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#1 Jeremy

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 11:57 AM

Hi all!

I have an option to buy a cheap DeSisti package from someone, but have never worked with them. I usually work with Arris, Moles, and Kinos. Any advice / experience / thoughts?

How are the Magis, Flourescents, etc?

Thanks so much!

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#2 Tim J Durham

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 03:03 PM

Hi all!

I have an option to buy a cheap DeSisti package from someone, but have never worked with them. I usually work with Arris, Moles, and Kinos. Any advice / experience / thoughts?

How are the Magis, Flourescents, etc?

Thanks so much!

~Jeremy

Hi,
I have a 4-light DeSisti tungsten kit which is very high quality for a portable kit, in my opinion. I've not used their flos so I can't say anything useful about them other than the tungsten heads I have are of similar build quality to Arri portables.
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#3 Laurent Andrieux

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 04:59 PM

I second that : great Fresnel lights, don't know the flos
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#4 Kevin Zanit

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 06:18 PM

I am definitely not in love with them, especially their HMIs.

They tend to be on the bigger and clunkier side of things. That said, they put out light, so if you can get them for a decent price, then why not?


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#5 Laurent Andrieux

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 06:36 PM

Sorry if I don't get it all Kevin, do you mean you don't like the fact they're big ?

I think a large lens on a Fresnel light is a good thing, to me... ( when you spot it you get a soft wide source)

( I don't know their HMIs neither, only the T ones)

Edited by laurent.a, 08 December 2005 - 05:21 PM.

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#6 Kevin Zanit

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Posted 07 December 2005 - 10:40 PM

No, it?s not the lens size i have a problem with; it?s the actual size of the unit.

I am mostly referring to their HMIs, for example the 1200s are really big compared to an LTM.
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Posted 07 December 2005 - 10:44 PM

I agree with Kevin. Lousy HMI units. A friend refers to them as "DeSucksties." I recall there being a barndoor or scrim holder that was plastic instead of metal and would melt off after a few hous of use.
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Posted 08 December 2005 - 03:45 AM

I just bought 4 5K Moles from pyramid-film.com. They're due in on Dec. 15. I recall that they are rather large and heavy. At $125.00 each, I figure I can get some use out of them on night exteriors.

I use Dichroic, 1K pars to get around HMI flicker hassles. 4 of them on a four pole, Mole bale put out enough light for daylight fills in medium and close-up shots.
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#9 Tim J Durham

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Posted 08 December 2005 - 06:39 PM

Enough about the HMI's. He's not buying HMI's. He's getting a tungsten field kit and the DeSisti kits are totally workable and cheaper than comparable Arri kits. As for flo's, take a look at the Lowel Caselites.
They are sweet and very convenient as the unit is it's own case, and cheaper than Kino's.

I wouldn't buy NEW DeSisti HMI's either. Used? depends... But the tungsten gear is high quality.
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#10 Kevin Zanit

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Posted 08 December 2005 - 06:52 PM

As I said before, I don?t like their tungsten or HMI units. Period.

I also said, if it?s what you can afford, then go for it because either way they all put out light. It doesn?t sound like he can afford to be picky.
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Posted 21 December 2005 - 01:00 AM

I picked up the kit. It was too cheap not to. Basically, just wanted a cheap field kit as a backup. We have multiple 1ks, etc hanging around, but needed something smaller for quick jobs. Should do the trick.
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Posted 21 December 2005 - 04:36 AM

The desisti tungsten fresnels are very well made. for my taste they have the same quality as Arri or Mole.
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