Taking great photos at home starts with the right lighting gear

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Lighting you need to start taking great photos at home

Whether you're a busy professional working from home and in need of the best equipment to do the job or someone self-isolating and looking for ways to occupy your time, Vistek has your back. Not only do we have all the gear to meet your needs, but also some very timely content to help you along the way. From blog posts to live-stream events and home studios, we're here to share useful insights and expertise to keep you informed, up to date and entertained.

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Some on-camera flash to get started

If your camera isn’t equipped with built-in flash, or even if it is, a flash unit that fits onto your camera’s hotshoe is a useful lighting tool. In fact, in the capable hands of an experienced photographer, an on-camera flash can deliver incredible (almost studio quality) results.

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Godox V860 II Flash Kit -Sony includes Li-On Battery, Charger, Case

The built-in Godox 2.4G Wireless X System offers all-in-one functions and 100 meters further transmission distance. Compatible with other Godox TTL camera flashes, TTL outdoor flashes, TTL studio flashes, etc.

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Godox V1 Round Head Flash for Canon

The Godox V1 uses a round flash head to offer studio-level soft and even light effects. With powerful functions and plentiful accessories, it is suitable for portrait photography, wedding photography, event photography, travel photography, still life photography, etc.

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Profoto A1 AirTTL-N For Nikon

Its round head delivers light that’s both natural and beautiful with a soft smooth fall-off. And it’s incredibly easy and to use, with superfast recycling and a long-lasting battery, so you’ll never miss a shot.

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Godox Witstro Speedlite AD360

The WITSTRO Flash System is an AD360 with bare tube, external power packs, wireless manual power control, and a range of dedicated light shaping accessories. 2 to 6 times more powerful than typical hotshoe flashes with the size and weight alike.  

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SPEEDLITE BASICS | Getting Started with Speedlites

In this film Mark introduces you to the basic speedlite unit and the general settings and options you will find on most speedlites on the market today. Mark explains how to set the different options and the basic purpose of each, covering everything from the basics of turning the unit on, angling your flash and the in-built accessories. He also then walks you through all of the different modes and settings found on most common speedlites, such as ETTL, Manual control, Hi-Speed Sync and more.

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Canon Speedlite 600EX ll-RT

For speedy and comprehensive flash photography on the go, the Speedlite 600EX II-RT delivers portable, professional performance with ease.

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Nikon SB-700 Speedlight

 This powerful Speedlight offers photographers extensive creative opportunities for their flash photography.

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Sony HVLF45RM Flash

The new flash, which is designed to complement the compact bodies of Sony’s E-mount camera lineup including full-frame α7 models, produces a maximum lighting output as expansive as GN45 4.

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Fujifilm EF-X500 TTL Flash

The EF-X500 is a hotshoe mount flash with a maximum guide number of approximately 50, and includes support for the FP mode (high-speed flash sync) so that the flash can be fired at any shutter speed.

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Phone lighting

As smartphone cameras become increasingly sophisticated and more and more creators are using their devices to capture fabulous images, lighting tech has followed suit to keep up with this growing new market. From portraits to products, good lighting is essential to getting a great shot. One of these clever offerings might just hit the sweet spot. 

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Godox R1 Round RGB Mini Creative LED Light

The R1 features high colour rendering with a CRI of 98 and a TLCI of 97, guaranteeing the natural and pristine colour. The R1 can achieve creative results to meet your various lighting needs.

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Nanlite V29C LED Bi-Colour Ringlight with Mirror

This professional style bi-colour adjustable and dimmable LED ringlight is ideal for both photos and videos. Its included adapter allows you to easily mount and adjust your portable camera or smart phone for the perfect shot. 

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Profoto C1

Profoto C1 is a smartphone studio light that creates professional images with just a simple click. Its round design mimics the sun and fits perfectly in the palm of your hand, delivering beautiful light on the go.

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Litra Torch 2.0 On Camera LED Light

The LitraTorch2.0 features 16 LEDs with 90+CRI at 5700 daylight temperature.  The quality of light meets the premium standards that photographers and videographers look for in continuous lighting.

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INTERVIEW: Get Ready to Laugh with Marta Musa’s Dog Photography

During this COVID-19 pandemic, we all need a little laughter to ease the stress and perhaps some inspiration of what we can do to photograph our own fur babies at home!  Marta Musa takes delightful photographs of her costumed pups and the results can only bring big smiles.  Find out her tips and tricks for getting the perfect shot!

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Simple Light Modifiers

 

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MagMod Starter Flash Kit

MagMod’s Starter Flash Kit has all the basics you need to make flash photography fast and easy. Used on-camera or off, this kit will help you control or diffuse the beam of your speedlight. 

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MagMod MagBounce

The MagBounce is a gorgeous bounce modifier that has been stripped down to its simplest, most functional form. We designed it carefully to be both beautiful and calculated to deliver the softest light with the highest output.

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Rogue Flash Gels Filter Kit

Rogue Gel Kits offer you a choice of 20 dynamic colours and correction filters to help create dramatic and theatrical lighting in your images. Each kit includes 14 colour effects gels, 5 colour correction gels, and 1 diffusion gel.

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Rogue FlashBender 2 Large Soft Box Kit

The versatile FlashBender 2 Large Reflector is adaptable for use with on-camera or off-camera flash. It can be used as a bounce flash reflector, gobo, or snoot to soften, shape and control your main, background, hair, rim, or accent lights.

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At Vistek, we firmly believe there’s no end to the learning process and we admire those who seek guidance with the goal to get better. In our ongoing series of seminars we showcase a roster of experienced lecturers, those whose expertise and enthusiasm make learning a most enjoyable experience.

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Studio and location AC flash

Self-contained flash heads are available in different power outputs. Many, like the Elinchrom heads, are fan–cooled and are packed with key features, including fast recycling times, action-stopping flash durations and multi-voltage capability.

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Profoto D2 AirTTL Duo Kit 500/500

With the ability to freeze action at up to 1/63,000 of a second, shoot bursts of 20 images per second and sync with camera shutter speeds as fast as 1/8,000 of a second, the D2 is redefining the definition of speed in monolights.

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Elinchrom D-Lite RX 4/4 Softbox To Go Set

D-Lite RX studio flash is the entry range of the Elinchrom family. Whether you are new to lighting, already have speedlights or just want to take your photography to the next level, the D-Lite RX series provides all you need.

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Elinchrom ELC 500/500 Self Contained Flash Heads w/ Reflector and Bag

Whether you are experimenting in your living room or working in a large studio, the ELC 125 and 500 can acclimate. Both can be powered down to 7 Ws so that you can reach your desired depth of field or add only a hint of light.

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Godox QS II Flash (Bowens Mount) 600ws 2.4G Build-in Receiver, Recycle time 0.05-1.5

With built-in Godox 2.4G wireless X system to offer convenient wireless to capture the wonderful moment, QSII series is excellent for wedding, advertisement, portrait, fashion and high-speed photography.

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Studio and location battery powered flash

 

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Profoto B1X 500 AirTTL To-Go Kit

The B1X is a fully cordless light with few simple, intuitive controls and a large easy-to-read LED display. So instead of tripping over cables or fiddling with sub menus or user manuals, you can focus on being creative. Sometimes less is more.

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Profoto B10 OCF Flash Head

With five times the power of a speedlight packed into the size and shape of a camera lens, it lets you be creative with light anywhere. You can even shoot video with the integrated continuous light

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Godox AD400Pro Wistro All-In-1 Outdoor Flash w/Bowen Adapter & Carrying Case

The AD400Pro All-in-One Outdoor Flash has 400Ws strong power, 0.01~2s recycle time, 12 continuous flashes in 1/16 flashes in 1/16 power output, 30W LED modeling lamp, 390 full power pops, and stable colour temperature.

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Godox AD600 Pro TTL 600W Studio Flash w/Bowen Mount

AD600Pro All-in-One Outdoor Flash has 600Ws strong power, 0.01~0.9s recycle time, 12 continuous flashes in 1/16 power output, 38W LED modeling lamp, 360 full power pops, stable colour temperature (changes within ±75K over the entire power range in colour temperature mode).

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A case for moving up from speedlights to studio flash

Andrew James shows you how the affordable but versatile Elinchrom D-Lite RX One Softbox To Go Set can be used to create a simple portrait using the included accessories. He then adds a third light by using a Speedlight triggered using an Elinchrom Skyport Plus Universal Receiver.

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Studio and location pack and head

 
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Elinchrom ELB 1200 Hi-Sync To Go Set with ELB 1200 Pack, ELB 1200 HS Head, Reflector, Snappy and ProTec Bag

Equipped with a bright dimmable LED modelling lamp, the flash heads provide exceptional lighting capabilities for both still photography and video.

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Elinchrom ELB 500TTL To Go One Head Set

The Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL is a unit designed to ease the photographer’s life. It’s effortless to use, compact and lightweight enough to be with you wherever you go. It gives you the power needed to access a world of creative freedom. 

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Elinchrom Ranger RX Pro Set - A - Ranger RX Speed AS/A Head

The Ranger RX Speed AS recycles super fast in only 3 s to full power.  A fully charged battery delivers approximately 5100 flashes at low power setting and up to 250 at full power.  Travel lite with only 8 kg.

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Godox ADK360II-C Wistro TTL Bare Bulb Flash Kit for Canon

Perfect for journalistic portrait shoots, weddings, conferences, sporting events and all other outdoor shoots. The AD360II-C TTL can be used with Canon DSLR cameras for on-camera use, and off-camera with the Godox 2.4G wireless X system

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Transmitters


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Profoto Air Remote TTL-N with Handstrap, Batteries and Pouch

It’s that simple and done in the blink of an eye. Connect your Profoto AirTTL light to your camera wirelessly by attaching the remote to your camera’s hot shoe. Then point and shoot in TTL mode and the Air Remote TTL communicates with the flash.

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Godox X2T-S V1 Trigger for Sony

The X2 achieves stable, reliable and effective real-time signal transmission which makes it a good choice for photographers who have various lighting demands.

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Elinchrom EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus

With eight individual frequencies and the choice of standard and speed protocols, there are 16 frequency options, each having four groups.

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Godox XProC TTL Wireless Flash Trigger for Canon

With a large clear dot matrix LCD screen displaying all 5 groups at simultaneously, and individual dedicated groups buttons, the Pro transmitter provides a huge improvement over the previous R2 / X1 transmitter’s user interface.

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Continuous lighting for photography

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Rotolight NEO II LED Light with Filter Set, Cold Shoe, AC and Pouch

NEO 2 is a revolutionary LED light, that combines the 'shoot what you see' benefits of continuous light, with the flexibility of High Speed Sync (HSS) flash, for more power or to freeze action.

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Ledgo LG-B560II LED Light Kit 5600K

The B560II now includes metal barndoors as standard, and the original flexible handle has been replaced with a new professional ball head style handle, that allows the light to be locked into various positions.

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Litra Studio RGB LED Portable Light

With over a million unique colours available anytime, anywhere, the LitraStudio allows you to light your world in a whole new way, no cords attached.

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Westcott Ice Light 2

You asked for more power and Westcott delivered. For more effective use in film and photography, Ice Light 2 is engineered with a patented new LED technology offering 50% brighter output than the original. 

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Nanlite LumiPad 11 Bicolor Slim Soft Light LED Panel

An impressively compact and bright soft light LED panel featuring 0 to 100% dimming, a maximum output of 969 lumens (337 Lux @ 1m 5600K), and adjustable colour temperature from 3200-5600K.

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Ledgo CN-B150 LED On-Camera Light Kit

 It can be used as a single, on-camera light; in conjunction with other individual CN-B150 lights as fill lights in different positions; or multiple units can be connected together to form a single, joint light panel 

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Nanlite Forza 60 LED Light 60W incl AC, Reflector, Bag

This new highly-efficient 5600K LED Fresnel from LEDGO delivers incredible flexibility. It's a spot light in one scenario, a flood light in the other. Built to take a beating. And because it's from LEDGO, you know you're going to get great value and reliability!

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Nanlite PavoTube II 6C RGBWW LED Tube Light

With a compact size and magnets on both ends let the PavoTube II 6C can be used Anywhere! Thanks to a unique design you can quickly place your PavoTube II 6C at many desired angles and still have an even soft light. 

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Lightmeters

Getting the lighting right is important to every project. Getting the lighting exact requires a light meter, a lighting tool that will allow you to set up your lighting to professional standards.

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Sekonic L-478D Lite Master Pro

Sekonic's new Litemaster Pro L-478D meter is the world's first touchscreen-operated light meter. It has an array of unique, must-have features for both motion and still storytellers. Its compact size is both instantly familiar and comfortable to use.

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Sekonic C-800 Spectro Master Colour Meter

The Sekonic SpectroMaster C-800 is a full-spectrum color meter that can precisely measure every kind of light including LED HMI Fluorescent and electronic flash.

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Sekonic L-308X Flashmate

Inspired by the popular legacy of the L-308 series that began almost a quarter of a century ago, the NEW Sekonic FLASHMATE L-308X addresses significant features and functions that meet and exceed the needs of today’s Photo and Cine/Video shooters. 

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llumi 30 cm Collapsible Grey/White Balance Reflector

The focus panel provides a pure white surface upon which the camera can perform a white balance check. On the reverse side an 18% gray surface is suitable for adjusting the camera to get the most accurate exposure setting.

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Using A Spot Meter For Film Photography - Video Tutorial

Vistek video content creator Kyle McDougall, gives a quick overview of how he uses his Sekonic L-558R and the spot meter function for his film photography in his video “Using A Spot Meter For Film Photography – Image Breakdowns Vol.1” 

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Photography Reflectors and Softboxes

Whether it’s using light manufactured by a flash unit or using natural sunlight to your advantage, softboxes, umbrellas and reflectors are invaluable lighting tools, for on location or in-studio. For fashion and portraiture softbox is an ideal lighting tool. As the light from a flash unit passes through a layer or layers of translucent fabric it produces a very even, soft and flattering light.

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Illumi 107 cm 5-In-1 Double Stitched Reflector 

Simply slip the desired elasticized cover over the reflector to produce a change of colour: sunfire, silver, gold & white. For added convenience, it folds down to a third of the working size.

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Westcott 40" 5-in-1 Reflector Kit

Use the removable, reversible zippered slipcover to reflect light into shadow areas of your subject. Your choice of color -- silver, gold, white, black mix -- will be determined by the lighting conditions, and your personal preference.

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Godox 80 x 120 cm Softbox w/Bowen Mounting

Ideal for studio or outdoor mobile photography. Easy to disassemble easy to fold and easy to carry. The soft box is black outside and silver inside with even coating high reflection.

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Elinchrom Reflector Grid Set 21 Basic

The Standard Reflector 21cm combines high output with a good spread of light and the included grids limit light spread and offers sharper shadows.

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Illumi 45" Umbrella - White with Black Removable Cover

This white satin umbrella features a removable black backing. The white can be used to soften light. The black reflects light. The backing may be removed half way, providing a unique combination of light bounced from different surfaces.

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Westcott Rapid Box 26" Octa

The Rapid Box is constructed from solid aluminum to minimize weight, yet retain durability. The Rapid Box opens and closes like an umbrella. No support rods or adapter ring needed. Everything is compact and easy to use. 

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Godox Beauty Dish Reflector, Bowens Mounting, 55cm White (No Honeycomb)

Even spread of light creates a soft-edged lighting effect. Beauty Dish includes front diffusion sock, for more versatile light diffusion options.

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Illumi 15" x 15" (40 cm x 40 cm) Speedlight Collapsible Softbox - Silver with Tilthead Bracket

The illumi Speedlight Softbox folds down making it an ultra-portable solution for the photographer on the go. It fits onto your speedlight and produces a warm softness of light that will enhance your shots.

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Westcott Eyelighter 2 With Travel Case

Featuring a durable aluminum frame and highly-reflective silver surface, the Eyelighter 2 produces a pristine clamshell-style reflection with a single light. The Eyelighter is the triflector, reinvented.

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Westcott Parabolic White Diffusion Front

Paired with the 7' Silver Parabolic Umbrella, this front diffusion panel accessory will give the effect of a large Octabank producing a high output light source. Ideal when using strobe style lights.

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Westcott 4' x 4' Scrim Jim Cine Kit

A Versatile Diffusion and Reflection System. Soften, reflect, and tone whatever lighting you encounter with the industry's most popular Scrim Jim Cine light control kits.

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Westcott uLite 3-Light Collapsible Softbox Kit with LED Bulbs

This is an ideal light source when working in small spaces and is compatible with both incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs.

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Photography Backdrops

Don’t like the backsground? Change it. Choose from dozens of different colours from greens, blues and reds to delicate pastels and popular shades of greys, whites and black. As well as being used as a photographic backdrop, backgrounds are ideal for use to create theatrical sets, shop window displays and exhibition use.

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Mantis 2.5 m Background Kit 

It can be used to support paper or any other background material. When assembled, the background stand measures up to 9' high and 10' wide.

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Illumi 3 x 6 m Studio Backdrop - Black

Ideal for full portrait shots of a small group of people. Extremely durable material.High quality. Available in different colours

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Westcott 9'x20' White Background Wrinkle Resistant

This is ideal for anyone doing on-location photography as the backdrop can be quickly pulled from any bag and set up instantly with no wrinkles.

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Manfrotto 1314B 9' Background Kit

Designed to support rolls or sheets of background paper or any other background material. The kit includes: 1 x 3 section telescopic pole, 2 x baby stands, 2 x mini spring clamps and transport kit bag.

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Just in case you might need some


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Rosco 48mm x 50m Gaffer Tape Black GaffTac 

Designed to meet the everyday challenges faced by professionals in theatre, television, filmmaking and photography, GaffTac Gaffer Tape can be used for virtually every application.

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Rosco Spike Tape 12mm x 25m White

Rosco Spike Tape is ideal for marking the locations of actors and scenery on stage floors. A strong cloth backing makes removing the tape at the end of a production easier than removing vinyl spike tape.

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Rosco Cinegel Sampler Kit

There are fifteen 10" x 12" (25 x 30cm) Rosco light control materials for the photographer; included are materials for diffusion, reflection, colour effects and mixed-light correction (strobes, tungsten, "hotlights", or cool-white fluorescents).

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Rosco 24"x25' Matte Black Cinefoil

Rosco Matte Black Cinefoil is a matte black aluminum material that virtually soaks up light. Ideal for masking light leaks and/or eliminating unwanted reflections. It can be quickly molded to form barndoors, flags and other configurations.

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