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  1. #1 Covered Wagon & the China Ball 
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    Looking into practical kino & halogen globes..
    Does anyone have experiences they can share shooting with omnidirectional soft lighting?

    I was reading an old cinematography mailing list and was surprised to see John Brawley of this forum discussing wagons!
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    You may be talking about far higher level than I can help you with. But here's a blog post I made on my experience with a chinaball for the first time. By far the best thing I've ever used for quick lighting or to boost practicals. Love the look it gives people.

    http://www.productionattic.com/blog/...matic-lighting
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deggen View Post
    You may be talking about far higher level than I can help you with. But here's a blog post I made on my experience with a chinaball for the first time. By far the best thing I've ever used for quick lighting or to boost practicals. Love the look it gives people.

    http://www.productionattic.com/blog/...matic-lighting
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    I am a big fan of China Balls. Use the cheap paper versions you can get at most import stores with high CRI CFL's

    http://www.fullspectrumsolutions.com...a_688_prd1.htm

    http://www.alzodigital.com/full_spectrum_lighting.htm
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    Nice.

    Have you ever made a mobile version? Can't think off the top of my head how I'd power a standard bulb from a DC source.
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    I've made a mobile version which was very simple. Had a china ball, on a boom pole with a bescor battery belt, and car cig lighter power inverter plugged into it. Simple and worked great.
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    Awesome, thanks I'm going to try that.
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    We had the cheap $99 bescor battery belts that were quite old, so they didn't last too long (if I recall about 20 minutes of lighting on a 250 watt bulb). Also our inverter had a fan in it that was a little loud so I had to keep the boom pretty long to keep the fan noise away from the mics. Still though it worked very well for what we needed.
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    Whenever I get the chance I use tungsten Chinas (JemBalls). Love that soft single source look.
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    I'd love to order a Jem Ball! Their website was not very helpful with ordering info. I recently was going to buy a Chimera birdcage, but on second thought just dropped some cash on a lantern lock china ball. I think my chimera money is best served buying a Chimera Pancake in the near future instead.

    Offhand what's the Jem Ball pricing for the small/medium models?
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    The one with one bulb is about $600 - a bit steep for was it is IMHO.

    I use those cheap pop-up photo cubes, works fine.
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