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Polaroid Photo Studio Kit

You Pay: $45.99
Product Highlights
  • 2- High-output Lights, 120V
  • 4- Colored Backdrops
  • 1- Tripod Stand
  • 3- 16" Diffuser Screens
  • Nylon Tote Bag
  • Great for eCommerce
  • 16 x 16" Shooting Area
  • Daylight Balanced MR-16 Lamps
  • Sets up in 1 Minute
  • Only 6.0 lb

What looks like a briefcase, travels in carry-on and weighs only 6.0 pounds? Believe it or not the answer is - a photo studio. The Polaroid Photo Studio Kit comes in a case measuring 17 x 16 x 3.5" with an ingenious design feature - the case is the studio.

It goes like this. The outside of the case has 3 pockets containing two 20W daylight-balanced quartz flood lights with built-in 10" stands concealing nifty legs that pop out of the stand column. Remove them and set them up - it takes seconds. Remove the camera base. It has a 10-17" range and is topped with a mini ball head with a 1/4"-20 camera mounting screw. You're now ready to open the portfolio-type case and lay it flat. Three captive 16 x 16" diffusion panels pop up from back of the case which now serves as your shooting base. Black, royal blue, red and white 16 x30" backdrops are included in the kit. Choose one, place the lights a few inches from the diffusion material and you're ready to shoot. It literally takes a minute to set up or break down the Photo Studio, so you can be on your way to photograph another item while others are still fiddling with their equipment.

Multi-Use
The Photo Studio Kit is ideal for ecommerce, insurance or appraisal shots or jewelry and other objects d'art
Material Case: nylon
Diffusers and background: polyester
Closure Touch-fastener and 2 clip-locks
Light Source 2x 20W Fixtures (polarized 2-prong US plug) and MR-16 lamps
Cable 74" (1.9 m) each light
Color Balance Daylight
Dimensions Closed case: 17 x 16 x 3.5" (43.2 x 40.6 x 9.0 cm)
Open shooting area: 10 x 10" (25.4 x 25.4 cm)
Camera stand: 10 - 17" (25.4 x 43.2 cm) range
Mount: 1/4"-20 camera screw on mini ball head
Backdrop size: 16 x 30" (40.6 x 76.2 cm)
Each light: 6.0 x 3.75" (15.2 x 9.5 cm)
Lamp head diameter: 2.5" (6.35 cm)
Weight Kit weight: 6.0 lb (2.7 kg)
Polaroid Photo Studio Kit
  • 2 x High Output Lights with Lamps, Power Cords and Built-in Stands
  • 4 x Backdrops (Black, Royal Blue, Red, White)
  • Camera Stand
  • 3 x Diffuser Screens (16 x 16")
  • Nylon Tote Bag
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    PolaroidPhoto Studio Kit
     
    4.3

    (based on 60 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (49)
    • Durable (28)
    • Good color value (19)
    • Attaches securely (12)
    • Good power output (8)

    Cons

    • Runs hot (12)
    • Weak (7)
    • Flimsy (5)

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (36)
    • General purpose (23)
    • Low light (14)
    • Night time (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (22), Semi-pro photographer (21), Casual photographer (9), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (55), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good value

    I purchased this for a last minute jewelry shoot. I didn't want to drop a ton of cash and took a chance on it. I was not disappointed. Given the low price this...Read complete review

    I purchased this for a last minute jewelry shoot. I didn't want to drop a ton of cash and took a chance on it. I was not disappointed. Given the low price this kit is surprisingly nice.The pros: The outer case is very sturdy and quickly folds up for easy transport. The velcro backgrounds swap out with ease. It comes with blue, red, white and black backgrounds. I liked that the front is completely open and the sides swivel away easily allowing me to swap out products from the front rather than top.The cons: The included light stand is unusable for professional cameras. I tossed it in the trash and used my standard tripod. The empty space from the tossed stand in the carry case was handy for extra bulbs and an extension cord. The lights get VERY hot and are hard to adjust without getting burned. There was no information included about the bulbs. I had to pull one out to discover they are GU10 50 watt halogen bulbs that can be purchased inexpensively. The light output was less than I expected but easily remedied with the right camera settings.This kit should work well for most products. For jewelry shoots I recommend adding a diamond dazzler bulb in front to give the jewels extra sparkle but I didn't have time to get one and made due with just this kit. I used a clear acylic scrapbooking sheet (purchased at craft store) on top of the background to add a reflection to the product.Overall, a good product.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Tabletop light box

    Shopping around, Polaroid does offer the same kit but without the lights for $10 less in other stores online. For us, this was the deal-maker and very excited to use it for macro...Read complete review

    Shopping around, Polaroid does offer the same kit but without the lights for $10 less in other stores online. For us, this was the deal-maker and very excited to use it for macro product photography.

    Pros:
    -inexpensive and good value.

    -Simple set-up and it also comes with four backdrops. Everything folds up cleanly in portable carry case.

    So here are the borderline issues:
    -the lights run extremely hot and give off that heated electrical odor over time. It's a little unsettling and I may use ordinary full-spectrum spot lights instead.

    -the camera stand or more specifically, the camera stand ball-joint, is absolutely useless and cannot support the full weight of a DSLR. Only good for a small point & shoot. I would jerry-rig it with a more sturdy ball joint because the base is quite solid.

    -of course, the backdrops are folded and the creases show up in the photos. Recommend to steam iron them out before use.

    Overall, would recommend this to folks who want the convenience of a turn-key light box. I suspect that handy/DIY photographers will find the minuses a deal-breaker. More likely over time, folks could see themselves returning this.

    I'm on the fence so I can't fully recommend it yay or nay until I use it for a couple of weeks.

    Reviewed by 60 customers

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    3.0

    Nice unit but.........

    By wpop

    from Dunedin, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Color Value
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Only Good For Small Cam
    • Runs Hot

    Best Uses

    • Close-up Photos
    • Indoors

    Comments about Polaroid Photo Studio Kit:

    Set it up and went to lock the shaft and the locking lever broke. There was no instructions on setup. Took some pictures and they came out great.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Easy Set up

    By John T Saunders

    from Phoenix, AZ

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Color Value
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Added Different Lighting

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors

    Comments about Polaroid Photo Studio Kit:

    Needed it for a product shoot.

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    • No

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    3.0

    Ok outdoors

    By B

    from Avondale, Arizona

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Harsh Color
    • Weak

    Best Uses

      Comments about Polaroid Photo Studio Kit:

      It's an ok product. I don't have a lot of light in my house. Using the small lights it comes with along with my external large flash I was still lacking enough light. I moved it outside and got much better results.
      I do like how portable it is though.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Compact and Fast Setup

      By Steve Berger Photographic

      from Cincinnati, Ohio

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast Setup
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Low Light
        • Product

        Comments about Polaroid Photo Studio Kit:

        Nothing Spectacular about this item but it does what it says it will do. One of my concerns that wasn't stated int he ad was how much weight will the camera stand hold. I still don't the answer but I bought a table top tri-pod that will hold more thna 3 lbs to be on the safe side. Another word to the wise are the lights. Yes they do get hot and common sense says to give them time to cool down, however I had one of these lights years ago and the bulbs were difficult to replace at that time. I don't know if they still are or not. It would be nice if B&H offered the bulbs in their accessories listing as a help.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Execellant portable studio

        By robin

        from Yucca Valley, California

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use

          Comments about Polaroid Photo Studio Kit:

          This is a great product for shooting smalls...example: jewelry, crafts etc. Also, nice carrying case making it easy to transport.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Very useful

          By alpacas

          from wyoming

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Low Light

            Comments about Polaroid Photo Studio Kit:

            This is helping me to take better pics of items I'm listing online. Easy to setup. The only down side is the lights get very hot so I had to let them sit out and cool before I could put them back in the case.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Well Worth It!

            By Dan

            from Red Bank, NJ

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Runs Hot

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors

            Comments about Polaroid Photo Studio Kit:

            Fantastic for the price. Suites the need of a simple place to shoot items.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Love this Product

            By DRTC

            from Oklahoma City, OK

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Low Light
              • Products

              Comments about Polaroid Photo Studio Kit:

              This is perfect for shooting small products and getting the best shot. We have a small closet we photograph in and it takes up very little room.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Best Buy Ever

              By Suzanne the glasser

              from Othello, WA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Color Value
              • Lightweight
              • Organized
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Special Events

                Comments about Polaroid Photo Studio Kit:

                I think the quality of all the equipment in this versatile photo shop is amazing from the lights to the backdrop cloths. It is well thought out and useful as well as very portable. I use it to photograph fused glass pieces which are hard to get good pics of without glare but this shop does a superb job!! Best value for the money I think I have ever seen!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great Buy!!!

                By Krissyd

                from Ft. Benning, GA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Polaroid Photo Studio Kit:

                    This was a gift for my Mom to sell things on [*]or other web sites. It was easy to put together. It also came with different colored backdrops. Overall, a great buy!!!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Great table top setup

                    By SWS

                    from Westchester, NY

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                    • NONE

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light

                    Comments about Polaroid Photo Studio Kit:

                    I shoot a lot of macro photos and this makes light control very easy!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    Just right for weekend projects

                    By agramer

                    from Memphis, TN

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light

                      Comments about Polaroid Photo Studio Kit:

                      Perfect solution for taking food pix for my cookbook and occasional [*] sale items.Foldable, compact, stored under my bed.Two lamps are not the solution for every job, but good enough for most small projects, removes one more variable (daylight or other ambient light).

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Wonderful Tabletop Studio

                      By euromanda

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Convenient
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy
                      • Runs Hot
                      • Too Focused

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Small Object Photography

                      Comments about Polaroid Photo Studio Kit:

                      This small photo studio was an impulse buy, but works wonderfully for photographing small objects. While I haven't taken full advantage of the tripod, the backdrop and shadowless box was wonderful for photographing heirloom objects for a project. The box can be manipulated in numerous different ways, as the sides attach by Velcro, so you can leave the top open, or the sides out like a book, if you have objects that don't fit within the box construction. The lights are handy, though they get hot very quickly. They're also a little flimsy, but do the job for ambient lighting.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Studio Ganga Price

                      By burrdonk

                      from AZ

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Lightweight
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                      • Runs Hot

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light

                      Comments about Polaroid Photo Studio Kit:

                      I sell on [*], and need a lighting setup that I can take with me and use in close quarters. Small items are hard to photograph in ambient light, especially in macro mode. The lights are bright and the diffusers work well. It folds down to practically nothing so it fits easily into a small space behind the seat of my car. It is not the most sturdy setup but it is easy to use. All in all a great studio at a Ganga price. The lights run hot so give them time to cool down before packing up.

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                      4.0

                      Excellent for the price

                      By forza inter

                      from new york

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Polaroid Photo Studio Kit:

                      Excellent for the price. the light may not be strong enough but acceptable for casual work.

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                      4.0

                      Get out of it what you put in

                      By Frank

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • inexpensive
                      • Portable

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy
                      • Weak

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light
                      • Night Time

                      Comments about Polaroid Photo Studio Kit:

                      I use this kit for taking product shots for a small online store.The brightness of the lights leaves something to be desired, but if you're willing to play around and do some finagling, you can produce solid photos. I was initially disappointed by the evenness of the lighting — because of their dimness, they need to be positioned very close to the diffuser — but once I started adding additional lights (desk lamps and other fixtures from around the house), the quality jumped significantly, and I'm now very very satisfied with the results I'm getting.This isn't a pro kit, and its price reflects that, but if you're willing to put in some time and effort, the results are far better than what you'd get from building a kit from scratch.

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                      5.0

                      Amazing Studio Kit

                      By Exebete

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Polaroid Photo Studio Kit:

                            Perfect for photographing food, drinks ....

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Just Right and Priced Right

                            By Liz H

                            from Tulsa, OK

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors
                              • Low Light
                              • Night Time

                              Comments about Polaroid Photo Studio Kit:

                              This Photo Studio Kit by Polaroid is the perfect size for table top photography for my online vintage shop. Now I can photograph my smalls any time of the day or night. I love the portability of the studio kit and the ease of set up. The price was perfect for an entry level photo kit. I am very satisfied with my purchase!

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                              • No

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                              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              The Best Travel Studio!

                              By photo girl

                              from New York

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Securely
                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Weak Lighting

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors

                              Comments about Polaroid Photo Studio Kit:

                              I love this studio! It comes in a great carry case, and the studio is perfect. I love the four backgrounds. It has the mini tripod and lights are included.Perfect for shooting my cosmetics and spa for my website. the only draw back are the lights are too low and cast a shadow because of the cover around the lights.

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                              5.0

                              not bad just right

                              By outlaw

                              from concord, nc

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Securely
                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Weak

                              Best Uses

                              • Low Light
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Polaroid Photo Studio Kit:

                              I needed a small photo studio, I only have so much room to work with. For doing the pics I need of my jewelry it is perfect for now. It folds away, only issue I have found so far is the lights need to be alittle bit brighter.

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