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Hands-On Review: the Priolite Leipzig MBX500 2-Light Kit


The Priolite Leipzig MBX500 2-Light Kit is a professional, portable solution to lighting for photography in a studio or on location. The power source is built in, and the included batteries power the kit's two monolights for 220 full power flashes, 440 flashes at half power, or thousands of flashes at the lowest power. The lights can be as powerful as 500 watt-seconds or turned all the way down to 16 watt-seconds, for a 5.0-stop range.

In this video, Kelby Media's Larry Becker uses the two MBX500 monolights for a portrait shoot and finds the lights to be powerful, flexible, and easy to use. Not only is light power cordless, but operation can be cordless as well. You can fire them via a sync cable, IR remote trigger, optical slave, or using the built-in radio receivers. There's also an optional remote control, which is a bi-directional radio device with a readout that changes whenever you change the power of the lght. The Priolite Leipzig kit comes with two MBX500 lights, one softbox, one umbrella, two sturdy medium-duty light stands, and a rigid fabric case with wheels.

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100w LED modeling light after going thru 2 layers of softbox material has a

power even less than a 100w tungsten lamp. 2-LED 100w Model lamps thru

2 softboxes 1.5m away from the subject will barely allow you to focus and see

your subject. It's only designed to allow longer battery life outside studio. LEDs

not recommended at all for professional inside studio shooting , for which 300w is

best. 100w LEDs work best if put thru a ref , honey comb grid or snoot with direct unfiltered

point to subject.

what about the LED modeling light, is it usable to model your light?
If you have several of the flashes, can you actually see the shadows properly even when used from a bit wider distance (lets say 5m)
and the influance of each of the lights, comparable to a 150W studio flash modeling light?


I am sorry for the delay in responding. One unique feature of these lights is you can set the modeling light output to be proportional to the flash power selected, so you should get a very good idea how your shadows will be falling. In a dim studio, you should have no problem seeing the effect of the modeling light 5m’s. I am not sure I can accurately compare the LED modeling lights to a 150W studio flash modeling light. The reason for the LED’s is the very low power draw to increase battery life.