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Old May 14th, 2005, 07:41 PM   #1
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I have a Canon GL2. As stated in an earlier post I will be doing a wedding in the late afternoon outdoors at a Gazebo and I am realizing that I may need a good on camera light set that will be good for other events too. I don't want to spend a fortune. Barn doors would be very helpfull. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Old May 15th, 2005, 09:11 AM   #2
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I have a Canon GL2. As stated in an earlier post I will be doing a wedding in the late afternoon outdoors at a Gazebo and I am realizing that I may need a good on camera light set that will be good for other events too. I don't want to spend a fortune. Barn doors would be very helpfull. Any suggestions would be helpful.

Thanks in advance
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The most difficult part is to fullfill the "don't want to spend a fortune". On camera lighting can be fairly expensive, especially if you count the price of external battery/belt packs or what have you. I highly suggest the Frezzi Mini Dimmer. It gan go as high as 100watts and you can dial in the exact amount of light you need. If shooting outdoors I suggest picking up the daylight filter for it (bluish colored glass). It'll help balance it for use in daylight- like in your use with the outdoor wedding in the gazebo.

When you do a search on B&H you'll find so many styles of the Frezzi Mini Dimmer but I suggest investing in the one that uses 4-pin XLR due to it's ruggedness and strength when connected to a power source. The car lighter styles of power cords can pull out very easily. The XLR locks in just like your familiar 3-pin XLR for audio equipment.
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Old May 15th, 2005, 09:54 AM   #3
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Thank you for the advice. I failed to add in my post is that I hope to, at a later date, purchase a Canon XL2. Should be able to use the lights with it also. Anyway I'll do some seaching as you advised. June 10th is the wedding so I have alittle time. The toughest concern is trying to find the proper angles for the two cameras. It's a challenge.
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Old May 16th, 2005, 03:38 PM   #4
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lights with barndoors and a stand are overpriced by about $120. i guess by saying that they're used for movie/ video they can get away with charging ridiculous prices. i mean with home depot, lowes, the wal mart fabric section, cheap mic stands and a little bit of creativity, one can reproduce a $150 barndoor light set up with a stand for around $20-$30. a light is a light unless of course you're the incredible mister ed.

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