Can beat the Joker lights for quality and versatility. Been on jobs where the 800 was the go to light over any available 1.2k HMI open face. If I had the bucks burning a hole in pocket, I'd buy the Joker 1600.
Appreciate the feedback JD.
Hey Mark, I just read through your old thread where you were still deciding on what kind of lights to get. Did you end up getting the bigger Dedo's? Did they turn out to be a good investment?
Hey Akos, I got two 650w Halogen Dedos in the end, they're terrific, not quite the same thing as a DLH4 upscaled 4x, but they've got a terrific spot-flood ratio, and a lovely precise beam that's great for crisp shadows, or creating splashes of 'sunlight'. They give you a fair bit more control than a conventional 650w fresnel. And having that control makes a big difference for my work I find.
I never got the 1.2k HMI Dedo, that would have been awesome, but it was bought out by a filmschool two days before I walked in to buy it
Its not just Melbourne, ive never even heard of a Joker Zoomer. Theres a reason lighting guys all have the same standard gear. Its only DPs who want weirdo stuff that doesnt do anything better but is trendy.
Haha, how can it be 'trendy' when no one's ever even heard of it?!
I dont even get what the zoom attachment does. It just adds a longer focus throw to an open face?
It does the same thing the Arrimax reflector in the M18/M40/M90 etc. does, it's a zoomable, faceted reflector - so it gives you a focusable hardlight, but with a nicer beam, and better shadow quality than a conventional open-face reflector like a Blondie or Redhead.
Youd only ever need a joker for an Octo or for Joleko. Cant imagine ever using one instead of an m18. I dont get why its a consideration.
It's a consideration, because it takes up half the space that the M18 does (and does basically the same thing but with 12% less output). Which gives me more space to fit other lights in the Ute.
I'm not a lighting company, so I don't have to worry about have the conventional brands/fixtures that other DPs want to rent, I just need lights that can work for the pictures I'm making. And smaller, lighter fixtures, allow me to have more lights with me on set.
I love the M18 though, I know what it does, and I know it works a charm. The question is simply whether I take a chance on the 1600w Joker, for the sake of saving space for transport (which is a limited resource for me only having a ute with a canopy - and not wanting to move to a van).