I have been thinking about buying a lightbox for a long time. Given that I write a lot of reviews. And for every small thing every time it is really inconvenient to fence a mini-studio. Therefore, at the next sale, I found an inexpensive option, which I received, tested a little and now I want to show you. This lightbox is suitable for shooting small objects, up to about 20 cm in size. And it is also convenient because when not needed, it can be folded into a bag and then it will take up space approximately like a couple of magazines.
Puluz lightbox features:
- Model: PU5030
- Number of LEDs: 64pcs
- LED type: 2835
- Lamp brightness: 24–26lm
- White light color temperature: 6500K
- Warm white color temperature: 3200K
- Power: 7–14W
- Voltage: 5V
- Dimming Range: 1%-100%
- Power supply: USB
- Cable length: 2m
- Product size:
- PU5030: 31*31*1.5cm (folded), 32.7*31*31m (unfolded)
The lightbox comes in a small bag in which it can be conveniently stored when folded:
Together with the lightbox itself, 6 multi-colored backgrounds come in the kit. They are made from thin fabric.
The lightbox itself is made of thin plastic like PVC. It is white and works well as a reflector. If necessary, it also works well in the light, if you put flashes on both sides, you can puff them right through the lightbox body. In order to assemble the lightbox, you need to fold 4 sides and fix them on special cutouts:
From the top inside there is a round lamp with LEDs to illuminate objects.
The lamp has several brightness modes and three shades of temperature. All this is controlled through the built-in remote control:
When operating at full power, the backlight consumes up to 1.9A at 5V, but in sleep mode, the consumption is very small:
If you keep the lamp connected to USB, then when you turn it on and off, it remembers the last mode in which it was turned off. And if you turn it off, it always turns on in the “cold white” mode with minimum brightness. By the way, this is convenient.
The length of the cord is 2 meters, the control panel is located in the middle of the cord. There is a USB plug at the end of the cord, and in my case it is a little rusty, of course I did not like it:
But what I didn’t like even more was that the layibox came already broken from the store. One of the corners has such a decent crack. What can you put your fingers through:
And it had to be removed with tape. (I wrote to the seller, let’s see what he will answer, but most likely I will open a dispute). Given that the lightbox was very well packaged, I doubt it was damaged during shipping. It looks like it has already been shipped. Broken.
Another interesting thing is the hole at the top. Through it, you can stick the lens and shoot objects from the desired angle:
Sometimes this script can really come in handy. And the illuminated ring will act as a ring light. But in this scenario, I have not yet experimented, so I can not say if I personally need it.
Now let’s talk about photophones. There are six of them: Black, white, blue, red, yellow, green. They are attached inside the lightbox with the help of two lugs and cutouts in the fabric itself:
Well, the assembled ready-to-shoot box looks something like this:
Now let’s move on to the demonstration. I must say right away that these are my first test photos. I have not quite figured out the necessary settings yet, so the photos of the examples do not claim to be artistic. In addition, I was temporarily left without flashes, due to the failure of the synchronizer. With flashes it would be more interesting if illuminated from the side. But so far it hasn’t worked.
For example, I chose a lens as an object. It fits well as the glass is reflective and the case is black in contrast. As for the exposure, it is different in different photographs, due to the fact that with different photo backgrounds you had to find your own level of illumination and settings. Therefore, all examples are different. So. One object and different photophones:
Overall, not bad, but there is work to be done.
If you photograph different objects, then you can select the optimal background color and, again, you can (need) tinker with the camera settings.
By the way, such a lightbox can be used not only for shooting with a camera, but also for a regular phone. Here are examples of smartphone shots. The brightness is set to maximum, the color is white, the temperature is about 4500k:
In general, quite good.
Lightbox Puluz PU5030 is an inexpensive solution to improve the quality of your photos. With a little effort, you can get quite good pictures that you are not ashamed to use in your reviews. Or you can take a picture of an item for Instagram or, for example, small items for an online store. The advantage of such a lightbox is a good backlight, good reflective material and the ability to fold it when not needed. When folded, it does not take up much space, and when unfolded, an ordinary chair or stool is enough to create a mini photo studio. The low price is also a plus. But in the minuses, I would attribute not the most reliable design (lightboxing seemed a bit flimsy to me) and specifically in my case broken plastic. This means that it is not very reliable and it is likely that over time it will begin to break or crumble. And the more you fold it, the faster it will break. Therefore, by the way, I decided that I would find a place for this lightbox and always keep it unfolded. And to be honest, I didn’t really like photophones. It is with its cellular structure, so I will most likely look for other, homogeneous photobackgrounds. But that’s later.
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Summing up, I can probably still recommend this product for purchase. Still, the price decides. And this is one of the most affordable options for a beginner and not only a photographer. Such a lightbox eliminates the need to look for a suitable background for filming or setting up a studio for the subject. And in general, for an undemanding photographer, this solution will be more than enough. If you shoot professionally, then you need a more reliable and high-quality product, but then the price will be much higher. Everyone decides what he needs. And this is where I end my short review. Good mood to you all.