LimoStudio 1000 Watt Photography Photo Video Studio Light Head, Film and Television Tungsten Fresnel Continuous Light Spotlight, AGG1028
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(1) X LimoStudio 1000W Photo Fresnel Tungsten Continuous Light Kit Power Range : 1000W Color Temp : 3300K Lens Diameter : 5" Barn Door Size : 6" x 8 " / 6" x 11" Side Width
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Since we videographers rarely use lights without some sort of modifier like Gels or Scrims, we need a bit more power. Keep in mind that using an average silk scrim in front of your light is going to cut out at least two thirds of a stop of light. 1000 W of light gets cut down to somewhere near 600 really quick. So if you decide to buy the 650 W version of this as a key light, keep in mind that if you use any kind of modifier in front of it, you really have much less light than 650 watts and will have to compensate by cranking up your ISO.
If you use gels I recommend getting Super Heat Shield Sheets: 20" x 24" by Rosco. They are 100% transmission sheets and they will save you going through a lot of gels.
I received 2 lights one in a white box and one in a brown box. The one in the brown box when lit up had all the paint on the inner lining burn off. This exposed the copper color inside causing the lights to have a copper hue at the edges of the lights. The other light had a smell but the black paint did not burn off.
Look like Arri lights
Function as Arri lights
Throws the light and is good enough in most applications.
-Paint burns off exposing copper color changing the color of the lights
- The Focus is not as good as an Arri light. The beam stays fairly wide throughout the range.
- there is a ring at the edge of the light where the fresnel lens has a small gap.
-the switch on the power cord warms up and the cord itself gets a little warm. (Safety concern)
Overall if I received 2 of the good lights I would be much happier. Not worth it to return the light. I may just re-spray the liner with fireplace paint.
The smell and smoke is attributable to the coating on the can surrounding the ballast. Once these lights have been smoked out, open the canister and dump/vacuum the dust particles from the inside. Notably, not sure that breathing in the remnants would be the safest of alternatives; so, one might think to burn off the residue while on the outside, and clean before inside use. Three hours of continuous lighting took care of this initial phase.
No scrims at the moment; however, a silk and/or diffusion works well as the barn doors are comparable to any other prosumer brand. Use a 2x flag scrim to improvise for a hard light buzz. Focus more intensely with black wrap -but not too long unless you like a bond fire. Pretty sure the 650's will handle the heat... and this one -I've found- handles for fifteen minutes or so at the very least.
Finally, the ballast-control-knob stick a bit, but a slight reversal clears the clog almost instantly. The spot works fairly well. Overall, a great light and good bang for the buck.
Oh, and, as with all 150's and above (arri, desisti, kino, etc), the casing handles much better with a pair of hothands.