We had a Godox SK300II studio strobe review here on Godox.blog earlier. I’ve had a very good opinion about Godox’s budget strobe, since it had a highly rated price/value ratio. Now here is the studio-kit based on that strobe.
The studio kit in question includes the following items:
- 2pcs Godox SK300II wired studio strobes with built-in radio receiver, 150W halogen modelling light and with cords and protection cups
- 2pcs Godox 2m light stands
- 1pc Godox XT16 2.4GHz (Godox X System) radio trigger and controller with A-F/0-9 groups
- 1pc Godox 60x90cm softbox with case
- 2pcs Godox umbrellas (1 white, 1 silver)
- 1pcs basic reflector
- 1pc good quality rolling case for all the above mentioned items
Godox SK300II studio strobes
The Godox SK300II is really a good studio strobe for beginners. Small sized, lightweight, easy to use and fits into Godox’s X-system. Its power is enough for using it efficiently in a studio, its light is neutral. The power level tends to fluctuate a bit by using Godox XPro trigger, but basically its okay with other manual triggers or when it is in Slave mode. Hopefully this will be corrected by the manufacturer. It lacks the lowest power levels below 1/16. It better worth to buy these in a budget set – definitely worth the small money it costs.
A nice 2.4GHz radio controller is included in the package called Godox XT16. This is a manual trigger as like as the Godox XT32 but the XT16 does not have HSS and AF-assist light features unlike the the XT32. You can control A-F or 0-9 groups with 0.1EV increments.
Group control is made by turning a simple knob, I guess this may be the fastest way to do it.
Both the strobes and the trigger fit into Godox’s X-System,
that means you can trigger the strobes with other Godox triggers or Godox speedlights in Master mode, and also you can control other Godox strobes and speedlights with the XT16 in manual mode.
Besides the power control, the XT16 can turn on/off the modelling light and the sound of the strobes. Since this trigger was manual with center-pin only on its foot, it is compatible with every cameras on the market. Except Canon 2000D and 4000D, these DSLRs have no center-pin contact in their hotshoes for some unknown reason. Despite the fact that all cameras have it for about half a century.
The working distance of XT16 is 100m on paper.
The kit has two lightstands with 2 meters height. Their quality is average, not bad, there are even worse on the market, but not professional either because some parts are made of cheap plastic. Their key points are made of aluminium though, so you’ll not have serious problems while using them. They fit into the bag nicely.
The Godox softbox also fits into the bag, but it has its own case too. The quality is good, it has obviously Bowens S mount and double diffusers. The latter can be fixed to rubber hooks inside but not too tight so they won’t be loose years after. The outer diffuser fits on the outside of the box. This is convenient but means that no honeycomb grid can be installed.
If this is your first studio kit, then possibly you’ll also struggle with the softbox-assembly…like myself years ago. You can find several tutorials on YouTube. 😀 I’ll tell you one thing: you have to insert the frame-sticks into holes nr. 2. on the speedring (Nr. 1 holes are for square boxes, Nr. 3 is are for stripboxes) During the first assembly or the second some sticks may bend a bit. I suggest to mark these where they’ve bent and assemble box later by putting these sticks back again the same way as for the first time. So the assembly and disassembly will be easier like this and the sticks will not bend more. The first disassembly will be a struggle I tell you, but softboxes are just like that…usually. It is not a coincidence that smart people have developed foldable/openable easy-boxes and speed-boxes. During assembly inserting the last stick will be a struggle, during disassembly pulling out the first stick will be a nightmare. After a couple of assemblies it will be easier though.
There are two good quality 80cm umbrellas in the kit. They have really a nice quality, real studio-umbrellas, not like those Chinese ones that look like gift rain-umbrellas from your employer company you get at the year-end Christmas party. One is white the other is silver, both of them are great, but if you take studio photography seriously in long term, then you’ll definitely switch to softboxes, octas, paras, strips and such. Umbrellas are nice but less sophisticated solutions than a softbox or a para.
Godox gives you a really nice carrying bag for your kit. The whole stuff weighs 13.2kgs so it does matter how you carry it. Having a set-bag with shoulder straps will bend your spine for sure. But Godox gives you a bag not only with handles but with wheels, so dragging this rolling bag will be very convenient. The inner cover of the bag is removable and washable. It has separating slabs with velcros. You can put the stands and the umbrellas in the bottom section, separate them with a horizontal slab and put the strobes and other stuff on the top. Finally the softbox in its own case on the very top, even so you can easily zip the bag. I wish I had one of these during the weddings and other photoshoots in the recents years.