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#1 Maurizio Gaimari

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 12:42 PM

Hi I'm thinking of using a Mini flo tungsten 12" "car kit" for a exterior night shot.
I need to light an actor at a bus stop. We're using 16mm 500 tungsten film.
I am not looking for floods of light, but I am worried the Mini flo kit simply won't be enough. I have no experience of using it, therefore I'm looking for good advice.
Please help.
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#2 freddie bonfanti

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Posted 18 January 2009 - 01:00 PM

depending how wide you want to go, the mini flo is a good option for a quick tight shot, being such a small light it wont spread too much and the falloff is quite sharp. if youre doing a close up then with barn doors open and no eggcrate you'll make it, as im guessing being a bus stop at night you wont mind the harsh artificial fluorescent look of the mini flo.
also when you get the "car kit" there should be two mini flos rather than one which you can both use in the car cigarette lighter, there should be a mini y-cord included in the case.
so if you put the two units together, building a sort of 2 bank mini flo then you may get a little more.

its a tough call, if i were you i would come up with an affordable back up plan involving a bigger light just in case

good luck

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#3 Matthew Parnell

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 08:06 AM

I find the Kino 15inch kits to throw a much nicer light than the mini-flo kits and you can get a two bank version of them. They can come with 12v balasts for car use etc.
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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 09:34 AM

I too would recommend something a little bit bigger. I feel it's always better to have more light than one needs rather than less. . . though I've done a whole music video at night before with a 300W car inverter and a few small light bulbs. . .all depends on the look, of course.
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