I've owned a Neewer CN160 for over a year, and recently bought another one so I could mount a pair of them on a flash bar (spread out in each direction). I bought the second one because I really liked the first one; I could have opted to purchase a pair of different-branded LEDs, but didn't see the need. I don't know what the lowest percentage of output is, but the dimmer/dial works very well from "zero/off."
Caleb's reviews are spot-on, and I appreciate the insight. I can't comment on other LCD light panels than the Neewer because I haven't tried them out, I only want to mention something that Caleb neglected to: that is that the Neewers come with both a hard plastic clear diffuser filter/lens and warming (CTO) diffuser filter/lens. You can see the mounting tabs to slide the diffusers onto the face of the lamp. Either/both of these really make a difference compared to the naked LEDs. I leave the clear diffusers on most of the time.
As for batteries, I think the Neewers are the only LCDs in his review that allow the use of conventional AA batteries (six of them), which is a huge advantage in certain circumstances. Also, yes, mounting the NP battery is a little odd, but can be done easily - with the NP cover plate, that he says you can't use - once you figure how they go in. (The cover plate goes on after, if you feel you need it.)
I'm not affiliated in any way with Neewer. Their products can be hit-and-miss, but I thought it was fair to mention these benefits of the CN160. And yes, $33.00 online.
Great film on all accounts.
But if you re-watch the end of "Rebel Without A Cause", you'll see where Pitt got his "What's in the box!!!?" Performance from.
$80 for the Yongnuo is the cheapest on Amazon right now, compared to the Canon for barely over $100 ($103 for Prime members) brand new. That's not what I'd call "half price", as quoted from the Facebook headline.
Not even a question I'd get the Canon again, since I've had one in the past.
Have a look at "Blood Simple" by the Coen Brothers - opening (?) scene. (I think it's their first film...) And if/when you do shoot from the back seat, remember that the audience can see out the windows and windshield, so you have to be careful to match the light and surrounding buildings. The Coens were wise to use a rainy night out in the middle of nowhere.
Free will do the job if you just want something to use to bang it out on your Mac. Just remember that you'll eventually have to share those files with someone (maybe even your local Kinko's) who has the same software (so they can open it).
I use Final Draft (not free). I can save any .fdx (Final Draft) screenplay in MS Word Rich Text and it will format correctly for a reader who might not have FD, but I don't know if most others can do the same. There are others that are cheaper (as opposed to free) but everyone I know uses - or at least has - Final Draft.
There are a lot of cheap and free ways to do things in this business. But if/when those cheap and free things make you have to do the job twice because you didn't think ahead, you'll realize why people spend money on certain things. Ask me how I know...
I agree with the above posts regarding cheaper camera choices to start with.
Something to always keep in mind with expensive electronics: technology moves on, and at a rapid pace. By the time you get good with that expensive new camera, technology will be far ahead of you and you will have spent a lot of money on a learning tool - when you could have had a very comparable tool (camera) for 1/2-1/3 of that price. As long-term investments go, figure out which brand you'll be using and pay good money for good glass - lenses that you will use for the long-run, when you really do want a great camera body.
I bought a T2i last year from a friend for $300. But I spent $800 (new) on a great lens (EFS 17-55 2.8, Ultrasonic, etc) The "Nifty-Fifty" 50mm f/1.8 is decent for under $100, but cheap plastic and not very fast. For a 50mm, spend a little more and get the f/1.4 (don't forget some new filters as well). This kit with Magic Lantern now installed is really all I need at this point.
Don't forget that you can also rent virtually anything you'd need for any shoot. Try before you buy...