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Hi guys. I'm a filmmaker that currently shoots with dslrs (Canon t2i & 7D) and i'm looking into purchasing my own lighting kit to light some of my future projects (and slowly move away from renting and borrowing from my friends). I was looking into LEDs because they don't overheat, more lightweight, and generally don't use a lot of power. Any suggestions?

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Depends what you are shooting. I have access to a bunch of arri lights through work and often loan them for personal work, then once on set reflectors, diffusion and a cheapo set of daylight softboxes I got from amazon end up doing all the work.


Full disclosure, I havn't used LEDs and hear they are great. one Arri7 led light costs nearly 3k though....

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I've done some work with Arri lights before and they are amazing lights! Had to borrow them a couple of times. I was also looking into the Arri LED lights on B&H. Unfortunately, they are really expensive and don't quite fit in my budget at the moment. 




An acquaintance of mine also recommended that I check out the ikan led lights and told me there was a sale going on. Hm... are these a good lights to go with?



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I've used cheap ebay panels and LitePanels alike. 


Both have a magenta or green hue. The more expensive ones tend to be more consistent, think Komputerbay cards, the cheap ones are a gamble.


That said I mixed cheap and expensive on a recent shoot and it's fine. I think the cheap ones are great to start with. Also daylight is yur friend.

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