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Old December 1st, 2009, 07:33 PM   #16
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Although it can be done - I spent yesterday chasing around after our federal politicians with a LED 256 mounted on a broadcast cam, heaps of punch but dimmable.

A bit slow to slip in the CTO filter but if I was doing this all the time I'd rig up a swing away filter & diffuser.
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Old December 1st, 2009, 07:57 PM   #17
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Thanks for your comments Rohan, glad to hear that's working well for you. How'd you mount it on the cam?
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Old December 1st, 2009, 08:43 PM   #18
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I had the light upside down so I could get to the dimmer knob (but that did slow down filter change) Attached to camera handle with an israeli/noga arm and resting on the Mattbox for a bit of extra support.

At one stage I was set up with my LED600s near to an ABC crew with their new 1x1 panels - I didn't have time to do a side by side shot comparison but I was very happy with the performance of the 12volt 600s
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Old December 1st, 2009, 08:59 PM   #19
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Very cool. Never thought about mounting upside down like that. That would slow down putting in a filter but luckily the accessory lock on the top will keep the filter from sliding out. Thanks for posting that.
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Old December 1st, 2009, 10:28 PM   #20
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So how does this light compare to say the litepannels micro pro? I took one of those out on a job and it put out a little less than my lowell i-light with a soft box (55 watt).
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I'd like to know how it compares to the LP MicroPro as well. Anyone?
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Old December 8th, 2009, 11:38 AM   #22
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So how does this light compare to say the litepannels micro pro? I took one of those out on a job and it put out a little less than my lowell i-light with a soft box (55 watt).
Randy and Annen, the LED256 will have much more intensity and throw than the LP MicroPro. But keep in mind that the LP MicroPro is meant to be used as an on camera light and the LED256 is meant to be used as an off camera light. So while both lights can be used off camera, the LED256 will give you more options as it will be a much stronger light.

If you are thinking of a light for on camera purpose, then don't look to the LED256 for this, as it's going to be much too large for most on camera applications.

I have used these on several shoots already, mainly for interviews to go along with the LED600 and love them.

But I have also used a pair of LED256 lights on opposite corners of a dance floor for supplemental lighting, and I was very pleased with it. I used to use a ReceptionLight light which was a pair of NRG Varalux lights (75 watts) mounted on a 11-13 light stand and powered by large battery belts at the base. These lights were used as supplemental lighting for wedding reception usage and placed on opposite corners of a dance floor, and used with some on camera light for fill. I was happy with them, but wanted something smaller with more pop to it, which is why I picked up a couple LED256 lights, and I am much happier with the results. As the output form the LED256 was significantly stronger then the 75w tungsten light that I was using. And the spot configuration of the beam works nicely for the long throw on the dance floor.

Keep in mind that this is used for supplemental purposes as I use onboard camera lighting as well, a pair of Comer1800s. But I love these lights for remote usage, as they're small and portable enough to take anywhere and can be powered any way you like.

I have some remote interview shoots coming up in the next few months, where I have to fly to my destination and will be taking the pair of LED256s with me. Looking forward to putting them to the test in the field. I might also try bringing a LED600 with me, but logistics in air travel might prevent me from doing so.

EDIT: Just of note, I have tried many LED lights; LP Micro, LP MicroPro, Sony HVL-LBP, TorchLED TL50, Zylight Z90, Comer1800 etc. And like the Zylight Z90 the best, but it's too expensive for me, so for on camera use I prefer the Comer1800, as it's the most powerful of the bunch, dimmable, and self powered. But I wanted to move to all cool lights for off camera use, and have found that the CoolLights work great for my current needs. I mihgt be adding a FLO light to the mix, but LEDs are so convenient because they draw very little power and thus better for field use.
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