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For over 15 years, I have been volunteering within the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) dealing with macro photography. They require quality imagery of the objects, and lighting is key to that. I followed the Adaptalux system, but it was above our needs.
Adaptalux then produced the Pod Mini, a pair of lamps, with diffusers. The British Museum purchased a set for me to test. They are a game changer in the use of lights for the macro photography of small the objects, rings, brooches etc. and coins. They are very easy to set up and adjust as key and fill lights, using the camera live view screen.
Brilliant, thank you Ben, for your advice and great customer service with the system.
Using adaptalux lighting with macro in the field is superb, so light and versatile easy to carry and use. I’m the envy of my photographic friends.
The studio system was easy to set up and use. So many possibilities with the colours available
It is a pleasure to work with a well-designed lighting system. I use it for Macro, Photomicrography and UVIVF photography, and it is well worth the investment.
I haven’t had a lot of opportunity to use the Adaptalux Studio that I purchased; however, the little I have used it, it seems to be a very versatile & easy set up. The pod and arms seem very well made. The pro-mount seems a little less well made and I am not sure how well, or how long it will last. I plan on expanding my set up in the near future with some more lights, so I would definitely recommend it. Overall, I am very pleased with the product.
As I start to use my kit I’m finding the flexibility of control over the lights with the associated app is very useful. I also referred to the FAQ’s on the website to successfully solve a question by following the recommended advice – problem solved!
I love the flexibility to manage the light intensity and position of the arms. I still didn’t have time to test a lot of the product because it was a Christmas present.
Excellent in all areas… Customer service is 100%
The uses of the individual light sources on the object is ingenious. It’s like post-processing images in the beginning…
I still have a lot to practice, especially in the macro area, but with this system it is really fun. (The first fly looked somewhat extraterrestrial) I can really recommend this system.
I have owned my studio for just over a year. After stumbling across a video on YouTube, I was impressed with what I saw. And thought this is something even I could use, and I was right. With everything being compact as they are, it is quite easy to maneuver around just about any set up I can come up with. And being able to take the lights outside in the dark, I am not stumbling around heavy equipment. So, the mobility I have with my studio, is very satisfying.
The photo I submitted was a mistake photo, I was only focusing, but I pressed to hard, but I do like the results.
Enjoying using my recent purchase and the uv arms open new possibilities to macro photography.Very clever
I purchased a basic built my own set with four arms. I shoot mostly weddings and was looking for lighting my macro ring shots. This system certainly opened me up to many creative options.
It’s easy to use and the results are fantastic.
Great customer service
I was drawn to the Adatalux system by the color arms and filters. Both have worked great to this point, and I’m still experimenting. Great Product
It really is super. It’s compact and easy to use. The light it produces is beautiful and easy to manage. I do a lot of petal portraits and this really helps to reveal their hidden beauty and personality. It really is an incredible value.
Working with constant lighting takes the guesswork out of the equation. The ability to place and project light in different colours and at different strengths continually makes you think about your composition and the many ways you could light your subject.
The portability of the system allows you to get down and dirty with your macro subjects and see the possibilities you never ever saw before.
In addition, you can add to the system as you go along or as you skills and photography needs develop.
The Adaptalux system is innovative and fun to use. Moreover, it’s a demonstration of what can be achieved when you have a clear goal.
I’ve been playing around with my new Adaptalux Studio for around 3 weeks, loving it so far! Thanks guys, great system.
Love the system. I even ordered the carry case to put them in. The box they came in was good, but I just wanted better protection and easy access.
Love the lights and the MACRO video ideas you share.
A clever and well thought out dedicated design for macro photography. Great flexibility for lighting angles and colors for small subjects. App for controlling the unit is a bit futsy, but that is a minor gripe.
Very innovative lighting set up and great customer service – had an issue with mine and the problem was dealt with swiftly and in a no quibble, polite and friendly way – highly recommended.
Since receiving my Adaptalux Studio lighting it has been a game changer. The flexibility that it provides and the ability to the light and more so the color of the lighting is exactly what I was looking for. I can’t wait to add other lighting arms. The build quality is fantastic. Kudos to the team at Adaptalux.
I commend Adaptalux for coming up with a very useful and well made resource for lighting a macro setup. The app too is well thought out and a joy to use.
The documentation makes you feel part of a community and the inclusion of a Yorkshire Tea Bag was a very nice personal touch.
Every aspect of Adaptalux is well thought out. The design of the product, packaging and documentation is impeccable. Thoroughly recommended.
Just a simple and well thought out device. Works as advertised. It would be great having some longer lights in the system. It would give you more room when you need to bend the light in a larger arch. Still a great product.
One of the best things I’ve got in my kit, totally flexible, easy to use and with amazing results.
Great controllable lighting system that is perfect for Macro photography
Very well engineered and very practical for serious macro photographers
Good experience with this system and the accompanying videos helped me to get to grips with the system pretty quickly.
Looking forward to eventually getting the UV lights and possibly a strobe or two even though I am a big fan of the always on lighting.
I have used it twice (I’m preparing my move to Taiwan). I used it to make a macro stack-up picture. I use 2 Arms, white and red and illuminated my subject from the top. The effect was really great and it is easy to change the settings with the downloaded app.
I look forward to using it in the near future for some high-speed photography.
So easy from purchase to delivery to follow up.
Great quality product. Really versatile. I follow Ben on YouTube for project ideas.
I just wonder if you may create warm white light as I sometimes find the white light arms pretty cold , just an idea though 🙂
I love the UV lamps, still practicing to get my camera settings right though.
2 photos I’ve taken so far, a UV flower and a still life called ‘a grate family photo’ 😁
In a time when personalized service & interaction with online companies is non-existent Adaptalux is above & apart! The email I sent asking for assistance was replied to within hours followed by a further interchange on tweaking my custom package – then they shipped out asap & it arrived in 3 days! (UK to South Africa – this is a type of world record! in Dec!) but that is not where it stops. Upon opening the large box there was a letter…yes a letter. A personal thank you for my order & a Yorkshire tea bag! – amazing extra touch! followed by a welcome email – with “let’s get started“ links tutorials & tips – I saw some moans about the cost, but here you get far more than you pay for!
I recently purchased this system and love it! Used purple and green lights with diffusers to highlight fresh asparagus and I thought it looked awesome. I will continue to play with the lights and macro lens! I would definitely recommend this and in the future, I plan on adding the led arms.
I am in Canada and I still find it hard to believe that this arrived in 3 days! Good job!
The adaptalux setup provides customizable lighting for any type of photostand.
Definitely the best lightning system ever for photography!
I ordered my Adaptalux studio over the New Year period when typically shipping anything to Australia is difficult. Not so with my Adaptalux starter pack, it arrived in 4 days. Everything was very well packed and I was able to start using it the day it arrived. Thanks for a great product backed by great service.
I have set up some flowers inside for trying out my lighting arm, and adjusted the angle of the arm to try and get the best shot. This is still a work in progress, but I know it will improve the quality of my work. I am looking forward to trying my flash arms when they arrive.
Well, I must say I enjoy using the product both indoors and out. Very versatile and the only limitation would be one’s imagination for all the possibilities it can be used/applied to. I purchased all the arms in varying quantities and one of each diffuser. Easy to use and the app to control the arms is awesome. Would highly recommend it. Customer service has been excellent and responsive. No regrets!!!
The lighting arms are very well built and provide a most excellent light. Very easy to set up and focus.
Excellent customer service. Very quick delivery. Fantastic advice given if you are hesitant about purchasing these lights or any Adaptalux equipment. My lights that I ordered are fantastic & will be adding to them. Can’t wait for the flash to be released. I would highly recommend Adaptalux whether you are a beginner like me or a professional
I am sure my initial kit will be complemented in future as I gain more experience of Adaptalux Studio in a macro rig environment.
In fairness since receiving my kit I have not had the time to give it the justice it deserves (partly due to recently completing a very complex desktop publishing project, in between regular hospital visits for cancer treatment).
However the tests I have done show the future potential of the lighting system admirably. being able to accurately position the continuous lights and selectively control individual light output via the app is fantastic.
I am sure my initial kit will be complemented in future as I gain more experience of Adaptalux Studio in a macro rig environment.
The Adaptalux Studio proved invaluable in letting me position lights of different colors and intensities to illuminate not only macro scenes but also still life compositions. The flexibility of the lighting arms together with use of the iphone app allowed me to adjust, balance and dial in just the right amount of light in real time, in live view, to bring the atmosphere I was looking for to life. This versatility of the Adaptalux Studio has opened up many new opportunities to explore the creative use of lighting.
My workspace is quite small and I don’t have room for lighting stands and sophisticated lighting equipment. The Adaptalux Studio will work nicely in my limited space.
I received the Adaptalux Studio about 3 weeks ago and so far, I have performed a couple of test shoots with flowers to become familiar with the operation of the equipment. I am very pleased with the results and I look forward to some fun springtime macro and closeup photography with flowers and other nature subjects.
I have had several questions for Adaptalux support, and I have been quite impressed with their response time and the quality of the responses.
The little pack with @ UV lights and 2 mini pods that I bought is just beautiful. Really, the first thing you notice is the build quality and an incredibly pleasant feeling on touch.
I wish the lights were somewhat more powerful, but instead of complaining I will order 3 more and a Control Pod.
A very versatile solution to macro photography! The quality of the system is wonderful. We are rare coin dealers so the system does work well for that purpose. (Not a criticism!) I would like to see a unit offered that would have like 2 ports so I could use a unit on each side. It’s too expensive to do this pairing. The alternative with the current unit might be to offer options of longer light shafts. I use a “shoot from above system from a copy stand and the focal length I need for certified coins in slabs doesn’t allow me to reach a lateral lighting scheme when using the unit from the supplied cold shoe configuration. Longer arms would be the solution. Good product otherwise.
… have just dipped my toe in the water and purchased a mini, base, light, clamp and defuser. Really pleased the product oozes quality and is beautifully made and performs well. Everything about the company from the website, product, packaging and support has attention to detail. I’m so pleased I went down this route and will be adding items to my set up.
I love how adaptable and versatile this system is. It has not only allowed for quick changes in lighting during a shooting session but because of the options of the mobile app along with the ability to focus the light, it also allows for a surprising amount of precision and control of the light, especially at such a small scale.
Nice and easy to use indoors and outdoors. Helps me get the lighting just where I need it. The kit is well-made and feels robust.
My order was delivered Down Under in little more than a week and Sam/Ben answered a couple of beginner’s queries overnight.
The products are sturdy and versatile. I discovered that the pod plus lights were best used attached to a spare tripod. I’ve been trying to watch all the excellent videos. I’ve been trying out various lenses and thinking of imaginative subjects. This is going to be so much fun!!
This is a great product. It has completely changed my macro photos. It is so flexible and easy to use. Controlled from my iPhone or from the pod itself, it turns macro photos into great macro pictures. The lighting combinations are just about endless.
I bought the Combo Pack, this included:
Four lighting arms of my choice, with a little advice from the Adaptalux team.
Two colour filters, again with advice from the Adaptalux team.
Various cables, a charging adapter and cold shoe fitting.
With the help and advice from Adaptalux this combination of lighting arms and filters gave me a great start. I will of course be adding lighting arms and filters in the near future.
I purchased 3 UV arms and the pod. I love the lights and the app really makes them easy to use.
I bought the Combo to use instead of a speedlight when taking macro shots in the field. The quality is excellent, the design is amazing and the service superb. Adaptalux kit is not cheap but performs better than anything else. A true investment in my photography that will get a lot of use over coming months and years.
The Adaptalux studio lights and filters do exactly what they promise and give great results. And I’m a big fan of their YouTube videos giving lots of tips for new macro subjects and techniques. Their customer support is also rapid and effective. Maybe a small company but perfectly formed!
I first purchased the Adaptalux Studio at the Photography Show around 2016 (ish) this was the original adaptalux pod. I bought a kit. Over the years I have added UV arms and upgraded to the new improved POD recently. I have also just purchased the green lighting arm for some Christmas projects. If you have not watched the YouTube Channel you really need to do so. So many ideas and very well presented.
I recently completed Macro video filming of Gemstones and Jewellery for a Japanese National Television program. The very well built Adaptalux kit helped me get some amazing shots and the producers were not only impressed with the kit but how the images turned out and the kind of intricate control I had over the lighting. Macro video shooting can be challenging and the Adaptalux kit was in my opinion was essential – in speed, getting the look I wanted and the kind of micro adjustments needed to make it all come together. (vision samples not able to be uploaded as yet due to copyright clearance)
Eu recomendo o Adaptalux, uma ferramenta a não perder para a nossa creatividade na fotografia, não esperem mais, não pensam mais, vale mesmo a pena comprar excelente..
I recommend Adaptalux, a tool not to be missed for our creativity in photography, do not wait any longer, do not think anymore, it’s worth buying excellent.