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Old June 2nd, 2007, 09:41 PM   #16
Barry Wan Kenobi
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The HVX200 is going to be about 2 stops faster than the V1, and about 2 stops slower than the PD170.

Even so, how hard is it to have at least an on-camera light? A $5 camping LED light would do more for your video than all the "low light performance" arguing that goes on out there... look at this link:

Those guys are charging $149, but you can buy it for $5 off ebay; just search for 48 LED camping light.

I'm not saying this is a "good" light, it's not. I'm saying that the idea of "I can't have any lights" doesn't have to be true; this $5 camping LED light is *infinitely* better than not having enough light to get a shot with. Cameras are light-gathering instruments; if you feed them enough light they'll reward you, if you starve them they won't deliver their best results.

It's quite blue, for daylight rendition you'd want to gel it with something like a 1/2 or full CTO gel, but for a total investment of under $10 (light, gel, and some AA batteries) you'd have a small portable in-pocket solution that could bail you out of unacceptable lighting conditions. Obviously you should get a proper video light if at all possible, I'm just showing an extreme example here to show you that it's possible to get a workable solution for extremely little money that will bail you out of otherwise prohibitively-low-light shooting scenarios.
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Old June 2nd, 2007, 10:02 PM   #17
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Thanks Barry...

That's a good point. I've got a good wired light kit but haven't yet made a proper investigation into camera mounted stuff. I hate those spot lights that wash out the foreground. That LED looks interesting. I'll have to see what's available over here.
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Old June 3rd, 2007, 07:54 PM   #18
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Oh boy...I learn something new every day...

It's amazing for the price...i mean, it looks decent even with only one light source (from the camera).

I imagine it could look very good using 3 or 4 of those little light kits. (with gels for correct color temp).

thanks Barry!

Not a bad idea at all !!!!!!
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