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ImpactDigital Monolight 300Ws
 
4.4

(based on 80 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (33)
  • Durable (26)
  • Good color value (23)
  • Attaches securely (20)
  • Lightweight (17)

Cons

  • Weak (5)
  • Flimsy (4)
  • Harsh color (3)

Best Uses

  • Indoors (43)
  • Portraits (29)
  • General purpose (24)
  • Low light (18)
  • Outdoor events / games (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (26), Pro photographer (12), Photo enthusiast (10), Photography student (6), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (52)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I love it

I have been working with Bowens for the last 10 years; lately I was getting tired of the price since I travel a lot and sometimes my flashes get damaged. I did not know...Read complete review

I have been working with Bowens for the last 10 years; lately I was getting tired of the price since I travel a lot and sometimes my flashes get damaged. I did not know this label so I really took a risk; it was cheaper than Bowens so I expected less quality. I bought two 300w/s flashes and I am happily surprised by the quality so far. It's almost half of the price, lighter so I can easily carry it with me, it looks awesome also. it's better than I expected. So far I do not know if it's gonna last as Bowens does.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

On the fence

I bought this product based on a few online reviews stating that this was a great entry level strobe product. Upon initial setup, I was impressed with the quality and feel of the...Read complete review

I bought this product based on a few online reviews stating that this was a great entry level strobe product. Upon initial setup, I was impressed with the quality and feel of the design, the back settings are user friendly, and the light is powerful and responsive. However, the top grey tab to secure modifiers was already broken off and rattling at the bottom of my packaging, and based on other reviews on here, it's a flimsy feature build. I'm not entirely confident that my expensive compatible modifiers are sufficiently secured onto this device any more, but with extensive custom charges and the long return process at B&H, I feel stuck with trying to make the most of a fairly expensive, poorly delivered product. I really wish something as important as the security of your modifiers was more of a strength here, but I unfortunately can't say that I can recommend this starter strobe kit.

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5.0

Great product

By Amber

from Undisclosed

Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300Ws:

I was looking for a backup strobe for our photo booth company, wanted to find the same model we already use. I couldn't find it anywhere local and searched many sites online. B&H had it and was so easy to order, shipping was extremely fast especially since we ordered in the height of Christmas season. We will definitely shop here again!

 
4.0

Good reliable light at a great price

By Ned

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300Ws:

The light is good. Not as well built as my Elinchroms, but it is a lot less expensive.
The power-on beep cannot be turned off even though you can turn off the recycle beep.
All in all, happy with the purchase

 
5.0

Have had no problems, would buy another.

By Jman

from Canada

Verified Buyer

Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300Ws:

Works great for my photo booth, I only use it on the lowest setting and at 12 feet away gives great consistent light.

 
5.0

Great Product

By Photo Booth

from Maryland

Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300Ws:

After multiple test runs and eventually bringing it to market and use in photo booth rentals it has done a great job so far. Have only had it a few weeks but nonetheless has provided outstanding lighting.

 
5.0

Great light

By Mikey

from EB NJ

Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300Ws:

Does the trick for me

 
5.0

Love it

By Kurt

from North haven Connecticut

Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300Ws:

Great product. Love how easy it is to use!

 
4.0

Work's great

By Peet

from Lemont, IL

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors
    • Low Light
    • Night Time

    Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300Ws:

    It definetly makes all my pictsures look so much more blingy.

    COns are that it beeps really loud when adjusting the light.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Absolute Garbage!

    By Fourthsword

    from Philly

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Flimsy
      • Harsh Color
      • Loses Charge Quickly
      • Weak

      Best Uses

        Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300Ws:

        I would rate this 0 stars if I could. It arrived non-functional. I only purchased it as a replacement for another Impact light, that died after just over a year of minimal use. The Impact light kit has been a nightmare, since day one. They only fire four of five shutter releases, they provide inconsistent light and they won't lock in place, regardless of the modifier attached to them. They are a complete and total waste of money and I will never buy another product from Impact.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good Light

        By Jai DaMann

        from Atlanta, Ga

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Color Value
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful
        • Price

        Cons

        • Handleknob Is Weak

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Low Light
        • Night Time
        • Outdoors
        • Portraits
        • Special Events

        Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300Ws:

        I mainly use this light as an off light (rim, etc...).
        Pro: The light works great... The price is good.

        Con: The only I have is the tightening knob/handle. After a few uses the tightening knob/handle doesn't tighten enough to hold a softbox (let's not discuss the an Octobox) in place any longer.

        The Bowen mount attachment is so-so.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        3.0

        Cheap body

        By FM

        from Scranton PA

        Pros

          Cons

          • Flimsy
          • Runs Hot
          • Weak

          Best Uses

            Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300Ws:

            Works great, got it 32 days ago, had several great shoots with it. but, the knob never made the light tight enough it should stay in position and now that i wanted to make it even tighter it completely broke off. It was 32 day of frustration...

             
            5.0

            Great light, Great Value

            By JNPIII

            from Albany, NY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Good Color Value
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Indoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300Ws:

              Was pleasantly surprised by the overall quality and build of the moonlight. Assembly was easy and all parts worked upon arrival. I have used the light to shoot proms and portraits in a small studio and it works extremely well.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Great Strobe & Priced Right

              By Say Cheese

              from Wisconsin

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Color Value
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors
                • Portraits

                Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300Ws:

                For basic studio shots, this strobe works great.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                On the fence

                By Charlotte

                from Toronto, CA

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Flimsy

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Indoors
                • Portraits

                Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300Ws:

                I bought this product based on a few online reviews stating that this was a great entry level strobe product. Upon initial setup, I was impressed with the quality and feel of the design, the back settings are user friendly, and the light is powerful and responsive. However, the top grey tab to secure modifiers was already broken off and rattling at the bottom of my packaging, and based on other reviews on here, it's a flimsy feature build. I'm not entirely confident that my expensive compatible modifiers are sufficiently secured onto this device any more, but with extensive custom charges and the long return process at B&H, I feel stuck with trying to make the most of a fairly expensive, poorly delivered product. I really wish something as important as the security of your modifiers was more of a strength here, but I unfortunately can't say that I can recommend this starter strobe kit.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Worth it!

                By Andrew

                from USA

                Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300Ws:

                I think with this kit you get what you pay for...and maybe a little more. Powerful enough for small group shots. Very responsive, never fails to trigger. I use it with the 7D mk2 and shots have turned out great so far. No complaints!

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Works as expected/hoped for

                By chauncey

                from rochester, mi

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Serves My Purpose

                Cons

                • Slow Recharge

                Best Uses

                • Table top photography

                Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300Ws:

                To date I've only used it for smoke photography, which is the reason I purchased the unit.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Not exactly what I expected

                By mike1637

                from DFW Texas

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Cheap
                  • Weak

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300Ws:

                  After reading many of the reviews I went ahead and pulled the trigger and ordered this light. I like everything about this light except the locking mechanism. The hardware used is cheap and will not last. The carriage bolt has rounded off and will not hold any weight at all. Wasn't used with a large modifier so that wasn't the problem. Won't even hold the small umbrella it came with in a special offer. So off the hardware store to try and fix it.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Impact Monolight - Powerful!

                  By Photo Girl

                  from Cincinnati, Ohio

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light
                    • Night Time
                    • Outdoors
                    • Portraits
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300Ws:

                    These lights are for any and every photographic situation. Has every feature I was looking for.
                    Love the design, but will only know with time if they are durable.
                    Would definately recommend as a great purchase.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Very happy with this light

                    By JeffS

                    from Western PA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300Ws:

                      This is my first (two) monolight purchases but i was surprised and expected less than i got with this light for the money. A youtube review comparing it to others of the same entry level got me to try it and i'm keeping both. Powerful light which for my individual portrait work gets turned down quite a bit. Recycle time is just fine and i like the beep telling me it's ready. The build quality seems good- has a sort of rubbery finish that i like. You don't use these lights by themselves- you put modifiers on so the Bowens mount will give me the broadest choice. I would recommed based upon 1 month of ownership.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Good product

                      By Johnny

                      from Queens, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300Ws:

                        I am a semi-professional photographer who was looking for a modest ligthing set-up that would help me to do the job without doing all of the job for me. I purchased two of these as part of a three light kit here from B and H with the intent of using them with my brand new Canon 6D and 24-70 2.9 lens. The results are very much satisfactory.

                        I've attached some images that I took against some white seamless paper pretty much right out of the box, first time out.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Perfect small kit

                        By Mauro

                        from NY

                        Comments about Impact Digital Monolight 300Ws:

                        Powerful enough, priced right, well manufactured, just missing a package when bought as a kit

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