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Old December 6th, 2007, 07:36 AM   #16
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Ben is absolutely right about the need for light control. It's equally, and sometimes even more important than the rest.

However, if you have $2000 to spend, I think the best would be to split it evenly. Spend $1000 or a bit less on the lights (Lowel has some great stuff in that range) and the other half on flags, nets, reflectors, etc...

Just an opinion, but if I had that amount to spend when I got my first kit, that's what I would have done.

Good luck.

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Old December 6th, 2007, 11:47 AM   #17
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Hi Ben,

Yes, for the DIY that doesn't need to impress clients or worry about delicate gear, making your own kit can be a lot of fun. For those types, I strongly recommend they purchase John Cooksey's "Digital Lighting Magic 1-2-3". The three disk set is $120 and is filled with tons of great lighting gear ideas for the budget conscience videographer.


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Old December 7th, 2007, 03:14 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by Ron Wilber View Post
hmm, those arris look nice but quickly get up there in the price range. I think the lowel's are the best bet. I like the compactness.

Those coollights look cool, but I don't see any kits. I sure would pay more for a set of lights that keep the room temp down and power consumption lower..
What would you like to see in the way of kits? What configuration were you looking for? Not that many people ask for kits but I am listening to product ideas.
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Old December 7th, 2007, 07:27 AM   #19
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I think at the minimum there should be a kit geared towards the starter or client who wants a small portable kit. Pretty much a basic system that would allow for the old 3 point light scheme. I suppose Gels, bulbs, and a case to fit them all. This would target those on the go as well as newbies who will get an introduction into a company's product line.
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Old December 7th, 2007, 07:13 PM   #20
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Richard - not exactly an answer to your question, but if there existed a competitor to the Dedo DLH400D, I would certainly think about buying a few. As it stands, I've sold almost all of my fresnels, replaced with dedos. Absolutely fantastic lights, and with some open faced lights, makes a complete kit with exceptional light quality. Offer something with similar optics, and you'll sell truckloads.
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