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#1 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:33 PM

I've never worked with PARs, but I may have some use for them in the future.  Plus, they're on sale.  But since I would not be mounting them to ceiling rafters (this would be a location shoot in a private house) I was wondering what the safest and most secure way would be to mount them.  I have plenty of c-stands so I'm guessing a yoke-to-stand adapter?


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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 01:42 PM

TVMP adapters, that's what I throw on all my PARs. Can be either a baby or a jr, and you can pull them off if need be.

Depending on the ceiling, you can use scissor clamps (as pars are very lite weight) or with rafters and the like- c clamps etc.

Make sure you safety them,and personally I always rewire them with more than a 3' pig tail when I can (though that's been on my to do list for many of my pars for a long time).

 

I also find a Opal (Lee 410?) in front in one of the gel holders helps with the hot spots.


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#3 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 01:55 PM

Thanks, Adrian.


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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 01:56 PM

My pleasure.

One more think. Make sure you pick up locking washers for the TVMPs; else they can rotate right off with enough [mis]use.


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#5 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 02:01 PM

Will do.  Thanks again.


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#6 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 02:23 AM

The aluminum parcans are lightweight. The steel ones are significantly heavier.

Sounds like you'll be in a house, but I just wanted to share a recent experience rigging lights in an office building. So normally, you can rig lights to a drop ceiling if the cross bars are screwed into beams. Well, we found out the hard way that this particular drop ceiling was only screwed into sheet rock.

The gaffer had put a c-stand over the cross bars with a sandbag on top to keep it from rolling, then dropped down a Joleko 800 off a Cardellini. All fine with a safety chain. Then he added another Joleko 800 and the screws in the sheet rock gave out. Luckily the drop ceiling did not come down, but it was scary as the whole crew was under it. So don't rig lights to a drop ceiling without first checking to see what the drop is actually secured to!
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#7 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 09:38 AM

But you can rig them to c-stands with the device Adrian mentioned, right?  Or are they only meant to be hung from the ceiling?


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#8 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 09:40 AM

with a TVMP adapter you can put them on any stand-- c stands included.


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Posted 07 August 2014 - 09:45 AM

http://www.bhphotovi...ke_to_Baby.html


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#10 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 11:48 AM

Yup, those are the ones I was looking at.  Thanks for the clarification.


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