Video Light- any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by kwong2006, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. kwong2006 macrumors regular

    May 16, 2006
    I found this online

    Sima LED Light

    Do you guys think this is good for quasi-professional uses?
  2. Artofilm macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2005
    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
  3. ppc_michael Guest


    Apr 26, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    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.
  4. P-Worm macrumors 68020


    Jul 16, 2002
    Salt Lake City, UT
    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.

  5. kwong2006 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 16, 2006
    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.
  6. mcarnes macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2004
    USA! USA!
  7. ChemiosMurphy macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2007
    Warminster, PA
    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.

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