Porta-Trace 11x18 (1118-2C) light table
There's not really too much to say about a light
table... I became interested in this model after reading many
positive reviews of it on the internet. I visited Pro Photo Supply in
Portland and looked at all of their light tables. I really liked
the Cabin, mainly due to its size, but I didn't want to spend
$300 on a light table. It actually wasn't even any better than
the Porta-Trace, it just looked nicer.
What makes the whole line of Porta-Trace light tables
attractive is their relative low price, and high quality. The
tables are plenty bright, and of course, color corrected for
5000K. I had planned on buying the 10x12 (1012-2C), but then
decided on the 1118 because it's 13% brighter (10x12 = 120.
16/120 (total watts divided by area) = .133. 11x18 = 198.
30/198 = .1515. .1515/.133 = 1.136363 = 13% brighter). The
1118-2C is $79.95 at B&H,
and the 1012-2C is $49.95.
I am certainly very happy with the light table. It's not the
prettiest looking thing, but so what. It has very even
illumination, except on the extreme edge of the box. The color
is perfect, and it is plenty bright. The only problem I have with
it is that sometimes when I turn it on the bulbs flicker
continuously until I turn it off. If this happens though I just
turn it off and turn it back on again. Normally this problem can
be averted by making sure to hold down the on button for
a few seconds. So it certainly isn't a big problem. I would
definitely recommend this light table, or any other one in the
Porta-Trace line. You can't do better for the price.