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#1 Sowatt Music

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 11:46 AM

What about a post with people posting their experiences with low cost interview lighting sets
Here is my experience
1. MY EXPERIENCE WITH KINOFLOW
I bought Neo-Lite 220 DX (600USD) which is a dimmable 4 banks Kino copy (light output 55Wattsx4 daylight and tungsten balance)
It works fine with interviews. Light weight and very similar to real Kinoflo.
Fluorescent lighting in my opinion is never as good as incandescent soft lighting for skin tones. Kinoflos don't have flags so it isn't exactly as controllable as dedolights for example.
Conclusion: Good less expensive than real Kino but same quality (i also often work with real kinoflos)
http://www.yegrin.co.kr
bought through http://konovaphoto.com/

2. DEDOLIGHT SP3 Tungsten Lighting kit (USD 2900) 3 lights kit 1 soft and 2 focusable 3x 150Watts
Dedolight lights are very efficient and the colorimetry is outstanding. The system is quite expensive but really easy to move around. Construction build is also outstanding. Light output is ok for close shooting of one or max 2 people, nice backlight thanks to a very controllable focus.
Conclusion: Good, more expensive but worth it.
http://dedolight.com

3. KONOVA 2x 800w Redhat and softbox KIT (USD 360 with the softbox option)
This is the most cost efficient system I ever bought. The only problem is the build quality which is barely acceptable. You have to be very careful not to be too brutal with theses lights.
But nevertheless you get very good power output. The Softboxes are huge and very pleasant. You can easily apply colour conversion gels like any readhat lights.
The light is supposedly focusable but in reality don’t count on it.
Conclusion: Very fragile lighting kit, but because of the price point I still like it very much. Just bare in mind that you might have to buy a new set every other year!!
http://konovaphoto.com/

Edited by Sowatt Music, 23 October 2009 - 11:48 AM.

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