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Costway 2-Piece 85W Continuous Bulb Light Softbox Photography Lighting Kit EXPIRED

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Costway.com has 2-Piece 85W Continuous Bulb Light Softbox Photography Lighting Kit on sale for $49.95 - $25 w/ coupon code XQST36292 = $24.95. Shipping is free. Thanks earthian

Specifications:
  • Soft box size: 20" x 27.5"
  • Light stand height: 79"
  • Light bulb power: 85W
  • Light bulb color temperature: 5500K
  • Package includes:
    • 2 x soft box
    • 2 x light bulb
    • 2 x lighting stand
    • 2 x light holder
    • 1 x carry bag
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Costway [costway.com] has a 2-piece 85W Continuous Bulb Light Softbox Photography Lighting Kit on sale for $24.95 after the coupon code XQST36292.
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Specifications:
  • Soft box size: 20" x 27.5"
  • Light stand height: 79"
  • Light bulb power: 85W
  • Light bulb color temperature: 5500K
  • Package includes: 2 x soft box, 2 x light bulb, 2 x lighting stand, 2 x light holder, 1 x carry bag
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The stands are worth it, just, although you can get two 7 foot stand for $25 on amazon. These lights are typically too dull to be of any practical use with people. If the soft box can take a speed-light type flash (and it doesn't look like you can), then this is a good deal. If they can't, IMO they are not worth it.

You might use it for a few weeks, but most people will outgrow it quickly. 6 months from now, this thing will likely be gathering dust.

FYI The point of a soft-box is to create very directional light. This doesn't have a lip, so will not channel the light. It will work more like a square umbrella.

If you do get it, know that CFLs have a slight tint of green if you balance for daylight. Use a gray card or color checker for good colors.
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CFL bulb.
You have experience with this company and product OP? Where'd code come from
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The stands are worth it, just, although you can get two 7 foot stand for $25 on amazon. These lights are typically too dull to be of any practical use with people. If the soft box can take a speed-light type flash (and it doesn't look like you can), then this is a good deal. If they can't, IMO they are not worth it.

You might use it for a few weeks, but most people will outgrow it quickly. 6 months from now, this thing will likely be gathering dust.

FYI The point of a soft-box is to create very directional light. This doesn't have a lip, so will not channel the light. It will work more like a square umbrella.

If you do get it, know that CFLs have a slight tint of green if you balance for daylight. Use a gray card or color checker for good colors.
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The stands are worth it, just, although you can get two 7 foot stand for $25 on amazon. These lights are typically too dull to be of any practical use with people. If the soft box can take a speed-light type flash (and it doesn't look like you can), then this is a good deal. If they can't, IMO they are not worth it.

You might use it for a few weeks, but most people will outgrow it quickly. 6 months from now, this thing will likely be gathering dust.

FYI The point of a soft-box is to create very directional light. This doesn't have a lip, so will not channel the light. It will work more like a square umbrella.

If you do get it, know that CFLs have a slight tint of green if you balance for daylight. Use a gray card or color checker for good colors.
You seem to have good background on this. What, in your opinion, would be a good starter kit under $100 for in home portrait photography.
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This thing is a continuous lighting setup so it won't be very useful for photo. I think it's a good deal for people looking to use it for video work.

The point of a softbox is to create a larger light source relative to your subject. Bare bulb will give you stronger output but it will be small and harsh lighting that creates lots of uneven shadow -> ugly look.

Judging from the product photos, it looks like the stands have the standard spigot stud so you will be able to use it with other common light brackets like Bowens S-mount bracket etc. It's probably very cheaply made, flimsy stand so I wouldn't feel comfortable putting an expensive light on it outdoor. Should be fine for indoor use though.
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You seem to have good background on this. What, in your opinion, would be a good starter kit under $100 for in home portrait photography.
I got the "LimoStudio 800W Photography Studio Lighting Kit, AGG1210" back in Dec 2015 from the seller "KimOutlet" and an very satisfied with it.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FFJ3QNO

I had an issue where one of the CFL bulbs was defective, and the seller responded promptly and shipped a replacement the next day. So CS experience was also good.

A few months back my kid tripped the stand with the reflector umbrella, it fell down and got damaged. Other than that it performed very nice and with a little post-processing (mainly for color balance) I got some very nice pics.

I am debating is these Costway soft-boxes would add any value to my kit.

But be clear, these are entry level kits and will meet the needs of the home hobbyists who want to play around with lighting and learn the stuff. No pro would even look at these, and even advanced amateurs would probably prefer better gear.


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The light bulbs alone cost around $15-$20. Seems like a decent deal.
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FYI can only get quantity 1 with the coupon. Then they wouldn't approve my transaction and I got bored trying and since syco123 dissed it, I considered that a good omen. Passed.
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Would this be good for lighting a set for video as well?
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Think I could use these tripods to mount the HTC vive satellites?
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You seem to have good background on this. What, in your opinion, would be a good starter kit under $100 for in home portrait photography.
Continuous lighting won't be very helpful for photography. If you're new, I'd recommend starting out utilizing natural sunlight and get really good at that and understanding how direction of light affects shadows and highlights. Then move onto off camera flash and adding modifiers like umbrellas/softboxes to replicate the directional natural light. Definitely get an external flash before any stands or modifiers and work with bouncing flash. Hope some of that makes sense haha
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is this good for casting couch or twitch streaming?
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