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Smith-Victor ImageMaker, Fluorescent Light Tent Kit.

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Product Highlights

  • Two-Light Fluorescent Website Photo Kit
  • Designed Expressly for Making Images to be used on eBay & other Online Auctions
  • Versatile Studio in a Box
  • Easy as 1, 2, 3 to Set-up & Shoot:
  • 1) Set Up Lights 2) Set-Up ImageMaker Light Tent 3) Shoot
  • Fluorescent Kit
Smith-Victor : Picture 1 regular $105.95

About Smith-Victor

• Now amateur photographers and online sellers can make professional looking digital images without hiring a professional photographer. The ImageMaker is an easy to use fluorescent lighting kit designed expressly for making images to be used on eBay and other online auctions.

The kit is ideal for website and small product photographs. The translucent white tent and flicker free fluorescent lights produce soft, even, daylight balanced illumination without the intense heat of tungsten or quartz lights.

The 20" x 20" x 20" tent folds to fit in a 10" x 1" pouch for easy storage. Once you assemble the lights, the ImageMaker can be set up in under 5 minutes.

This versatile studio in a box comes complete with one 20" light tent, two 10" soft etched reflectors, two lamp sockets and cordsets, two flicker free 26 watt fluorescent spiral lamps, removable zippered front panel, background clips, one white and one black cloth background, two tabletop light stands and one Smith-Victor Imaging with Light Guide.

The flicker-free fluorescent lamps have a 10,000 hour life and put out virtually no heat. The 10" reflectors are hand-spun with an etched interior for optimal light output, providing even illumination throughout the ImageMaker Light Tent.

Smith-Victor Features

  • Two-Light Fluorescent Website Photo Kit
  • Designed Expressly for Making Images to be used on eBay & other Online Auctions
  • Versatile Studio in a Box
  • Easy as 1, 2, 3 to Set-up and Shoot:
  • 1) Set Up Lights 2) Set-Up ImageMaker Light Tent 3) Shoot

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4.2

(based on 13 reviews)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Affordable lighting for smaller objects

I bought this to photograph my fountain pen collection. The two lights are adequate, but I'm tempted to add a 3rd light. With just the two lights, which are at a fixed height, you cannot direct light from the top of the tent which might be necessary for some situations. I'm not sure how to use the two background fabrics to get the best results - it didn't come with any instructions for their use. I find myself using other make-shift background material in addition to the supplied backgrou...

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I bought this to photograph my fountain pen collection. The two lights are adequate, but I'm tempted to add a 3rd light. With just the two lights, which are at a fixed height, you cannot direct light from the top of the tent which might be necessary for some situations. I'm not sure how to use the two background fabrics to get the best results - it didn't come with any instructions for their use. I find myself using other make-shift background material in addition to the supplied backgrounds. I also wish the product had recommendations for the type of lenses to use to get the best results. Instead it came with a general guide to studio lighting, almost all of which doesn't apply to the light tent at all. The Velcro-on front panel is very useful for blocking out even more unwanted reflections, but it's very annoying to manipulate and work around. Putting it on and sticking the lens through the opening requires so much movement that you might cause your subject set-up to move. Out of the box, it is wrinkled so much that it hardly fits over the opening without some stretching. The front opening is adequate, but at times it can be a tight squeeze to reach inside to change the background or do a complicated set up of objects. This can be a challenge depending on your build. The size of the tent is perfect for small to medium objects. So far I have photographed some of my fountain pens, some of my headphone audio equipment, and some of my camera lenses. Assembly looks complicated at first but actually is very easy. The items feel very strong and well made. Be careful taking the tent out of the bag for the first time. It is under springy tension and might unfold violently in your face. Probably wont hurt you, but it's startling if unexpected. As far as getting it back in the bag, I have yet to attempt that--might be a fun project for those of you who enjoy solving puzzles. Overall I am very satisfied with this product, especially for the price, and I know I will continue to use it quite a bit for my pen collection and other random uses. Also, if I ever decide to sell anything on eBay, I will definitely photograph the item using this light setup.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Setup is a nightmare!

If you want to use the light fixtures with this tent, don't! The instructions which came with my model of this unit were very vague as to how to assembly the light stands, especially in regards to the light sockets--and what was the purpose of the ball heads on the stands anyway? I was lost--and felt really stupid trying to set this up. This is not for me.

Reviewed by 13 customers

 
5.0

I am happy with this product

By

The only down side is that The drapes could be a little wider. Other than that, I love it and have used it commercially for jewelry and other small items with great results.

 
5.0

Smith Victor Light tent Kit

By

I use it for close-ups of smaller ojects and phtographing things that I want to sell on-line.

 
5.0

Good Product

By

I am well pleased with this product. The lights were cool and provided good coverage. The tripod isn't that great, but it is similar to other mini-tripods, and the lighting is sufficient to handhold a camera. I metered the light inside the tent and was getting 1/250, F8 at ISO 400. I used a point and shoot camera handheld, but I could have set a floor tripod next to the table and used my SLR. The lights and tent are not hard to setup.

 
4.0

Good value

By

Perfect for in home use

 
1.0

Setup is a nightmare!

By

If you want to use the light fixtures with this tent, don't! The instructions which came with my model of this unit were very vague as to how to assembly the light stands, especially in regards to the light sockets--and what was the purpose of the ball heads on the stands anyway? I was lost--and felt really stupid trying to set this up. This is not for me.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Light Tent Worth Every Penny

By

I'd been disappointed with available light tents until I came across the Smith Victor ImageMaker, Fluorescent Light Tent Kit. I'd have to say it's one of better photography investments I've made. My wife and I use it to photograph her fused glass art pieces with great results; nice even lighting, plenty of room to position her work, and sized nicely to fit on a counter top. The lights that come with the tent kit are well made and provide good, even lighting. I'd certainly recommend this tent kit to anyone needing to photograph fused, stained and leaded glass pieces pieces up to about 14 inches in size.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good deal for the money

By

I use this light tent to photograph jewelry I make, bowls and bottles-stoppers I turn, and leaves and other object as subjects for later drawings and paintings. got it a couple months ago, and have been using it since. The lights are fairly dim, so my pics are at 800 SO, 1/125th, f8 or so. not a problem for my subject matter and needs. Lint does tend to stick to the black background sweep (i.e. not easy to just pick off by hand), but I'm glad it was included, because many are quite expensive; I'll probably buy some black material to replace it with eventually. Tripod is a nice extra for use with a small point and shoot digicam. Wouldn't work for anything larger, and the legs do not extend for getting a higher angle on the work. I think it is a good product for the price, as I did a fair bit of comparison internet shopping before buying.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Kit at a GREAT Price!

By

I LOVE this kit!! The only flaw I've found is the detatchable zippered window has velcro along the edges on the inside and outside, sometimes things get stuck to the velcro....like my clothes or camera strap. Minor flaw, totally worth the money!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As good as I hoped it would be.

By

A decent price for a Light Tent with lighting. With a little practise you get great photographs with out unwanted shadows.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Affordable lighting for smaller objects

By

I bought this to photograph my fountain pen collection. The two lights are adequate, but I'm tempted to add a 3rd light. With just the two lights, which are at a fixed height, you cannot direct light from the top of the tent which might be necessary for some situations. I'm not sure how to use the two background fabrics to get the best results - it didn't come with any instructions for their use. I find myself using other make-shift background material in addition to the supplied backgrounds. I also wish the product had recommendations for the type of lenses to use to get the best results. Instead it came with a general guide to studio lighting, almost all of which doesn't apply to the light tent at all. The Velcro-on front panel is very useful for blocking out even more unwanted reflections, but it's very annoying to manipulate and work around. Putting it on and sticking the lens through the opening requires so much movement that you might cause your subject set-up to move. Out of the box, it is wrinkled so much that it hardly fits over the opening without some stretching. The front opening is adequate, but at times it can be a tight squeeze to reach inside to change the background or do a complicated set up of objects. This can be a challenge depending on your build. The size of the tent is perfect for small to medium objects. So far I have photographed some of my fountain pens, some of my headphone audio equipment, and some of my camera lenses. Assembly looks complicated at first but actually is very easy. The items feel very strong and well made. Be careful taking the tent out of the bag for the first time. It is under springy tension and might unfold violently in your face. Probably wont hurt you, but it's startling if unexpected. As far as getting it back in the bag, I have yet to attempt that--might be a fun project for those of you who enjoy solving puzzles. Overall I am very satisfied with this product, especially for the price, and I know I will continue to use it quite a bit for my pen collection and other random uses. Also, if I ever decide to sell anything on eBay, I will definitely photograph the item using this light setup.

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Shopper  I would like to know if anyone has used this kit with a camera phone. I have used my iPhone 4g camera for all my pictures and they have always looked great. Thinking that my pictures could improve, I purchased a TableTop Studio light tent and lamps and tried it right away when I received it. The lights from the lamps create an interference with the iPhone camera which is a stripe-like effect in the photographs. Can someone please tell me if these lights from the Smith Victor light set create this same interference effect in photographs when taken with the iPhone camera? Answers are much appreciated!
Andrew R  It is possible that the fluorescent lamps in your TableTop studio were not flicker free units. The electrical "flicker" in some CFL tubes may cause banding during exposure (much like what you've described). It is possible that the lamps in this unit (described as "flicker free") should resolve the issue, however I would rule out any issues from ambient light sources (overhead lighting, table lamps, etc.) before committing.

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