Video Light- any suggestions?

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

  1. kwong2006 macrumors regular

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    I found this online

    Sima LED Light

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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

    P-Worm
     
  5. kwong2006 thread starter macrumors regular

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    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.
     
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  7. ChemiosMurphy macrumors 6502

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    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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