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Martin VeronaNeed Camera Light Recommendations
by on Jul 17, 2012 at 11:02:15 am

Hi All,

I am shooting with the Panasonic AG AC130 and need to add a new video light. My old light from my PD150 days is a NRG 50w light that runs off those old large shoulder batteries. Are there LED lights out there under $200 that would do a good job without the need for the large shoulder battery or a battery belt?

Thanks

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Noah KadnerRe: Need Camera Light Recommendations
by on Jul 20, 2012 at 7:19:18 pm

Totally LED's rock the house. I like- http://www.litepanels.com/

Noah

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Featuring the Panasonic GH2 and Panasonic AC160/130.


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Bill BrunerRe: Need Camera Light Recommendations
by on Jul 21, 2012 at 10:50:58 pm

Martin - the Litepanels are good, ad use AA batteries, but they are pretty expensive. The Fancier/Cowboy Studios made in China lights get good reviews, use camcorder batteries as well as AA batteries, and are a lot less expensive.

Hope this is helpful,

Bill
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Dave HaynieRe: Need Camera Light Recommendations
by on Jul 22, 2012 at 4:21:11 am

Agreed. I have a Cowboy Studios CN-160... you can get two for under $100, and have plenty of money left over for beer or AA cells. And yeah, it'll take a couple of different camcorder batteries as well, though nothing I own :-(. The panel is fine, comes with diffuser and color "gels" (well, they're hard plastic, but do diffuse and/or change your color temp), and there's a dimmer. There's also an LED battery gauge, which is pretty handy.

I'm not much of a light guy... I hate shooting in artificial (on-camera) light. But when you can't avoid it, you need something or you don't get the shot. I was more than willing to give one of these a try, before plunking down three-or-more bills on a similar Litepanel unit.

-Dave


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Martin VeronaRe: Need Camera Light Recommendations
by on Jul 22, 2012 at 10:24:48 pm

Thanks for the suggestions. Does anyone have any experience with the
Bescor LED-70 Dimmable 70W Video & DSLR Light?

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Bill BrunerRe: Need Camera Light Recommendations
by on Jul 23, 2012 at 11:04:19 am

[Martin Verona] "Thanks for the suggestions. Does anyone have any experience with the Bescor LED-70 Dimmable 70W Video & DSLR Light?"

Martin - I don't have any experience with the Bescor, but I do have this 70 LED light - and I can tell you from experience that 70 LEDs don't produce enough light for most situations. If I had it to do over, I would get one of the 160 LED lights recommended above.

Cheers,

Bill
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Martin VeronaRe: Need Camera Light Recommendations
by on Aug 8, 2012 at 6:25:55 pm

Bought the 160 and the Bigger Bescor (125W ). Both are a bit flimsy. They are lighter then my old lights and no shoulder battery involved either. I will see how ell they work out.

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Martin VeronaRe: Need Camera Light Recommendations
by on Aug 12, 2012 at 8:16:08 pm

Used the CN160 and the Bescor 125W. Both of them did very well. Shot an entire 6 hour reception on just one set of batteries for each light. No heavy shoulder batteries any more. The 160 matched with my Panny AC130 was excellent.

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