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#1 Rui_Guerra

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 07:11 AM

Hi all,

I want to add some video light to my uw photo equipment (with is my main objective, BTW). So I want some small but good video lights, regarding power output/settings, burning time and good manuf. support.

I have narrowed the search to either a Sola or a Fisheye video light (more precisely, Sola 4000 - or the newer Sola 2000SF - and the Fisheye 3500). Here are the links:

http://www.lightandm.../sola4000v.html
http://www.lightandm...ola2000vsf.html
http://www.fisheye-j...3500/index.html

1 - What are your experience with those lights?
2 - Any special recommendations or some points that I should be aware off?
3 - For those of you with lots of experience in video, what's your opinion between two Sola 2000 or one Sola 4000?
4 - How about the Fisheye option, is it a really good one or not so much? Why?


Thanks!

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#2 Rui_Guerra

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 07:43 AM

Another option I am considering is the Fisheye 7000:

http://www.fisheye-j...7000/index.html

What do you think?
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Posted 25 December 2012 - 11:59 AM

I own both Fisheyes. Presently I prefer to mount the less negatively buoyant 3500s though I intend to correct the weight of the 7000s using INON buoyancy arms. Both the 3500s and 7000s possess a fully adjustable output either incrementally or progressively. Burn times are good for lights of their power and there is a soft fall-off of illumination with no discernible hot-spot. Coverage is quite adequate for a wide DSLR rectilinear or even fisheye though the 3500s are probably better suited for macro work or, as I intend to use them, as fill lighting when using the 7000s. Colour temperature is on the cool side which is fine for the temperate water I frequent. Also, I like to use either as off-board lighting when shooting stills. Remotes for both models are a planned future release.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 03:25 AM

Thanks for the feedback, Tim.
Fisheye says color temperature of the 7000 is between 6500 and 8000K. I guess that depends on the power output (lower power = lower temperature).

Regarding problems of the units? Are they problem-free?
How about pos-sales service of the Fisheye? Anyone had some past experience (good or bad) that wants to share?

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:15 AM

The post sales service I have experienced from Fisheye has been great. Initially I purchased the now discontinued 5000s and one of these quickly developed a fault and was promptly withdrawn, repaired and returned. Shortly after, I met Kaz Okada who advised that he wanted to replace both my 5000s with 7000s. As I had an upcoming use he happily deferred collection and subsequently sent me a pair of the replacement model. A1++ customer service IMO. As for product quality, I now own pairs of LED48s, LED500s, LED1500s, 5000s and 7000s and other than the initial fault with a 5000 none has missed a beat.
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#6 Rui_Guerra

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 04:19 AM

Light and Motion says that their lights "Sola regulates its own voltage, so the lumen output remains constant during use"

Anyone knows if Fisheyes have this same feature?


Edited by Rui_Guerra, 28 December 2012 - 04:20 AM.

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