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

(based on 59 reviews)

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    (36)

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    (21)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good color value (30)
  • Good power output (30)
  • Durable (26)
  • Attaches securely (16)
  • Lightweight (15)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors (41)
    • Portraits (34)
    • General purpose (21)
    • Low light (17)
    • Night time (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (20), Semi-pro photographer (19), Photo enthusiast (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (50)

    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

    Easy to Assemble - Very Bright!

    By Dukes

    from Lewes,DE

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        We set up a studio in a fairly small office area - these lights have worked great so far! Hope to get the 6-8k hours of usage from the bulbs!

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        • No

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        4.0

        EXCELLENT light for the Money

        By kornodar

        from Austin, TX

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Even light
        • Good Color Value
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Reflectors
        • Powerful
        • Quality Diffusion

        Cons

        • Head Switch Cumbersome

        Best Uses

        • Fill light
        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Low Light
        • Night Time
        • Product photography

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

        I LOVE these lights. I bought them as a first unit for a budding product photography business I'm starting. I didn't want to spend $ on lights, only to not use them so, after much deliberation and research, I got these. I am using these lights along with several LED, single, bulbs I got from Home Depot, to light my projects with. I can easily set white balance (just using a $ ProMaster grey/white card) EVEN with the Home Depot lights as part of the mix. I am slightly disappointed with the internal diffusers, when installed. The end-result, with the front diffuser on, is less diffusion, than if the internal is removed. The other "issue" with this, is having to remove the lights every time you change from the diffuser head to the reflector head. Had this used a "speed ring" it would be a clip in/out and be done with it. That's a bit inconvenient. However, it's not the end of the world and I paid for the set, what I would have paid for a Wescott TD-6, or equivalent, WITHOUT the stands and other things, so inconvenience, is just fine by me. Overall, a great product, for an amazing price. Easy to upgrade to Eiko lamps, if you don't like what's in here, but what's here, is great.

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        5.0

        Well made, easy setup, and decent price

        By The Big Kahuna

        from Flat Rock, MI

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Special Events

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

          Used for portraits

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          • No

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          3.0

          Good light-horrible portability

          By Brandon

          from St. Louis

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Quality of light

          Cons

          • Poor Umbrella Design

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Studio

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

          This is capable of a nice amount of light. Good quality of light too! My only problem is the umbrella. Don't expect to set up and tear down this umbrella in anything less than a frustrating, sweaty, 20 minute fight. No bueno.

          I can't speak to the color value. I use kino bulbs in this because they're quiet with a higher CRI.

          I needed a cheap, professional looking, high output soft light device. This works.

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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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                          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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