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Old September 2nd, 2003, 02:15 AM   #16
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Hi,
I'm new here, and very green in the art o DV, and as of this post, have had my GL2 for 3 days.

That being said, I find the VL-3 to be a wonderful addition. While I admit, I so far ussually override the automatic light feature and control its use myself, I think it is the perfect "starter light" for your 1st productions (at least, mine).

Obviously, as we grow, we outgrow our equipment, but I can see the VL-3 coming in handy once in awhile to even the most seasoned vet, just for ease of use, low price and quick availability. It is quite unobtrusive and weights almost nothing.

If you are using sophisticated audio capabilities, obviously this is not the answer as it takes up the shoe, but for its battery drain and low price (at around $50 street, why NOT have what may be the lowest price accessory out there?), what could be better in a 1 person hand held application (besides another person)?

Since you would, in effect, be teathered down when using the shoe for audio purposes, a stationary light rig may be your prefered solution for that application, anyway. When going handheld, for most applications, the onboard mic will be your solution, so use the VL-3 to fill and you can't go wrong (unless you are going for effect).

Bottom line, for the reasons mentioned above, the VL-3 is one accessory I wouldn't do without.

Just my opinion based on limited use and understanding of lighting, the green newb that I am.
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Old October 15th, 2003, 01:14 PM   #17
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I shoot with a VL-3, and it works for close-ps at receptions, where there is no light at all, and you want to get some shots of first dances etc. Thats what it is meant for.
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