white LED-based on-camera light?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by peter, Aug 1, 2003.

  1. peter

    peter Guest

    Has anyone seen any white LED based on-camera video light? It should be more
    preferable than a regular video light because it won't be hot, and the
    battery pack won't weigh a ton.

    I found this product literature. However, I can't find anyone selling it.

    Perhaps I could rig one myself by connecting a bunch of white LED flashlight
    or bicycle head lights together.
    peter, Aug 1, 2003
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    Andys cam Guest

    Should be a great on cam light, but it is not available in the US yet. Don't
    know about Europe...
    Andys cam, Aug 1, 2003
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    Steve Guidry Guest

    One thing to think about is the fact that the Color rendering index of LED's
    is about 85 - 90 for the best commercial ones. (Incandescent is 100, by
    definition.) Basically that means that there are small portions of the
    spectrum that your LED will no produce, so the colors may be affected.

    Steve Guidry, Aug 1, 2003
  4. My experience with a 6-LED IR light is that the light is weak, uneven, and
    very narrow in coverage... BTW, I glued 4 florescent flashlights together
    and onto a bar. Powered with a 6v gel-cell and covered with an appropriate
    acetate filter, the light is broad, soft, and FAR less annoying to people in front
    than the usual near-point-source video lights...
    David Ruether, Aug 6, 2003
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    c Guest


    What kind of fluorescent flashlight? Do you have pics. I can't recall
    seeing any one light that would fit on a camera muchless when 4 would be
    glued together.
    A description of how you made the "mod" would be interesting.


    c, Aug 9, 2003
  6. Check www.ferrario.com/ruether/VX2000_odds.htm - one of these
    days I will get a photo up of it (these flashlights use 4" tubes, as I recall...).
    David Ruether, Aug 11, 2003
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    Mr Mills Guest

    Ive got some experience of Optex Florescent tubes, they do 4" and a 6" in
    Daylight and tungsten, and are great for filling in dark eyes etc,
    especially under helmets, and are nice and soft.
    We used them on all (4) digibetas for two weeks filming 1st World War
    trenches (costume drama/doc) and they were very useful- although we did
    break a few tubes.

    They might be more what you are looking for?
    Mr Mills, Aug 12, 2003
  8. No - it is a Stitz flash handle for still cameras... (it has a
    very nice grip).
    Ah, so, you are not fond of the Mini-DV camera with the
    highest image resolution (but lowest "sharpening") in its class,
    with the smoothest low-light picture and greatest low-light
    range, with an excellent built-in stereo mic, and with really
    good auto controls (that also can be biased to taste)?
    David Ruether, Aug 13, 2003
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    Chris Fewer Guest

    Try all you like, I've heard every argument in support of the VX-2000 that
    you can imagine. I just don't like it.
    Chris Fewer, Aug 14, 2003
  10. Yet you use the almost-identical PD150...? ;-)
    David Ruether, Aug 14, 2003
  11. Oooops, had you confused with someone else...;-)
    David Ruether, Aug 14, 2003
  12. Russell Steubing, Aug 16, 2003
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