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Old November 30th, 2003, 10:41 PM   #1
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HELP canon xl1s lighting

I need some help from some pros. I am a rookie with all of this. I recently got a canon xl1s and love it so far . I'm looking to get a light for indoor but mainly outdoor use in low light to dark conditions. I'm looking for something compact, light weight. Most of the filming will be 10- 15ft. away from the camera. What would you use? THANKS JEREMY
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Old December 1st, 2003, 09:06 AM   #2
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Well, what I use on my XL1 is a Frezzi MiniFill with dimmer. Not cheap, but it'll probably outlast the camera. And with the 50 watt bulb, it really punches a big hole in the darkness. Be sure to get the dimmer model. A soft box or chimera also helps to tame the glare.

Other worthy candidates incluse Bescor, Cool-Lux, Anton-Bauer, Smith-Victor.
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Old December 1st, 2003, 09:15 AM   #3
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A couple months ago I stopped to talk to a news camera man I happened to see. He had the coolest little Anton-Bauer light. It was only like 25 watts, and collapsed into itself so it could stay permanently mounted on the camera. The face of the light was frost glass with a hole the size of pencil eraser punched in the middle. Not much use for anything but run and gun, but it sure was cool.
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Old December 1st, 2003, 10:21 AM   #4
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Are we correct to assume that you want a battery light, but not necessarily a camera-top light?

I'd suggest looking at the 55&100 W Lowel id-Light as well. It focusses and dims, and is part of the Lowel system.

Would your budget stretch to a mini HMI (top side of a thousand bucks)? Frezzi and Arri, among others, make lights that are worth considering if you want the most light for the least battery drain.

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