If you're a fan of LED lighting, and you're also fond of getting things for free, then Blind Spot Gear is about to make you very happy.
As the first production runs of super versatile Scorpion Lights are coming into existence, Blind Spot is running a promotion in which they're giving away two free lights when you purchase a kit of four. Six lights for the price of four. Hard to beat a deal like that when it comes to professional lighting equipment.
First up, here's Billy Campbell with an overview of the Scorpion Lights themselves and a quick look at the accessories that come in the kit:
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And here's a review from Andrew Gormley:
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If you're interested in getting a whole load of Scorpion Lights, head on over to the Blind Spot store. The full kit of 4, which includes the super clamps and various powering options, will set you back roughly a grand depending on the conversion rate between pounds and dollars.
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What I always want to know with LED light reviews - What is the light output in old-school tungsten equivalence? Are they equal to the standard Dedo 150w? A 650w inky? Less than these?
May 14, 2015 at 7:25PM, Edited May 14, 7:25PM
Look at the size of that lightsource.... not very flexible in my pov.
May 14, 2015 at 11:02PM
These look like they would be great for small table-top / macro shooting projects. ( i.e. jewlery, watches, a "beauty" shot of a product, etc... )
For conventional interviews I would be concerned about the light output because I would want to put these lights through a large scrim to soften the look, and that would eat up at least 2-3 stops of light.
I can also see using these as FX lights where you want to poke a light into a small area where there's no room to mount a regular size light. ( like the car example in the video above )
May 15, 2015 at 4:26AM
I didn't mention it in my review, but Blind Spot also provides you with Rosco gels that you can attach right to the barn doors with magnets (also provided). It diffuses the light really nicely. Even if you were planning to aim the light through a scrim, I'd wager they're strong enough to handle it depending on distance, of course.
May 15, 2015 at 7:56AM
We own a set and have found them to be very versatile, allowing us more creative options. We used them recently on this video: https://vimeo.com/127349513 They are even in the shot at 1:16 (on purpose). I definitely recommend picking up a set - I'm glad we did. Ben Rowland, Yonder Blue Films
May 15, 2015 at 6:37AM
did you use the 4 lights for the night scenes in the gym exclusively? or were other lights involved?
May 15, 2015 at 7:25AM
These lights look very usable on set and location. I really like the versatility for setup. My question which is a problem with 95% of the LED's is the light output. What is the lumens at 10ft, 20ft 30ft.
I am always looking to use lights with power that I can always power down. Most of the LED's being distributed barely have a light out equal to 100 watt or 200 watt hot light.
May 22, 2015 at 12:00PM
Generally reviewers are gaff geeks who might not have the best artistic sensibilities but they know how to compare lumens to lux or tungsten, CFL equivalents, beam angle etc. OR they can't do any of those things but they can light a scene well enough to make people say, "Hey! That looks pretty amazing. I could do that." You do neither. If I learn anything from your video it is to save my money until someone shows me they're either worth buying or not.
March 16, 2016 at 7:36AM, Edited March 16, 7:36AM