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Ben Edwards
CAME-TV - any one used these
on Nov 1, 2017 at 9:19:38 pm
Last Edited By Ben Edwards on Nov 1, 2017 at 9:44:58 pm

https://www.cinegearpro.co.uk/products/came-tv-boltzen-55w-fresnel-focusabl...

I tend to travel light (no pun intended) and generaly carry a liliput (or two) 650 open faced and Arri 350 frenel. The above looks tempting. Will be using them for interviews. Anyotne used them?

Ben

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Todd Terry
Re: CAME-TV - any one used these
on Nov 1, 2017 at 10:16:15 pm

Hi Ben...

I own a set of two of those Boltzens identical to those. I haven't had them too long (maybe a couple of months), but the are actually pretty awesome. I have a lot of soft LED fixtures, but was looking for something to give a more fresnel-type usage. These are pretty darn good, and extremely ruggedly built. Nothing cheap or flimsy about them at all.

A couple of notes... I wish they were bi-color, but are daylight only. Not a huge deal. The beam is pretty narrow, even at it's widest setting. For flood-type usages you can unscrew the front and take out the lens and you have a pretty broad and hard light. The yokes do have built-in umbrella holders. I haven't used these as we typically use other softer lights for headshots and interviews (usually LitePanels Astras with small D-Fuse softboxes), but that would be a useful and easy way to turn these into soft lights on the run.

They are pretty darn battery hungry when using them full blast, so keep that in mind. In addition to the on-board NP style batteries, you can also power them off bricks (they include a powertap connector), and AC. Some reviews mention the fact that the 55w versions have fans in them, and people bought the lower-power fanless 35w versions instead. Don't do that. Go for the 55w. The fans could not be more silent, they are practically undetectable. In fact I would say they really ARE undetectable. I was showing these instruments to a friend earlier today, and if you put your ear RIGHT up to the housing you could SLIGHTLY tell there was a fan in there, but not much.

I give them a solid "A" review. I've been really happy with them.

If you are looking for soft light instead but still want to travel light, look into the "flapjack" lights by PhotodioX. They are unbelievably thin round LED panels, lit within from the edges. Very beautiful soft light. I have one that I just bought on a lark because I was really curious about them, and fell in love with it pretty fast. Plan to get a couple more.

T2

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Ben Edwards
Re: CAME-TV - any one used these
on Nov 1, 2017 at 10:48:47 pm

Thanks Todd, very reassuring. I actualy just read a revew at http://www.newsshooter.com/2017/02/02/the-came-tv-55w-bolton-a-less-expensi... and it seemed the CRI is actualy verry good, whitch was my main worry. Surprisingly even the CTO filter produces a good score.

I actually did a bunch of interviews and as they were on-site the ambience was daylight. I actually lit with Tungsten (Arri 350 and lilliput 650, both with dimmers). I am actually quite enjoying mixing temperatures (me bad) . Tungsten on talent and using the (daylight) room ambience. Can create quite a nice colour temperature contrast which I like. Maybe a 1/2 or 1/3 CTB is also worth a try but I quite like the result.

I was actually using the Arri with a hollywood frost (sometimes doubled over) and while it is not ultra soft works quite well.

I often tend to have to carry all my kit (camera and lights) and self shoot, which partly explaing my approach.A couple of these practically fit in my camera bag;). Interested in your take on this.

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Ben Edwards
Re: CAME-TV - any one used these
on Nov 1, 2017 at 10:49:28 pm

Thanks Todd, very reassuring. I actualy just read a revew at http://www.newsshooter.com/2017/02/02/the-came-tv-55w-bolton-a-less-expensi... and it seemed the CRI is actualy verry good, whitch was my main worry. Surprisingly even the CTO filter produces a good score.

I actually did a bunch of interviews and as they were on-site the ambience was daylight. I actually lit with Tungsten (Arri 350 and lilliput 650, both with dimmers). I am actually quite enjoying mixing temperatures (me bad) . Tungsten on talent and using the (daylight) room ambience. Can create quite a nice colour temperature contrast which I like. Maybe a 1/2 or 1/3 CTB is also worth a try but I quite like the result.

I was actually using the Arri with a hollywood frost (sometimes doubled over) and while it is not ultra soft works quite well.

I often tend to have to carry all my kit (camera and lights) and self shoot, which partly explaing my approach.A couple of these practically fit in my camera bag;). Interested in your take on this.

PS if they get your seal of aproval thats good enough for me;)

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Todd Terry
Re: CAME-TV - any one used these
on Nov 2, 2017 at 12:01:32 am

Oh Ben... it's no crime to mix color temps. Whatever looks good.

Before I went all-LEDs I used to do that frequently... I'd often have a daylight instrument as a key (usually bounced HMI), but a tungsten fresnel as a backlight... often the warmer temp looked very good so I would frequently do that in regular practice.

I usually shoot/DP for myself, but a while back we had a producer in from Vegas that I was shooting for (on an all-tungsten shoot), and he wanted me to CTB the backlight because he liked a cooler look back there, rather than my usual preferred warmer look.

If it looks good, do it!

T2

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Ben Edwards
Re: CAME-TV - any one used these
on Nov 2, 2017 at 8:06:13 pm

Interesting that you stopped doing it when you went all LED.

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