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ImpactOctacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps)
 
4.6

(based on 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (34)

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    (20)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good color value (29)
  • Good power output (28)
  • Durable (24)
  • Attaches securely (15)
  • Lightweight (13)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (39)
    • Portraits (33)
    • General purpose (20)
    • Low light (16)
    • Night time (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (18), Semi-pro photographer (18), Photo enthusiast (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (47)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent value and output, few quirks

    Love the high-quality, high-ish power output and affordability. Is it sturdily built and easy to use. Great for video lighting talking heads or room lighting. Included dish reflector is actually less efficient than...Read complete review

    Love the high-quality, high-ish power output and affordability. Is it sturdily built and easy to use. Great for video lighting talking heads or room lighting. Included dish reflector is actually less efficient than using the softbox solo, without the diffusers. Installing the box requires patience and strong fingers, so plan to keep it attached whenever possible. A full review with sample images and a nice headshot setup is posted on my blog if you are interested. For the price and output, I would definitely choose this over the Octacool 6.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good lights but bulky and heavy

    I've never been a fan of fluorescent lights but I needed a system that would be versatile for shooting videos and stills. So far the lighting looks pretty good so I'm happy with the...Read complete review

    I've never been a fan of fluorescent lights but I needed a system that would be versatile for shooting videos and stills. So far the lighting looks pretty good so I'm happy with the quality of the light. On the downside, the stands are pretty cheap, the lights are not balanced well and the units are not made for travel.

    First, the stands are very hard to pull apart and collapse. They are just standard stands, not the cheapest stands I've seen, just average. Probably my biggest complaint is the position of the stand connection on the lights. The lights are big and heavy and the stand connection is placed too far forward making the light very front heavy. When you add the baffle and soft box, the stand can barely support everything. I extended one light to about 6 feet and I thought the stand was going to snap in half from the torque. Finally, the weight and bulkiness of these lights makes them very difficult to take on location. Not impossible, I hope as I have a location shoot next week.

    Overall the lights are good enough to keep because I already have them but if I could have found a better solution at my local camera store, I would have gone with something else.

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    5.0

    Perfect For Studio Use

    By Larry

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Great Value
    • Soft even light

    Cons

    • Not So Portable

    Best Uses

    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
    • Studio shooting

    Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

    I bought mine from B&H at least a year ago, maybe further back. It produces a nice soft light, with good color temperature (daylight) while emitting very little heat - the main reason why I bought it. I have, on occasion, taken it on-location with me, and the only way to do this without obnoxious setup and tear down is to just put the whole thing as is onto my car's back seat. It's really not a "portable" light - a Kino Flo would be much better for portability. However, if you need a low heat, high output soft light for mostly studio shooting and you are on a budget, this is an excellent buy. I need more light for some upcoming video projects so I'm going to buy another one of these.

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    5.0

    Love this light

    By Nan

    from NY

    Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

    I got this light for a third light in my studio. I all ready have two of them, but only the octacool 6 and love those too, but wanted a little bigger one. It works great. It is made very well. It was delivered on time and very easy to setup.

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    4.0

    Nice light good dimming ability

    By MNP

    from Roseville, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors

      Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

      This light is great once it is setup. The assembly is a bit tricky and takes time. The 9 bulbs having to be screwed in without touching glass is not the desins issue just more work on an already tricky design.

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      4.0

      Great light source

      By Shane

      from Cincinnati, OH

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

      These Octaboxes are a great versatile light source! I love having the option to turn on 1-9 bulbs using the switches on the back.If you're looking for a broad, soft light source, these may be a little on the small side at 30". But that can be remedied by shooting through a larger diffuser. But even at 30", these still give a great look. I use them in a small video studio and I'm pretty happy with them.On the downside, assembling the softbox itself was fairly difficult. Fortunately for me, I only needed to set it up once and leave it in the studio. If you plan to assemble/disassemble it regularly, it won't be convenient.Overall, I'm happy with them.

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      4.0

      Music for your camera

      By Gomar2

      from Lincoln park, MI

      Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

      Great value, good light, and simple set up. Construction of the set up is qualitative, would buy again!

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      5.0

      Makes my pictures look more professional

      By tuckerroger trucking

      from Canton OH

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Color Value
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Low Light
        • Portraits

        Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

        One of the lights came with the handle that screws onto the back broken. I received a prepaid return label and will return asap.

        I appreciate the service at bhPhoto

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        Great

        By Di

        from TN

        Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

        Works great

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        5.0

        excellent product, love my picture now

        By Family pararazzi

        from Modesto, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

              got my first home studio session with my friends and family. beatiful result. Bright light enought that I can shoot fast to avoid blurry pictures (lots of kids running around). I like being able to control the light intensity in the back of the unit.

              The plug/outlet in the back of the units don't fit well, so if I move the lights, they become loose and lose the power. I have to watch it to see if this problem gets worse as time goes.

              Overall, excellent products, highly recommend it.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Excellent & Versatile

              By Motion Monkey

              from Virginia

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Color Value
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Frequently Borrowed

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

              Video and Photography of people and product.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Excellent & Versatile

              By Motion Monkey

              from Virginia

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Color Value
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Portraits

                Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                This light is used in video and still photography of people and product. It allows us to adjust the lighting for each situation.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Cool light, yet plenty bright

                By Ensjohnson

                from Seattle

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Good Color Value
                • Lightweight
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                  Use this for taking portraits for church directory of groups of 1 to 4. Provides nice even light.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Good Lights

                  By Smitty

                  from Portland, OR

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                    Nice lights, especially for interviews. Just takes a little more set up time then I would like. Having to screw and unscrew 9 bulbs each use kinda makes for a time consuming set up and break down. But considering the cost and output, they are great. I did have to return one of my ballasts due to one of the sockets not striking. That was a major inconvenience. No other issues or complaints though.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great lighting for a fair price

                    By Drummer

                    from Philadelphia

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Does Not Transport Well

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                    Will use this light for video
                    Great quality light
                    Very controllable
                    Does not pack well

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Pretty good!

                    By Big Bone

                    from Salt Lake City

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Color Value
                    • inexpensive
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                    • Not portable

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Portraits
                    • Video

                    Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                    So far I like these lights. I've only noticed some very minor issues.
                    The Good:
                    The stands and light fixture it's self seems pretty solid. I love that I can adjust the luminance by just flicking a few switches. The multiple options for the spot, and soft boxes are handy (though can be a challenge to swap around). The who thing was very easy to set up. Provides a great amount of light
                    The Bad:
                    The CFL bulbs seem pretty cheep and some flicker (I'll be replacing them soon). The fixture creates a small buzz noise. It's hardly noticeable when filming but it is there. The take down on this fixture is not easy and I wouldn't recommend anyone getting these for portable use.

                    My conclusion is that this is a great kit for the money and they work nearly perfect in my studio.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    great for me

                    By Gina

                    from PA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                        just playing with our kids and portraits using a new camera I received for Christmas. This along with other items I ordered made a big difference

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Versatile

                        By Adam The Great

                        from Los Angeles

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Good Color Value
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                        • Too Focused

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Night Time
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                        I am a beginner photographer and i purchased this light to do some basic portrait photographs. So far it has worked really well for what i want. I am happy with the purchase.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Easy, Bright, and BIG

                        By Stryker

                        from Zebulon, NC

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Color Value
                        • Lightweight
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                          I use this in a very small home studio. It is packed very well! The bulbs are strapped in place by velcro straps. Re-useable for holding cables.
                          Having the ability to select sets of bulbs is great.
                          From soft fill to really bright.

                          Directions a good if you actually need them. Pretty easy to put together. It takes a good amount of force to put in the last few rods...so I am not sure I would want to take it apart often.

                          Comes with reflector (I am not using yet)and second diffuser to han inside. The back has velcro "flaps" I use to vent out the heat.

                          The front diffuser is shaped well and fits perfect. Just the right amount of velcro to keep things neat and in place.

                          I did have one socket that would not light. I had to go in and bend up the brass tab a bit to make contact. UNPLUG FIRST!! if you need to do this (Which I did)

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                          4.0

                          Great studio light

                          By John C

                          from Northern NJ

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Daylight balanced
                          • Durable
                          • Great Value
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                          • Lacks An Accessory Grid

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography

                          Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                          Given the fact that this was a first purchase for continuous ligting, I am really pleased with the lights. The construction is good and it is well made. An outstanding feature is the ability to turn pairs of lights on and off. So in practice you can have one, three, five, seven or all nine lights on to meet your lighting needs.

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                          5.0

                          Very nice continuous lighting option!

                          By Colin

                          from Daleville, VA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Color Value
                          • Good Feature Value

                          Cons

                          • Impractical Disassembly

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                          I used two of these to light my subject, and some tungsten lights to illuminate my isolated green screen in the background. I love how white these lights are (I was used to Tungsten)! The multiple on/off switches are great but I expect I will usually need it full on for video. The flexibility of using the lights bulbs directly, with inner diffuser only, or with both inner&outer diffusers is very nice.These things run nice and cool - the hottest outer parts could still be touched after 30 minutes. This is ideal for a small studio that would warm up quickly.Only negative is that these are not a good solution for a traveling studio if you don't have room to leave the light assembled. I can't imagine they would hold up to more than 20-30 assembly cycles without tearing the flexible box material or something, though it is pretty good quality.NOTE: - They do make the typical florescent buzz when they start but it goes away in about 3-5 minutes. - It takes that same time to get up to full illumination, so DON'T start taking pics or vids until you're up to the full brightness levels.Overall, an excellent value, for photography or indoor video. I'm very glad I bought two of them.

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                          5.0

                          Easy to Use Lights

                          By X

                          from NYC

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Good Color Value
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Indoors
                            • Low Light
                            • Night Time

                            Comments about Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps):

                            These lights are easy to use, have 5 switches to set different levels of brightness and are very adjustable. Great for small spaces because they are highly adjustable and dont take up much space.

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