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Old February 5th, 2008, 06:12 AM   #1
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I need a light for my V1

Hi guys,

Just looking for some advice on a camera mounting light for my v1.

I will be mainly shooting night club sceens. My budget isn't too high prob up to 150.

I was looking at the sony HVL-20DW2

Any other suggestions?

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Old February 5th, 2008, 05:12 PM   #2
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That light you mention with a stofen diffuser.
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Old February 5th, 2008, 06:55 PM   #3
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Get Sony HVL-LBP, LED Battery Video Light. Using same battery as V1.
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Old March 28th, 2008, 11:07 AM   #4
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Get Sony HVL-LBP, LED Battery Video Light. Using same battery as V1.
Don't think you can buy that light for 150 pounds sterling. Doesn't it sell for $500 US?
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Old March 28th, 2008, 11:13 AM   #5
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That light you mention with a stofen diffuser.
Dave,

I just bought the Sony HVL-20DW2 and am intersted in the Stofen diffuser you mentioned.

However when I did a google search and found the Stofen website it appears their products are only made for flash cameras?

Which of their products fits this light?

Of if anybody else reading this has a method of diffusing this light please let me know!

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Old March 28th, 2008, 10:03 PM   #6
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Sony HVL-LBP, LED Battery Video Light not just for V1 as some other;s cam also can be used. Is a good video light.
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Old March 29th, 2008, 12:43 AM   #7
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what about PAGlight C6? anybody here has any comment on this product? it is around $380 at B&H.
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Old March 29th, 2008, 11:21 PM   #8
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Old March 30th, 2008, 09:06 AM   #9
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I have a PAG C6, NRG Varalux, and Sony HVL-LVP light.
The NRG is great but eats a lot of juice and you need a large battery pack to power.

The PAG C6 is a great light, small good light source, stays pretty cool and can run for a while on it's external battery pack, but get an extra one. Since it's made in the UK it's not well known here in the states but it is a great value.

But my favorite light of the bunch is the Sony HVL-LVP light. For HD recording it will give you the best light spread (LED equivalent to about 50w), runs on Sony batteries (no cables needed here), is dimmable, runs forever on the Sony battery, has a flip down diffuser and beam enhancer (throws your light source and additional 10 feet or so in a spotlight beam), and can be mounted anywhere via 1/4 thread or cold shoe. The only downside to the light would be it size, as it is a large light that can make your camera front heavy. I mount mine on my cameras handle to keep my camera balanced.

I don't recommend the Sony HVL-20DW2 as the light creates to much of a hotspot on your subject. You can diffuse the source but then the light isn't powerful enough to bee useful. Also it's not dimmable, which is a must for me for run and gun use.
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Old March 31st, 2008, 11:49 PM   #10
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I have a PAG C6, NRG Varalux, and Sony HVL-LVP light.
The NRG is great but eats a lot of juice and you need a large battery pack to power.

The PAG C6 is a great light, small good light source, stays pretty cool and can run for a while on it's external battery pack, but get an extra one. Since it's made in the UK it's not well known here in the states but it is a great value.

But my favorite light of the bunch is the Sony HVL-LVP light. For HD recording it will give you the best light spread (LED equivalent to about 50w), runs on Sony batteries (no cables needed here), is dimmable, runs forever on the Sony battery, has a flip down diffuser and beam enhancer (throws your light source and additional 10 feet or so in a spotlight beam), and can be mounted anywhere via 1/4 thread or cold shoe. The only downside to the light would be it size, as it is a large light that can make your camera front heavy. I mount mine on my cameras handle to keep my camera balanced.

I don't recommend the Sony HVL-20DW2 as the light creates to much of a hotspot on your subject. You can diffuse the source but then the light isn't powerful enough to bee useful. Also it's not dimmable, which is a must for me for run and gun use.
Michael,

I am going to use the HVL 20DW2 until I can afford the HVL LVP. Can you tell me how to diffuse the 20DW2 light like you mentioned? Someone said a Stofer but on their site they don't list this flash, only strobe flashes.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 01:15 AM   #11
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Hi DJ,

Sorry I missed your earlier post - I THINK it is the OMEZ you are looking for, I've got two still cams with different flashes and the Stofens, as well as the DW20 series lights, so it's confusing remembering which is which, and the bloomin' things don't seem to have markings on them!

The OM-EZ is what the manufacturer mentioned when I emailed them, so I am at least somewhat sure that's the right one...
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 11:39 AM   #12
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Thanks Dave. I just ordered the OM-EZ from B&H. I haven't actually used my new V1U's or the DM20 light since they just came in last Friday and Sat morning I had to fly out of town.

However I did have a couple of hours to play around and when I turned on the DW20 light in both the 10 watt and 20 watt settings it appeared to me that the light did not output the kind of soft / even fill light I was looking for.

Sounds like this Stoen OM-EZ diffuser should do the trick.
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