Best studio flash kits? 6 models tested and rated

Best studio flash kits? 6 models tested and rated

Lastolite Lumen8 SV 400w Softbox Kit

Best studio flash kit: Lastolite Lumen8 SV 400w Softbox Kit

Price: £460, $850
Buy it: www.lastolite.com

Two powerful 400Ws heads sit atop sturdy light stands that feature air-cushioning and extend to 3.52m.

Power output is adjustable through five f-stops via a step-less rotary control, which is accurately calibrated in single stops.

A test flash is automatically fired to dump power when reducing the output.

The pair of 60cm softboxes are good quality, and feature internal diffuser panels, but assembly is fiddly.

The flash tubes aren’t user-replaceable (unlike in all the other kits on test).

A reflector is supplied for each flash head, so you don’t need to buy these if you want to add umbrellas to your outfit.

Best studio flash kit: Lastolite Lumen8 SV 400w Softbox Kit

Well-built throughout, especially the light stands, which are tall and sturdy

Pros… Powerful flash heads, high-quality build, tall stands
Cons… Fiddly softboxes are fiddly to assemble, flash tubes aren’t user-replaceable
WE say… A good buy at the price

Score: 4/5

PAGE 1: Bowens Gemini 400/400 Twin Head Kit
PAGE 2: Elinchrom D-Lite 4 it Studio To Go
PAGE 3: Interfit EXD200 Home Studio Kit
PAGE 4: Lastolite Lumen8 SV 400w Softbox Kit
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