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Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by kwong2006, Dec 1, 2007.
I found this online
Sima LED Light
Do you guys think this is good for quasi-professional uses?
It's an alright deal for about $40.00.
Although, if you're looking for something "professional", LED light are pretty much the way not to go.
LEDs have a tendancy to create uneven light, especially scene if you're using a HD camera.
If you're looking for professional lighting, look at Frezzi camera lights, you definately get what you pay for.
Just my 2 cents, still its a good deal for $40 since the Frezzi lights are past $100
Quazi-professional? No. Any lights that mount on your camera are going to look god-awful. It looks like a spotlight, over-exposes your subject and under-exposes the background.
But if you're just shooting home movies, then I'm sure that'll function. You might want to diffuse it though. Or something.
I use a light that was made by Canon that I like quite a bit. It uses my cameras backup batteries to power itself and puts out quite a bit of juice.
ppc_michael is partially right. I would never use this thing for something that can be done in multiple takes like a short film. But the light is an absolute necessity for one-take shots like when I do a wedding for someone. It may produce uneven lighting, but it's a lot better than no lighting at all.
In order to help you better, what kind of videos are you making? Is this still for your newscast thing? If it is, I would look at something higher end in the ~100 dollar range as that will give you a better spot. A bright front subject and no light in the background is common for newscasts, so it won't look so strange.
Yes, the video that I am making is still for newscasts. So I was wondering if this light would do. I am doing more and more night assignments myself, so I have a need (but not a very urgent one) to use a light.
LitePanels are the *****. Expensive as hell though. LED is the future.
Quasi-Professional? A crappy camcorder attachment isn't even Quasi-Amateur. If you can afford a good light, pick up a few Lowell Omni's with Barndoors, and put diffusion on with clothespins.
If that's a bit too expensive, visit your local Home Depot and pick up a few 500 Watt halogen worklights. Pop the protective metal thing off and you have a cheap kickin light.
The thing is, cheap lights give cheap wavelengths of light. I'm a film student at Drexel in Philly, and white balance is everything. Cheap lights appearance of white wanders so much.
Just don't buy the damn camcorder attachment.