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#1 Michael J. Murphy

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Posted 05 May 2007 - 04:54 PM

Since I've started videography, I've noticed that the Z1 doesn't have the best lux rating and 18dB of gain is unacceptable in most applications. I've looked into different types of lights, but I'm not sure which ones are compatible and can mount on the camera. Can I have some opinions on what kind of on-camera light to look into? I'll be using it mostly for weddings, so I don't want the light to be distracting to the bride and groom. My budget is about $400.

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#2 Zamir Merali

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Posted 05 May 2007 - 05:42 PM

Having an on camera light blasting at the bride and groom will be very unflatering for the bride and groom. It will make the camera and the audience see a much flatter uglier picture than is actually there. I would recomend buying some soft lights and aiming them at the bride and groom from an angle. Make it light the entire area so it is less noticed. This will actually make the bride and groom look better for everybody.
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#3 Michael J. Murphy

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Posted 05 May 2007 - 06:41 PM

Actually, Zamir, that was my initial idea. However, not all venues are large. One from two days ago was in a small church with only two feel of space between the edge of the pews and the wall. Of course, that wouldn't allow much room for a lighting stand. Also, some churches (though I haven't come across one yet) have restrictions on auxiliary lighting, even if the church lighting is horrible. So, here's another idea to put on the table: does a camera-mountable soft-box exist?

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Posted 05 May 2007 - 09:06 PM

I did a quick google search and found this. Its called the Action Dome ENG and it is a camera mounted softbox.

http://www.samys.com...il.php?item=778
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Posted 06 May 2007 - 12:13 AM

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#6 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 06 May 2007 - 12:55 AM

Frezzi's got some great on-camera lighting kits. I've used the mini-fills before, and with the softbox accessory that you can get for it, it can work as a very nice source.

http://www.frezzi.com
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#7 Tim Tyler

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Posted 06 May 2007 - 08:43 AM

LitePanels makes Spot and Flood versions.

Can anyone recommend one over the other? Seems like the Spot would be the way to go since it could always be diffused and spread later. I've also heard that even the Flood is too "spotty" though.
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#8 Michael J. Murphy

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Posted 06 May 2007 - 11:51 AM

LitePanels makes Spot and Flood versions.

Can anyone recommend one over the other? Seems like the Spot would be the way to go since it could always be diffused and spread later. I've also heard that even the Flood is too "spotty" though.


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I've looked at the LitePanels, but for my budget, they are incredibly expensive. I've got a budget of about $400...
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#9 Craig Hollenback

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 07:39 AM

I've used a Frezzi Light with dimmer for years and I've been very happy with it. I do use it for weddings/ interviews, etc. and the dimmer feature is very important. I own one without the feature that I purchased originally and regret not having the dimmer on that one as well. It has survived 9 years in the florida keys with much outdoor use...no signs of wear.
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