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Old June 1st, 2005, 07:25 PM   #1
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My project of filming a track meet went into the dusk hours and I found myself without light.

Can someone please advise me on a good video light for my PDX10? Thanks
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 11:46 AM   #2
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Be aware that a light is only going to work at very close range. You'll get night interviews out of it, but nothing really in terms of shooting night action.
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 02:07 PM   #3
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Well, that makes a big difference! I'll address my shooting times so I won't have to purchasea flood lights.

Thanks for the info.
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 02:24 PM   #4
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Yeah, I don't think camera lights would help at a track meet, unless you are a fast runner and plan on following the athletes around the track.. :-)

You can experiment with setting the shutter speed to 1/30 sec. You'll get a small loss of resolution and a little more motion blur, but your video will be brighter, of course.

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Old June 3rd, 2005, 10:30 AM   #5
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It's really good to use the Sony HVL-20DW2 simply because it'll run both 10 watt lamps for well over an hour on a 960 battery. It locks down onto any conventional shoe and has no dangling wires or different battery packs to worry about. Small, compact, light, but not cheap.

I use it with a Lumiquest Mini Soft-box diffuser. It robs me of a good stop of light, but the effect is wonderful - soft, blurry shadowed even lighting that means I can use my powerful 0.5x converter with ease. Also the diffuser means no-one squints into the light. Perfect for my wedding shoots.

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Old June 3rd, 2005, 10:54 AM   #6
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I've never seen the Lumiquest diffuser--sounds like a winner.

I have a couple cheap Bescor VL-30 lights (20 watts) and I found a cheap way to soften and further diffuse the light (I put a couple layers of baking paper over the light). It brings it down a stop or more, depending on how many layers you use, and improves the built in diffusing of the VL-30. Plus the baking paper can obviously handle the heat of the light.

Probably not as good as your setup, but it gets the job done on the rare occassion I need a video light.
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Old June 3rd, 2005, 01:22 PM   #7
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Thanks for the advice about the Sony HVL-20DW2. I checked B&H and the price was $79. I can live with that. However, they are out of stock. This must be either a popular light or an old one. Either way, I'll obtain it.

I was thinking that I can just focus on getting footage at the pit (long and triple jumps) and not as the runner goes down the runway. I don't plan to run behind these folks. Besides I wouldn't want to embarrass them by keeping up (smile).
The area is 30-35 feet and I'll be up close so it should work out.

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