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yohawn
RE: Buying a Lighting Kit - Please Help
on Dec 2, 2005 at 6:18:10 pm

work for a university as a photographer/videographer and have recently been given the go-ahead to set up a studio in which to shoot video and still photography. I'm shopping for a lighting kit and need some advice. Can anyone tell me which of the 2 kits outlined below they would buy and offer up some reasons for doing so?

Video: Canon XL-1
Stills: Canon Rebel

I'll mostly be shooting talking heads and portraits both in and out of the studio.

ARRI 571991 Softbank IV Tungsten Light Kit

ARRI Softbank Kits combine hard Fresnel sources with a

Chimera Softbank. The larger diffused Softbank creates a

soft, less defined shadow edge (soft light) like that of a

cloudy day and is excellent for interview situations. The

use of softer light sources is more forgiving when

lighting people, but softer, diffused sources can be

difficult to control. Diffused light disperses in many

directions and care is required to control spill light.
(75 lbs)

(2) 530100 150W FRESNEL
(2) 530110 Barndoor
(2) 530120 Filter Frame
(2) 530150 3" Full Single Scrim
(2) 530152 3" Full Double Scrim
(2) 530143 ESP 150W Lamp
(1) 531300 300W FRESNEL
(1) 531310 Barndoor
(1) 531320 Filter Frame
(1) 531350 5" Full Single Scrim
(1) 531352 5" Full Double Scrim
(1) 531340 FKW 300W Lamp
(1) 531600 650W FRESNEL
(1) 531610 Barndoor
(1) 531620 Filter Frame
(1) 531650 65/8" Full Single Scrim
(1) 531652 65/8" Full Double Scrim
(1) 531640 FRK 650W Lamp
(1) 571100 ARRILITE 1000
(1) 571110 Barndoor
(1) 571150 71/4" Full Single Scrim
(1) 571152 71/4" Full Double Scrim
(1) 571145 DXW 1000W Lamp
(1) 571159 Chimera Video Pro Bank, Small
(1) 571158 Chimera 71/4" Speed Ring
(1) 571700 Accessory Pack
(1) 570035 Super Clamp w/ 5/8" Stud
(1) 570112 Ceiling Scissor Clamp
(4) 570050 AS-2 Stand
(1) 571197 Heavy Duty Case (40x19x131/2")
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US $2600

Ianiro Red Head Kit #5

2 Red Heads, 2 Barn Doors w/ Safety Screen,
2 #049 Stands, Case $ 1000.00

(1) 1000W Bulb 35.00
(1) 600W Bulb 40.00
(2) Manfrotto #049 Stand @ $ 105.00each 210.00
(2) Single Scrim @ $ 28.00each 56.00
(2) Double Scrim @ $ 28.00each 56.00
(1) Photoflex Redhead Connector 135.00
(1) Photoflex SilverDome Softbox Medium 260.00
(1) Manfrotto Super Clamp 35.00
(1) Manfrotto #036-14 Stud 18.00
(1) Manfrotto Ceiling Scissors Clamp 15.00
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CDN $1860


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Frank Otto
Re: RE: Buying a Lighting Kit - Please Help
on Dec 2, 2005 at 7:17:52 pm

I'd go with the Arri kit. It will get you through a lot of assignments.

It's more expensive, but you have more fixtures and more accessories should you expand from your core use.

I use the same kit right now for most of my day-to-day shoots - product and food photography, restaurant interiors, celebrity interviews and gaming promotion videos and spots. I augment it with a couple of HMI's when I need to and I also use a few extra Source Fours for really big room shots like large convention facilities.

Cheers,

Frank Otto



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