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Old December 30th, 2009, 03:45 PM   #31
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Thanks Taky, just looked but $46 postage is B&H postage prices and the reason I don't now shop with them unless I have a large order.

I post out worldwide every day and postage internationally is only a few $$ more than domestic.

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Old December 30th, 2009, 05:32 PM   #32
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Although the Comer 1800 is highly recommended here I wonder if anybody used the SWIT LED Video light S-2000 with 4 LEDs? This one can be directly connected to the 12V cable of the SWIT S-8U62 battery...
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Old December 30th, 2009, 06:26 PM   #33
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I have the SWIT S-2010 light before. It looks like it's the same 4-LED light as the S-2000. It doesn't output much light compared to the Comer 900 or even 1800. It was 550lux at 1 meter. Comer 900 and 1800 output 900 lux and 1800 lux at 1 meter respectively.

I have been using the SWIT S-2010 light for a year at weddings before I have Comer. It works so much better than LP Micro. However, it is not still as ideal as it is 5600K color temperature makes it too blue to be used indoor. It also casts a circular spot that I need to add the diffuse filter to even the spread. By adding both orange and diffuser filters, the light output becomes very weak.

You can take a look at these comparison video. That's include the LP Micro and SWIT S-2010.

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Old December 30th, 2009, 10:14 PM   #34
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One thing to be aware of with any on camera light and the EX1. The cold shoes for the mic and the light are pretty close together so depending on many factors you can end up with them fouling. I've solved the problem with a K-Tek cold shoe extender that I bought cheaply some time ago. An Israeli arm kind of device would be more flexible but too heavy in my opinion.
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Old December 31st, 2009, 12:58 AM   #35
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The Lux specs of Comer lamps do look impressive. Anyone know how does 1800 lux @ 1m (or 900 lux @ 1m) compares to traditional tungsten bulb (in Watts)?
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Old June 24th, 2010, 11:41 AM   #36
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Comer 1800 seems a good fit, quite happy with mine. If you've got one of the 3rd party batteries you can run the camera and light from it. The required cable comes with the light and in two lengths.
You can get more info on that light from the lighting forum.
Do all Comers 1800 - when switched on with the knob - go into the max illumination mode for a split second, before they settle at the minimum? Only after what looks like testing the LEDs at full power, the dimmer can be adjusted according to the actual needs.

This is a strange behaviour...
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Old June 24th, 2010, 03:42 PM   #37
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I am using the Switronix TL-88 which is comparable to 75Watts of a Tungsten light. At least that is what Switronix says.
How many watts is the Comer 1800 equivalent to a Tungsten light?

The Tl-88 is very nice but is to big (Circumference) which spreads out the light so it is not as good for zoom distances. It is good for close ups or for wide group shots. It also has a dimmer.

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Old June 24th, 2010, 05:55 PM   #38
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According to Switronix web page, TL-88 Light Output: 800 Lux @ 1m, 5600K. When use it indoor, you will need to use the warming filter. That will make it less bright.

Comer 1800 output is 1800 lux at 1m 4500K color temperature. It's ready to be used indoor without any filter.
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Old June 24th, 2010, 06:08 PM   #39
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Hi Guys,
I'm interested in the Comer 1800. Can I purchase this within Australia or do I have to obtain this from the USA? If the purchase is from the USA what place do you guys recommend I place an order.

I use a the Sony HVL-LBP light which looks similar to the Comer and the Sony uses the NP-F970 battery which I hope is compatible with the Comer. Can anyone confirm that the NP-F970 battery will work with the Comer.

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Old June 24th, 2010, 06:14 PM   #40
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Simon, we are Comer distributor in the US. I don't think they have a reseller in Australia. We can ship the light to you in Australia.
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The Comer 1800 light is better than the Sony light in many ways. Comer is brighter (1800 lux) than the Sony (1200 lux). Sony light is not diffused which you will get a bright spot in the center of the screen and dark corner. Comer light is diffused out of the box. No need to use the diffuser. Sony is 5600K which the orange filter is needed to use it indoor. Comer light is 4500K which is ready to use indoor without any filter.

Worst thing about the Sony light is it ONLY take Sony brand batteries. The light won't turn on if you use a compatible battery.

Comer light can take all compatible L-series batteries including the NP-F970 battery.
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Old June 24th, 2010, 06:20 PM   #41
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Thanks Taky,

Yeah, this light looks great for what I need. I will check out your website.

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Old June 24th, 2010, 06:44 PM   #42
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Taky Cheung,

Thank you for the information and sorry, I did not know that you sell them so I ordered from another place.

However, I will refer my friends to your store.

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Old June 24th, 2010, 08:27 PM   #43
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No problem! Hope you enjoy your light =)
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Old June 25th, 2010, 02:44 AM   #44
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Do all Comers 1800 - when switched on with the knob - go into the max illumination mode for a split second, before they settle at the minimum? Only after what looks like testing the LEDs at full power, the dimmer can be adjusted according to the actual needs.

This is a strange behaviour...
Could anyone answer my question, please - before this thread is forgotten again?

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Old June 25th, 2010, 05:39 AM   #45
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Check out the Rotolight RL48E. Rotolight - Professional Shotgun Mic Mounted Camcorder LED Light you can purchase a 2 or 3 point lighting system, far more flexible, than 1 on camera light, for around the same cost as most of the single, high output lights available. I use three of these lights, 1 permanately on the EX1, and 1 or 2 on stands for infill and backlight. This form of lighting is far kinder on the subject than 1 glaring on camera light. The lights run for over 3 hours on 3 x AA cells, wouldnt go anywhere without mine.
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