February 26, 2017 at 8:17PM

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Kino Flo 4' Bank or Arri 150W, 350W, 650W kit?

Hello everyone,
I've been following no film school for almost three years now. I am currently enrolled in community college. Now, I don't want to get into the logistics of me buying vs renting. That's not really what my question is referring too.

I shoot a lot of low-budget music videos (typically 500-1,000) and am getting more and more cooperate work. So, on that note. I was wondering what the members of NFS think is the "better" choice. What I'm really looking for is maybe someone who has had experience with these lights, someone who can offer some piece of mind. I'm leaning more towards the Kino Flo because it's just so practical for low budget shoots. Espically for times where I have a small or even no crew, being able to set up a light without having to worry about burning flesh while setting it up seems incredible.
I've worked with the Kino before, and have loved it. I do plan to grab the both no matter what. But am looking into which one to buy now.
I'm not concerned about not be able to pay off either of the lights in a reasonable amount of time. I'm certain that no matter which light I get it, I will be able to pay it off in 1-2 months.
I currently own an LED light kit, and simply want to upgrade my lighting gear. while I have the opportunity too.

Thank you in advance to anyone who replies.

Here are links to the products
Kino Flo: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1191002-REG/kino_flo_kit_484b_120...
Arri Light Kit: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/541089-REG/Arri_571959W_Compact_F...

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I faced the same decision about 5 years ago. At that time, I went with an ARRI kit (slightly bigger--750W flood, 650 fresnel, 2x 300W fresnel, plus a Chimera soft box and ARRI-branded leather gloves). To this day, I feel like I should have a Kino in my bag of tricks, but I don't. And to this day, I wonder: what if I'd gone with the Kino first?

The ARRI kit makes 3-point lighting a dream, especially with the soft box. But my cameras really prefer daylight balanced light, and Kinos make that very easy. You can also get egg crate light modifiers to Kinos, which creates really great light. Finally, there are now high CRI LED fresnel lamps. Yes, they are much more expensive than halogen, but they provide daylight balance and much cooler operating temperatures.

So all in all, I would say that the Kinos are still state-of-the-art for what they do. The ARRI tungsten lamps remain a good low-end solution, but if your corporate gigs do start working out, you might be able to skip halogen and go straight to LED fresnel. BTW, I do have a pair of ARRI L7-C lamps, and they are a big reason that I hardly ever pull out the tungsten kit. And I still wish I had a large shaped source like the Kino...

February 26, 2017 at 9:16PM

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Dang! Just when I thought that the ARRI kit would be the ideal kit. You make me reconsider. My biggest concern isn't if one is better than the other. Because I do plan to own both by the end of the year. However, from a business aspect, it isn't so practical for me to drop 4,000-5,000 in a month on lights.
On that note, I feel like the ARRI kit makes the most sense because they would be really versatile for music videos as well. The Kino FLO 4' is only one light, while the ARRI offers three that range in intensity.
It's certainly a tough choice and within the next 2 weeks i'll be making my purchase regardless!

Daymian S. Mejia

February 27, 2017 at 10:12AM, Edited February 27, 10:12AM

Hey man,

I'm not sure where your from, but if it's near the philly area (or if you want to pay shipping) I would sell our Arri kit for $1750. It's 4 lights and more power than the one you're looking at for less. Comes with a 1k open face, 2 650w fresnels, and a 300w fresnel. Same deal with the roller case, stands, etc. Let me know if you're interested, it's a killer kit!

March 1, 2017 at 10:06AM, Edited March 1, 10:06AM

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Chris Aumen
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What would you used a 150 and 300 for?

March 1, 2017 at 12:44PM, Edited March 1, 12:44PM

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Indie Guy
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