I finally found the right lightbox for product photography. It is a compact (for storage and carrying) and, at the same time, a huge (when unfolded) frame box with light. The size in working condition is 80 x 80 x 80 centimeters. This lightbox allows you to safely abandon studio shooting and provides everything you need to work at home: a large background, good light with a dimmer, several photo backgrounds to choose from, as well as a tripod for your camera and smartphone.
I have already written about the compact version of the Travor F40 lightbox, which is useful for product photography at home. So today we will talk about the Travor M80 II lightbox.
The differences between the F- and M‑series are obvious. M‑series are soft lightboxes with an interesting design and easy installation. On the basis of the tubular frame, a special reflective material is fastened (zipper or Velcro), and a light is installed. Everything is stored in an oblong bag. The F‑series is a rigid folding lightbox that folds into a narrow suitcase. Both options are good for home and work, the F40 and F60 take up almost no space when stored and are easy to transport, and for a large portable lightbox, I preferred the M80 — it is somewhat more compact than the flat folded F80. It’s also rolled up in the bag.
Material: Acrylic + ABS + PVP + Alloy
Input voltage: AC100-240V
Output voltage: 24V
Color temperature: 5500K
LED Lifespan: 50000H
Case size: 800*800*800mm
Package weight: 6.5 kg
Immediately I give links to similar soft frame photo boxes (photo studio replacement): Travor M60 (60 cm) and Travor M40 (40 cm). They are quite affordable, and if you or your friends / relatives are engaged in product photography, then it makes sense to buy.
Lightboxes like these are ideal for items such as jewelry, toys, electronics and gadgets and so on. The special matte background and white soft light give a good effect, disperse the shadows. When choosing a photo box, you need to understand that an object can take up to 65% of the shooting space, that is, the larger the objects, the more the size of the internal space and background is needed. The photo shows a small folding photobox F40.
After the order, the kit was delivered on the third day — it is in sufficient quantity in Moscow at Alibaba’s logistics warehouses. It looks like a large (narrow) sports bag. That’s just not sports equipment inside …
Inside is a complete set-frame with light and background for product photography. Such a solution allows not only to store a huge photo box, but also to carry it with ease. Fragile girls, keep in mind that such a bag weighs 6–7 kg.
The whole set is assembled in a compact bag: folded box walls, two narrow backlights, photophones (3 pcs), a frame of tubes and angles, a power supply with wires and a dimmer, a diffuser, a tripod for a 1/4″ camera and a smartphone, instructions.
Includes 3 large acrylic backdrops. A big plus of the plastic background is that it is easy to care for (wipe with alcohol) and wear-resistant. Unless it can be damaged or scratched.
The kit includes detailed instructions.
The instruction is in English, but the entire assembly process is described in detail with pictures.
Complete power supply (24V/2A). There is a switch, euro plug, DC5525 connector. Replace if necessary is not a problem.
Dimmer with Y‑splitter for lamps.
Tripod included. Simple and comfortable, though small in height.
Special holder for a smartphone on a tripod (1/4″).
This is how you can install a smartphone, for example, an iPhone or Samsung, to take pictures or shoot videos inside a lightbox.
A huge plus of this kit is the presence of high-quality lighting inside. Usually with homemade backgrounds you fool around with the choice of light. And here everything is ready.
Two large lamps on an aluminum frame. Power 2x48 W.
From the end there are connectors for dimmer wires.
Laser marking on the profile. By the way, such a profile perfectly removes heat during operation.
The material of the walls of the photobox itself is made diffuse and reflective. The material is soft — it was folded in the bag.
Assembly is easy and takes just a few minutes. We take the basis of the frame — tubes.
We assemble a frame from corners and tubes. A couple of extra corners were included.
The frame will turn out to be large, I did not expect that it would be a problem to photograph everything in full size as an assembly.
We put the material under the frame.
Do not forget to immediately install the lamps.
Raise the sides, fix (fasten the zipper).
An extremely interesting and effective solution is two long zippers.
Literally in two movements, the photobox fastens on the frame.
We connect the wires — I almost forgot.
In the center, a large window with the inscription Travor is looking at us.
The window (or rather the windows — there are three of them) with Velcro, can be slightly opened to the desired distance.
There is a smaller window and a very small hatch.
Just right under the lens.
Let’s try lighting.
It shines brightly, dimmable, the direction is adjustable, which is important for objects with a glossy surface. You can install a diffuser (included).
I install one of the complete backgrounds (white). Also available in beige and black. You can buy any photophone with a width of 80 cm.
For large items, the edges of the background may be visible.
Evaluate this when choosing a photobox. Usually up to 60–65% of the size. I have 80 cm, that is, gadgets and packaging boxes can be 40–50 cm each.
Well, traditionally examples of photographs.
A few more fresh photos: gadgets, tools, electronics, and of course — knives.
Lightbox video presentation.
While working, I did a test with a thermal imager. Lamps heat up evenly. During long-term operation, the heating is insignificant — within 50 degrees.
Well, in a folded form, the whole thing is very compact.
Now the photobox is available for ordering from a warehouse in the Russian Federation, the price for Black Friday will be $85 (minus coupons, Ali promo codes for $8/60, or $5/50, for example, friday5). Additionally, a $2.00 store discount is available with the promo code VG1MSMCB4MF0.
In any case, this lightbox has replaced an entire studio for me. I hope it will be useful for you too.