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Old February 27th, 2010, 09:00 AM   #1
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am I missing something with these Kino Flo's?

I'm comparing these two fluo options, a Barfly 100 "system" and "kit."

System:
Kino Flo | Barfly 100 System | SYS-B100-G120 | B&H Photo Video

Kit:
Kino Flo | Barfly 100 One Fluorescent Light Kit | KIT-B100-G120

Maybe I'm missing something, but it looks like the kit gives you a cloth bag for the gels, carrying cases for the lamps and the overall system, and a different angle of louver for (based on system's add-to-cart price) about $300.

Are the extra items really worth that much?
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Old February 27th, 2010, 05:13 PM   #2
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The Barfly is a nice fill light in a tight spot, but in my opinion they are overpriced for the output they provide.

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Old February 28th, 2010, 03:15 PM   #3
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I just got the Barfly 200 2 light kit with hard case and love it. Unless you need the smaller size of the 100, I would get the 200 or the Diva 200.

The extra cost gives you the case ($190), 60 degree louver ($70) and louver storage bag ($55).

I used my 200 kit a few weeks ago that had cameras from chicago media (ABC, Fox I think), and they both asked me about the Barflys, noting how powerful they were for such a small size.

PS After initial use and stored in my case, there is a bad fish smell when opening the case. Don't know if this is common with flouros.
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Old February 28th, 2010, 03:47 PM   #4
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Steve,

Thank you! Very useful reply.

Is the case designed to hold additional equipment? I was wondering if the 2 BFs could be put in a somewhat smaller Pelican hard case I already have.
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Old March 1st, 2010, 12:55 AM   #5
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This is the kit I have:
Kino Flo | Barfly 200 Two Light Kit (120VAC) | KIT-B22-G120

I don't know if your are referring to the hard case in my kit or the soft case. The hard case is great and does have extra room for more gear. In my hard case, I have a case with 6 extra flouro tubes, rolls of gaffer and black duct tape, 2 power strips/surge protectors, 2 25' extension cords, 1 MTP-BFE BarFly 200/100 Edge Mount and room for a few more small items.

The smaller soft case can only hold 1 barfly light.

Remember that the light consists of the light fixture, ballast and mount, which all take up considerable room. And if you travel with the lights, you need extra flouro lamps.

I had originally bought the Barfly 200 kit for someone I work with for his quick interview kit, and small size was very important. However, if size is not so crucial, the Diva 200 costs less and gives you more. The Diva 200 also outputs about 20% more light according to Kino Flo's Photometrics. And you can control the Diva's light spread better without having to use louvers which decrease light output.
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Old March 5th, 2010, 05:41 AM   #6
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Steve,

Small size is important, actually, as I'll be shooting in a lot of small apartments that get crowded with equipment very quickly. Also, I do everything myself, and as I'm approaching 60 ancient y.o., the lugging of equipment from car to location is becoming one of my biggest challenges.

May I ask: the person you bought the 2-light 200 kit for...what other lighting did they use for the interviews, if any? I'm thinking my 4-tube Mole Biax and the pair of 200s would be all I need for traditional 3-point interview lighting.
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Old March 6th, 2010, 01:08 AM   #7
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I assume you will still need to use light stands; therefore, the size difference between the Barfly 200 and Diva 200 shouldn't matter.

Also, the large case (for Barfly 200) I have with everything in it is a bit heavy.

The interviews by my associate are just quick and simple for web press releases (for a large city).
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