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Narendra Haynes
amateur seeking advice on spotlights
on Jan 11, 2009 at 5:57:48 pm

i need a spotlight that is light enough to be carried by hand and powerful enough to produce a crisp rectangle on a wall from 10-15 ft away. i am trying to balance economy of weight and price with a fairly decent effect. i have used a source four zoom which has the effect i want but it is far brighter than what i need and quite heavy to cary. i am looking into the source four junior zoom, but would also like to know if their are other alternatives...perhaps more lightweight and cheaper.

thank you


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john sharaf
Re: amateur seeking advice on spotlights
on Jan 11, 2009 at 6:13:51 pm

There is nothing cheaper than the Source Fours for the purpose you describe, unless you already own a small Fresnel unit like a LTM Pepper or Mole Tweenie or Baby on which you can add a Focal Spot attachment. The ideal unit for your purpose is a Dedo Light, but these are quite expensive.

JS



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Narendra Haynes
Re: amateur seeking advice on spotlights
on Jan 11, 2009 at 6:43:01 pm

the source fours it is then.

thank you for the advice





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Dennis Size
Re: amateur seeking advice on spotlights
on Jan 12, 2009 at 2:11:21 pm

CHEAPER AND LIGHTER: a Source 4 Junior 36 degree (If you're going further than 20'-0" use a 26 degree).

NOT AS BRIGHT: use a 375w lamp .....and a household 600w dimmer from Home Depot.



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Dennis Size
Re: amateur seeking advice on spotlights
on Jan 12, 2009 at 2:18:21 pm

NOTE: Your current accessories for standard SOURCE 4 ellipsoidals (color frame, gobo holder, iris, etc.) will not fit the Juniors.



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Peter Rummel
Re: amateur seeking advice on spotlights
on Jan 22, 2009 at 4:53:23 pm

The Source Four is a type of light called an ellipsoidal. While the Source Fours are reknowned for their design and efficiency, they are not the only ellipsoidal out there. Altman and others also make ellipsoidals (sometimes called Lekos). Any of these would deliver the effect you want. These other-brand Lekos often show up on ebay for pretty good prices.

If being small and lightweight is the most important factor, then you could take a look at an Altman micro-ellipse

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/195917-REG/Altman_ME_120_Micro_Ellips...

It's only 75 watts, but if you're doing tabletop or a subtle effect then it could be the ticket.



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