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About Lowel

Now anyone can create great looking professional results in their home. Lowel, the Academy Award winning world leader in location lighting for film & video, introduces a revolutionary tabletop fluorescent softlight, the elegant & easy touse Lowel Ego.

Setup is a breeze, plug it in, place it on the table, & turn it on. The result is fast, simple, & beautiful light output that's ideal for taking digital tabletop shots by collectors, arts & crafts hobbiests, sellers, archivists, and desktop publishers. Ego can also be used for DV talking head shots, digital still portraits, and webcam desktop video conferencing.

Lowel Ego uses two 27 Watt custom daylight fluorescent lamps. These screw-in lamps have a manufacturers listed average life of 5,000 10,000 hours. Their daylight color output has a high color rendering index, for more accurate colors than conventional fluorescent lamps.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Good color value (6),Lightweight (4),Easy to use (3)
Cons:
Flimsy (3)
Best Uses:
Indoors (9),Low light (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (5)

Lowel Features

  • Lowel Ego makes beautiful tabletop pictures a breeze to light.
  • With no prior experience, you can quickly & easily create professional results. Shoot pictures that have depth, subtlety of shading, and character.
  • Perfect for: Tabletop photos for collectors & sellers. Video talking heads & portraits. Webcam light.
  • Easy to use, set it on the table, & plug it in.
  • Works with any household 120 volt outlet.
  • Dimensions 16.5 x 16.5 x 8"

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.1

(based on 13 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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  • 3 Stars

     

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Natural Light

I have two of the tabletop units that I use for food photography on my cooking blog. I have not experimented with using one unit and the white reflector that comes with it. But I have great results with using two units on either side of my subject. I rarely, if ever, need to color correct the photos. This product makes lighting basically foolproof. I love it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Really Wanted to Love This Thing...

I kind of fell into food photography quite suddenly and now shoot for about 6 major cookbooks a year. I am constantly trying to better my photography while streamlining the process, so I thought that this light could make a nice backup for rainy or long days when the sunlight (that I usually use) disappears.Let me first say that my first order for this light arrived broken. The bulbs tested fine in other setups, but the actual lamp would simply not turn on.[...]I ordered a second light to giv...

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I kind of fell into food photography quite suddenly and now shoot for about 6 major cookbooks a year. I am constantly trying to better my photography while streamlining the process, so I thought that this light could make a nice backup for rainy or long days when the sunlight (that I usually use) disappears.Let me first say that my first order for this light arrived broken. The bulbs tested fine in other setups, but the actual lamp would simply not turn on.[...]I ordered a second light to give this thing a chance. Thankfully it works, but it is a little harsher than expected. The diffuser is good, but still a little too close to the bulbs for my taste. While this is clearly meant to be stuck on a table next to what you are shooting, I find that it just isn't that simple. It is best attached to a tripod, just off of the table, otherwise the light is just too harsh.You can see in some of the samples in other reviews on here that the highlights on the dishes are as harsh as I'm saying.I definitely think that this is the perfect light for taking quick shots of items to sell on [@] (where quality isn't THAT important), but it won't be the magic bullet for taking real product or food shots on the cheap.With work, you CAN get good shots with it and I will most likely continue using it... but I will definitely still try to get all of my shots in while the sun is up.Also, let me warn that putting it together was very scary as you think you are going to break the plastic enclosure... you really have to bend the plastic to the point that you are sure it is going to snap, but it held together. I had to look it up online to make sure I wasn't breaking the thing!

Reviewed by 13 customers

 
4.0

OK Solution

By

from Cleveland, OH  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this product as a short term solution for my lighting needs. I do a lot of food photography and was tired of chasing rays of light around my house and being limited as to what time I could do my shoots. The first use, I wasn't that impressed. I was still having to bump up my ISO to 1600 and getting OK results. The next use changed my mind completely. I could shoot at ISO 400 and use 1/200th of a second as my shutter speed. So, they take a little while to warm up and reach their full wattage, but now I love these lights. They make it possible for me to do food photography whenever I want and when working with a client they look more professional than anything I could throw together. It's not the most professional piece of equipment, but for the price it is a great short term solution while you save up your pennies for a lighting kit.

 
4.0

So far, so good.

By

from Kensington, Maryland  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I've had this product for only two weeks, and purchased it for food photography. Until now, I have relied on natural light, which of course is not reliable. This light unit provides good color rendition and slight shadows (good!) but not too big. It has made set-up for the pictures much easier.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Really Wanted to Love This Thing...

By

from Clermont, FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I kind of fell into food photography quite suddenly and now shoot for about 6 major cookbooks a year. I am constantly trying to better my photography while streamlining the process, so I thought that this light could make a nice backup for rainy or long days when the sunlight (that I usually use) disappears.Let me first say that my first order for this light arrived broken. The bulbs tested fine in other setups, but the actual lamp would simply not turn on.[...]I ordered a second light to give this thing a chance. Thankfully it works, but it is a little harsher than expected. The diffuser is good, but still a little too close to the bulbs for my taste. While this is clearly meant to be stuck on a table next to what you are shooting, I find that it just isn't that simple. It is best attached to a tripod, just off of the table, otherwise the light is just too harsh.You can see in some of the samples in other reviews on here that the highlights on the dishes are as harsh as I'm saying.I definitely think that this is the perfect light for taking quick shots of items to sell on [@] (where quality isn't THAT important), but it won't be the magic bullet for taking real product or food shots on the cheap.With work, you CAN get good shots with it and I will most likely continue using it... but I will definitely still try to get all of my shots in while the sun is up.Also, let me warn that putting it together was very scary as you think you are going to break the plastic enclosure... you really have to bend the plastic to the point that you are sure it is going to snap, but it held together. I had to look it up online to make sure I wasn't breaking the thing!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

perfect product lighting main lights

By

from Maryland  -  Pro Photographer

It worked well for main lights for photographing food, but I definetly needed accent lights as they are not directional in any way I recommend getting different watt bulbs based on how much power you need also construction a little flimsy

 
5.0

Good bang for the buck :)

By

from Phoenix, AZ  -  Semi-pro Photographer

i've used this primarily to take pictures of trading cards and other items for sale on[...] I use both the light and the deflector to get almost 360 light coverage of small objects. Can't beat it for the money!

 
5.0

excellent

By

from macon, ga.  -  Photo Enthusiast

makes taking great photos easy for most anyone1

 
4.0

Effective Tabletop Solution

By

from Chicago, IL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Nice lighting solution for tabletop work. Very easy to use and quite effective when used right. Despite this, it is weak and is still relatively directional. Reflectors help but getting two is really the best way to go to get the best results. I did receive it with a broken light, so be aware of the risks of having an item like this delivered.

 
4.0

They're A Winner

By

from Tampa, FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this product to shoot food photography for a column I write and it's amazing how much better the photos turn out with these lights. They're a convenient size and easy to use. My only complaint is their stability. They need a better base.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Natural Light

By

from Chicago, IL  -  Casual Photographer

I have two of the tabletop units that I use for food photography on my cooking blog. I have not experimented with using one unit and the white reflector that comes with it. But I have great results with using two units on either side of my subject. I rarely, if ever, need to color correct the photos. This product makes lighting basically foolproof. I love it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Transormed My Photography.

By

from Murray, Ut.  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I use this product to photograph my arts and crafts items for sale on the internet, and also for brochures and such. It has literally transformed my photos from tacky snapshots to professional looking photographs. Best investment in months!

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