Angler Port-a-Cube LED Light Tent REVIEW

As someone who writes about technology day in and day out, I find myself having lots of crossover between writing and photography. What I mean by this is that is as a photographer I am using these skills to take photos of the products I review. Sometimes my shots look outstanding and other times I feel like I should shelf my camera. You don’t have to have the most amazing gear to be a great photographer — but it can help. That’s where the Angler Port-a-Cube LED Light Tent comes into play.

DETAILS

SPECS

  • LED Count: 120
  • Color temperature: 5400 K
  • CRI: ~85
  • Luminance: 22,200 lx
  • Power consumption: 50W
  • Input power: 85–260 V, 50/60 Hz
  • Dimmer range: 10% to 100%
  • Dimensions: 17 x 17 x 17 inches
  • Weight: 2.65 lb.

USER EXPERIENCE

As far as set-up goes, it’s not terribly difficult but the instructions from the included user manual are a bit hard to follow. The photos that are included aren’t very helpful and I believe there should be better directions for using the diffusion. Each of the sides folds up to form a cube and the panel with the LEDs attached doesn’t really have a good option for the diffusion. The instructions for the diffusion tell you to attach the cloth to the fastener strips from the side panels of the cube and not the panel that has the actual lights on it. This causes a sag in the diffusion and it’s very difficult to position a camera through the opening in the diffusion panel — should you choose to shoot through the top of the box. Every time we tried to open up that center square of the diffusion, the entire panel would tear off the sides.

Another issue I ended up having concerned the use of Velcro-style fasteners to hold the cube together. While I know this may have been a budget-conscience choice for the design, I also think it causes a bit of an issue when it comes to stability and keeping the interior environment clean. On more than one occasion, I found small black bits that were apart of the fasteners from where they had been ripped up and replaced to form the cube. Since I use this set-up for product photos, I want the background to be free of dust as much as possible so the use of fasteners requires me to take one more step (clean-up) before I can use the tent.

Now, while it may seem that I’ve been a bit down on this product, I do want to point out that this provides a very quick photography set-up for small products. While it may not be perfect, it is useable. Once I got through the awkward set-up phase of the tent and shot a few photos, I was really impressed with the quality of the pictures I got. Lighting was very even and I didn’t have any other objects or outside lighting interfering with the subject of the photo. The Port-a-Cube does a really fine job of isolating products for photos.

CONCLUSION

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Originally published at macsources.com on February 20, 2019.

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