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ImpactOctacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox (9 Lamps)
 
4.5

(based on 68 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (35)
  • Good color value (33)
  • Durable (30)
  • Attaches securely (18)
  • Lightweight (18)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Indoors (46)
  • Portraits (39)
  • General purpose (23)
  • Low light (18)
  • Night time (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (23), Semi-pro photographer (20), Photo enthusiast (11), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (57)

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.

Reviewed by 68 customers

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5.0

Great bright, soft light

By Corporate/Doc Filmmaker

from Richmond, VA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good Color Value
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors
    • Portraits

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

    I've used this light for several two-camera interviews and I love the soft, wrapping light it produces. I leave the octabox attached when I transport it as this can take a few minutes to set up (8 rods, high tension)

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Great for lighting for painting

    By Painter

    from philadelphia

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Long-Lasting
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Portraits

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

      I plan on using these lights to light models/still lives for painting and they are great

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Octacool - Just TOO COOL!!!

      By AMG6446

      from Walnut, Calif.

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors
        • Portraits

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

        Does as it says. Daylight fluorescents with just a little warmth after long sessions.. It sets up well as long as you note (2) things. The reflector bucket cannot be removed with the lamps in place. BUT! The support rods have different ends. Large end goes up to the reflector, small end into base unit!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Poor quality control

        By Steve.

        from FL

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

        I own 3 of the Octacool 9 lights and unfortunately all of them have issues. One of the switch caps fell off the first light, so now two of the lamps won't turn on. I have 2 or 3 dead sockets on the other two lights. The lights are only 3-4 months old and have had very gentle and infrequent use. Based on the other positive reviews, I guess I've been unlucky. Other than these reliability issues, I am pleased with the lights especially for the price.

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love this light

        By cohangxom

        from San Jose

        Verified Buyer

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

        Video and Photography need these light

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great for the price, some setup required

        By BC

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

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

        So I bought a pair of these on special recently. Firstly let's get this out of the way: for the price, they are an excellent cost effective flourescent option.

        Let's move to the other side. The fact you have to screw in and unscrew 9 globes every time you want to use them does not for a delightful setup experience make. Oh, and remember you're not supposed to screw them from the top so some dexterity will definitely be required to get this thing setup and packed away).

        I do like to travel with my lights, and these have a big ole' metal cone that does not break down, so the size is somewhat awkward. However, I feel like I'm going to end up leaving the cone behind a lot, as the chimera that comes with it is reflective on the inside anyway so the metal cone seems a little redundant anyway, and I like soft light so I'm almost always going to be using the chimera.

        Bottom line - great for the price, not as convenient as I would like.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Versatile and Effective

        By Neolope

        from Madison, IN

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Securely
        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Low Light
          • Portraits

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

          We use the Octacool for our weekly TV show. We are pleased with the ability to turn on and off certain lights in the 9-lamp configuration for different settings and lighting. For a setup that is permanent to semi-permanent it works great. We just keep our Octabox already set up for storage and break down the stand. Overall we have been very happy with the product.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fantastic for First Kit on Budget

          By Hannah J

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Photography Student

          Pros

          • Cheap
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Good Color Value
          • Lightweight
          • Value

          Cons

          • Hard To Setup

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Portraits

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

          I shoot as a fashion photography student, and this was my first octabox. It is incredible for basic portraits, and sometimes even full body when paired with a reflector. I've used this on all of my studio shoots the last 6 months and have grown very fond of it. I especially love that the lights are white and cast a white glow which makes it much easier on color correction/true to the eye. Also- it stays fairly cool, and I've been able to leave it on for 6 hours straight as constant light.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very Nice Studio Lighting

          By Wes the Rad Rider

          from Provo, Utah

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Good Color Value
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video

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

            We are using two of these lights for our 10'x12' studio and the lights wrap around our talent very nicely. We are using both the inner diffuser and the outer diffuser to spread the light as much as we can and we still get a nice 3 dimensional look for our video. The lights are positioned about 3 feet away from the subject at 45 degree angles. I've noticed this room easily heats up when we are filming so we went with the octacool and they still heat it up but it's a lot slower than most other lighting we've used and it's plenty bearable for what we do. These lights are almost a permanent fixture in this studio so like the other comments if you are traveling with these lights, plan on setting aside time for assembly and disassembly. Overall very pleased with the quality of these lights for the price

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            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!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  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.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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.

                    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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!

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great

                      By Di

                      from TN

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

                      Works great

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