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  1. #1 You have $6000 
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    Your line of work is narrative and interviews. What sort of lights and accesories, not necessarily brands, would you buy?

    Links or types of lights, LED, Tungsten (wattage or output) would be greatly appreciated along with any necessary accessories, ie. diffusers, scrims, butterflies etc..

    Looking forward to your advice.
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    I've become extremely frugal with lighting. And I always want small, light, portable, powerful, and they must run off of batteries.

    There are amazing lights out there for hundreds and thousands, but check this out...may at least save you a few bucks:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcBb-MInwBc

    I myself actually bought 5 different lights from his part 1 video, under $50 lights:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwrGLPi6qb4&t=533s

    (Many of these lights from both videos are pretty powerful and the CRI is 95+.)
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    So here is my gear list and anything other, I rent. I keep it under three sets of lighting - Tungsten Fresnel, Flood, and LED Panels. I also got a couple of cheap fluorescent fixture using Kino lamps. I have a few diffuser and scrims, also a set of par can lights with a DMX controller for RGB lighting effects as I do mostly narratives. I have a few C-stands and light stands. For large scrims or other gaffing needs, I just rent it. If I need HMI, I just rent them too.

    Tunsten Fresnel:

    1. CAME-TV 3-Piece Fresnel Tungsten Studio Video Spot Light Kit (1 x 650W, 1 x 300W, & 1 x 1000W - This comes very much like the Arri Fresnels for those on a budget) - $508.00
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ..._tungsten.html

    2. CAME-TV Boltzen 55W Focusable LED Fresnel 3-Light Kit - $698 - This are LED Fresnel (Daylight) that I just added recently and really like it.
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...w_fresnel.html


    Tungsten Floods:

    1. Interfit Stellar 750X (I have 2 of this and everyone really likes it when I bring it on set). They're about $200 each but I think it is no longer being made. An alternate is the Norman Allure C1000. It's a bit more pricy and you don't need the umbrellas that comes with the kit. I got mine with softbox but I cannot find the kit advertise. Here is the link to the Norman C1000. - $659.
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...e_C1000_2.html

    2. 2 Softboxes - $196 each x 2 = $394
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...p_Softbox.html

    3. Lowel ViP Pro-Light - $118
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...ood_Light.html

    LED Panels:
    I like Dracast so most of my LED Panels are Dracast. They have > 95 CRI and I could use them with my V-mount batteries.

    1. Dracast LED500 S-Series Bi-Color 3-Light Kit with V-Mount Battery Plates and Soft Case - $565
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ..._bi_color.html

    2. Dracast LED1000 Silver Series Bi-Color LED Light with V-Mount Battery Plate - $345 (I got 2 of this during the Promo at about $160 each).
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...color_led.html

    3. Dracast Silkray 600 Bi-Color LED Round Light - $289 (I got 2 of this during the Promo at about $140 each)
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...0_smd_led.html

    4. Dracast Camlux Pro small panel (also called on-camra) lights - I have like 4 of these from 160 LEDs to 330 LEDs - Price about $60-$99 dollars each, so another $400.

    That said, this lighting set would price around $5,270. I have this Angler Steady Cool 2-Lamp Fluorescent Fixture 3-Light Kit (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...uorescent.html) cost about $429 and I replace the lamps with kino 55W Daylight (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...geID/accessory) and that gave me a flicker free kino quality output. However the Anger panels feels cheap (you get what you pay for sometimes). Nonetheless it works for my need and budget.

    You'll want to probably get a couple of small and medium scrims (with .5 and 1 stop at most) or one of those cheap reflector/diffuser set. Don't have to be the expensive kit. They all seem to work. With all this, it will fit your $6000 budget, IMO. Good luck!
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    Does this include C-stands, flags, diffusion, filters, etc.?
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    LIGHTS:
    -- Small power, like a 198 or 500-600 LED panel for placing in spots that lightstands can't go in. Also for up and over hair/rim lighting.
    -- Medium power, like a 1,000 LED panel at 60watts or greater. Also LED light "heads" that use one single big LED for the light. Preferably with a 'Bowens' mount for accessories. Also "Kino DIVA or Kino FLO" fluorescent tube style lights for good power and fill without heat and huge power usage. And the good old Fresnel hot lights that are so cheap over at CAME-TV. Pick your size.
    -- Large Power, like 1,000watt tungsten lights, or 2,000-5,000 HMI lights - can be had used for a price range that fits this budget.
    Diffuse Diffuse Diffuse with umbrellas, softboxes, or just sheets of ripstop nylon. Or the innermost layer of those cheap 5-in-1 reflectors.
    A few 10-foot aluminum light stands and a few C-stands. and TWO sandbags for each stand. (Better safe than sorry.)
    Don't forget a full flag kit too. You'd be surprised how useful they are. That's why you'll almost always see them on big sets.
    Also that Black foil is great for quickly blocking light spill off of light fixtures.
    And of course - a serious gel kit with at least CTO and CTB in multiple strengths. Add 'Straw' and 'Rose' and you'll be glad you did.
    Shadow kits are also a real blast when you have dull looking sets.
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    Lights: Every Chinese clone you can imagine
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    Just yesterday shot a short film and my main l8ght was a Falcon eyes flex panel. Even though i toplit everything through a 4x4 unbleached muzz, stayed at f4 and had overexpose by 2 stops the bicolor light stayed at 30-40% all the time. Gaff taped it to walls and ceilings.
    Flexpanel of some sort with softbox and grid. My recommendation.
    I use the Falcon eyes RX18tD. Skintones look fine!
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    If I had $6k to blow, and already had grip gear and some hot lights, I'd certainly look at Abel Cine and grab a Litepanels Gemini for $3500.00. THat's a whole lotta light for interview setups. Can be used to key against the sun, or turn it into a book light on an interior. Full RGB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyLo View Post
    Does this include C-stands, flags, diffusion, filters, etc.?
    I did mention to get diffusion, reflectors, filters... I've got a couple of Avenger and Matthew c-stand. But as I said, it is cheaper to just rent the rest of the gaffing stuff. I accumulated my gear over time as I needed them. There's no need to spend on them all at once. But if you must, then sure go ahead. These days I try to work it out such that the production has already got the gaffing and grip equipment. They are just to much to carry and inventory on set.
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    2x Aputure Light Storm LS 1S - LED Panel

    2x Aputure Light Storm COB 120D - LED Spot

    3x Aputure LS Mini 20D

    1x Westcott Apollo Softbox 28x28"

    1x Westcott Optical White Satin Diffusion Umbrella 43"

    1x Westcott 5-in-1 Reflector Disc 40.5"


    2x Photoflex Litepanel 39x72" White / Black Fabric

    6x Impact Heavy-Duty Light Stand 13'


    1x Digital Juice 30 lb Sandbag - 6-Pack Pro Kit


    6x 95Wh Sony V Mount Batteries + chargers


    1x Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478D


    1x X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Video



    And for the remaining $500 I'd just buy clamps... clamps and gaffer's tape.
    The Aputure LS-1 lights are amazing - I used to lug around huge tungsten kits because I'd been scarred by early LED-lights with their green tint and low output.
    But nowadays it's a literal weight off my shoulders! :-)
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    Thank you all for awesome suggestions. Building a list from everyone's input.
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