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Lowel id-Light Complete Set, Focusable & Dimmable 55 Watt Tungsten Camera Top Lighting Outfit, with Cigarette Plug Connector
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- Multi-use, tungsten halogen source.
- Focus range 5:1 with i-100 lamp.
- With a 20KHz graceful Dimmer, with no electronic interference.
- Watts: uses 55 & 100 Watt inexpensive, automobile halogen lamps at 12/14v.
- i lights are fitted with high intensity #2 Reflector and Prismatic Glass for high quality flood and spot, just like Pro-light.
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id-light 12/14v; 55w-100w: The battery-powered focusable i-light is a great camera-top choice. It provides essential fill light, eye-light, high-lights, and contrast control in news and documentary shooting, without overwhelming available light. Fitted with the high intensity #2 Reflector & Prismatic Glass to give an even flood & uniform spot, the i, and its dimmable counterpart the id-light, bring convenience & dependability to professional camera-top lighting. The id-light is the worlds first focusable & dimmable camera-top light. It provides increased versatility, especially in news & documentary use where lighting conditions may change quickly. Its 20KHz dimmer provides graceful dimming with no electronic interference in the camera. Both i & id-lights share accessories with the Pro-light.
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I'm thinking of redoing the connections since I'm worried about the long range problems of cigar connections.
I did buy the Brescor battery pack, but still only get about 1/2 hour. Of course, this is great to throw in the bag for a shoot that runs late and you can pull this out just in time to save the last few pictures and get some lovely light!
For photographic purposes, the 55W bulb has very limited uses. For me, the 100W is the way to go. The light is dimmable so you can always turn it down if it's too strong. There is a small degree of focusing adjustment with the light (from wide to narrow beam), but it isn't much. For the most part, if you want any sort of variability in the spread of light, you have to "zoom with your feet" and step back a bit.
Being tungsten, the color of the light is very warm, typically between 2800 (low power) and 3300 (higher power) Kelvin. THERE IS A MARKED COLOR SHIFT WITH THIS LIGHT. You absolutely cannot rely on a fixed temperature output from this light. At lower power the light is warmer, with a red tint. At higher power the color cools off a bit. For photographic purposes, shooting RAW and tweaking white balance later is HIGHLY recommended.
I have the included lithium ion battery pack with this light and it's pretty good. It will run dead if you let it sit for long periods of time (weeks/months). I also find that it doesn't particularly like cold weather. That said, freshly charged, it will last 20 minutes or so at full power (which I rarely use with the 100W bulb).
So in short, I don't use this light all that much, but has a really nice effect when I do need it for low light usage. Speedlights give a big punch of white light while this thing gives a gentle kiss of warm light. It can really make a huge difference when you are trying to capture the subtle ambiance of a scene.
As an alternative, get the Smith Victor SV-840 kit instead of this one. The SV-840 Kit has a light which will take a 100 watt halogen DC just like the Ilight and a 300 watt halogen bulb when operating on AC. The kit comes with an AC plug so you can just plug it into the wall. The SV-840 has barn doors and a filter which turns the tungsten colored light to 5600K. As for a dimmer, Smith Victor sells those separately for about $40.
The Lowel Ilight DOES NOT come with a battery whereas the SV-840 kit does come with one.
The Lowell light I have is now up on Ebay.
Another good thing is you can add tons of accessories if you want. It is not as light as I want it to be but it is well made. I am using it with Bescor 7amp battery with automatic charger. It charges in about 6-7 hour.
I am using it for both video and still camera. You can take great shots in dark places because of the amount of control you have. I found it great to mix regular flash light, Lowel id and ambient lights. It takes some practice but you will be amazed with what you can do with it. If you are looking for high output this is not for you.
After some use: The quality of the assembly is not very good. It still provide good lighting. Most parts are too brittle and broke. Very poor use of materials. For $400.00 I want something stronger and lasting.