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Interfit Strobies STR120 Twin Umbrella Kit

 
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Sep 09, 2009 14:26 |  #1

Thought I'd shove something up here as I've just bought this kit and struggled to find much good information on it before hand. I made the purchase because after weighing up the costs of picking up all the bits from e-bay shops or other stores, and for £120 the kit seemed a good priced option.

First the obligatory cardboard box shot:

IMAGE: http://www.thesoundlab.co.uk/photos/strobies/img_2761t.jpg

In the box is a small kit bag:
IMAGE: http://www.thesoundlab.co.uk/photos/strobies/img_2762t.jpg

Which is split into 3 sections:
IMAGE: http://www.thesoundlab.co.uk/photos/strobies/img_2763t.jpg

Stands fit in either end, brollies in the middle and umbrella mounts where you fit them, I found they just fit in while still attached to the top of the stands.

IMAGE: http://www.thesoundlab.co.uk/photos/strobies/img_2764t.jpg

The umbrellas themselves are 36" across, and consist of a transparent white umbrella with a silver lined black umbrella that hooks over the top to make it dual purpose. Something which was omitted from the few descriptions I saw online, I was only expecting to be able to use the umbrellas as reflectors. So a nice surprise there.

The stand is comparable to most of the budget stands I've used over the years for music, not the worlds greatest build quality but I'd not expect it in a kit at this price, it does feel relatively sturdy though when it's up despite me feeling a touch wary about the legs at first. Fully extended it reaches just over seven feet high.

The umbrella mount is well assembled and feels sturdy enough in use. It has a removable cold shoe for mounting flash units, which doesn't feel like the greatest bit of kit but does the job intended. My only gripe is that the cold shoe is simply slot-in, there's no kind of retaining grub screw to give that extra security once the flash is mounted, so tilt it over and the flash could slide out.

For the price I'd say I got what I paid for, I don't feel disappointed with any of it, and slightly happier to find the brollies are dual purpose. I'm now looking forward to getting out and playing with them.

First one final shot, my 540EZ on a PT-04TM receiver on the coldshoe firing into the umbrella.
IMAGE: http://www.thesoundlab.co.uk/photos/strobies/img_2766t.jpg

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Sep 10, 2009 11:53 |  #2

Thanks for posting. I've been considering getting something like this to use with my speedlite, although I'm also tempted by their EX150 2 head studio kit ( around £199 at Jacobs/Jessops)




  
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Sep 10, 2009 17:52 |  #3

I've enjoyed the review and photos SB. Looking forward to seeing some of your work with these, too.


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