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Old August 18th, 2002, 09:04 PM   #16
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Paul,

Given your heavy travel and all, the Lowel Tota series would be good choice. They will offer a good all around compromise for weight, durability, performance, and price. Some of their kits offer a very good value. Used lights are on ebay all the time, but be very careful. Things like frayed cords and burnt sockets are easy to hide.

Cheaper lights like the Smith Victor (SV) won't take the possible abuse of the travel as well. Lower resale value and fewer dealers too. Lowel has some info you can download http://www.lowel.com/ to learn more about lights and lighting.

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Old August 18th, 2002, 10:32 PM   #17
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<<<-- Originally posted by Jeff Donald : Paul,

Given your heavy travel and all, the Lowel Tota series would be good choice. They will offer a good all around compromise for weight, durability, performance, and price. Some of their kits offer a very good value. Used lights are on ebay all the time, but be very careful. Things like frayed cords and burnt sockets are easy to hide.

Cheaper lights like the Smith Victor (SV) won't take the possible abuse of the travel as well. Lower resale value and fewer dealers too. Lowel has some info you can download http://www.lowel.com/ to learn more about lights and lighting.

Jeff -->>>

Jeff,

I jumped on a Lowel Tota Kit today on eBay. It is funny that you mentioned it. Just as you described, it appeared to be the best suited for my needs. Now let's hope that eBay is good to me yet again (no DOA).
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Old August 20th, 2002, 07:34 PM   #18
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Here is my "Don't leave home without" list:

Wireless mic

Decent Tripod

Extra batteries

Good carying cases, one for the camera, one for the gear.

UV filters for the lens(es).

headphones


Here's my "buy with leftover budget" list.

On camera monitor

shotgun mic and mic stand/boom

camera stabilizer (see my post on homemade monopod style glidecam)

wide angle lens

a better shoulder mount if you are doing lots of field work.

A light kit if you REALLY need it (studio work).

Be very careful when you decide what you need. In fact, it's probably best not to buy anything until you NEED it. That way you won't get stuck with $$$$ of gear you haven't used.
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Old August 20th, 2002, 08:10 PM   #19
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Nobody's mentioning the Lowel Rifa Lite 44. If you want compact...hard to beat that!
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