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AlienBees B400 Studio Flash Monolights

4.8 star rating
                      4.8 / 5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $225.00


Product Description

  • 160 true wattseconds (400 effective ws*)
  • 1/6000 second flash duration
  • Fan cooled
  • Standard 100 watt modeling lamp (150 watt quartz lamp optional)
  • Stepless 5 f-stop power control from Full to 1/32 power
  • Built-in slave


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    Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by ynotcphoto a Professional

    Date Reviewed: March 9, 2004

    Strengths:    Lightweight, fast recycling, adjustable power settings and economical price.

    Weaknesses:    None.

    Bottom Line:   
    My style is to shoot using limited depth of field. I was debating whether to get the B800 or the B400. I got the B800 bc I was afraid of being short of power. I found the B800 was giving more light than I needed at the lowest power setting. I just got the B400 yesterday, and was testing it out when it failed on me (firecracker-like bang). I am sending it back for another one, and I am not concerned about it. But I was happy with the flexibility that the B400 gave me while it was working. I was able to shoot closer at lower aperatures, and if I needed the depth of field, I could shoot at full power. A footnote -in a non-photographic comparison, you are getting a Honda Civic compared to a Lexus. The light works well, and I would highly recommend it.

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Price Paid:    $230.00

    Purchased At:   alienbees

    Similar Products Used:   Calumet Travelite 750. Alienbees B800.

    Type of photography:   People


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by todd victor a Intermediate from old hickory, tn

    Date Reviewed: May 7, 2003

    Strengths:    variable flash control

    Weaknesses:    none really.

    Bottom Line:   
    The best thing about this little light is the control it provides you. It is extremely flexible when it comes to flash power. It lets me simulate low light situations with either modeling light only or very low flash.

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Price Paid:    $225.00

    Purchased At:   White Lightning

    Type of photography:   People


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by nuspawn a Intermediate from Philadelphia, Pa, USA

    Date Reviewed: April 17, 2003

    Strengths:    -Recycle time
    -Controls
    -Build Quality


    Weaknesses:    -150 watt limit on the modeling lights

    Bottom Line:   
    After gathering information from various dealers of Photo equipment in my area, I was able to establish criteria to base my purchase decision on. The problem was that the units from other manufacturers that met my criteria were well outside my price range.

    The last dealer I visited recommended units developed by Paul Buff. AlienBees, was this guy for real?

    I visited the website, reviewed the information there along with the reviews presented on this website. So, with excellent reviews and a price that was right, I decided it was a go.

    I purchased two 400 units for my digital studio.

    All I can say that the units exceeded my expectations. They are an excellent value for the dollars.

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Price Paid:    $224.00

    Purchased At:   direct from factory

    Type of photography:   People


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by James Garvie a Professional from Orlando, FL, USA

    Date Reviewed: March 10, 2002

    Strengths:    Light weight; great, comprehensive kits; very fast and very stable. Tremendous value.

    Weaknesses:    None.

    Bottom Line:   
    Excellent units which work well in digital photography and our specialty which is dog show photography. Fast recycling, balanced illumination, great stands, durable for location shooting.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   direct

    Similar Products Used:   Novatron, SP, etc.

    Type of photography:   Sports


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dan Tibbetts a Intermediate from pontiac

    Date Reviewed: October 20, 2001

    Strengths:    the varible power output is right on the money. light weight and plenty of attachments. price

    Weaknesses:    are you kidding, there's none

    Bottom Line:   
    outstanding, outstanding, outstanding. you can't go wrong with thease baby's. i use them at home,in the studio, and at wedding.

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    Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:   direct

    Similar Products Used:   excalibur's, novatron, britek, norman etc...

    Type of photography:   People



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