long-Lasting
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Night Time
        • Outdoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about Arri Softbank D1 Three-Light Kit:

        Extremely well built. Ease to carry around. Most definitely get the rollers cause it is heavy for those long hauls. Excellent quality of light. Perfect for video and photo. I use it primarily for video shoots but also for portrait and product setups. I have purchased cheaper products. Always disappointed. This set outshines them all.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Versatile Kit. Well Built.

        By SilverDust133

        from Tulsa, Oklahoma

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Runs Hot

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Night Time
        • Portraits

        Comments about Arri Softbank D1 Three-Light Kit:

        Bought the D1 Kit for filming commercials on-the-go. I don't worry about tripping any breakers on location with this kit, yet it provides plenty of output for indoor shoots.

        As other reviews mention, these lights will get pretty hot. The heat didn't bother me after picking up a good pair of Hot Hands production gloves.

        The hard case is a must, just wish it had a little more storage space. When packed correctly, I am able to fit an additional 25ft power cord, (1) 3-way Power Tap, (1) roll 2" Gaffers tape and Rosco Cinegels.

        You will definately need to pick up a few 15-20lbs. Sand Bag would recommend bright colored bags because the black tripods are a trip hazard in a dimly lit room.

        Lowell VS. Arri: Go with Arri. I've worked with Lowells and found their umbrella kits to be a bit obtrusive and have actually had a light housing start to smoke when the bard doors were closed off a little. Some claim that the Arri's get hotter and take longer to cool down, however I don't see these solid housing of the Arri's catching on fire.

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        5.0

        Great product

        By bsho

        from Minneapolis, MN

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Powerful
        • Wheels On Case

        Cons

        • Runs Hot

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Low Light

        Comments about Arri Softbank D1 Three-Light Kit:

        We use this primarily for interview videos and educational videos. Works wonders in any environment.

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        • No

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        5.0

        I like these lights!

        By Yang Shao

        from Arcadia, CA

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Color Value
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Runs Hot

        Best Uses

        • Indoors

        Comments about Arri Softbank D1 Three-Light Kit:

        I like these lights, It is very easy to control with soft box. Using 150 light to be the background light seems prefect.

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        • No

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        OK for basic lighting, but instructions.

        By JK225

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Runs Hot

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Arri Softbank D1 Three-Light Kit:

        I like the lights, but the heat is a bit too much. The instructions leave a lot to be desired. I have yet figured out how to mount the softbox with the speedring provided. They just don't match.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent general pupose kit

        By Guerilla Cameras & Gear

        from Austin, TX

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Convenient
        • Durable
        • Easy to transport
        • Good value

        Cons

        • Flimsy Bag For Scrims
        • Runs Hot
        • Softbox Hard To Assemble

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Indy Film Sets
        • Interviews
        • Low Light
        • Night Time
        • Special Events

        Comments about Arri Softbank D1 Three-Light Kit:

        I'm a volunteer with the Austin School of Film, a non-profit organization that helps independent filmmakers. I bought two of these kits and our students use them all the time. The case on wheels can take a beating, rolls smoothly, and is organized with 3 partitions for the lights and stands. The cords are long and sturdy, and the fresnel lights work as described. While the stands are just sturdy enough for the big 650 light, I recommend using a sandbag on the feet to prevent it from tipping over. I recommend throwing a pair of heavy gloves inside - the lights get HOT! The softbox works well but is problematic - it's difficult to assemble as four steel rods must be bent nearly 90 degrees. So we keep it assembled instead of putting it back in the bag. We just have to be careful not to tear the fabric. The filter rings are very poorly understood by the majority of filmmakers I talk to. They use diffusion paper or filters taped to the outside of the light instead. Unfortunatly, our rings were quickly lost. All in all, an excellent kit.

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        4.0

        Nice Hot Lights

        By MxPxP86

        from Nampa, Idaho

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Color Value

        Cons

        • Runs Hot

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Portraits
        • Studio

        Comments about Arri Softbank D1 Three-Light Kit:

        I needed a set of lights that could do a solid job for 3 point lighting and this will perform admirably. A collection of lights that can each perform a range of duties on a set, the only drawback to the lights' credit is the amount of heat they produce. I have a similar lowel light kit outputting a comparable amount of light (though as a subjective aside they don't run as white), but not nearly as hot. Neither set of lights can be touched after running for a minute or two, but my experience is that the lowel lights don't run as continually hot, and cool off faster. I prefer the light quality of the Arris, but from time to time the longer cool down and the hotter running will be a deciding factor when going out to a site.

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        5.0

        Arri Soft Bank D1

        By Beyond Imagination Media

        from Lakeland, Fl

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Arri Softbank D1 Three-Light Kit:

              The Arri Softbank is a perfect light kit for a small production. I have rented these for years and finally decided to add it to my inventory. I highly recommend this kit to anyone looking for a cost effective kit.

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              4.0

              tough to load lightbulbs

              By monkey

              from louisville, ky

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compatible
              • Lightweight Kit
              • Long Sync Chord

              Cons

              • Bulb replacement

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting

              Comments about Arri Softbank D1 Three-Light Kit:

              There were no instructions on how to put the bulbs in the lamps and it was a very difficult process . Otherwise once the bulb fiasco was completed , they worked perfectly .

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              5.0

              Great package

              By David Mendel Productions

              from Seattle, WA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Runs Hot

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Arri Softbank D1 Three-Light Kit:

              This is used mostly for interviews. This is a great package because it gives you many different levels to use in a lighting design.

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