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April 4, 2011 at 8:38 AM #37813AnonymousInactive
Which lighting brand do you think is the best?
Kino flo? Dedolight? desisti? or others?
April 4, 2011 at 11:02 AM #167488birdcatParticipant
I am limited by a pretty tight budget and have the Bescor LED-70 – Not bad for $75, although the 30 foot claim is a bit exaggerated but you’ll get 15 feet without a problem.
April 4, 2011 at 11:37 AM #167489RobParticipant
i use Lowell omni lights. Arri makes good lights too. Those a two solid brand for tungsten lights. I’m not sure who makes good florescent or LED lights
April 4, 2011 at 3:29 PM #167490composite1Member
As always, it boils down to your budget and the scope of what you’re doing. For small shoots, as Rob mentioned a good 2-4 light kit from Lowell is a real winner. Arri makes some great light kits but they tend to be pricey (but worth it.) I used to be a big Kino Flo fan but since I’ve been building my own Compact Florescent light banks, paying $2k for a single light bank w/o bulbs has lost it’s appeal. As ‘Cat mentioned LED’s are a good choice these days. I’ve been experimenting with LED’s and they have lots of potential.
So what are you shooting? Small intimate scenes? Large scenes? In my overall light setup, I’ve got everything from a pro light kit, halogen work lights, hand held battery powered fluorescent lights, homemade light banks and LED camping lights. No one kit is going to be the ‘do all’ for you. If you can afford it, start out with a 3-4 light Lowell kit with Omni lights or a mix of Omni’s and Tota’s (don’t get an all Tota kit. One is more than enough.) Then start adding on extra lights as you need them. Lowel does have fluorescent kits but the bulbs are pricey.
April 4, 2011 at 7:23 PM #167491XTR-91Participant
I’m just usinga halogen $35 double-worklight.
April 4, 2011 at 11:39 PM #167492composite1Member
“I’m just usinga halogen $35 double-worklight.”
The indie filmmaker’s workhorse. I’ve got a set of those too. One stand-up pair and one floor. They do a good job, but they are rough on talent even when using diffusing material. Plus they get ridiculously hot (same as the Tota light which is a Halogen w/o the glass shielding).
April 5, 2011 at 12:55 AM #167493D0nParticipant
“The indie filmmaker’s workhorse. I’ve got a set of those too. One stand-up pair and one floor. They do a good job, but they are rough on talent even when using diffusing material. Plus they get ridiculously hot (same as the Tota light which is a Halogen w/o the glass shielding).”
Amazing what you can accomplish with these if you make some light modifiers from coffee cans, bbq paint and heat resistant diffusing material (like fiber glass or furnace filters)….
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