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#1 Tom Hepburn

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Posted 08 November 2008 - 06:29 PM

Hello Folks,

I was looking for some used lights in the classified section, but I didn't get many responses. Can someone give me there recommendation on the following kits?

Briefly, I'm doing most all of my shooting with two people, that's the "crew" me and another person
I'm shooting primarily s16 black and white.
I will only have access to standard (usa) house outlets.
transportation provided by Toyota ;)
For doing short films, interviews, etc.

I'm relatively new to shooting 16mm film so I don't want to bite off more that I can chew.

Mainly I'm looking for a good light VALUE given my experience level and finances.

I think I've covered most of it.

Lowell to go

SV K-78

SV K-77

Lowell 3 light

Lowell DP 3 light


I currently have 4 500 watt work lights I can use for light away from my subjects.


Thanks in advance,
Tom
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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 08 November 2008 - 06:40 PM

Tom, I'd look into an Arri Soft-Bank Kit.
I went with the D-4 and find it very nice all around. I'd then pad that out with some loose used 1Ks and 2Ks on the cheap off of ebay or form BH's used store. They can be had for under $100/head sometimes. (I paid $150 each for my 2K fresnel heads and then another $100 for stands).
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#3 Bruce Taylor

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Posted 09 November 2008 - 01:14 AM

The Lowell kits are nice portable units, and they pack well in their custom cases. But my goodness, $1000 for 3 lights is a lot of dough. I haven't seen Smith Victor stuff in awhile, but they were not very solid the last time I looked.

I'm with Adrian and the ebay idea, especially if you're tight on funds. Some of the lesser known professional brands like Strand, Ianiro, Colortran and Bardwell McAlister among others can be amazing bargains if you shop on ebay a little. Also, the professional workhorse Mole Richardson units sometimes come up at great prices. Check out www.mole.com to take a look at the different lighting types available. I suspect you would be able to put together a great lighting kit for a half to a third of the 3 light Lowell kit. You might not get a case though.

Have fun.

Bruce Taylor
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