Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Continuous Lights For Still & Video
As you explore the possibilities of shooting video with DSLRs to augment your still work, a different kind of lighting solution might be in order
Litepanels 1x1 Standard
As you can guess from the company name, LEDZ produces LED lighting systems. The Brute 9 is a compact (5.5x6.5x2.5-inch, 2.1-pound) unit featuring nine LEDs. Among the assets: 40,000-hour life, cool output, highest lumens/watts available for low power consumption from wall sockets, on-board dimmer, 5500K color temperature and interchangeable lenses that produce three beam angles with no need for barn doors. Contact: Hollywood Rentals, (800) 233-7830, www.hollywoodrentals.com.
The MicroPro is a very compact LED light that mounts right on the camera, providing luminous, soft, directional lighting. It’s flicker-free, shift-free and heat-free. Six AA batteries provide 1.5 hours of continuous operation; Energizer e2 lithium cells provide five to six hours. The 5.5x3.75x1.5-inch unit weighs just 10.5 ounces and outputs 5600K light; a filter for 3200K is included.
For more power and off-camera use, the Litepanels 1x1 is a one-foot-square LED light that draws just 40 watts, yet outputs the equivalent of 500 watts. It can be powered by AC or a variety of 18-18V DC sources, including camera batteries and car batteries. The 1x1 comes in a variety of models, including the Variable Flood/Spot and the SuperSpot (15° beam angle). Contact: Litepanels, (818) 752-7009, www.litepanels.com.
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