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Old June 11th, 2007, 04:21 PM   #1
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Need suggestion for lights under $900

I need to purchase a lighting kit for some video work. I would like the kit to include a couple of softboxes. Where is a good place to start for $900? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old June 11th, 2007, 04:27 PM   #2
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I found this.

http://www.pclightingsystems.com/tungsten/tungsten.html

Not sure if this is a good deal or not?

Thanks...
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Old June 11th, 2007, 09:00 PM   #3
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Hey Tim--

I was just in your shoes very recently! I researched and finally bought a (minimal) lighting kit (tungsten) from ebay; it has light heads capable of holding 500w and 1,000w bulbs; came with 3 different sized soft boxes, and just 2 light stands (bought a third light stand, and will be coming in soon); also bought a rolling soft case to put everything in. All for less than $400.

It isn't a Mole-Richardson, nor a Lowel kit (and I still have to see about the longevity factor), but it definitely fit our budget.

Don't know if it helps,

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Old June 12th, 2007, 07:18 AM   #4
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Take a look at Lowel Omni Pro lights and then see what you can get on eBay. These lights get very small, cool quickly and you can get all kinds of accessories (including lightboxes, snoots, scrims, ...) from Lowel but also many other places. I guess that's something to consider: can you buy accessories 3 years from now? Where can you get accessories or additional fixtures...
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Old June 12th, 2007, 10:40 AM   #5
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I like using frame panels over softboxes. I find I have more control especially when using them with fresnels. It's easy to change the quality of light by adusting the beam, or moving the light closer/further away. In addition, they are still useful even without a powered light. For example, as a changing room for your talent. I bought this "kit" for ~US$1,000. It's been 6 months and I haven't used my softboxes since. It's also a fairly portable.

+ 2x Arri fresnels (650 watts)
+ 2x Photoflex frame panels (39x72)
+ assorted accessories: barn doors, fabrics, t-clamps, small reflectors/holders, frame clips, stands etc.

To save a little money, you could switch out the Arris for a lower wattage, or go for some Lowels (Omni, Pro, Tota), but if you're already "mostly there", the 650s are worth the extra mile.



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Old June 13th, 2007, 12:34 AM   #6
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Tim, I too am in the market for a light kit (I'll probably go with Arri). I took a look at the light kit from the link you posted. It almost seems too good to be true for the very cheap price. I wonder if it is the eMachine of light kits. The kit looks great but I wonder if the parts are cheap. I'd like to find someone who has used it.
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Old June 21st, 2007, 06:18 PM   #7
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Thank you all for the suggestions. Sorry for the delay getting back to everyone. I've been away.

I was hoping that someone had experience with
http://www.pclightingsystems.com/tungsten/tungsten.html


I'll take a look at some of the other suggestions now.

Thanks again!
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Old June 21st, 2007, 06:22 PM   #8
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I found this....

http://dvinfo.net/conf/showthread.php?t=94302
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