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#1 Erwin Landau

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 10:14 AM

I used to own one of the Light Panels but never was quite satisfied, neither with the mounting nor the out put. Also a dedicated battery was also not the hit and the weight...... I solved that with making cables to power directly from the rig and also made a one of adapter that would take Anton bauer batteries instead of the standard bricks...

And of course, the moment I sold it, I got requests for some light on the rig...

Now I came across these Lite Pads and was just curious and got a little demo at film tools... it looked nice but I got turned of when I saw the kit prices... But they told me that I could buy every item separately... and then it came to the individual prices... a pad 3x6 inches: $119.- I bought 2. The round one for a little eye light: $76.-, cables all around $20.- to $30.- each...

You can even run the bugger on either AA batteries or C batts... I'm getting an adapter to use my M-style lithium from my Preston... and then came the big but... what about the dimmer? Oh they are pricey!... I thought there we go... They are $235.- for a single channel... but you can dim up to 4 pads with that dimmer...

As the pad is 500 mA... and gives you 6000K light. And it's none directional... nice...

8mm think, we are talking ounces... just velcro it onto the mattebox and there we go.

I'm getting an attachment made to the dimer to be able to remotely adjut the light with my Preston... the bracket and gear will cost me way more them the dimmer and the light are worth... oh well.

I'm no DP but check it out, I think it's worth it.


Erwin


http://www.rosco.com.../litepad_ho.asp
http://www.filmtools...co-litepad.html

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#2 Charles Papert

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 12:51 PM

Erwin:

How is the output compared to the Litepanel though? I thought the Litepads were not nearly as bright, although obviously being so lightweight you can use more of them/bigger area.

They are known to be pretty green so I would think (hope!) that most cameraman you work with would add some minusgreen to them, has that happened yet?

They are a pretty cool first-gen product, I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next. I've actually considered making a super-flat chandelier fixture out of them for my dining room (hoping they come out with a 3200K version).
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#3 Erwin Landau

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 07:19 PM

Actually we put them side by side and the LitePad was, at full blast, slightly brighter but was falling of faster. Also the panel is more directional, the pad disburses faster (as the LED,s are mounted sideways and are reflected via cascading mirrors) and doesn't look directional.

And at that size and price... I was just looking from the point of an operator as you know I'm no DP and never want to be one... I'll director though... just to give a little eye light or bring the faces up on a walk and talk... Velcro and plug it in. I had flashlights and small fixtures gaff taped to my rig the camera and even to yours truly... (can we tape that to your Vest??? Where are you running to???)

I brought it to the set of Dexter and the reply was where were you yesterday??? The Gaffer, Earl C. Williman was like where and how much... (I think by now he has picked up the gaffer kit from Filmtools) yeah he was complaining about the green, but they tried it with correction and diffusion and it was still only at 60% and still lit everybody around the table... Even Romeo liked it.

I like it and thought I share...

Later,

Erwin
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#4 Charles Papert

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 07:27 PM

I've also been sniffing at the Zylight Z90, which has a lot of sophisticated features (not only remote dimming but programmable color temp on the fly--you could travel from a cool set to a warm one and have the unit follow the color changes). Not the greatest output pattern for us and a bit bulky, but promising.
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#5 Erwin Landau

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 07:47 PM

Nice...

http://www.zylight.c...vlet/StoreFront

But prices are in the range with the Light Panel... as a non lighting camera man... no reason to.

I loved the lights that Howard Preston came up with, completely integrated into the Preston System... whow...

http://www.prestonci...edeyelight.html


Again just needed something small, light and quick...


Later,


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#6 Jeff Muhlstock SOC

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 08:14 AM

Hey Guys, I used these little buggers on a Film earlier this year, they are great for all the reasons you state, however, the gaffer and DP were not happy with the color output, as I recall, they were a bit green and needed some correction. Do a test on film before you commit, be careful.

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#7 Ed Moore

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 10:45 AM

I always find the LitePanels to read a little magenta on screen, so always end up adding green.

Agree with Erwin though; never found a way of mounting them I liked. Might invest in some Noga arms...
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