I've worked with both for years with not much thought. But when it came to buying them used, I noticed that the 407 is pretty easy to find used (and decently priced), but the 3081 (which retails for more) is almost impossible to find used.
Other than the obvious physical differences, what are the actual differences between the two? They're both 1k fresnels, and i haven't noticed any difference in light output.
Mole 1k fresnel (407 vs. 3081)
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Posted 13 June 2010 - 03:19 PM
The 407 is a steel body workhorse, still being made today. Old ones just need a stripping, cleaning and repaint/rewire to continue to provide good service. The 3081 is the updated 1k, constructed of a combination of aluminum and steel. Lighter in weight, but more easily dented. Both use the same size scrims, doors, etc. Unless the Mole is significantly cheaper, I'd opt for the B&M 1k fresnel over the Mole 3081.