I am starting work on an article for the Cow Magazine about comparing various solutions for low-budget videographers to key and fill with fluorescent and LED daylight units. Here's a list of units I will compare, followed by a list of criteria. Note that I am picking the Kino Flo 4x4 as the starting gold standard, which I think it is. There are, of course, a multitude of smaller and larger units, but the basic 4x4 is a good starting place and the units I am comparing are all roughly competitors of this fixture. If you have any suggested additions, please chime in!
I will compare these according to the following categories:
* free shipping?
* Includes stand?
* Includes barn doors/eeggcrate?
* Includes intensifier?
* Dimmable model available?
* Type bulbs?
* CRI daylite bulbs?
* CC reading with Minolta 3-color meter?
* # bulbs can switch on/off?
* weight w/bulbs?
* intensity at 10’feet?
* width beam at 10’ before drop-off?
* height beam at 10’ before drop-off?
* ease to take down, pack up (on scale of 1-10)?
This will be a great service. Please try to include pictures of kits and lights in use.
Additional info: Best places to buy. Price for kits with x number of units? What kind of case at what price? How secure are lamps in case? How heavy? Wheels? How long do bulbs last? Warranty. Customer service.
Are all parts rock solid? Any sharp edges or sticky knobs? Are the cords heavy with solid connections? Would the kit survive a tired crew striking them quickly or do they require kid glove handling?
OSX 10.5.3; MAC PRO 2 X 2.8 GHZ (EARLY 2008); FCP Suite; Sony camcorder vx2000/pd170;Canon xl2; Pana consumer cams; write professionally for a variety of media;teach video production in L.A.
WOW! What a daunting task you're undertaking. Good luck.
Don't forget to include ARRI's Studio Cool fluorescent fixtures, and Desisti's De Lux unit, not to mention the fluorescent units of Brightline and Videssence.
Will you be including a list of LED fixtures also?