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05/10/2012 10:43:51 AM · #1
My cardboard box mini studio is gradually falling apart as there just isn't room for it in my house. I am therefore seeking an alternative mini studio light tent type thing. I used the cardboard box one with natural light or the onboard flash every time however it would be nice to have the addition of some lights.

I have seen these 4 possibilities but would be prepared to pay a little more if there is something better available. The main thing is that it folds up:) I don't want it to be too small too - so ideally at least 40cm x 40cm.

//www.maplin.co.uk/ebay-photo-studio-kit-229132
//www.maplin.co.uk/portable-soft-lighting-studio-38260
//www.amazon.co.uk/Hama-Mini-Photo-Studio-Easy-Xl/dp/B000LFTD2K/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1336660878&sr=8-4
//www.amazon.co.uk/eSecure-PHOTO-STUDIO-LIGHT-BACKDROP/dp/B003IP88DA/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1336660878&sr=8-16

Any advice appreciated.
05/10/2012 11:00:08 AM · #2
Originally posted by paulsteven:

My cardboard box mini studio is gradually falling apart as there just isn't room for it in my house. I am therefore seeking an alternative mini studio light tent type thing. I used the cardboard box one with natural light or the onboard flash every time however it would be nice to have the addition of some lights.

I have seen these 4 possibilities but would be prepared to pay a little more if there is something better available. The main thing is that it folds up:) I don't want it to be too small too - so ideally at least 40cm x 40cm.

//www.maplin.co.uk/ebay-photo-studio-kit-229132
//www.maplin.co.uk/portable-soft-lighting-studio-38260
//www.amazon.co.uk/Hama-Mini-Photo-Studio-Easy-Xl/dp/B000LFTD2K/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1336660878&sr=8-4
//www.amazon.co.uk/eSecure-PHOTO-STUDIO-LIGHT-BACKDROP/dp/B003IP88DA/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1336660878&sr=8-16

Any advice appreciated.


fixed your links.

ETA, or maybe i didnt... the original dont seem to work either with copy and paste.

Message edited by author 2012-05-10 11:01:29.
05/10/2012 11:10:18 AM · #3
//www.maplin.co.uk/ebay-photo-studio-kit-229132
//www.maplin.co.uk/portable-soft-lighting-studio-38260
//www.amazon.co.uk/Hama-Mini-Photo-Studio-Easy-Xl/dp/B000LFTD2K/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1336660878&sr=8-4
//www.amazon.co.uk/eSecure-PHOTO-STUDIO-LIGHT-BACKDROP/dp/B003IP88DA/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1336660878&sr=8-16

Fixed your fixed links ;)

05/10/2012 11:11:06 AM · #4
//www.cowboystudio.com/category_s/245.htm
05/10/2012 11:27:21 AM · #5
I made my own out of PVC tube and a bed sheet, its foldable, light, custom sized and was very inexpensive to make.
05/10/2012 11:46:31 AM · #6
Thanks for fixing my links:)

I also made my own but it takes up too much room and as a result has slowly become rather damaged from continually getting in the way

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Thanks for the Cowboy Studio link - looks like some nice ones on there. Shame it is across the pond.
05/10/2012 11:49:41 AM · #7
Originally posted by james_so:

I made my own out of PVC tube and a bed sheet, its foldable, light, custom sized and was very inexpensive to make.


i second pvc. just make a frame out of some 1" or 3/4" pvc and some elbows, can cost smore than a few bucks and will break down in seconds.
05/10/2012 12:50:56 PM · #8
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Folds flat and has lasted ~7 years so far , I'm still waiting for the wife to sew the sheet so it fits nicely, but then she is still waiting for me to refit the side on the bath...

Message edited by author 2012-05-10 12:52:25.
05/10/2012 01:32:47 PM · #9
Originally posted by james_so:

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Folds flat and has lasted ~7 years so far , I'm still waiting for the wife to sew the sheet so it fits nicely, but then she is still waiting for me to refit the side on the bath...


shh...

they make tape you iron on that will keep a seem closed. works just like sewing.
05/10/2012 02:59:31 PM · #10
Originally posted by mike_311:

Originally posted by james_so:

Folds flat and has lasted ~7 years so far , I'm still waiting for the wife to sew the sheet so it fits nicely, but then she is still waiting for me to refit the side on the bath...


shh...

they make tape you iron on that will keep a seem closed. works just like sewing.


Iron? ;)
05/10/2012 03:16:11 PM · #11
yep, you make a seam and put this tape between the two pieces and heat it with an iron.

not the same stuff i bought bought it look like the same product.

//www.amazon.com/Steam-A-Seam-Double-Stick-Fusible-Tape/dp/B000WM8W4W
05/10/2012 03:38:14 PM · #12
Thanks guys - haven't seen that PVC stuff before. What sort of shop do you get that from?
05/10/2012 03:56:27 PM · #13
As you're in the UK, most of it can usually be picked up from a Do It All or Wickes shop, not sure which of those is around your area, any plumbing supplies shop should have some though.

ETA: Or a garden centre that sells ponds and pond supplies..

Message edited by author 2012-05-10 15:58:20.
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