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Todd Terry
Budget HMIs... are they worth a darn?
on Jun 23, 2008 at 2:56:26 pm

HI kids...

This is cross-posted in Cinematography....

I'm looking for a non-bank-breaking way to supplement our existing HMI lighting... and ran across these little HMI instruments... pretty dirt cheap....

http://www.alzovideo.com/alzo_800_hmi_cool_lite.htm

Anyone have an opinion as to whether these would be useful for supplemental and incidental lighting (specials, dark corners, maybe hair lights) in scenes primarily lit with, say, a bounced 1200w Par or a couple of Joker-Bugs?

I admit, they do look a bit toyish, are really just 150w HID lamps, have no focusing or controllability (other than barndoors).... and I know you "get what you pay for" but when one could buy several of them for the cost of one "real" little 150w HMI, I'm wondering if they aren't worth considering for minor applications....

Thoughts appreciated....


T2

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Michael Palmer
Re: Budget HMIs... are they worth a darn?
on Jun 23, 2008 at 6:25:17 pm

depending on the reflective value of the reflector it would seem that we may be able to find a lens set to concentrait the beam just like the real professional HMI PAR units do.

Good Luck
Michael Palmer


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