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Peter Corbett
Tossing up between another Diva 400 or Caselite4
on Jul 5, 2008 at 12:22:02 pm

Just looking for an extra fluoro to beef up my interview lighting kit. have a Kino Flo Diva 400 and a Chinese knockoff (with Kino tubes), plus three Dedo 150's/gobo projector and Dedo 150 and 1K softlights, plus Octodome, Chimeras, grids, etc.

So I'm pretty covered for tungsten and daylight interviews, but I'd like another fluoro to use as a fill or backlight. I like the compact Caselite 4's because of the mirrored barndoors and multi-voltage. I do some overseas shooting so 110v/240v switchability can be important. The Diva's are very versatile with the smooth dimming... I don't have (ie can't afford) any HMI's so they are out of the equation for the time being. So what would you guys use and recommend.

Peter

Peter Corbett
Powerhouse Productions
http://www.php.com.au


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Rick Wise
Re: Tossing up between another Diva 400 or Caselite4
on Jul 5, 2008 at 5:38:42 pm

For a backlight and/or fill, you obviously need less punch than your key. Why not go for a Diva 200 or equivalent? FloLight makes a similar unit for much less money. (http://www.prompterpeople.com/flolight.php). Another option is to go with a small tungsten unit and 1/2 blue it for a warm backlight and/or fill. Any of these solutions saves you money and weight compared to another 4-bank unit.

I am curious about which Chinese Diva knock-off you found can use Kino bulbs.

Rick Wise
director of photography
Oakland, CA
http://www.RickWiseDP.com
email: Rick@RickWiseDP.com


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Peter Corbett
Re: Tossing up between another Diva 400 or Caselite4
on Jul 5, 2008 at 11:12:20 pm

Thanks guys for the tips. I'll have another look at the Diva 200. With the Chinese light, I got it for US$380 here in Australia, but it looks like the price has gone up recently. It's probably called a different name in the US, but the build quality is okay and the mirrored barndoors are very useful. The standard Diva 55ww tubes just slot straight in. The construction is very solid but not nearly as polished as a Kino.

You can see it here;
http://www.studiolight.com.au/daylight1200.htm

Cheers,
Peter


Peter Corbett
Powerhouse Productions
http://www.php.com.au


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Rick Wise
Re: Tossing up between another Diva 400 or Caselite4
on Jul 6, 2008 at 12:26:38 am

In the States this is probably the FloLight (http://www.prompterpeople.com/flolight.php).

Rick Wise
director of photography
Oakland, CA
http://www.RickWiseDP.com
email: Rick@RickWiseDP.com


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Vince Becquiot
Re: Tossing up between another Diva 400 or Caselite4
on Jul 6, 2008 at 3:58:09 pm

One thing I hate about many of these knock offs, and the case lights is that they put mirror barn doors to supposedly boost output. (??)

All this does is cast odd reflections all over the set (and talent).

One thing I like about the divas is that they cast an even light, even without the diffuser. All the others I've tried seem to have horizontal areas of shadows, especially great for chroma key...

Cheers,

Vince



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dennis size
Re: Tossing up between another Diva 400 or Caselite4
on Jul 5, 2008 at 6:31:04 pm

Get a Kino Parabeam 200.....or a Diva 200.
DS




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Rick Wise
Re: Tossing up between another Diva 400 or Caselite4
on Jul 5, 2008 at 7:06:27 pm

Looks like the Parabeam puts out more light than a 4x4 or a Diva-400. Kino Flo claims it has the output of a 1.5K tungsten light -- and of course, makes for harder shadows. It also weighs over 17 lbs, and costs over a grand.

The Diva 200 is only 8.5 lbs, and for the purposes you cite, seems to me would make a better fit. There are cheaper alternatives, though I don't yet know how good they are.

Let us know what you pick, and how happy you are when you use it in the field!

Rick Wise
director of photography
Oakland, CA
http://www.RickWiseDP.com
email: Rick@RickWiseDP.com


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Peter Corbett
Re: Tossing up between another Diva 400 or Caselite4
on Jul 5, 2008 at 11:24:29 pm

Hi Rick,

I use the Dedolight open face 150 with a blue gel as a backlight but it doesn't punch much daylight out, hence the quest. You're right about being not sure about the quality of cheaper fluoros against the main ones like Kino and Pampa.

They do the job, but if you invest in a light that may last you ten or more years, you may as well spend the extra when you amortize it over the period of ownership. I'm sounding like your accountant....

Peter Corbett
Powerhouse Productions
http://www.php.com.au


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Peter Corbett
Re: Tossing up between another Diva 400 or Caselite4
on Jul 5, 2008 at 11:39:40 pm

One other thing I'm looking at is a Westcott Spiderlite fluoro TD5.

http://www.fjwestcott.com/details.cfm?id=1&tbl=td5

I'm wondering if it would punch out enough light in my 5' Octodome as a key, or least a medium to large Chimera. I can't seem to find any feedback on this light on any forums. It would be a compact cheap option for traveling with daylight lamps.



Peter Corbett
Powerhouse Productions
http://www.php.com.au


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