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#1 Will Burns

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 02:30 PM

Has anybody our there used the Photoflex Coolstar 150 yet? :unsure: It looks like a great cheap option for daylight 5600k lighting and I would love to use it next month for a small production.
I almost can't pass up the price because it cost as much as renting an HMI kit for a day. Anybody know? Thanks! :rolleyes:
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Posted 02 January 2008 - 03:46 PM

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#3 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 05:49 PM

It's nothing new, but it is nice that Photoflex has finally come out with a kit to support it.

I've been using daylight CFL's for a couple months now, using this mogul to E-27 adapter: http://alzovideo.com...dapter_180w.jpg

It's also good to have that adapter if you want to use some lower wattage (under 500w) photofloods.

I just saw the demo video on their website, and it's funny how they keep using that footage from a shoot I was on back in May (where CFL's were not used, by the way). You can see me lurking behind the camera in one shot: http://www.photoflex...Lamp/index.html
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#4 John Sprung

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 06:09 PM

Has anybody our there used the Photoflex Coolstar 150 yet? :unsure: It looks like a great cheap option for daylight 5600k lighting and I would love to use it next month for a small production.
I almost can't pass up the price because it cost as much as renting an HMI kit for a day. Anybody know? Thanks! :rolleyes:

It would be interesting to compare it with these:

http://www.1000bulbs...uorscent/33999/

5000K plus some gel to get to 5600, and about a third of the price.




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#5 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 06:16 PM

Closer to 1/2 the street price actually, but then who knows what sort of green spike those lamps may have.

I'm curious about Photoflex's Coolstar, hopefully I'll be able to test them out soon :)
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#6 John Sprung

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 07:08 PM

...., but then who knows what sort of green spike those lamps may have.

Yup, that's why it would be interesting to test. We might get lucky. If it weren't for the strike, I might pop the $60 to find out.



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