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Calumet Travelite System Monolights

3.56 star rating
                      3.56 / 5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $0


Product Description

Whether you’re looking for a dependable flash to take on location, or auxilliary lighting for your current studio system, you’ll find no better value than Travelites. These self-contained flash units pack a powerful punch and don’t cost a whole bunch.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Randall a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2012

Strengths:    Inexpensive - portable - easy to set-up

Weaknesses:    none yet..

Bottom Line:   
I've only had these for six months. So far, they've worked great. No issues as talked about in other reviews. I've been very happy with the options on the fixtures and how they work together. I'm thinking about buying a few more.

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Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   used

Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Chrisvolpe a Professional

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2010

Strengths:    price

Weaknesses:    durability and reliability

Bottom Line:   
They say you are only as strong as your weakest link and that is the basic problem with the Travelites! Overall, i would say they make a pretty good system at a very good price but the release trigger for the reflector heads is a piece of junk. All 3 broke within weeks of my purchase. It is clearly a design flaw. The Calumet tech recommended that I try a bent paperclip. I bet my clients would really be impressed by that!

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Similar Products Used:   Dyna Lites, White Lightning, Normans

Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by cvp a Professional

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2010

Strengths:    easy to use
reliable light


Weaknesses:    shoddy design

Bottom Line:   
Avoid this product like the plague. The lights are good enough but they have a fatal flaw. The locking mechanism for the reflectors is a piece of junk. I bought a 3 head kit. One head came with a broken mechanism, one broke a few months later and the last one broke a few months after that. The Calumet tech recommended that I use a bent paperclip to get the reflectors on and off. You can imagine how professional that looks! I pay to ship them back to calumet to have them fixed at my own expense but its so obviously a design flaw they would probably be broken again in weeks. And since I can't get any leverage on the one with the softbox attached, I can't even remove it so it has to stay in my studio now.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Calumet

Similar Products Used:   white lighnings
lumidyne
normans
quantums


Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jMichael a Professional from Dallas, Tx. , US.

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2003

Strengths:    Ease of use, strong body design, many aftermarket accessories. Dialable power settings.

Weaknesses:    Expensive when compaired to similar w/s competition. Flash tube and model lights easy to break...all monolights have this problem. Umbrella mount reflector seems very light weight - could bend easy.

Bottom Line:   
Needed a light for ourdoor groups that was quick and easy to set up. This monolight was exactly what I needed. Very easy to use and lots of power. I usually turn the power to the lowest setting and use it as a fill light with ambient light. Considering buying more for increasing on-location work. The only problem I've had is the airlines - they tend to break the modeling light, so I always carry an extra. By the way, my DynaLite soft box rings work fine on the monolight, didn't need to buy 'special' ones to use a softbox.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $375.00

Purchased At:   Calumet

Similar Products Used:   Norman, DynaLite, Novatron, Hensel

Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Asylum Steve a Professional

Date Reviewed: November 21, 2002

Strengths:    With a GN of 350 (including a bright 250w modeling lamp), this light can easily function as a studio workhorse , yet transports easily to any location.

Setup and breakdown is a breeze, even with booms, softboxes, whatever...

It has a 5-stop variable power control (as well as proportional modeling lamp), and accepts many light modification accessories.

Fast flash recycle times even at full power.

Easily replaced flash tube and modeling lamp.


Weaknesses:    The unit itself cost more than a comparable flash head for a studio flash system, but the fact that it is self-contained makes it much cheaper than that system (with battery, etc.).

Bottom Line:   
The recently redesigned Travelite 750 is Calumet's most powerful monolight. Even so, it displays the great portability and versatility these strobes have become known for.

I have yet to find a lighting situation that it can't handle...

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $475.00

Purchased At:   Calumet online

Type of photography:   People



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