EOS lighting?

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by Taleman, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. Taleman

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    Has anyone heard of EOS Lighting? Is there product any good? I like the prices but I've never heard any mention of them before. Anyway here is the website:

    http://www.eoslightingllc.com/index.html
     
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    Never heard of them...
     
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    They're using DayFlo fluorescent lights in their systems. At least according to their website. Fluorescent lighting is kinda limited. It runs cool and cheap but if you need the light IN the shot or need to put the subject within a few inches (3 feet??) of the panel it causes lots of problems with some (or maybe all?) digital cameras. The problem is that they pulse (flicker) at pretty low speeds which can cause any of several problems. Also if you light one portion of your model with fluorescent and use another type of light on a different portion you'll have two different white balances on the different parts of the subject which can be difficult or maybe impossible in some cases to edit.

    That doesn't mean they aren't good though. If you can work within whatever real limitations there actually are in your environment with your equipment they might be just the thing. <shrug>
     
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    If you light one portion of your model with fluros and the other portion of your model with fluros you're not guaranteed the same white balance either. They vary quite wildly, much more so than different powered incandescents.

    That said save your money. For $70 you can go to the local hardware store, buy a few ceiling fluros with mounting bracket, mount them sideways on a stand, cover the front with a sheet and have an identical result. Saw a guy do this on youtube, worked quite well. Just be sure to get the same brand and type of fluros, and when one goes it may pay to replace them all.
     
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    If you're using multiple different light sources, you should be using gels on the flashes so that you do get the correct WB.
     
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    You don't happen to have a link to that video... do you?
     
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    Yep. :D

    When I was looking for links for Taleman I came across this guy. Pretty good common sense stuff. This one video here shows just how different the colors can be. I guess we all already knew it but it's fun to watch. His youtube videos are pretty extensive and cover with nice demo and explanation, just about every piece of studio and DIY lighting rig you're likely to encounter commonly. The presentation is pleasant and straight forward too. All these together are kind of a rare combination so I thought I'd promo it a little. :D

    I'm almost done watching all of them. ;) Poor guys in the "I spy" thread are probably getting anxious. :D
     
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    Ha ha! I love that S. E. Grin he flashes at the end of the vid. ;)

    I rather think it's because of the model however and not the $35 lighting rig. :D
     
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    Hi, I wanted to chime in as I was researching EOS Lighting LLC/Dayflo FX Lights as well. The kits look amazingly cheap for a lot of light output. Alas...these are apparently the next generation of Britek lights which supposedly are built better, but who knows. They often showed love/hate remarks in previous incarnations.

    In any case, I would be VERY cautious at buying from Eoslighting.com, dayflolighting.com, or anyone else selling these exact lights. Apparently these are all different sites/domains/LLCs for the same guy who has had a lot of complaints as they operated under numerous names...the last I could find the most info on being Pacific Coast Lighting. If you did a little research, you would notice the contact info is the same for both.

    http://dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?t=109736
    (many other discussions about them as well elsewhere, just google Pacific Coast Lighting)

    Complaints of outright fraud, not shipping orders, broken products with no customer service, etc. Sadly no real reviews of these newer "Cheapo-Flos".

    If I ever tried them, I would definitely demand COD delivery...and if they didn't want to do it, good luck lasting in the market place with those business practices.

    I use home depot bought ballasts and 4' T5 Daylight balanced bulbs...and they do work wonderfully for certain things (like photographing artwork). I personally found them really hard to work with when trying them for full length portrait though and never could quite replicate that DIY video in terms of pulling out his fstops and shutter speeds. (which is what sparked the interest).
     

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