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    tungsten lights

    Hi Folks
    I have a question: I am looking to get hold of some lightweight (small) dimable tungsten lights...something that can be either a soft flood or a direct flood. And, if possible, dimable. Any ideas???
    Thanks in advance
    Andy
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    Re: tungsten lights

    For color or B&W?

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    Re: tungsten lights

    Black and white.....but may be colour at a later date, for which I would use tungsten trannie film, if you can still get it!
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    If you use dimmers on color film you will change the color temperature from the lamps rated Kelvin. Why not look at inexpensive strobes or fluorescents with a high CRI?

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    Re: tungsten lights

    Ok, I hadn't thought of that...
    So lets forget about colour film/kevin issue and go with B/W. The project that I will use the lights for will be black and white and dimable tungsten lights, in my mid, are the way to go. Basically I am trying to reproduce a style of location portraiture from the 1930's and need to create a strongly lit portrait whilst also using avaible light.
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    Re: tungsten lights

    A lot of folks that shoot video use a motor speed controller from Harbor Freight as a dimmer, rated about 1500W. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=43060. I like the Arri fresnels but I don't think they meet your lightweight criteria (3 light kit weighs about 50#), the Lowell Tota-lights might be an option.

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    Re: tungsten lights

    I would have a look at 250 Halogen building lamps for starters: cheap and they don't produce too much heat, a problem with this kind of lights in general.
    A 1000W halogen bulb can melt aluminium at close range......

    If the 250W's are too large for you you can put a dimmer inbetween the power line.

    I have been using them from time to time when I did not want to build my studio flash outfit up.

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    Re: tungsten lights

    What size of an area are you wanting to illuminate and to what shooting stop? Full body or faces?
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    Peter.

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    Re: tungsten lights

    Have tried Dedo Lights? they are very small and portable, dimmable, and zoomable.

    I use them for interior photography, and on occasion portraiture.

    http://www.dedolight.com

    although they aren't cheap, you may be able to find them at your local lighting rental.

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    Re: tungsten lights

    i dont' know what you're lighting exactly. but like spiky said, dedo kits are pretty good.
    although they don't have alot of power behind them.

    if you want to look into film lights a little more
    redheads (800k) and blondes (2k) are your basics, for more of a spot you could use PAR cans (1k). at about 3-4m's distance they give f45, compared to blondes that give around f22

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