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Old April 11th, 2007, 02:34 AM   #1
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Camera light for Canon A1

Hi! Ive just bought the A1 and want to complete the rig with a cam light. I will use this gear (together with an HV20, shotguns and stabilizer) mostly to film documentaries and run n gun events.

My decision is between the Varizoom 2010 and the PAG C6. Pros and cons i find of each one:

VZ
pros
-dimmable (very important!)
-LED cold light
cons
-more expensive
-4 LEDs(possible trouble with shadows)

PAG
pros
-price!
-nice design
cons
-not dimmable

If you people could give me some advice or tell me your experience with these or other recommended cam ligts (for a max of 500$) I would be vey thankful.
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Old April 11th, 2007, 06:46 PM   #2
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If anyone is interested ive found this one that seems perfect for my needs, but comes with 4 pin XLR cable, sorry for my ignorance, but i only know the 3 pins...

http://www.videoguys.com.au/scripts/...?idProduct=520
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Old April 12th, 2007, 08:17 AM   #3
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If anyone is interested ive found this one that seems perfect for my needs, but comes with 4 pin XLR cable, sorry for my ignorance, but i only know the 3 pins...

http://www.videoguys.com.au/scripts/...?idProduct=520
4 pin xlr cables are used for power. 3 pin xlrs for audio.
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Old April 12th, 2007, 01:43 PM   #4
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The 4-pin XLR for power is pretty standard in the video and broadcast industry at least with the power on pins 1 and 4. They are a little less standard in the film industry with 3, 4, and 5 pin XLRs being used for power.
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Old April 12th, 2007, 06:12 PM   #5
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Yes, i ve realised its for power... but what about the lights, someone using the A1 recommending any piece?
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Old April 21st, 2007, 03:30 PM   #6
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I'm not using the A1 but I'd have a little problem with both regarding the light output. Pag lights are good (we have a 50-100W 12V tungsten Paglight at work) but the 20W is a little weak. In my experience you need at least 35W tungsten in most situations (you might want to diffuse it most of the time and then 35W is really the lowest I can recommend - but probably you can use a 35W bulb in the 20W light).

The 12W LED light might have more output because of the efficiency of the LEDs, but then you need to use the cto filter in most situations which will cut a lot of light again.

In my opinion 50W-80W tungsten lights are perfect. You can use these with 216 white diffusion as a little "soft box" in most situations, they are even bright enough to act as a fill outdoors on cloudy days with a 1/2 ctb.

If your budget doesn't allow a 50-80W (12V) tungsten light with a battery belt or two, then at least check that the 20W tungsten light can be used with 35W bulbs - less power is not very useful in my opinion. You can always use ND gel if the light is too bright, but if the light isn't bright enough you're lost...
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