Re: lights by Doug Graham on Sep 18, 2005 at 7:22:48 pm
Depends a bit on your camera. If it's a small handheld, you'll want a smallish light.
The Sony camcorders do well with the Sony 10/20 watt light, which will run off the camera battery if you use the high capacity ones.
If you don't mind wearing a battery belt, or one of those over-the-shoulder pouches, the NRG Microlux is good on the smaller cameras.
If your camera's not so great in low light and you want more oomph, the NRG Varalux Pro is nice. It has a built-in dimmer. It'll handle up to 50 watt lamps with no trouble. The Frezzi mini-fill is also popular.
If you have a professional camcorder with an Anton Bauer battery mount system, the Anton Bauer Ultralite II is an excellent choice. It can run off the camera's battery and eliminate all that cabling.
Whatever light you choose, you'll probably want to add extra diffusion to soften it. A sheet or two of Roscor Tuf-Spun clipped to the light with a paper clamp will work, or you can buy a little soft box for it.
- a JVC consumer dual-well DV/SVHS deck. I haven't used one, but I have seen several posts from people who've had problems.
- a professional level JVC DV deck. These seem to be a bit more reliable than the JVC consumer decks.
- a used, Japanese consumer market Sony dual-well DV/VHS deck. Has to be used, because Sony stopped making them. I have a WV-DR-9, and I like it a lot. Be darn sure you get a translation of the manual, and a 100 volt wall wart power converter.
- A cheap DV camcorder dedicated to deck duty. This is the least expensive, plus you now have another camera for an emergency backup...but the transport mechanism is slower and more fragile, and the playback electronics may not be as sophisticated.