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Wal-mart Portable Studio Kit

Joshua Szulecki , Jan 17, 2008; 06:13 p.m.

Has anybody seen that Portable Studio Kit they are selling at Walmart? It comes with little lights, and a little backdrop. I almost bought one just so I could review it, but I stopped myself. After all, I needed wiper blades!

Seriously, anybody else seen it, or bought one? I'd love to see what the little lights actually were, but my better judgement prevents me from buying one. I'm guessing flashlights...

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Joshua Szulecki , Jan 17, 2008; 06:18 p.m.

Oooh, I found it on the internet!

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5030889

Note the flashlight like lighting, and the giant DIGITAL in the corner. DIGITAL is marketing English for QUALITY.

Josh Root , Jan 17, 2008; 06:22 p.m.

They look like little halogen lights to me. Probably quite hot. Don't get them close to the fabric sides of the "tent".

Rhys Sage , Jan 17, 2008; 06:29 p.m.

Looking at those lamps they look to be small halogen lamps - possibly from overhead projectors. It looks like something faster, cheaper and easier to cobble together out of an old cardboard box, tracing paper and a sheet of coloured cardboard and put some table lamps in on each side for illumination.

Lori Lafargue , Jan 17, 2008; 06:30 p.m.

Yeah, Joshua, I've seen it, and have gone back to look at it closer 3x!. I did finally ask to open the box, and they did! It was surprisingly almost not so bad--for the $49 price tag. At my photography store, they wanted to sell me pretty much the same thing--different company--for $100 The only obvious difference was the color of the 'backdrop'. I, too, would be very interested in hearing from someone who purchased and used it. I almost bought it, but like you, stopped short of doing so (I actually took it as far as the ck-out!). Why didn't I? Not sure, perhaps just thought because "It's Walmart!"...

Joshua Szulecki , Jan 17, 2008; 06:34 p.m.

Well, the "tent" isn't a bad idea for a cheap prefab solution. The lights are what bug me.

Bob Atkins , Jan 17, 2008; 06:35 p.m.

Joshua Szulecki , Jan 17, 2008; 06:40 p.m.

Thanks Bob!

Since it is identically priced and looks identical, I assume they are probably made by the same company.

I like the little tent more and more when I look at it. But those little lights went from being cheap looking, to flammable looking.

Bob Bernardo - LA area. , Jan 17, 2008; 07:29 p.m.

I bought one and took it back, the lights have no power! They won't register on a light meter!

Joshua Szulecki , Jan 17, 2008; 08:13 p.m.

Was the little tent useful, Bob Bernardo?


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