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About Adorama

• The unit mounts onto any standard lightstand with a 5/8" or smaller mounting stud. It has a circular flash tube that is daylight balanced at 5600 deg. K, a guide number of 90 at ISO 100 and a recycling time of 5-7 seconds. It also comes with a 60 watt removable modeling lamp. The Budget Studio monolight Flash can be triggered through the camera with its included 12' sync cord, by another flash being fired and activating the built-in Photo-Slave, or through its open-flash test button. It's a compact 7.0" long with a diameter of 3-3/4" and weighs only 15 ounces.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Attach securely (24),Good power output (22),Durable (21),Good color value (21),Long-lasting (12),Easy to use (3),Good price / value (3),Good value (3),Great value (3),Lightweight (3)
Runs hot (11),Weak (7),Flimsy (4)
Best Uses:
Indoors (35),General purpose (24),Low light (22),Outdoor events / games (9),Night time (7),Outdoors (7),Beginner (6),Portraits (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (15),Enthusiast (10),Photo enthusiast (10),Professional (7),Pro photographer (4)

Adorama Features

  • Built in 10' AC Power Cord.
  • Built-in Mounting Bracket Accepts Lightstands up to 5/8".
  • Built in umbrella holder

Adorama Specifications

Power (Watt Seconds)
100 Watt Seconds
Guide Number
Recycling Time
5-7 s
Modeling Lamp
Built-In Slave
6-1/2" long with a diameter of 3-1/2"
15 oz.

Reviews about this item

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Most Liked Positive Review


Good starter flash or for secondary uses

Great for portable (on location) or small studio operations. Used mainly as a supplimental flash as highlight/backlight, or with umbrella or 12" softbox for quick headshot portraits. Has about a 2-3 second recycle time which is fine for situations where there is no need for continuous flash shooting. The first flash after standing by is about a 1/2 stop brighter than subsequent shots.


Most Liked Negative Review


nice inexpensive addition

using as spot light for hair on portraits...but had to make my own cone...the plastic one that came with camera started to melt

Reviewed by 50 customers


mighty lite


from Suwanee GA  -  Pro Photographer

I like this light, for it's simplicity, yet power. It is very strong and effective. Love its modeling feature, although control range is limited. I use mine primarily for controlling my back ground lighting. It can be use as a strobe primary light, but remember its modeling feature is limited as to pre light falling on subject/area. I just think it is great for outstanding rear lighting. Get a background light stand (18-24inches) to go with this light. don't use it with the larger stands.


Affordable starter monolite


from San Diego  -  Photo Enthusiast

Bought this on Adorama's anniversary for [$], so it was a no brainer. Was lookin for a monolite that I could practice with, been playing with strobes for a short time but wanted to venture into monolite realm. This one definitely affordable and it works for basic portraits and product photography. Pro's are its cheap, it's simple, relatively portable, model light working so far, fits my light stands. Cons are slow recycle time,basic light not many settings, short cord ,the hole that holds umbrella has no way to tighten tension so umbrella not completely secure. But overall would recommend this to someone who wants to experiment with a monolite and doesn't want to drop a ton of money.


Great first monolight


from Las Vegas, NV  -  Photo Enthusiast

Purchased a pair of these moonlights to learn about lighting with strobes. They are compact, light weight and seem to be pretty durable. At 100 ws they are not super powerful, and have little power adjustment (full or half). The light is right on at ~ 5000 k. Wish there were more accessories for this model of light.


Inexpensive, and a solid performer


from Finger Lakes Region of NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have been pleasently surprised by this little light. When traveling I grab 2 of this and a couple of umbrellas. Able to get pleasing results. It's not a full function monolight but for what it is it works great.


Good starter flash


from Bellevue, WA  -  Casual Photographer

This was my first studio flash a year or so ago. It is good as a starter flash to learn the basics. It can also be useful for backlighting.


Good product for the price


from Maryland  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a really good starter monolight for the casual user.


Nice inexpensive slave Flash


from Mexican Caribbean  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great product for that price and very easy to set up

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Poor slave performance


from Nashville, TN  -  Pro Photographer

I have had two of these units, and both have had issues with the built in slave units. they are week, and inconsistant. Not even a good value for the low cost, spend a little more and get a little better unit. They are small and light, which was the attraction for me in the beginning.


Simply Delightful!


from Los Angeles, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The Adorama Budget Studio Monolight Flash, is simply delightful to use. And not to mention the fact that it re defies simplicity, with a kick of any other "brand" name product.


These are awesome


from Austell, GA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I purchased these lights to place on my ceiling to light my backdrop, and they work great, I wanted something small,lightweight, and durable and they function perfect for what i was looking for. They work great.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
ROB W  Price. Wouldn't buy it again. Cheaper and not as nice as than Adorama's last batch of "generic" strobes. They were better. The sync cable on these doesn't fit my 5D's sync connector very well (its very loose and falls out).
Jorge A  I'v had this monolight for over 5 years now and have just recently been using it with a Photek Siflighter II. The results are amazing, but I now want to go about purchasing an octabox for my monolight. Do you guys carry an octa that would suit my Adorama Monolight Budget Flash!?
DAVID B  When I was looking for my first modifier I was looking at the Westcott Apollo Octabox, but the Softlighter II was recommended to be by the Strobist himself. The Apollo Octobox is designed for speed lights but I think would be capable of working with the Adorama Budget Monolight. It comes with a stand so you shouldn't need any additional bits.
Shopper  Do you guys carry an octabox that would suit this monolight!?
MARC L  I usually use softboxes, umbrellas, and other smaller modifiers like snoots, barndoors, etc.
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