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david braman
True tungsten for Kinos
on Sep 29, 2010 at 6:45:45 pm

I'm not happy with KinoFlo's tungsten tubes. Does anyone agree? And more importantly, does anyone have any gel correction that they use?

Thanks.


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Michael Easparam
Re: True tungsten for Kinos
on Sep 30, 2010 at 12:11:56 am

Which Kino tubes are you using and in what fixture? KF29 or KF32?

Personally, I don't like the KF29s at all. Much too reddish. Even worse in the Diva fixtures. If you manage to orient a Diva with the lamp connectors facing down, the combination of that plus these tubes is downright nasty.

The KF32 has a great color rendition IMO, but is perhaps slightly over 3200K. A bit of 1/8th CTO might warm it up some if needed. If you are matching other tungsten lights, chances are good they are less than the stated 3200K making the difference between lights more noticeable. No option for these in the 55w biax tubes for the Diva, which is a shame. One of the many reasons to use 4x4 banks instead.


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Michael Palmer
Re: True tungsten for Kinos
on Sep 30, 2010 at 1:34:25 pm

Kino has had many different ballast versions over the early years and they now have the individual switch for each tube and the tubes burn much more constant in color temp. The early days were a mess and those ballast are still around. If you own these lights and they are the newer style you can add 1/8 or better yet 1/4 CTO or CTS to warm them closer to incandescent (2600-2800) kelvin degrees.

If you rent lights you'll need to test them yourself and let them burn and heat up to know each fixtures color temp.

Good Luck
Michael Palmer


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