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Old January 30th, 2008, 07:51 AM   #1
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Who buys the Arri 300w?

I'm just curious here, is this light a really popular buy?
I mean B&H Photo Video lists the Arri 650w fresnel as being only $9 more than the Arri 300w fresnel.

I was thinking about buying the Arri 300w fresnel to use as a kicker, back light, or eye light, or whatever.... but for the extra $9 wouldn't I be safer to get the 650w fresnel and just buy a 300w bulb to put inside? That way I have more flexibility of using up to 650w if I need to?

I already have an additional Arri 650w fresnel so I'd probably be even better off since I could share the accessories (barn doors, scrims)

Am I overlooking any advantages of having a smaller Arri 300w fresnel?

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Old January 30th, 2008, 11:02 AM   #2
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Well, the 300w is certainly smaller and lighter.

I'm not super-impressed with the balance of using 650w key and fill with a 300w back. Specifically with the Arri fresnels, one place I frequently work has a kit with 2 650 and 2 300, many times I've wished it were 3 650 and 1 300.

The 300 can function as a back but I find myself wishing for more. It makes a pretty good sider and it really is a fine little fresnel. It may be a bit much for an eye light.

If you're always using chimeras or bounce cards on the 650s, the 300 is a closer match.

In summary, yeah, I'd definitely go for the 650. YMMV.
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Old January 30th, 2008, 11:51 AM   #3
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The physical size and weight come in handy in tight spaces, and if you have to boom out the backlight. If those are your needs, thats your light.
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