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  • Recommending fluorescents?

    I'm looking to get a lighting kit and was wondering if any could recommend any of t
    coollights/fluorecents for a basic narrative setup?

    I'm looking to use only around $1000
    in my mind,
    2x 255 (110watt) model and 1x 455 (220) model?
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    The Cool Lights Portable Flos are supposed to be quite good from what I've read. I don't own the flos but I own a kit of their LEDs and the build quality and light they emit are great. LEDs are a lower spectrum light so I have to use 1/4 minus green over the lights to balance them. I'm not sure if you would need any filtration for the flos.

    The Cool Lights Flos seem like a good way to go for a basic kit for not a lot of $, if you're looking for soft light.
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    • #3
      Just remember to manage your CRI (colour rendering index) and magenta/green tints if you want great skin tones. Only black body emitters (tungsten, the sun) emit a full spectrum. Xenon/HMI lights are close. Fluoros and LEDs can be a little bit rough if you don't correct them and/or get good ones.

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      • #4
        thanks for the tips

        i think that i could spare a few extras for the portables since thats what I did have in mind from the beginning

        what would be detrimental about get the 220 watt ones that are dimmable besides the expense? but then again i think its possible to build your own dimmers?
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        • #5
          I'd grab a few 100-250W work lights from your nearest hardware store as well. Cheap as chips, full colour spectrum (being tungsten). Can be had for 20 bucks (no stand). Temperature can be slightly different to hotter lights, but not much of an issue.

          I've used them as hair/fill with some baking paper to smooth out the reflector/cage, at ISO 640 f/2.8 1/100th (50p slow motion) and were just the right brightness for fill.

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          • #6
            I think unless you're keeping them in a studio setting then you'll really want to go with the portables. From what I've heard they're really nice and light.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by nickjbedford View Post
              I'd grab a few 100-250W work lights from your nearest hardware store as well. Cheap as chips, full colour spectrum (being tungsten). Can be had for 20 bucks (no stand).

              I've used them as hair/fill with some baking paper to smooth out the reflector/cage, at ISO 640 f/2.8 1/100th (50p slow motion) and were just the right brightness for fill.
              had them and they are very hot and very hard, do you use them in your shoots?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Note Suwanchote View Post
                had them and they are very hot and very hard, do you use them in your shoots?
                Well, I bounced it into a ceiling for a few shots, to be precise. Suggesting them because they are insanely cheap.

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                • #9
                  i would definitely agree that they are cheap and very workable, a lot more if turned into soft light
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Note Suwanchote View Post
                    i would definitely agree that they are cheap and very workable, a lot more if turned into soft light
                    Definitely. Of course, if you have access to a barn door 150W ARRI, use that!

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                    • #11
                      haha
                      http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...n_Fresnel.html
                      this barn doors?
                      any reason why over a fluor?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Note Suwanchote View Post
                        haha
                        http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...n_Fresnel.html
                        this barn doors?
                        any reason why over a fluor?
                        Well, the ARRI is merely a tungsten CRI 100 light for delicious skin tones. Fluoro needed for other things I guess. Daylight/softer by design. I'd rather have both anyway. Sorry, I'm getting a bit OT!

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                        • #13
                          ah no worries, more info is useful
                          i kept thinking that with the bmc the we do have leeway with the color though but mixing it with the gh2 might prove interesting
                          has anyone else considered fluorescents under $1000?
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                          • #14
                            I own two of the CL-455PMD Dimming 4 x 55 watt Softlights from Cool Lights and love them. Used them a lot in my studio and on-location a few times and have had no issues with them so far. Example of recent shoot I did with one of the fixtures as a key light:
                            // Aaron

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                            • #15
                              did you use any other light on that shot?
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