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Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC)

B&H # IMVC500LR3K Mfr # VC-500LR3K
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Expected availability: December 23 2014
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Product Highlights
  • Total of 1500 Ws
  • Three Stands, Umbrellas & Reflectors
  • Softbox, Sync Cords, Wheeled Case
  • 7- Light Wireless Remote Control
  • 120VAC

The Impact VC-500LR Three Monolight Kit is a complete lighting kit, based on three 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
Three 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 Three Monolight Kit (120VAC)
  • Three VC-500LR Monolights, Each With Reflector, Flashtube, Modeling Light, and Power Cord
  • Three Light Stands With Removable Studs
  • Three White Reflective Umbrellas, With Permanent Black Backing
  • Infrared Remote Control
  • 24x36" Softbox With Mounting Ring
  • Three Mono to PC Sync Cords
  • Wheeled Kit Case
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    ImpactThree Monolight Kit (120VAC)
     
    4.5

    (based on 75 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (39)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (36)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (65)
    • Good power output (57)
    • Long-lasting (44)
    • Good color value (35)
    • Attach securely (32)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (49)
      • Indoors (49)
      • Outdoor events / games (41)
      • Outdoors (31)
      • Portraits (15)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (30), Casual photographer (23), Photo enthusiast (13), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes (47), No (18)

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      4.0

      This product is great

      By Britt

      from Gloster, LA

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Runs Hot

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC):

      It came with everything I needed for class. Very helpful taking pictures.

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      4.0

      Perfect for the price

      By Lance

      from Chicago

      Comments about Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC):

      I've rented this particular kit a few times for the last couple years. I finally decided to buy it. Stands are sturdy, lights work without fail, the remote is handy for both adjusting modeling and strobe(even great for triggering long exposure flash). The included umbrellas are pretty durable. The soft box isn't great, but it does its job. It's a decent kit and great for the price.

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      4.0

      Great kit at an afforadlbe price.

      By Dave Graham

      from El Paso Texas

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC):

        Using it as my primary lighting kit in my studio. The kit was easy to put together. The recycle time is fast. The remote makes changing the lighting ratios quick and simple. The only complaint would be the kit should include instructions on putting together the soft box. I had to look it up on Impact's website.

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        4.0

        Good kit.

        By Simply Candid

        from New Madrid, MO

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors

          Comments about Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC):

          The light kit is complete. The parts all store neatly in the transport bag. The lights are easy to set up and straight forward to adjust.

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          so far so good

          By RajStudios.com

          from portland, oregon

          Comments about Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC):

          I love that you can adjust the power by 1/10 stops. The soft box, snoot, umbrellas are great. The build of the light stands is good. I've used it to shoot for a clothing company on white background and it worked very well. I've only used it that one so far. The case/bag is good. However, the bag's stitching came apart slightly when I tried to lift it so just be careful. The weight of the lighting kit seems to be too heavy for the build quality of the case/bag. If you're in the studio all the time the bag issue isn't big deal but I'm on location a lot. Also, the reflectors were bent when I received the kit. There's not enough room in bag for the entire kit to fit properly. With all that said, I can't think of a better kit for this price. I would buy this again in a heart beat and I do recommend the kit. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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          5.0

          Awesome Light Kit

          By Erinn

          from Lansing, MI

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC):

            Well built, sturdy, works great!

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            • No

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            5.0

            I would buy this product again!

            By Dominic

            from Virginia Beach, VA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Portraits
              • Special Events

              Comments about Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC):

              All items in this kit arrived as specified. The quality of all listed items are fantastic and set-up is quick and easy!

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              • No

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              5.0

              Lots of power for a great price

              By CM

              from Chatham Kent, Ontario

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Portraits
                • Special Events

                Comments about Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                Great set of lights that provide lots of options for different shoots.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Great Kit, But.....

                By BermudaDave

                from Hamilton, Bermuda

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Powerful
                • Travel Case Excellent

                Cons

                • Lousy Instructions
                • Set Screws Not Robust

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Portraits

                Comments about Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                I brought the kit home and began the process of setting it up. There are about two paragraphs of instructions. Not good for a novice. So I went to the Impact website, and there was nothing there either.

                The equipment works well, and I'll enjoy it more as I get more proficient using it, but is has been a frustrating road to this point.

                My only other complaint is that the tightening screws are not robust enough for the weight of the head. It's not a problem now, but I expect it to be after some usage.

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                5.0

                I would buy this product again and again

                By Studio D

                from BC Canada

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Outdoors
                  • Portraits
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                  I have been using the Three Monolight Kit (120VAC) by Impact for about a year and decided to write this review. For the money, this can not be beaten. The light consistency is from these lights is simply outstanding. I ran some tests using 18% grey card with a custom white balance on my nikon on different shoots and the temp. difference in camera raw always within 100k and the tint shift within 5 units. Used in studio for portrait or fashion to location group shots (25 max) they have plenty of power. For example,lowest ISO, f5.6, 1/200s at about 5 ft, with a bowens beauty dish(not part of kit) as my key was at 3.7. At a large group shoot (similar settings except distance at about 15 ft with 2 umbrellas both strobes set at 5.0. Recycle times are good, built like a tank (6.6lbs)they should last. The major weakness of this kit is the softbox. It's junk. But that's okay, many other good options for softbox or octa-box. ie Bowens Lumiair Octobank (48")which works well with these lights. For me, this kit is a no-brainer.

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                  5.0

                  Three Monolight Kit (120VAC) by Impact

                  By Studio D

                  from BC Canada

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Good Color Value
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Portraits
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                    I have used this kit for about a year in a studio 15 ft x 20 ft. and on location for large group shots(up to 30)Plenty of power for portrait, fashion, location even when setting to lowest ISO on my nikon and shooting at f5.6 in the studio. For a large group using umbrellas went to 4.5 on both lights. In studio my key is usually around 3 with the softbox, 3.5 using bowens beauty dish and about the same when using umbrellas. I use this kit with the impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System and they both work great (shoot at 1/200 sec). These lights are surprisingly consistent. I custom set up my with balance, shoot on 18% grey card and check in adobe camera raw. Over different shoots color temp is within 50 and tint within 2.

                    The secret to the remote is when you follow the instructions and complete the procedure, give the monolight about 30-45 seconds to sync with the remote. The back of the monolight power display will show a couple of dashes like "--" Then its ready to go and you can set the second one if you wish. Recycle time is pretty quick no complaints there. These lights are built like a tank and have weight to them. If you plan to get a boom get one that will hold 10-15 lbs. One other note. Modelling lamps I never go above 4.0 just because lamps have a lot of power and will get hot especially if you are using a grid. If you are using a grid I wouldn't go above 3 on the modelling lamp for an extended period of time. Weak part of this kit is the softbox. It's junk. But that's okay, impact, interfit, and bowens (Bowens Lumiair Octobank 48") makes a lot of good softbox's/octa's and when you combine this kit with a good one, you got yourself a pretty good system.

                    Good recycle time, quick flash duration, consistent color, really for the price, it's a no-brainer.

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                    4.0

                    I am glad to pick this kit

                    By nikon san diego

                    from San Diego, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Portraits
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                      The kit was set up for my family studio. It was easy to set up and work with. The remote control was helpful. Need to buy the PowerSync16 Transmitter and Receiver to work best with it

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                      4.0

                      Nice & works w/Canon wireless flash

                      By Ron from Stick Jacket

                      from Woodridge, IL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Color Value
                      • Powerful
                      • Wireless

                      Cons

                      • Documentation

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Portraits
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                      Overall - very happy with this purchase. On the plus side. Works great with the wireless flash settings on my Canon EOS 7D (manual not ETTL). The soft box is nice but I had to view youtube video to learn how to put it together. These light have a good solid feel & value. On the minus side - Reflectors were bent some during shipping but I'll live with that. Had to replace a carriage bolt that is used to aim one monolight. Yes - I recommend these lights

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                      5.0

                      It will IMPACT you!

                      By Lulylu

                      from Guadalajara, Mexico

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Color Value
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                        Awesome product, they are easy to handle, easy to carry, the bag has wheels which is great!
                        I am in love with the remote

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                        4.0

                        worked good so far

                        By CP

                        from Buffalo, MN

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                          I use it for a pro studio and does the job just fine. Make nice photos. Thanks B&H

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                          4.0

                          Three Monolight Kit (120VAC) by Impact

                          By T_Willy Deluxe

                          from Rexburg, ID

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors

                            Comments about Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                            I've only pulled these out one time, but I am very pleased with them so far. I had a fun night shooting products for my wife. I was able to do it in my apartment. I read bunch of reviews on these lights before I made the purchase. They were within my price budget and feel like they will be a great starter light for me. They feel durable and look like they are well built.

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                            4.0

                            Excellent Products

                            By Murray

                            from Providence RI

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Outdoors
                              • Special Events

                              Comments about Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                              Excellent products! All work very well! Recommend!

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                              • Yes

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                              5.0

                              Buy Again

                              By Winnie

                              from Hawaii USA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Outdoors
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                                The third time, I bought this set which were still good. Recommend !!!

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                                • Yes

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                                5.0

                                Power for your price

                                By fotoneurotic

                                from San Diego, CA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Outdoors
                                  • Special Events

                                  Comments about Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                                  With flash photography it's all about the MW seconds for your value, and the quality of light produced from the lights, and that they work with each other, and your wireless triggers. Though I'm still breaking them in these have been working wonderfully for me, the case they are shipped in is strong and durable, it houses all the cables, pods, lights, and some spares. I purchased this as my first lighting kit outside of the educational scene.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great equipment at an awesome price

                                  By Richard Lane

                                  from Los Angeles, CA

                                  About Me Photography Student

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Long-Lasting
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors

                                    Comments about Impact Three Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                                    This is a complete setup. Everything you need to start a portrait studio (except a backdrop). I was impressed with everything that it comes with and the quality. I use the equipment for portraits and product photography.

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