October 24, 2020 at 10:43AM

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Are these lights bright enough?

Hi everyone,

I‘m looking to buy an LED continuous light for some still life videography. I’m currently managing badly using my Profoto D1 1000 modelling lamp, which is 300w halogen. It’s not powerful enough for what I’m doing - I need at least 4-5 stops more light. I’m interested in the Nanlite Forza 300 and 500, and Apurture 500 and (upcoming) 600 heads. These would be ideal because I could use my Profoto softboxes on them with an adaptor, meaning the stills I shoot with flash could better match the video I shoot. But I’m really struggling to find any way to compare the power of the D1 modelling lamps with any of these lights. Would anyone know if they are more powerful and by roughly how much? Would I be able to get down to a low ISO around f8-11, 50th-100th sec, with a big Octa softbox on them?

Thank you!
Thom

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We answered this on the podcast last week!

November 2, 2020 at 2:10PM

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