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Old March 16th, 2005, 11:29 AM   #1
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Help! Minimum lights to Buy for Interviews?

Hi all,
I'm about to make a Rostronics purchase for some Britex, lights primarily to be used for meetings going on between 3-4 people. The 2 meeting rooms will be either 12' x 12', or 12' x 16'.

My absolute top budget is $500 USF.

If I purchase Britex lighting what do I need as a minimum?

Also what exactly is the meaning of "focusable"?

I've gome through umpteen lighting posts here and couldn't get the meaning, and I've gone thru some stuff by Walter Graff - still no clear definition.

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Old March 16th, 2005, 11:34 AM   #2
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"Focusable" means that the lamp's distance from it's reflector may be altered by moving it foward or backwards in it's mounting. This has the effect of widening or narrowing the beam.
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Old March 16th, 2005, 12:52 PM   #3
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If you do buy please fill us in on both Rostronics and Britek experiences as I am also considering them. By the way I also found Britek here
http://www.saferseas.com/vsd/eye/1500W.html
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Old March 16th, 2005, 01:43 PM   #4
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Greetings,

The aforementioned reseller (SaferSeas) has left quite a few people unhappy with their customer service. If you plan on buying, I would suggest using one of this sites sponsors - I use B&H and have never had an unhappy experience. If not, please do a considerable amount of research before spending your hard earned money.

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Old March 16th, 2005, 02:14 PM   #5
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<<<-- Originally posted by Tim Brown : Greetings,

The aforementioned reseller (SaferSeas) has left quite a few people unhappy with their customer service. If you plan on buying, I would suggest using one of this sites sponsors - I use B&H and have never had an unhappy experience. If not, please do a considerable amount of research before spending your hard earned money.

-Tim -->>>

Thanks guys. It was helpful. I'll buy from BH or Rostronics.
The guys at DVXUSER are all raving about the Briteks for the $$$.

OK - but what to buy? I'm thinking about 2 600 focusables with softboxes and a 200 focsuable with b-doors.

Or: 1 500/1000 with softbox. 1 200 focusable with b-doors and a reflector.

What do you guys think? Remember, it's for some meetings of 3-4 people and interviews with only one person on camera (similar to the one person commentaries in Mario van Peebles' "Badass" film).


Let me kniw what you think. When I try them out I'mm let you all know.

cheers,
earon
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Old March 16th, 2005, 06:03 PM   #6
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FWIW I think if your using softboxes the ability to focus the light is not needed.I use the dualpower 500/1000 with softbox (32")
For interviews I think its great.It does have barn doors if you dont use the softbox for other lighting.For what you want to do, I would suggest 2 of the 500/1000's and either a 300/600 or a 200 or 250 This would be a good starter set. You could add additional lights to tune the hair light and/or backlight and/or background light.Tom at Rostronics seems fine to deal with.
Suggest you order the 8' HD stands
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Old March 20th, 2005, 11:07 AM   #7
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Chimera 8000 kit and are you a student?

I have some thoughts but I would try to get something with a lightbank or Umbrella.


I have a student discount and if you want an 8000 kit I may be able to hook you up through a dealer for a little over 500 dollars

The 8000 has one light with bank, stand, grids, carrybag

Other than that I would get two tota's, stands and umbrellas and they you can get lightbanks later

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