BeamZ S900 Smoke Machine: In a previous post I wrote about the latest smoke machine dying us just a couple of hours before a big shoot in the studio – not ideal at all and the frustrating part about it (besides the timing) was that the machine was a replacement for a faulty unit which had to be returned so that was machine number two out the window in as little as a week. Luckily for the shoot we managed to borrow one locally which saved the day but once the weekend was over it was time to go shopping – again…
It is fair to say that with the first purchase I ignored a motto I ‘usually’ stand by firmly with every purchase I make and this to buy the best you can afford so I suppose this is a classic case of a false economy. The first machine only cost €35.00, a small 400w affair which, while it worked, did the job, as did its replacement for a combined total of about 5 minutes. So it was time think bigger both in wallet terms and power output, needless to say I was shopping for a different brand too – bring on the BeamZ S900 Smoke Machine. The S900 has more than twice the ‘Umph!’ and although it cannot be described as small (41 x 25 x 29cm) it is pretty lightweight for its size and also heats up quicker which is a significant bonus during a photo shoot.
The BeamZ S900 really does deliver, in fact I was not expecting such a performance from a machine that cost €65.00, the tank is quite large too and for photography purposes you only need a couple of seconds burst even a larger studio to achieve the amount of smoke you need, the smoke comes out at a far more rapid rate than a smaller machine which tends to just sit there puff away when it feels like so the S900 is far more directional especially when you need smoke between your model and strobe lighting, my only complaint is that the supplied kettle lead is a little short but that is hardly worth worrying about in the whole scheme of things, you also have to remember that a smoke machine for photography is a mobile unit with no fixed position.
Overall I just love BeamZ S900 Smoke Machine, strong, seemingly durable with a sound metal casing, surprising output and an overall great performer at this price point, you will also find favourable reviews on this unit on the internet.