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|Category:||Studio Lighting Accessories|
|Product:||Kaiser Studio out of the Box|
Kaiser Studio out of the Box - If you enjoy photographing still life or macro, then Kaiser have just made your life easier. Matt Grayson takes a look at the imaginatively titled Studio out of the Box.
The Studio out of the Box is a small table top macro and still life studio with an infinity curve that compacts down into a flat carry case for easy storage and transportation.
- Tilting trapeze stand with pivoting and relocatable camera platform for vertical and horizontal format shots.
- Matt grey 12x18in baseboard can be extended up to 30in.
- Sturdy all-metal open profile design.
- Background carrier can be adjusted to various positions and includes clamp rail for different background materials.
- Comes with white 16x51in double-sided background roll.
- Folds down compact to fit in a 24x19x4in carrying case.
Kaiser Studio out of the Box Ease of use
Construction is very easy as the whole contents slide out of the box and are practically ready by that stage. The studio comes in two parts which are the main platform which has a double bar frame for the camera to sit on and a secondary frame which slides out from under the platform and props up to hang the background material over. It is worth noting that the plastic strip that comes with the outfit is not part of the packaging and is clipped to the secondary frame to support the background and keep it straight.
The background material is not fixed to anything and can be exchanged if you wish to use a different colour. The moveable parts can be tightened to reduce movement but they are screws and can thread with overuse. Using the same type of locking screw that the release plate uses would be easier to use and increase longevity. Indeed, two of the screws are made of plastic and started to tear after the first tightening.
The frame that the camera sits on can be moved down low to take profile shots or up and over the platform for copy stand use. Two plastic braces are attached to the cross bars and these can be moved in to clamp the camera in place for document copying.
Kaiser Studio out of the Box Performance
The Studio out of the box is designed for the still life and macro enthusiast and it will certainly help with this. However, the frame that the camera sits on is not very sturdy and prone to a lot of wobbling but this can be remedied by using the self timer which the manual also suggests.
With a maximum capacity of 500g, the frame is only really suitable for compacts or prosumer bridge cameras like the Canon S5 I used to test it with. If you want to use an SLR, it would have to be a light one like Nikon or Olympus.
Kaiser Studio out of the Box Verdict
The images I got using the table were sharp and it performed to within suitable parameters. Whilst it is not perfect, the table is not aimed at the serious professional but at someone who likes to do macro work or still life work and can also be used by Ebay sellers.
At £130, the Studio out of the Box is a little overpriced for the build quality which is good, but not that good. Using a stronger frame would have been nice and using plastic screws is just not cricket.
The fact that it compacts down into a small package to be put away neatly when not in use is a great bonus. It could be stronger and the screws could be replaced with nuts for longer life but that being said, the table is good quality and does what it says it will do without bragging too much.
The Kaiser Studio out of the Box costs around £130 and is available from the ePHOTOzine shop here.