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Square Perfect SP1000 Softbox Kit Review

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Square Perfect SP1000 Softbox Kit Review

Photography is a hobby or profession that requires lots of stuff to really do well in a home or studio. One thing that you can do that makes a real difference when you are taking pictures in your home or a studio is proper lighting. I have looked at Square Perfect lighting kits before and today we are going to look at the Square Trade SP1000 Professional Series Softbox Kit. Read on for all the details.

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The SP1000 Professional Series Softbox Kit includes two complete softboxes that each sit on wheeled stands capable of extending to 14-feet high. The lamp bodies each have internal fans to help keep the lights cool and keep you cool while you work. The stands can adjust to a low of 5-feet and a high of 14-feet and feature large easy to roll casters on each leg with wheel locks. If you are using the SP1000 Professional Series Softbox Kit in a more permanent installation, the casters are removable.

Other items included with the kit are 7-inch reflectors, two halogen lamps, two inner diffusion lenses, two soft box four panel tents, support rods for each box, two main diffuser lenses, two directional grid lenses, two round spot lenses, two rectangle spot lenses, and a nylon carry case for mobile use.

Assenbly & Use
Assembling the SP1000 Professional Series Softbox Kit was easy enough but took a bit of time. I found that getting the support rods into the first softbox was a bit tedious. You have to be very careful and follow the instructions exactly or you risk inserting the wrong support rod at the wrong time and bending it. The tension rods were the only part of the lighting system that I found to be challenging to assemble. After the first softbox was assembled, the second one took much less time.

The main diffusers attach to the soft box with Velcro and are easy to change as you need. The light fixtures themselves are large and substantial with very good build quality. Anyone who has worked with large high output softboxes or other lighting knows that they generate lots of heat. I have a Photoflex softbox that I use frequently that puts out enough heat to make working for extended periods a sweaty proposition.

The SP1000 Professional Series Softbox Kit has fans in each of the light fixtures and they do a fantastic job of moving the heat generated by the halogen bulbs away from the work area. The heat produces when working with the SP1000 Professional Series Softbox Kit is much less noticeable than the heat output of the other softboxes I have worked with.

Each of the light fixtures also has a knob that allows you to adjust the light intensity. Each fixture also has its own on/off switch. I liked the large “T” shaped adjustment handle on the rear of the fixtures that makes for easier adjustment of the softbox when working. The stands themselves are large and well built, yet not so heavy as to be a serious burden should you ever need to use the SP1000 Professional Series Softbox Kit on the road.

Overall, I liked the SP1000 Professional Series Softbox Kit very much. Square Perfect makes a very well built softbox kit at a great price. You can get the SP1000 Professional Series Softbox Kit with a pair of softboxes for a MSRP of $577.45. That may sound like a lot until you start pricing quality softbox kits and find that you typically only get one softbox for that price. The only issue I had with the SP1000 Professional Series Softbox Kit was that the stands are a bit bulky, making use in tight spaces more difficult.

Verdict

Conclusion

Pros

  • Good price
  • Well built
  • Fans keep work area cooler

Cons

  • Stands a bit bulky

Verdict
The SP1000 Professional Series Softbox Kit is a great softbox kit that is well built, functions well and comes in at a price that gives you two softboxes for what you would normally pay for one. If you are a photographer in need of a softbox kit, the SP1000 Professional Series Softbox Kit from Square Perfect deserves a close look.

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