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SP Studio SystemsOff-Camera Flash Accessory Kit
 
4.5

(based on 16 reviews)

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    (10)

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    (4)

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    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Lightweight (13)
  • Durable (7)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Portraits (11)
  • Fill flash (10)
  • General purpose (5)
  • Night photography (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great basic outfit for the price!

This is a great basic kit for using shoe mount flashes off camera, especially for the price. I wouldn't recommend it for heavy, everyday use, but if you only occasionally use off camera...Read complete review

This is a great basic kit for using shoe mount flashes off camera, especially for the price. I wouldn't recommend it for heavy, everyday use, but if you only occasionally use off camera flash then this outfit will do the job nicely and for not much money.

The stands themselves are lightweight (aluminum?) with plastic hardware. They work nicely, but you definitely should throw a sandbag on the base to keep them steady once you've mounted the umbrellas and your flashes. The light weight does make this outfit very easy to carry around, and the padded nylon bag that everything comes in is really well made. The one that came with my kit had dual straps so you could wear it like a backpack, and it had two fairly large zippered outside pockets for extra items. The bag is so nice that if it were sold separately and I needed one, I'd buy it.

Some users have complained about the flash/umbrella brackets being mostly plastic, but they work just fine and should hold up OK with careful use. And it's easy to replace them with other brackets later if you're so inclined.

The umbrellas are the translucent white kind you can reverse to shine your flashes through to get a quick softbox effect. I would have preferred if they had been the convertible kind with the removable black/silver backing as that would give you more versatility. But it's easy and not too expensive to buy that kind of umbrella and use them in place of the ones that come with the kit.

Despite those few possible drawbacks, overall it's a really good basic outfit at a really affordable price, so I'm giving it five stars.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Portable and lightweight

Just unpacked it and it has a nice durable bag, so you can carry your kit anywhere.! Knobs are a mix of metal and plastic, and sometimes it feels like too much pressure...Read complete review

Just unpacked it and it has a nice durable bag, so you can carry your kit anywhere.! Knobs are a mix of metal and plastic, and sometimes it feels like too much pressure will crank it up.! I would prefer more weight in a the stands to use them in exterior, also a Sand Bag would be necessary if you are planning to use it at Max Height

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5.0

Excellent choice for the advanced amateur or beginning pro

By Price

from Maryland

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Closeups
    • Fill Flash
    • Macro
    • Portraits

    Comments about SP Studio Systems Off-Camera Flash Accessory Kit:

    This is an excellent, medium-size light modifier. It's well made, yet light enough to carry to location, and includes a very nice carry case. No, it may not be the best choice when a breeze is blowing, but what umbrella set is unless you're Mary Poppins? The flash mount brackets are metal so they won't crack and break with use - a good reliability factor.

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    5.0

    Great basic outfit for the price!

    By Arthur S

    from Moorestown NJ

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Versatile
    • Very Affordable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Location Lighting
      • Night Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about SP Studio Systems Off-Camera Flash Accessory Kit:

      This is a great basic kit for using shoe mount flashes off camera, especially for the price. I wouldn't recommend it for heavy, everyday use, but if you only occasionally use off camera flash then this outfit will do the job nicely and for not much money.

      The stands themselves are lightweight (aluminum?) with plastic hardware. They work nicely, but you definitely should throw a sandbag on the base to keep them steady once you've mounted the umbrellas and your flashes. The light weight does make this outfit very easy to carry around, and the padded nylon bag that everything comes in is really well made. The one that came with my kit had dual straps so you could wear it like a backpack, and it had two fairly large zippered outside pockets for extra items. The bag is so nice that if it were sold separately and I needed one, I'd buy it.

      Some users have complained about the flash/umbrella brackets being mostly plastic, but they work just fine and should hold up OK with careful use. And it's easy to replace them with other brackets later if you're so inclined.

      The umbrellas are the translucent white kind you can reverse to shine your flashes through to get a quick softbox effect. I would have preferred if they had been the convertible kind with the removable black/silver backing as that would give you more versatility. But it's easy and not too expensive to buy that kind of umbrella and use them in place of the ones that come with the kit.

      Despite those few possible drawbacks, overall it's a really good basic outfit at a really affordable price, so I'm giving it five stars.

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      4.0

      Compact and lightweight

      By Canon Fodder

      from Wichita Falls, TX

      Comments about SP Studio Systems Off-Camera Flash Accessory Kit:

      You can't beat the value for the price. These are not heavy duty, nor does the manufacture claim them to be so for portable studio work they do the job. Very pleased and will be taking them with me to shoot some volunteer portraits next month and anticipate zero problems.

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      4.0

      Off camera Kit

      By bob the builder

      from St. Paul , MN

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

        Comments about SP Studio Systems Off-Camera Flash Accessory Kit:

        I was wanting to use this product for my wedding photography that is just starting. Just starting out, everything was a little smaller than I was expecting but the product itself works great.

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        4.0

        Good built quality for starter set

        By Kenneth C

        from San Antonio, TX

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Night Photography
          • Photojournalism
          • Portraits

          Comments about SP Studio Systems Off-Camera Flash Accessory Kit:

          Stands and umbrellas are of good quality and great for indoor and light outdoor use if conditions are right. The supplied bag is bigger than i thought and has space to hold another stand and umbrella if needed. My only con is the generic shoe mounts that came with the bracket, but can easily be fixed with a adjustable shoe mount.

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          5.0

          Great Kit - Exactly What I Needed

          By MarkL

          from Hartford CT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fill Flash

            Comments about SP Studio Systems Off-Camera Flash Accessory Kit:

            Nice complete kit with case. Sturdy enough for my needs. Case has room for a little extra gear. Simple shoot-thru umbrella, easy setup.

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            • No

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            5.0

            SPStudio Kit

            By Don

            from West Bend, WI

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use

              Comments about SP Studio Systems Off-Camera Flash Accessory Kit:

              A great starter kit. All components are of fine quality and easy to use. Get a great set up for simple portraits or table top still lifes without breaking the bank.
              The 32" white umbrellas are also great for outdoor "Thru lighting" of plants/flowers and small scenes.
              The advantage this kit has over the Impact Kit is that the carrying case is included. It's a goor quality case that will easily hold the two complete umbrella set-ups, and has posckets for extras (i,e, gaffers tape, spare couplers, small tools, etc,).
              Start here, then build your own!

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              5.0

              Classic

              By Jay Donahue

              from Philadelphia, PA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use

                Comments about SP Studio Systems Off-Camera Flash Accessory Kit:

                All around great purchase. Comes with a nice bag too. Nice umbrellas. Solid stands. Recommended.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Great product

                By JJ photography

                from Maryland

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Light Weight

                Cons

                • Not Very Heavy Duty Legs

                Best Uses

                • Portraits
                • Traveling Portraits

                Comments about SP Studio Systems Off-Camera Flash Accessory Kit:

                I use this product for my traveling shoots I do.
                There's only one issue that is when shooting u can't
                Change the angle adjustment for up or down for the umbrella
                Du to the head that comes with it
                Other then that I have gotten
                Amazing portrait shots from this light weight kit

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                5.0

                Great Kit!

                By Mickey the Photographer

                from Florida

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Recycling
                • Lightweight
                • Powerful Output

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fill Flash
                  • General Use
                  • Night Photography
                  • Photojournalism
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about SP Studio Systems Off-Camera Flash Accessory Kit:

                  Great Kit!

                  Easy to use, to build, and to carry.
                  Ver light and perfect for inside and outside photography.

                  I use it for sunset images, and it is great!

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                  5.0

                  Works great!

                  By Michael

                  from Columbia, MO

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about SP Studio Systems Off-Camera Flash Accessory Kit:

                    Simple & easy to use. Exactly what I needed when using my 2 Nikon flashes when I don't want to lug my studio flashes outdoors.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great kit for controlling lighting

                    By Jamie

                    from Germantown, MD

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash

                      Comments about SP Studio Systems Off-Camera Flash Accessory Kit:

                      Super solid construction. All pieces fit nicely in to the small travel bag.

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                      • No

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                      3.0

                      Portable and lightweight

                      By MrdOeSe

                      from Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Plastic knobs

                      Best Uses

                      • Fill Flash
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about SP Studio Systems Off-Camera Flash Accessory Kit:

                      Just unpacked it and it has a nice durable bag, so you can carry your kit anywhere.! Knobs are a mix of metal and plastic, and sometimes it feels like too much pressure will crank it up.! I would prefer more weight in a the stands to use them in exterior, also a Sand Bag would be necessary if you are planning to use it at Max Height

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Plain and Simple

                      By David Tran Photography

                      from Milpitas, CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Flash
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about SP Studio Systems Off-Camera Flash Accessory Kit:

                        This kit was definitely something to invest in but the 32" umbrellas are quite small in radius in my opinion. Comes with a bag which is handy. I recommend that you pick up a bigger umbrella for better lighting coverage.

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                        5.0

                        Great deal for part-time studio photogra

                        By John

                        from New Haven

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits

                          Comments about SP Studio Systems Off-Camera Flash Accessory Kit:

                          Use this for occasional studio light without having to spring for strobes. Miss a modelling light, but one can't have everything. Seems to be well built and sturdy.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          just the right equipment

                          By OS13

                          from Harlingen, TX

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fill Flash
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about SP Studio Systems Off-Camera Flash Accessory Kit:

                            I cannot be more pleased... I really like it and works well... the stands are light to carry and the umbrellas make the bounce effect as they should.
                            everything you need for your flash in one kit.

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