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Aric Walken
litepanels
on Oct 22, 2008 at 9:31:42 pm

I have a question regarding litepanels. I have been shooting independent documentaries in the States for some time using an old Mole Richardson kit. But I am going to Asia in several weeks and will be shooting the beginnings of what I hope will turn into a longer form film--a spec piece right now. I am going alone (with a translator/interviewer) so am really having to scale everything done into what I can bring in one camera bag.

I have been reading about the litepanels and am leaning heavily towards purchasing one (or two). But it's a bit pricey for me and before I make the plunge can anyone give me feedback on having used them?

First I was looking at just one but now I saw on the litepanels site that there is a kit with two panels from $2495 (I'll be eating ramen for a year!).

Also any advice on the spot or the flood? Is the flood more versatile? And I'm not quite clear on the XLR adaptor in comparison to the D-Tap Power Cable.

One other point, do these look...I guess the term would be too "newsy". I want the images to be as beautiful as possible, even if I'm shooting an interview.

I'm shooting with a Panasonic DVX100A.


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Rick Wise
Re: litepanels
on Oct 22, 2008 at 11:56:21 pm

There has been a lot of discussion about LED lights here recently, or else on the Lighting Forum. Do a search for these posts.

In general, the LED lights you covet are very, very expensive. Given your plans, a small DV lighting kit based around a Lowel Rifa light would probably be more suitable and affordable. There are some cheaper LED models coming on the market. From everything I read about them, they need to be diffused and also gelled with 1/4 or stronger minus-green to remove a green spike. As with any lighting, the "look" depends on where you place your key, how it balances with the environs, how much fill you use, etc. The actual lighting units are far less important than your skill at seeing the light, and acting to shape and use it well. Just as, it's not the camera that makes a great film, but the mind behind it.

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


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Steve Wargo
Re: litepanels
on Oct 23, 2008 at 6:28:41 am

We've had really nice results with them because they are wide instead of round. Round lights look newsie.

Will you have access to electricity? You'll be charging batteries so there has to be juice somewhere. If so, those Lowel Rifa lights are really nice. An interview kit could consist of two 44s. And, they weigh nothing.





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jon agnew
Re: litepanels
on Oct 27, 2008 at 7:06:56 am

I love litepanels. They're very versatile. I use them all the time. GREAT for travelling. On run and gun days, I pack two in a backpack, with the diffusion and CTO, four batteries and I'm off to the races. They can be used as both on or off camera lights, and, in a pinch, handheld. I like the floods, but that's just me. I use the litepanel batteries rather than running power off the camera, so I'm unsure of the options there.

If I were going to Asia with one camera bag and high hopes, that's the light I would take with me.



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Jason Jenkins
Re: litepanels
on Nov 1, 2008 at 7:02:26 pm

How about the Zylight Z90? Color temp is adjustable between 2500K-9000K (among other cool features).

Jason Jenkins

Flowmotion Media

Video production... with style!


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Paul Trantow
Re: litepanels
on Dec 31, 2008 at 12:43:09 am

Sorry to get to your post so late - I LOVE the LitePanels. I use a kit of 2 - Spot/Daylight. You can always diffuse a spot but not vice-versa. They throw quite nicely when you can't hide 'em. The kits are cool but will probably require a tiny bit of clever customization (the ones I use tipped over 'til the owner fixed them). Have an extra batter or 2 and try not to panic over the price - They're lifesavers.



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Zheng Liyue
Re: litepanels
on Aug 6, 2010 at 12:58:28 pm

Hello All. I am designing a litepanels like product, and got one question:
Why will people use litepanels instead of cheap OSRAM fluorescent lights like this?

http://www.bulbtronics.com/Search-The-Warehouse/ProductDetail.aspx?pid=OSDU...

My product is almost as expensive as litepanels (and will have a better performance), but these fluorescent lights seems cheap and easy to get.

What's the meaning of expensive LED panel lights?

Looking forward for your ideas.

Yours, Zheng


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Todd Terry
Re: litepanels
on Aug 6, 2010 at 2:28:38 pm

Well, a few of the reasons.... LEDs are virtually shockproof, they'll never break. LEDs also last almost forever.. many tens of thousands of hours. LEDs use very very little power... you can power a 1000-LED panel off a battery. Their color temperature can be very accurate (in the good units), and the CRI can be very high.

The tubes you are looking at would probably work... although I will note that their color temperature is a little warmer than most people would desire. Almost all flos have a green spike in their spectrum as well. Those with a high CRI are less likely to have that problem and the ones you pointed to have a CRI of 90 which is pretty high, but could be higher.

LEDs and flos are different tools... they each have their place and are sometimes (maybe even often) interchangable, but not always.

T2

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Zheng Liyue
Re: litepanels
on Aug 6, 2010 at 2:34:26 pm

Todd. Thank you for your kind reply.
Yes, I see the reason now.
I got that question when I checked the local studio list. I hoped to introduce the new product to them, but found they are using cheap flos lamps, that frightened me.

Well, now I am working on the prototype, and contacting some dealer at the same time. If possible, could anyone here tell me what kind of users might be interested in an unknown new light?

Thank you!


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Rick Wise
Re: litepanels
on Aug 6, 2010 at 5:57:36 pm

Price will attract users to a new, unknown light, price combined with features. If you can get someone who's an experienced DP or gaffer to give them a try gratis and write a report, you may get some testimonials to help sell your product. This is a tough, crowded market. There's always room for a better light that does more. To my mind the light must be:

  • adjustable from 2800K to 6000K

  • have a very high CRI -- Kino Flo bulbs have a CRI of 95. Anything below that has an ugly green spike that has to be gelled out

  • come in various sizes and intensities

  • be dimmable without a shift in color

  • be competitively priced

  • be built to last


  • Best wishes to you!

    Rick Wise
    director of photography
    San Francisco Bay Area
    and part-time instructor lighting and camera
    grad school, SF Academy of Art University/Film and Video
    http://www.RickWiseDP.com
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/rwise
    email: Rick@RickWiseDP.com


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