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ImpactOne Monolight Kit (120VAC)
 
4.5

(based on 122 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (52)
  • Lightweight (47)
  • Easy to use (35)
  • Good color value (30)
  • Good power output (29)

Cons

  • Flimsy (6)
  • Weak (5)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (59)
  • Indoors (54)
  • General purpose (41)
  • Studio (27)
  • Low light (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (38), Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-professional (17), Pro photographer (11), Enthusiast (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (80)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect Starter Strobe

B&H customer support helped with all my questions about this product when purchasing it. They also offered support on how to set up and use the strobe. The strobe was easy to...Read complete review

B&H customer support helped with all my questions about this product when purchasing it. They also offered support on how to set up and use the strobe. The strobe was easy to use with my Canon 40D right out of the box so no phone call was necessary. Using the strobe and soft box help eliminate all the hard shadows when taken pictures of my pets. Now I can use my 430EX as a fill-in flash. Strobe performs exactly the way I was hoping, and I will be looking into remote fire capabilities in the future.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good while it lasted

I've had this set for about two years, and it's gotten occasional use -- meaning I used it maybe once a month, and each use saw 200-400 firings.

The light...Read complete review

I've had this set for about two years, and it's gotten occasional use -- meaning I used it maybe once a month, and each use saw 200-400 firings.

The light stand included is pretty good, the softbox is OK (hard to set up, and I could never get mine to seem *perfectly* put together). The flash itself was pretty great, it gave off great light and was very reliable. Wish it had a way to turn off the slave, but overall I was pretty happy with it.

Then I was shooting a friend's maternity photos last weekend, and the flash committed suicide. The bulb didn't blow -- in fact, I still have the original bulb. But something internally popped, very loudly, and the unit visibly put off quite a bit of smoke. And now when I shake it there's stuff rattling around inside, no doubt the shreds of whatever exploded inside. I'll probably dissect it out of curiosity, and who knows, maybe it's fixable.

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4.0

Good basic kit

By Buzzbeat

from Philadelphia, PA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Color Value
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Flimsy
  • Loses Charge Quickly

Best Uses

  • General Use
  • Portraits

Comments about Impact One Monolight Kit (120VAC):

Used this to shoot about 25 company headshots and it performed well. The boom stand and light however didn't provide much value - the arm didn't lock and hold when fully extended and a sandbag is definitely needed. I had to rig it in order to get 3-pt right.

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5.0

Gets the job done

By David L

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Flimsy

Best Uses

    Comments about Impact One Monolight Kit (120VAC):

    I am a landscape photographer. I was recently commissioned to do some executive head shots... but I did not have any lights. I typically volunteer with a professional commercial photographer to do head shots so I am used to using the best equipment in the business. This is most definitely not that level and is much more flimsy than his equipment. But for the price this product is amazing! Besides the 'weight' being much lighter than the next level equipment, the features are actually more than I had expected from a light kit of this price. I am a pleasantly surprised and happy customer!

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    5.0

    what a great first mono strobe set up

    By bald_butcher

    from mn

    Comments about Impact One Monolight Kit (120VAC):

    This was my first mono strobe. I was hesitant to jump in with all the more expensive lights out there, and was not sure what expect with this very affordable started set. Boy am I happy I took the plunge! There is really nothing bad to say about this! I even bought a second after I used this a couple times...and what a difference it made I'm my photos. If your thinking about trying monostrobe flash...this the product for you. Buy it!

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    4.0

    Does a very nice job for the money

    By Phil

    from Baltimore

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Nice Light Output

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits

      Comments about Impact One Monolight Kit (120VAC):

      I don't do a lot of portrait work, so I didn't want to pay top dollar for monolights. But, I was surprised at how nice these lights are. They provide a nice soft light and adjusting the lighting levels is a snap.I'm using wireless sync adapters with them, but they worked well without them. The only negative I have is that the softbox is a little hard to assemble and mount.

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      5.0

      Love them!

      By Girl With Camera Tattoo

      from Victorville, Ca

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about Impact One Monolight Kit (120VAC):

        I recently shot a maternity session and they worked great! I was worried, them being only 100 watts, that they wouldn't light my subject the greatest but they were perfect! Im glad I bought them!

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        5.0

        Love it!! Thanks for the suggestion.

        By Adri

        from Miami Beach, Fl.

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Good Color Value
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Impact One Monolight Kit (120VAC):

          Great kit. Complete with all you need for on the go photography.

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          5.0

          powerful little light!

          By Crow

          from Grand Rapids, MI

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

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            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Impact One Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                I use the light for portraits and it's great! Plenty of power, compact. The softbox is sturdy and easy to attach. I've also tried it with an umbrella. A great value for the money. I'd recommend it highly, esp. as a starter kit.

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                5.0

                A Good Value

                By Jerry

                from Sarasota, florida

                Comments about Impact One Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                I received the Monolights as a gift and am very pleased with their quality. They seem well made, are more than adequately powered, and very easy to use. I couldn't be more satisfied.

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                5.0

                Awesome value

                By Ash

                from Philadelphia, PA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

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                  Cons

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                      Comments about Impact One Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                      These lights are a great value for the money. Easy to put together for anyone that knows what they're doing. Also they sync cord isn't needed as they slave to any on camera flash.

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                      4.0

                      Great value for an amateur.

                      By efthemios

                      from Boston, MA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors
                        • Low Light
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Impact One Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                        So far, so good with this monolight. The slave works great and it is plenty powerful for portraits. I bought this to learn some lighting techniques and I think it is an excellent value.

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                        5.0

                        great!

                        By mike

                        from new york ny

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Impact One Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                        great product!!

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                        5.0

                        Great Value but need to correct WB

                        By thebuckeye

                        from Columbus, OH

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors

                          Comments about Impact One Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                          I bought two sets of this kit for my product photo table. the price is good, and the quality is much better than what I thought before got the real product.
                          with a camera setup of f16, ISO100, I only need around 1/4 of the full output power. It cycles immediately after a shot.
                          The soft box and stand are also made of a quality better than what I expected.
                          In conclusion, this is a value product. It does not cost your arms and legs to setup a small studio. I am a happy customer.
                          The only problem I found so far is color temperature. It gives a bluish tint if white balance in a camera is set to flash. After correcting WB by using a CBL lens the color of all photos is no longer a problem.

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                          4.0

                          Good starter set

                          By Photos on the go

                          from Las Vegas, Nevada

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Impact One Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                            Product works great if fine for studio use

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                            4.0

                            Lighting up with pizzazz

                            By Mary

                            from Campbell, NY

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Lightweight
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                            • Runs Hot

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Low Light
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Impact One Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                            Great for photo shoots and usage of radio & receivers.

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                            5.0

                            Good basic light

                            By Mike the Naturalist

                            from Sandhills, NC

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Flexible
                            • Good Color Value

                            Cons

                            • Weak

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Impact One Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                            This is a basic studio-type light that is good for smaller subjects. I use two of these, triggered by the flash on my DSLR, for portraits.

                            Good features: reflector and softbox for flexibility in lighting style. Adjustable power for both flash and modeling light. Triggered by slave sensor or sync cord. Fast recharge with audible ready signal. Power and sync cords are useful length (ca. 12').

                            Limitations: construction is mostly plastic; it works fine, but durability might be a concern. Not very powerful; fine for individual or couples portraits, or smallish items; even for individuals I usually run it at full power.

                            Bottom line: economical, useful light for occasional use and smaller subjects. Great for learning studio lighting techniques.

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                            4.0

                            Great strobe

                            By Joe

                            from Texas

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Impact One Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                              Great strobe, I generally use it for portraits right now with my canon 6d and some radio triggers from another site for about 15 bucks. I just need to purchase the bag for it and battery packs for the pair.

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                              5.0

                              Great Value!

                              By Thos

                              from Neptune, NJ

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Attaches Securely
                              • Good Color Value
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Low Light
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Impact One Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                                Easy to set up. Very portable.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                GREAT PRODUCT

                                By James

                                from New Jersey

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Securely
                                • Durable
                                • Good Color Value
                                • Lightweight
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                • Loses Charge Quickly

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Impact One Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                                I purchased this a couple weeks ago and it was exactly what i expected it to be , The kit was easy to set-up and it was somewhat lightweight. I set it up in under a hour and it was able to handle a studio shoot i had the week after. overall it was a great buy

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                                4.0

                                Basic Light Kit

                                By Mick

                                from Indianapolis

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Color Value
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Flimsy

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Impact One Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                                The light comes with a light stand and a very flimsy buy useable 24" softbox. There is not a digital display but the controls are well designed and easy to use. The light output is adequate for fill light.

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                                5.0

                                Great light great price

                                By Mike b

                                from East Brunswick NJ

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Impact One Monolight Kit (120VAC):

                                  This product did the job very well for
                                  A great price it is also well built very professional
                                  I was was surprised with how good it
                                  Worked and all that you get with the light
                                  Stand light soft box I will be getting another
                                  One very soon thank you B&H
                                  Mike B

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