This is a quick review of the Impact 7” Grid Set. This grid set comes with 10°, 20°, 30° and 40° grids that fit into standard 7” reflectors. I was happy to find that they work perfectly with my Alien Bees and I’m sure they would work just fine with most other lighting systems that use 7” reflectors (although they apparently don’t work with Broncolor or Profoto systems). I typically grid my lights to add a controlled splash of light on a background. I also use them when I shoot with a hair or rim light on my subject and want to avoid light spill and flare.
1) Product Specifications
- Includes four 7” grids (10/20/30/40-degrees)
- Each grid has a tension spring to ensure a tight fit in the reflector
- Each grid has a tab specifying the grid size, which is also used to remove the grid from the reflector
2) Packaging and Field Use
The first thing I noticed about this grid set was that the 40° grid was packaged in a different box than the rest of the grids. It’s box is a sturdy brown cardboard while the rest are packaged in flimsy white cardboard boxes. If all of the boxes were made of the sturdy brown cardboard, they would be perfect for storage and transportation. Instead, you’ll probably want to find an alternate way to store your grids when they’re not in use so that they don’t get damaged.
Once I removed the grids from the boxes, I was happy to find that they all look and feel great and appear to have an excellent build quality. They are all clearly labeled so that it’s easy to choose the correct grid quickly. I set up my lighting, popped in a grid and started shooting!
Here are some examples of the grids in use:
And a sample headshot:
For this headshot, I used the 20-degree grid mounted on a separate strobe placed behind my subject. Notice the subtle splash of light on the background. Without the grid, the background would have been washed out, but without the light it would have appeared almost black.
The Impact 7” Grid Set is a simple and inexpensive light modifier that you can add to your studio lighting setup. The variety of grids gives you the flexibility to direct light precisely where you need it. I find myself using them with my Alien Bees for almost every photo shoot I do in the studio. I plan on them giving me years of quality service.