Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount

Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount

Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount

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  • 2- Umbrellas, Light Stands, Brackets
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This is a Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount augments your flash or tungsten lights - up to 500 watts. It includes light mounts, 8' light stands, 40" white umbrellas and case.

UPC: 037733000816
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Smith-Victor UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount
  • 2- 40" Black-Backed White Umbrellas
  • 2- Raven RS8 8' Black Aluminum Stands
  • 2- UM-4 Umbrella Mounts
  • 1- TB-990 Carrying Case
  • 1- Lighting Guide: Imaging with Light
    Note: Light fixtures are not included
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    Smith-Victor UK2 specs

    Size 45.0" / 114.3 cm
    Interior White
    Exterior Black
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 11.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 37.0 x 9.0 x 7.0"

    Smith-Victor UK2 reviews

    UK2 Umbrella Kit with RS8 Stands, 45BW Umbrellas and Cold Shoe Mount is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 34.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-have An excellent kit both for starting amateurs and exacting hobbists/pros, great quality and usability -a truly versatile set, sturdy and lightweight. The included bag is pretty big and other tripods/miscellaneous stuff can be carried within easily. Moreover, even though they're not mentioned in the 'includes', there are two aluminium cold shoe mounts for your flashes/strobes. Everything works smoothly and the umbrellas are pretty big, thus spreading a nice soft light with absolutely no colour cast. I use this kit with sb-800 and Sb-600 and I'm 100% glad of the results and ease of use: a great purchase.
    Date published: 2008-07-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great umbrella kit, very good value. Everything about this kit seems great. I started using this kit with two Nikon SB-800 speedlights. After three years, I still am using it, mostly with AlienBees now. I have acquired other umbrellas and stands now, but these are still my favorites. The white balance is great, and the stands are smooth to adjust. These stands are not air-cushioned, which to me is a plus for the very light umbrella load, because I do not have to fight these down to lower them. A heavy large softbox does need a heavier stand, but an umbrella does not, and these are more than plenty. These are 45 inch umbrellas (standardly measured across the curved top, all are a little smaller straight across). They are large enough to give a very soft light when decently close. The black cover is easily removable, so they can be used as reflective or shoot through light. Camera speedlights need the flash shoes to hold them.
    Date published: 2008-04-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent kit for the price Works well. The umbrella stem is a little soft, tightening too much will deform it. The bag that I got is HUGE, fits everything and has enough space for at least one more stand + umbrella. Stands have sturdy build and balances well (as long as you put it on wide stance). I don't like the tightening clamps/brackets that much. They do their job, but they are a little flimsy for my taste. For the price though, this is a great kit and I would recommend it to anyone. If you're looking for your first or supplementary umbrella kit, don't think twice. Just get it.
    Date published: 2010-01-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far, so good. I just received my umbrella kit and it is great so far. Yes, the umbrella mounts are made of plastic, but they seem pretty strong. I am a total beginner and I was up and shooting in a few minutes. The bag that I received with my kit fit all of the equipment plus bungee, extension and sync cords with plenty of room to add additional equipment. I was apprehensive at first, but now I'm really glad I made the purchase. I totally recommend this kit to anyone doing the strobist thing and just starting out.
    Date published: 2009-03-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great setup, great price This is a great kit for someone who is just starting flash photography, or somebody ona budget. The price is simply unbeatable for the quality.The stands are fairly compact, and quite stable. They are pretty wobbly when you add the umbrella, but if you spread out the legs further, it helps to stabilize it.The ubrellas are actually 45, as indicated by the packaging. The back is removable to shoot-through. The shaft is solid and stable, and the umbrellas are easy to open and close.The brackets are probably the worst part of this kit. They work perfectly fine, but they are mostly plastic. This causes slight instability, but it won't suddenly fall over if you have it pretty tight. I believe the brackets alone are about $ each, so this is a great value. They are a bit confusing to figure out for a beginner, and no intructions are included.Here's how:1. Pop the black caps off the metal tops on the stands.2. Screw on the female gold metal adapter.3. Attach the braket with the lever part on top. Screw it in.4. Use the male adapter on the top to mount your flash or a shoe mount adapter.The bag is intended for one tripod and umbrella, not the whole kit. I found this a bid disappointing, but I just shove both tripods in w/ the brackets on, and put the umbrellas through the strops, sitting on top. Bungee cords are great for this is you are traveling.Overall, it's a great kit fot the price.
    Date published: 2008-09-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from For off camera flash great product. I use this umbrella kit with my SB 800's and find they are just the needed softness for upclose shots. Easy to setup and carry. Don't forget to order the shoe mounts for your flash, one review said they came with the kit but mine did not?
    Date published: 2008-10-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Customer Service Wow, although the kit is clearly a bigger kit, the customer service is just great! The kit works wonderfully, but if your looking for a strong kit, this is not for you (hense why other kits are more money). But if your one to takes care of your products, then this is just perfect. I had my bag rip, and about a year later the handle broke off on the umbrella mount after dropping it. Both times the company shipped me replacements hassle free. No questions, no extra chargers. I can say how great it's been dealing with them.
    Date published: 2010-01-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent kit to start with This is a great kit to begin your portrait and Strobist lighting with. I've used it for portraits and like the results. It works great for flash shooters. I consider this kit an excellent value. The lightstands are decent quality, the umbrellas are 40 tip-to-tip and thus larger than the umbrellas in some comparably priced kits, the umbrella brackets work well, and there's a bag to carry everything in. The lightstands are black. They are not air-cushioned but I consider that an advantage. More expensive, heavier, heavy-duty, air-cushioned stands are suited for carrying big strobes and softboxes, where the weight can collapse the stand easily and pinch your fingers. However, lighter-weight, less-expensive lightstands don't benefit from air-cushioning when carrying flashes and umbrellas. The lack of air-cushioning makes the stand easier to take down. The umbrellas are 40 measured straight from tip-to-tip. This is a good size for most uses, except for full-length portraits. Beware that some other kits have smallish umbrellas that are more problematic for waist-up portraits. While flash users may be put off by the kit's lack of shoes, I find the shoes in most low-priced kits to be less than satisfactory. I'd much rather buy two Stroboframe 300 shoes separately. That gives you possibly the best flash shoes available for not too much money. Finally, some reviewers have complained about the size of the bag. Perhaps they got a different, smaller bag in the earlier kits. I have zero problems fitting both assembled stands+brackets and both umbrellas into the bag. There is plenty of room for them, with space left over. Indeed, I think I could squeeze in a third lightstand and umbrella into the bag.
    Date published: 2009-10-25
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