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Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC)

B&H # IMVC500LR2K Mfr # VC-500LR2K
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You Pay: $749.95
Product Highlights
  • Total of 1000 Ws
  • Two Stands, Umbrellas & Reflectors
  • Softbox, Sync Cords, Wheeled Case
  • 7- Light Wireless Remote Control
  • 120VAC

The Impact VC-500LR Two Monolight Kit is a complete lighting kit, based on two VC-500LR 500Ws monolights, with features unusual in this price range, such as a 6 f/stop power range (full to 1/32) adjustable in 1/10 stop increments, fast recycling time (2.5 seconds @ full power), and fully adjustable modeling light level. A re-designed display gives you a large, very legible LCD read-out. The VC-500LR also offers minimal flash color-shift when powering down (~200 K). In addition, it has a feature rarely found on a monolight--a Red Eye Reduction photocell sync, which allows you, when using both on-camera flash and the monolight,to set the monolight slave cell to ignore pre-exposure flashes from your on-camera flash. This kit is rounded out with a wireless remote capable of controlling up to 7 lights, umbrellas, a softbox, light stands, mono to PC sync cords, and a wheeled kit case.

Monolights

Digital Readout
Flash power level is easily visible with the red LED readout on the rear of each unit.
Built-in Optical Slave
Fire the main light from your camera, and the other monolight "sees" the light from the first one and fires instantaneously.
Adjustable Modeling Light
The 250 watt modeling light has a separate adjustment switch that allows you to choose between off, full-on, or ratio-to-flash level.
Compatible With Bowens Reflectors
Choose from a large assortment of Bowens reflectors and accessories - the reflector mount is the same.
Safety Features
Fan-cooling, an overheat warning buzzer, and 6 amp fuse help to protect your investment and prolong the life of the equipment. The low 5VDC sync voltage protects your camera's delicate circuitry.

Accessories

Umbrellas
Two white umbrellas with permanent black backing soften the light for more pleasing portraits
Softbox with Adapter Ring
The 24 x 36" (61 x 91 cm) silver interior softbox has a removable front diffuser and interior baffle. This permits efficient use of the light and experimentation with lighting effects.
Light Stands with Removable Studs
Auminum stands rise to a maximum height of 7.75' (2.36 m). The removable studs permit different mounting angles.
Remote Control
The included infrared remote gives you total remote control over your lighting system, up to seven lights. It allows you to control such things as flash power, the modeling lamp, audio beep, slave function, etc.
Wheeled Kit Case
Sturdy, padded case has ample room for everything in the kit. Separate zippered compartments keep stands and umbrellas apart from the fixtures.
Maximum Watt/Seconds Each Monolight: 500
Guide Number Each Monolight: 255 in feet (78 in meter) @ISO 100
Recycle Time 2.5 sec @ max power1 sec @ min power
Flash Duration 1/800 sec @ max power1/1200 sec @ min power
Flash Variability Full to 1/32 power (6 stops) in stepless 1/10 stop increments
User Replaceable Flashtube Yes (LR9901YSP1H)
Changeable Reflector Yes; Bowen-style tabs, spring release
Modeling Light Wattage 250
Voltage Stabilization Yes
Flash Ready Indicator LED, switchable audible beep
Operating Voltage 110-120VAC 60Hz
Built-in Slave Cell Yes
Circuit Protection 6A fuse
Fan Cooled Yes
Auto Dump Yes
Dimensions Each Monolight: 12.6 x 5 x 5" (32 x 32 x 13 cm) without reflector
Kit in Case: 37 x 10 x 10" (94 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm)
Weight 6.2 lbs (2.8 kg)
Kit Weight 63 lbs (29 kg)
Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC)
  • Two VC-500LR Monolights, Each With Reflector, Flashtube, Modeling Light, and Power Cord
  • Two Light Stands With Removable Studs
  • Two White Reflective Umbrellas, With Permanent Black Backing
  • Infrared Remote Control
  • 24x36" Softbox With Mounting Ring
  • Two Mono to PC Sync Cords
  • Wheeled Kit Case
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    ImpactTwo Monolight Kit (120VAC)
     
    4.6

    (based on 76 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (50)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (61)
    • Good power output (54)
    • Good color value (45)
    • Long-lasting (44)
    • Attach securely (22)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (51)
      • Indoors (48)
      • Outdoor events / games (39)
      • Outdoors (30)
      • Low light (15)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual photographer (28), Semi-pro photographer (27), Pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (4), Photography student (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes (46), No (21)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      GREAT POWER!!!

      This is my first set of strobes and I am happy to say that they work great and are very powerful! I did have a problem with one of the strobe heads (the push...Read complete review

      This is my first set of strobes and I am happy to say that they work great and are very powerful! I did have a problem with one of the strobe heads (the push button to change the modes quit working) and had to return it to B&H but they were really great about replacing it in a timely manner! For the money you can't beat these quality strobes! LOVE THEM!!

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Decent starter strobe kit

      Overall this is an inexpensive, basic, beginners strobe kit that is great for portraiture. I was able to easily assemble it without directions (but the manual is helpful as well.) It would...Read complete review

      Overall this is an inexpensive, basic, beginners strobe kit that is great for portraiture. I was able to easily assemble it without directions (but the manual is helpful as well.) It would be best if it had wheels on the kit (easier for transporting.) The recycle time is somewhat too slow for fashion, but is fine for portraits. The softbox need to come with assembly directions. This is a good kit for a student, hobby photographer, or pro photographer with a budget.

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      5.0

      First Impression - Quality

      By JimO

      from Colonia NJ

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Lcd Display Obscured
      • Lcd Display Obstructed

      Best Uses

      • Portraits

      Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC):

      I bought 2 sets to give me 4 500ws Strobes. One advantage I hadn't considered of buy two sets is that it gives me two remote controls (1 in each set). I've only used them once but initial impression is that they are well built (heavy) and perform well. The bag, umbrellas and stands are good quality as well. These replace an old White Lighting set I bought used and had for years.

      Only negative is that I find the rear LCD display a bit hard to read because the hand is obscuring.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great lights for a beginner on a budget

      By Kay

      from Ypsilanti MI

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good Color Value
      • Long-Lasting
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC):

      I would like to give it a 4.5 but that's not a option. The power cord on both of my lights likes to slip out occasionally, but this hasn't been a large inconvenience. Other then that small issue - you should strongly consider this kit. I've been using these lights for 2yrs now and it's not "top of the line" but it just right for me.

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      • No

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      4.0

      First time user

      By Em

      from Pennsylvania

      Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC):

      These seem like good lights haven't had the chance to fully use them yet that's why I gave them 4 stars

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      5.0

      Powerful and Easy to Use!

      By JZ

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Low Light
        • Outdoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC):

        So far I've used it once since I bought it, but was like a little kid in a candy store. Really nice quality and easy to set up. It seems to be made well and sturdy.

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        • No

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        5.0

        GREAT POWER!!!

        By Billie

        from Salineville, Ohio

        About Me Photography Student

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Good Color Value
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC):

          This is my first set of strobes and I am happy to say that they work great and are very powerful! I did have a problem with one of the strobe heads (the push button to change the modes quit working) and had to return it to B&H but they were really great about replacing it in a timely manner! For the money you can't beat these quality strobes! LOVE THEM!!

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          • No

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          5.0

          "I would buy this product again and agai

          By pedro

          from hartford

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Good Color Value
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Night Time
          • Special Events

          Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC):

          good

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Fine product

          By Charlie

          from Charlotte, NC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Good Color Value
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC):

            Bang for the buck this is the best system. Now I bring my own sun. It's not as portable as a handheld flash but she really booms.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Kit!

            By Florida Shutterbug

            from North Florida

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC):

              Easy to use! Simple to adjust! Wish the bag it came with had room to store more lights when I expand later.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Does the Job

              By Light Garden

              from Toronto

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                    Have the lights for 2 weeks now and have taken over 1000 photos. They do a good job for a home studio. The few short comings that I see are that the mounting bolt for the lights onto the light stand don't seem to be all that secure. If they were bigger and more robust I would have more confidence in them. But that is only a feeling right now and hopefully Impact has tested them thoroughly enough to justify a small bolt. I wouldn't know until I have don't some extensive mounting and dismounting of the light to see if they will stand the test of time. The stands themselves appear to be very sturdy, although they did a cost savings by using rivets instead of bolts. Rivets may be fine and if they ever pop off, which they shouldn't, they should be easily replaceable with a bolt. The stands are air cushioned, but it only appears that the mid section is air cushioned. The upper and lower sections have no air cushion on mines at all. The remote control takes a bit of patience to set up. It took several tries following the instructions to reset the lights and program in a light number.

                    For the small amount of time that I've had these strobes, I am very happy with the purchase and hopefully there is enough quality control to ensure that the kit will last a long time.

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                    4.0

                    Excellent price / benefit

                    By Williams Martinez

                    from Bogotá, Colombia

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Good Color Value
                    • Lightweight
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                    • A little heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Portraits
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                    For daily work in the studio and field trips it is an excellent choice.

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                    4.0

                    Worth the money

                    By Neufeldsphotography

                    from Steinbach, MB Canada

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Good Color Value
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                    Use these lights for studio portraiture, they have sufficient power for small groups. Very easy to adjust and reliable. One thing to note is that if your power output is higher on one of the lights, this light will take longer to refresh. I recommend setting the audio "beep" to the light with the highest power output settings.
                    A negative I have found is that the air-cushioned light stands are not something you should rely on, I drop one of mine hard, nothing broke. Also the stands do feel a little flimsy compared to the weight of the lights themselves.
                    Over all, if you are on a budget I would recommend these.

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                    4.0

                    Great Kit for the Money!

                    By Pam

                    from Landisburg, PA

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Controls
                    • Cooling fan
                    • Durable
                    • Equipment included
                    • Good Color Value
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Powerful
                    • Pricevalue

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light
                      • Portraits
                      • Still Life
                      • Studio

                      Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                      I purchased this kit for a studio photography class. The class was accelerated so these lights were used A LOT and for long periods of time in the first six weeks. These are the only Impact monolights that come with a built-in cooling fan and for that alone, I would recommend these lights. The features are great and the lights are very easy to use. There is an option to turn off the beep, which is a huge plus because it is loud. You can control the modeling light separate from the strobe light, which means the modeling light can simulate the intensity of the strobe or something different if needed. I had no problems controling the amount of light produced by the heads. The built-in slave function is a great feature. I use it all the time.

                      The kit is a great value for what you get in it. The case is very nice and has wheels. You still have to be careful with it overturning, but that is because the case is long and narrow. It beats having to carry a heavy bag! There is plenty of room in the case as well. The light stands are pretty sturdy. I have never felt they could not handle the weight. I constantly have the softbox on one of the lights and use it at various heights and angles with no problems at all. The only problem with the softbox is it does not come with directions to put it together. This was my first softbox and it took me a VERY long time to figure out how it was supposed to go together. The umbrellas are also nice. They are white inside with black on the outside and feel nice and heavy. I haven't figured out why the remote is in the kit because you can't use it with the camera. The kit has everything you need to get started.

                      The biggest problem I have had was a light that did not work properly. I could not get it to fire at low settings. I had no problems with B&H exchanging it for another. In fact someone offered some troubleshooting tips to ensure it was not user error since these were my first studio lights. After an extended period of use, the strobes may not fire consistently each time. Turn off the lights, but keep the cooling fans on and let them rest for a while. This seems to solve the problem.

                      I highly recommend these lights for someone who wants to get started with studio photography. The lights seem to be of great quality, are easy to use, and are very affordable for what you get! I will need another set of lights for an upcoming class and will be purchasing this kit again that is how much I like it.

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                      4.0

                      Has a good performance by its price

                      By David K

                      from San Jose, Costa Rica

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Remote control

                      Cons

                      • Loses Charge Quickly

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Portraits
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                      Few months ago, I bought a couple of these Monolight Kits for indoor photography. In general terms the lights works as requested. The only issue that I have been had was that I received the kit with one of the modeling bulbs burned out.
                      As a recomendation, when buy a kit try to buy at least one modeling bulb for replacement at the same time. Despite that the modeling lights aren´t essential (in terms of photo shooting), there are several situations that will require it for better results.
                      At least for me, the greatest feature that the kit has is the Remote control. It is very usefull and helps for the faster set up of the lights in comparison with a traditional kits.

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic for the price

                      By Jonny

                      from Kalamazoo, MI

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                        I am new to studio strobes, but these were very easy to set up and start shooting with. I was very impressed with how powerful they are. In my small studio, I cannot go above the power rating of 2. The only slight downside was the softbox. It was confusing to put together, but I found a video on youtube that explained it. They should ship instructions in the package.

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                        4.0

                        Two Monolight Kit by Impact

                        By dpgn

                        from Providence, RI

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Lightweight
                        • Powerful
                        • Self contained package

                        Cons

                        • Runs Hot

                        Best Uses

                        • Product photography

                        Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                        Powerful enough for many applications, this kit offers considerable bang for your buck. Great outfit for table top product photography as well as portraiture. Comes with practically everything you'll need right out the box (including a very handy remote).

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                        4.0

                        Recommend!

                        By Johnny

                        from Salem OR

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Low Light
                          • Night Time

                          Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                          I received the products in perfect condition! Recommend! Thank you!

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Best service!

                          By Caroline

                          from Montpelier VT

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                            Speedy delivery, great communication from dealer,best service, thank you!

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                            • Yes

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                            4.0

                            Recommended by this Advanced Amateur

                            By Mike

                            from St. Louis

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to set up
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • Soft box assembly

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                              These are my first studio lights. As an advanced amateur, they were easy to set up and use on my first "pro" shoot for some Santa photos. Easy to adjust and learn. Haven't quite figured out the soft box assembly yet, but I'm sure I'm smarter than the equipment and will get it soon! Definitely recommended. Wish I had bucked-up and bought the 3-light kit!

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                              5.0

                              Easy to use !!!

                              By Gabriel

                              from Baton Rouge LA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Pros

                              • Attach Securely
                              • Durable
                              • Long-Lasting
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Outdoors
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                                Using this monolight kit was very easy because of the instructions. For the price I can't believe the great photos I've captured. Great!!!

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                                • Yes

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                                5.0

                                Good !

                                By Patrick

                                from Topeka KS

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors

                                  Comments about Impact Two Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                                  I'm a casual photographer from KS. I use these in my small home studio. They worked very well and I couldn't be happier. This monolight kit was really good. Recommend!!!

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