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Old September 5th, 2005, 12:47 PM   #1
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Which on-camera light for XL1-s: LED?

Hi,

I'd like to buy an on-camera light for my XL1-S. We're gonna be shooting a docu in Africa soon and power will be intermittent so efficiency and reliability are essential. We also need to be able to buy the lamp ASAP from a UK supplier.

My present favorite is the IDX X3-Lite 35W OnCamera Light.

Has anyone used this? Is it any good? What alternatives should I be looking at?

What's the best way to power it? How about an 11.1v Lithium Polymer battery?

Many thanks,
Jack
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Old September 5th, 2005, 02:24 PM   #2
 
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Jack, I could be wrong... "300Lx @ 3 ft." doesn't sound all that bright to me, and it's going to dropp off fast with every foot you're further away from your subject. I guess it depends on what you'll be shooting with it. As long as you stay fairy cose and tight on your subject, it might work for you.

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Old September 10th, 2005, 09:15 AM   #3
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My present favorite is the IDX X3-Lite 35W OnCamera Light.
Has anyone used this? Is it any good? What alternatives should I be looking at?
Hey there.
We also make LED on-camera lights. We did NOT go with lumileds/luxeons as we did not find an acceptable solution do make the light nice and diffused without loosing too much of the light's intensity.
We therefore opted to go with a quantity of 5mm LEDs, and this works out very well: our beam angle is nice and wide (about 40 degrees) and it is VERY EVEN.

Our lights use 4, 6 or 8W.
If you like, email me, as we may be able to send you a kit to take with you for your documentary filming as a promotional deal. Maybe in exchange for a little review at the end?

Cheers,
Marius
http://vidled.com
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Old January 27th, 2006, 04:22 PM   #4
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Great, thanks a lot for your reply! (Sorry for taking SO long to get back to you!)
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Old January 27th, 2006, 10:46 PM   #5
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I think you would be better off using an incandescent on camera light. These LED lights while sounding cool are not efficient enough for most applications.
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