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Old July 30th, 2006, 02:00 AM   #1
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LED light has a blue tint look

I own an IDX X-3 LED light. What is the best gel color to use to help get rid of that blue tint? I've seen people with orange gels taped on their lights.

Any suggestions?

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Old July 30th, 2006, 04:28 AM   #2
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I own an IDX X-3 LED light. What is the best gel color to use to help get rid of that blue tint? I've seen people with orange gels taped on their lights.
Since this light has a colour temperature of 5600k - daylight, you'll need a full CTO lighting gel.
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Old July 30th, 2006, 02:37 PM   #3
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Had the same light and gave it back.
It had a greenish tint look.

Happy with the new "Bebob Lux" light.
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Old July 31st, 2006, 12:34 AM   #4
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I'm going to pick up the CTO gel. That should fix it!

Any suggestions for mounting the gel...besides using tape? Yuck!
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Old July 31st, 2006, 01:05 AM   #5
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Perhaps this is what you need:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ist&sku=398095

I give the link above to B&H as I believe they are a sponsor of the forum.
Unfortunately the picture and description aren't complete.

Therefore (for the same price) here is a link to another source, with a good picture of the barndoors, the filter rings, and the included filters -- which I believe include what you need.
http://www.adorama.com/IDXX3BD.html
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Old July 31st, 2006, 01:22 AM   #6
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That looks perfect but the price is outragous. I think I'll just stick to taping it on for now. Shesh! That cost maybe .50 cents to make and they want $80 dollars?

Thanks for the links!

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Old July 31st, 2006, 01:33 AM   #7
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That looks perfect but the price is outragous. I think I'll just stick to taping it on for now. Shesh! That cost maybe .50 cents to make and they want $80 dollars?

Thanks for the links!
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I think this is a case where the convenience and fit are worth the cost.

With the flip in gel frames it's easy to go inside or outside within a moment, and put in or out a soft gel. The barndoors can be a big help, too.

If one is running around with the camera, it's worth it. But if just setup or nothing is changing, just taping on a gel works fine.
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Old July 31st, 2006, 01:42 AM   #8
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The barndoors & gels should have been included with the light. For $350 I don't think IDX would have lost much profit margin.
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Old July 31st, 2006, 12:21 PM   #9
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Best way to mount gel to a light is your trusty old C-47 wood clamp, aka wooden clothespin. I've seen barndoors with clamps built in, which is such an obvious idea I don't know why more people don't do it, but until everybody starts doing that, yeah, clothespins.
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Old July 31st, 2006, 01:39 PM   #10
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I own an IDX X-3 LED light. What is the best gel color to use to help get rid of that blue tint? I've seen people with orange gels taped on their lights.
Scott, sorry to ask the obvious but, did you white balance to that light? Do you use it in addition to tungsten lights?
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Old July 31st, 2006, 03:23 PM   #11
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Clothes pins are way too big for this type of light. It's small and mounted on top of the camera, only a few inches wide.

I used Auto White Balance. Maybe I should have just used the 5600K preset.

I didn't use the light with any additional lights. Just mounted it on the camera.
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Old August 1st, 2006, 01:38 PM   #12
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Old August 1st, 2006, 10:06 PM   #13
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I fixed the blueish color with "Color Corrector" in FCP. I'm still going to get the CTO gel for my next shoot.

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Old August 2nd, 2006, 04:45 PM   #14
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Just got the Full CTO orange gel and taped it on. It is a big improvement with flesh tones. Much warmer looking light than before. The only drawback is the light will not throw as far because of the lower color temp.

I highly recommend this to anyone having the same issues with their LED lights.
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Old August 2nd, 2006, 06:53 PM   #15
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3/4 CTO is actually a full correction. 1 will be a bit too orange but some people like the warm look.
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