Source 4 PAR's
Posted 08 December 2012 - 09:40 AM
What are your experiences with ETC Source 4 PAR lights? I almost always rent lights, but recently I've been thinking to put a little kit together. I use Arri's and Kino's a lot for the types of things where I would want my own kit. I see that there are 575 and 750w versions as well as different reflector types etc. It also appears that you have to get a baby spud to attach it to a stand. They seem like a great light for bouncing or going through frames. Build quality is supposedly good, and the price is nice for the amount of light output.
Anyway, just hoping to hear some of your thoughts/opinions on the lights themselves and creative uses.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:10 AM
I sometimes use my ( ETCSF4) to puch into a white card to give me a hot soft key or fill. Recently i used one high on a triple riser stand geled in CTB to give me a nice moonlight backlight on a scene ouside around a fire.
As you build your kit you may also want to consider a few China lanterns, A ETC leko is starting to become popular again. The main thing is to own the lights that get you through 80% of the type of work you do. As long as you have good rental source available to you , rent the speciality stuff as you need it and own the stuff that you always use.
Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:28 AM
Sometimes you need a small, controlled kiss of light and again, the self-cutting nature of the units is a great time-saver. For a wide master where one character is turned away from the key, I might pop in a little fill via Source 4 which will then get re-shaped and sweetened (hopefully!) when we go in to coverage.
I pick most of my standard package based on speed, due to the ever-accelerating schedules. Source 4's give a lot of bang for the buck in this department. I always have a squeezer inline, plus I make sure we have scrim that actually fits the filter holder (standard sizes require clipping which is ugly), plus a selection of diffusion and CTB ride in the scrim bag with the head in case I need to dim down enough that the color temp shift requires correction. I've been interested in trying out the LED version which avoids the latter phenomenon (and additionally, emulates it as an option which is pretty clever for integrating with the legacy version) but it's still a bit of an exotic beast while the original is so affordable.
Posted 30 December 2012 - 02:59 AM
Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:50 AM
I do use the PAR 64 cans quite a bit, either in bounces or direct for a hot sunlight effect on a wall etc., but I don't use the Source 4 PARS, just the Leko. Thus when I call for a Source 4 it's always an ellipsoidal.