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#1 Don Sommers

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 11:53 PM

Hi all,

I received a Chimera Video Pro (Plus) softbox (36 X 48 Medium). I currently use a combination of Arri 650 Plus Fresnel lights and am wondering if I can use them with this softbox ... or ... if it can handle the heat from these lights.

Most times, I have run them with 300W bulbs (occasionally with 650W).

I am also assuming that I'll need a speed ring of some sort for this.

So ... will the heat from a 650W fresnel be to hot? ... should I rather get a Chimera Daylight softbox instead? ... if keeping them is OK, I suppose a speed ring would be best?

Thanks in advance for your reply(s)....
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#2 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 12:03 AM

With a speedring, it'll be fine since most of the heat is inside the lamp itself anyway. I use the same Chimera with a Photoflex 1k lamp sticking inside the softbox, and haven't had any problems or burns yet.

Edited by Jonathan Bowerbank, 10 August 2008 - 12:04 AM.

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#3 Don Sommers

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Posted 10 August 2008 - 08:32 AM

Thank you for your reply...

I was a bit concerned due to the fact the the 650W bulbs do heat up the arri fresnel casing so that it gets really hot. ... but if you're using a 1k light inside the softbox (and haven't had any issues), I suppose I should be OK.

I will make it a point to outline using the Daylite series in the future. The price is (for the most part) similar and they are the recommended softboxes for the fresnels.
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