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Old May 13th, 2009, 10:48 PM   #1
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Fresnel to Round out my Kit

I am looking to expand my lighting .."collection" I guess.

Right now, I have:
- 3x Tota lights with umbrellas, stands, and barn doors
- 2x Halogen Worklamps
- 1x 30" china ball at 300W (considering bulbing at 600w though) w/ c-stand

And as such, looking to fill in that last (for now) gap with a Fresnel / stand.

I'm considering the CoolLights 650W fresnel as my top choice, $380 shipped with a stand.

Also tossing around the idea of the ImageWest.tv 650W BlueLine fresnel.

Any other options I am missing? Any suggestions for what to look at? The ImageWest and CoolLights almost look like identical lights, and prices are close enough to indicate I might be right, so that may not even matter.


edit: This is for filming short films and whatnot. Basically, going to see the gamut and want to have a decent kit on hand for most situations.
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Old May 14th, 2009, 10:38 AM   #2
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I would probably go with the Coollights. Most people who buy from them have been happy and I think the owner is reputable and posts on here a lot, and is quick to answer questions with technical accuracy.

Also, I'd be very careful using bigger bulbs in a Chinese lantern. You might want to look at something like an 85 watt fluorescent, which should put out as much as your 300 watt tungsten bulb and runs cool.
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Old May 14th, 2009, 02:25 PM   #3
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Thanks; that is indeed what I ended up doing - got the CoolLights 650W Fresnel + LS4 stand. Should suit me well.

Lighting kit for my next short:

3x Tota's w/ 8' stands
2x worklamps (short, ugh)
1x chinaball (I mentioned its lamped at 300w; by that I meant 300W equivalent in CFL, so really only about 80w ;)) + 10' C-stand
1x 650W fresnel w/ 8' stand

Tota's have umbrellas and barn doors, got numerous gels, etc. Does that sound like a serviceable kit? Anything I'm missing for interior short shooting?
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Old May 14th, 2009, 03:56 PM   #4
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None of those lights except the fresnel have much in the way of control to keep the light off of where you don't want it. I don't know what types of things you're shooting, but i'd probably leave the work lights at home, and maybe get a couple of C-stands with flags, or at least some of Lowel's flex arms and flags for the Totas.

You have gels, but don't forget the C-47s. Those metal clips on the Tota barn doors aren't very useable.

Calumet in Chicago has some fairly inexpensive short C-stands, but if you don't want to spend money on C-stands, you can always buy a C-stand head that will also fit on a light stand, and that allows you to use an extra light stand as sort of a C-stand for holding a flag or gobo.
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