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I'm looking for a used Arri Fresnel light kit. Ideally it would be 2 x 650w and 1 x 300w.
If it comes in the Arri flight case that would be great too!
Looking for a quick purchase.
Contact me if you have anything!
You might want to take a look at the CAME-TV ARRI Fresnel clones, which are one of the better made copies of the ARRI design, and are very affordable. Starting at $130 + shipping. They also sell a "PRO" version which has a dimmer built right into the power cord.
August 21, 2016 at 9:00PM, Edited August 21, 9:02PM
Hey Guy, have you used those? I've always been curious about them. I bought a pair of redheads and they were absolutely horrible, in terms of dependability and life cycle. So I kinda made a vow to myself to not spend money on cheap lights again. But I've always been curious about the ones you recommend. Thanks
August 22, 2016 at 3:20PM, Edited August 22, 3:21PM
Yes, I've used CAME-TV standard version and I had no problem with them. They are one of the few ARRI clones that use proper fresnel lenses so they focus like the real thing does. I haven't used the PRO version, so I don't know how well the dimmers are made. I've also used a bunch of their LED lights, including their new Ultra Slim lights which are light weight metal but they have very good color.
I am pretty careful with how I stow my gear, so everything is packed separately. I own a dozen Lowel lights that are almost 10 years old but they look almost new.
I've seen lots of gear that people just dump into cases with grip-arms, clamps, etc... so the paint gets scraped off, lots of pieces get bent or lose, and two years in it has to be replaced.
The RedHeads you used were made by CAME-TV ?
I ask because I've seen some lights from India that were cheap but poorly made. Some of the Chinese gear is poorly made too, but I've been happy with what I've bought from CAME-TV so far. Their stands are very light weight, but I knew this when I bought them, and for LED lights and Lowel lights the stands are fine.
August 22, 2016 at 7:45PM
The redheads that I bought were from some company on eBay. They were Chinese made and they were 3 for $155. I thought ALL redheads were the same, but myself and one of my film making buddies had the exact same experience with them; they burned out within a month, with lite use. I'm very careful with my great as well. Those reds had a great light output, but they got VERY VERY hot and the build quality was awful. I may buy 1 of the came-tv arri knock offs and give it a go!
August 23, 2016 at 3:04PM, Edited August 23, 3:05PM
I would recommend purchasing used units separately on eBay or keh.com. The caveat being that each unit may or may not come with barn doors or a stand. Regardless, these accessories are fairly cheap and are littered across eBay listings. You might also try buying units from alternative manufacturers like Mole Richardson, LTM Pepper, Bardwell McAllister (B&M), Desisti, Helix, Lowell Pro (the smaller 300w & 150w heads tend to last longer). and Smith & Victor. Arri has great brand recognition for good reason but many of the other film lighting manufacturers also made great lights that are still used today. My logic in referring these alternatives is to steer you away from the Chinese clones. Why buy a knockoff with an unproven track record when you can get a similar unit with better build quality for roughly the same price or cheaper? Not all knockoffs are necessarily bad but you really are rolling the dice every time you order one. Chances are if something breaks there isn't a catalog of parts you can order from to fix it. Most of the units from the alternatives I mentioned have parts catalogs, and if you live in a city with a film commission or local guild chances are someone has had some experience using and repairing the unit. That last benefit comes in play if and when you decide to rent your package out to another production. The units you will be renting out will have familiar parts, accessories, and operation.
August 24, 2016 at 10:02AM, Edited August 24, 10:06AM