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Old February 24th, 2004, 05:27 PM   #1
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i really don't know of any" on camera" mounted light , more powerful then the vl series, are there any around for the xl1s please... using seperate power or canon's xl's if not
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Old February 24th, 2004, 06:09 PM   #2
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I have an NRG Varalux Pro on my XL1S.. and it works great. 100W of power.. more than enough to shoot a subject from at least 10-20 feet in pitch darkness. Also, adjustable dimmer from 10-100%. Requires a seperate battery belt. Light is around $300, belt in the same price range.

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Old February 25th, 2004, 04:37 AM   #3
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thx adam

I'll have a look at it, plus maybe lowel, or varalux ??
seems all about the same quality and performance.
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Old February 25th, 2004, 07:38 AM   #4
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Hi Jacko,

I use the Frezzolini Dimmer Mini-Fill and have been pretty happy with it. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=205881&is=REG This particular kit is designed for the XL1s, but there are many other options available with this light, including softboxes, filters, barndoors and several different battery connector options so suit just about any situation. It does cost a bit more than some of the other on-camera lights though.

As mentioned in another post on this topic, the NP1 battery otpion might not be the best way to go. I managed to pick up a stack of used batteries and a couple of chargers from a local TV station that had switched all their gear over to AB, but anyone serious about purchasing this light might want to consider some of the alternative power options that are available.
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Old February 25th, 2004, 01:37 PM   #5
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nice ed that mini - fill,

but what about this?

I've been proposed a light from a german brand, (oops... forgot the name), available here in europ, with 3 positions 20. 30 and 50 watt. it's a 2 bulb system with 6 volt battery, adapter and charger, really cheap, aprox 100 $. could be a good choice maybe, as I am going to use this for short distance filming, like 3 -5 feet away from subject .
what do you think ?

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Old February 25th, 2004, 01:59 PM   #6
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I really couldn't comment on the light Jacko, other than to say that having the ability to adjust the output has been very useful to me. You might want to make sure that spare bulbs are readily available for whatever light you decide to purchase.

If additional accessories might be contemplated, make sure you know where they can be purchased and what the cost will be. I remember a post here some time ago where the person bought a particular light, only to later find that options advertised with the light were unavailable from the place the light was purchased and the person was having trouble finding the items anywhere.

Just a thought.
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