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Hot Lights or Strobes... Dedolights ???
Old 02-13-2006, 11:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone using Dedolights around here? I'm pretty fascinated by the concept (and they come with glowing testimonials - from the TV and cinema world anyways.)

Any thoughts on hot lights versus strobes?

Hot Lights:
+ Can be inexpensive
+ Less need for Polaroids / digital "Polaroids"
+ Don't need an expensive flashmeter - ambient meter will do
- Reliant on x-sync for motion stopping (my Pentax 67II is 1/30! Barely stops a snail moving but oh the chromes!!!)
+- 3400K - Not necessarily bad or good.
- Very few with rheostatting capabilities - reliant on scrime / ND filters / etc. for power decrease.

Just thinking.

Anyone?

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Re: Hot Lights or Strobes... Dedolights ???
Old 02-14-2006, 05:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Strobes stop motion, including inadvertant camera or model shake.
Strobes let you use a higher aperture giving you more DoF allowing for your focus to be slightly sloppier.
Strobes don't (or atleast shouldn't) bake your model or make him/her sweat.
Strobes use less energy and are less likely to pop a breaker even when used in volume.
More accessories are compatable with strobes.
Strobes are daylight balanced.
You can move strobe heads around while they're on without asbestos mittens.
Strobe modeling lights aren't as bright allowing the subject's pupils to open up.


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Re: Hot Lights or Strobes... Dedolights ???
Old 02-14-2006, 12:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Many of your points are true and were even more true in the past. But keep in mind that the influx of fluorescent lighting has changed the hot light situation quite a bit. The heat factor is negligible.
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