Is this kit any good?
Posted 27 July 2005 - 01:19 PM
What I need is a decent lighting kit which will offer flexibility, ease of use and pleasing results.
1. Would a kit like this be ideal for properly lighting (i.e. = a decent key light, fill, background, soft lights, etc) a short 16mm film -- for day and night shots as well?
2. Compared to Arri tungsten kits for example, will there be a noticeable difference in quality?
Any info will be tremendously appreciated as always.
Posted 27 July 2005 - 02:34 PM
You'd still want some smaller lights (Chinese Lanterns, flos, 100watt movie lights), and someday, some bigger ones (a 2K, maybe some small HMI's.)
The problem you always run into with a tungsten kit is in day scenes where it is impractical to gel the windows. Once you put Full Blue on a tungsten light, you lose 2-stops of output. Hence why some daylight-tubed flos are useful, plus some small HMI's. So someday, save up for a 575w or 1200w HMI PAR, or rent one to go with your package for day interior scenes.
But you can do quite a bit on a small shoot with a kit like that, assuming it's in good working order.
Posted 27 July 2005 - 02:46 PM
I've built a moderate kit up from individual lights on eBay. I have an Arri 650 fresnel, Altman 1K softlight, Lowel Pro light, 8 Lowel KA stands, gels, and a 4'x4' diffusion screen and frame all for about $700. I'm still building my kit, of course, but I am glad I didn't settle for some of the cheaper lights.
Posted 27 July 2005 - 03:30 PM
I actually bought a few of those last year to shoot some video interviews and they're not too bad, but they're nothing special. The tilt-knobs never get as tight as I'd like, and the barn doors get loose but can be tightened with a wrench. The softbox is not as soft as a nice Chimera but it works.
I think they're a good value if you can't afford better lights.
I recommend a few fresnels for your kit too. Theater fresnels are less expensive than film fresnels, but they're often bigger and heavier too.