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Rhonda Ramirez
 

Help with this PLEASE!!!


Im searching for a light and I found this...Besides the fact it's not English written down below but more like Morris Code...does this seem good for a small studio setup

BRITEK KIT INCLUDES:
(3)HL8053FLS / HALO FLOOD-1000S VIDEO LIGHTS
(3)HV130005 / FAD JPD 120 VOLT 1000 WATT LIGHT BULBS
(1)HA2056BA / 4-LEAF BARNDOOR
(2)HA3429SO-S / HALO SOFTBOX 32"x 32" H-180d
(3)LT4068 / 8 FOOT HEAVY DUTY LIGHT STANDS
(1)HA3182CA / DELUXE LIGHT CASE WITH WHEELS
(1)PA1374CA / DELUXE LIGHT STAND BAG


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7/9/2006 9:16:27 AM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  This is a hot light system Rhonda. Based on your gallery pix, it's not really suited to the sort of photos you take. First of all, 1000 watt lights get hot enough to essentially bake your subjects, they're not very portable, present a higher risk of fire, color shift as they wear, and can't usually be ratio'd down unless you add separate equipment for that.

It seems you either need a good portable system that you can camera mount and that will move with you (like a Quantum Instruments set-up with a turbo battery pack), OR a set of monolights (like Bowens) that will produce various light outputs (measured in Watt seconds) or a portable pack system (like Speedo-o-tron, Norman, Elinchrom, Dynalite, etc.) and some light modifiers like umbrellas with various interior fabric colors, a softbox or two (36x48 is a good starting size, some reflectors and sturdy stands.

While Britek offers some flash equipment, in my opinion, it's not very high quality or geared to professional use. Some of the parts are quite flimsy, the light output or guide numbers is quite low, more like an on-camera fill flash, and what sounds like great equipment really isn't made to last or endure. There are a couple of others here who will disagree with that, including one who is a Britek distributor, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Each of the manufacturers I mentioned have excellent web sites. Photoflex and Chimera that sell softboxes, offer online lighting tutorials as does Quantum I think. Speedotron and Norman are just excellent. I've used both pack systems for years without any significant problems and I use them in work when I have to travel. So too with Bowens monolights.

My point is that even if you're not using your lights professionally, best to buy pro lighting and never have to replace it and upgrading means only to buy an additional light and stand. Seewhatimeanhuh?
Be well
Mark
Mark-Feldstein@sbcglobal.net
Take it light.
Mark

Take it light.
Mark


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7/9/2006 9:33:05 AM

 
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