Monthly Archives: March 2011

Chinese Lighting Gear may be improving

Those of you who know me, will know that I am not a great fan of punting anyone supplier or product and will definitely not do so unless I am impressed with the product and will use it myself.

I have also been a sceptic of anything made in china after burning my fingers my fingers, more than a few times, on photo gear, not always cheap, made in this country.

In the last few days I have been forced to rethink my position and consider that some Chinese companies may have turned a corner and be producing some really high quality goods.

The event that triggered this turning point for me was purchasing some lighting gear from Graham Robertson in JHB.

I have seen Graham’s equipment at shows and it has always looked pretty good but I have never really spent a huge amount of time studying it but I found myself needing some reasonably priced light shapers for a project I was working on so I contacted Graham and he sent me a 2m Octobox to evaluate.

To be honest I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when it arrived but I was actually pretty surprised by the quality of the unit I received. The stitching is really good, the material is high quality, the design has been well thought out and all in all despite only costing R1500.00, it is every bit as good as my Octobox from a major brand which cost more than 5 times the prices.

I can tell you that I will be purchasing the Octobox and can recommend these for photographers on a budget or photographers who want to expand their gear with good quality alternatives to the major brands

Disclaimer: I am not in any way endorsing grphotographic, saying that he is the only one with this gear, or guaranteeing the quality of the rest of his equipment. I am just saying he is just the only one I have dealt with and have been happy in my dealing with him and the quality of the equipment I have received from him.