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Bob Cole
cheap on-camera light
on Aug 18, 2009 at 2:42:20 am

I will soon be doing a lot of run-and-gun shooting with an HDV camera which lacks the PowerTap. My sop is to power my Anton Bauer Ultralight2 from a fanny pack loaded with an AB brick and a gold mount, but I'd prefer a lighter, less tethered alternative.

Do you know of a cheap but effective on-camera light, possibly LED, and preferably powered by AA's or the same HDV camera batteries that my Sony Z1 uses?

Thank you!

Bob C

P.S. If it only lasts a year, that's fine. I'm planning to add some frost to the front of it so it doesn't even need to have a very even light pattern.


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Michael Palmer
Re: cheap on-camera light
on Aug 18, 2009 at 2:49:31 am

http://www.flolight.com/microbeam-128.html

I have 3-LED 500's from these guys and they are great. I'm going to order the larger unit.
http://www.flolight.com/led-lighting/microbeam-256.html

Good Luck
Michael Palmer


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Jason Jenkins
Re: cheap on-camera light
on Aug 18, 2009 at 3:55:20 am

[Michael Palmer] "http://www.flolight.com/microbeam-128.html

I have 3-LED 500's from these guys and they are great. I'm going to order the larger unit.
http://www.flolight.com/led-lighting/microbeam-256.html"


These look like they might actually be useful, unlike the microlight.

Jason Jenkins

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Bob Cole
thanks
on Aug 18, 2009 at 3:58:23 am

These look very nice. Thank you for the tip.



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Michael Palmer
Re: thanks
on Aug 18, 2009 at 1:52:24 pm

What is nice is the dimmer control and it looks like a solid unit unlike the micro lite.

Good Luck
Michael Palmer


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Bob Cole
Re: cheap on-camera light
on Aug 18, 2009 at 9:40:37 pm

What about the dreaded green spike? If you put on the minus-green filter, and the tungsten filter, you aren't going to have much light left. Although I prefer the smaller size of the 128, I'm thinking of the 256.

Bob C


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Michael Palmer
Re: cheap on-camera light
on Aug 18, 2009 at 10:37:22 pm

the 128 is much bigger than the competition and should supply you with plenty of lumens, I purchased the Micro Lite and wished I hadn't.

Good Luck
Michael Palmer


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Bob Cole
FloLight endorsement
on Sep 29, 2009 at 5:28:28 pm

Thanks for the tip. I have had my first shoots with the FloLight 128, and it worked well. It's a nice amount of light, not terribly large, & runs a long time on a battery. I wouldn't want to use the bigger lights on a camera, at least not for run-and-gun.

I used a minusgreen, frost, and CTO filters (provided), and got a very pleasing quality of light on faces. Although there is a little slot for them, the filters' flexibility will allow them to fall out, so you do need to secure them with tape.

The ball socket mount can be a bit tough to tighten up enough to keep the light pointed correctly. The height the mount provides makes it seem a bit unwieldy, but at the same time, it's good to have the light that much higher than the lens, for the subjects with eyeglasses.

Very good recommendation - I appreciate it, Michael.

Bob C


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JB Letchinger
Re: cheap on-camera light
on Aug 23, 2009 at 5:20:46 am

I've used lights like this on HDV cameras, and with some diffusion, they're OK for what they are... and yes, cheap... - check carefully for battery compatability...
Sony HVL-20DW2
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/162282-REG/Sony_HVL20DW2_HVL_20DW2_20...

JB


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