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kevs

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Profoto: Spot smalls, Fresnel, and precision lighting.
« on: January 27, 2019, 07:39:59 pm »

I'm trying to expand my Profoto and lighting muscles. I own a bunch of D1's, and own the Mangum, small grids, and Beauty dish white.

I just rented the Fresnel small. It was great. But where you can find it, it's $1600.00.  Perplexes me as it's just a round pice of metal with some glass. (not like a Canon/ Nikon lens or even the light head itself, which took hundreds of hours of engineering and design, and a huge staff to create -- am i being too harsh? )  Apparently  Bowens made it for them and they went out of business. If I found the Bowens for sale, how hard is it to put a Profoto speed ring on it, difficult?  And any other Fresnel suggestions, please.  I could buy the Profoto but is it worth $1600 to anybody? (you can get very close to that dramatic look also with a few grids I think). But I do dig the product - fresnel small.

Profoto Spot Small with inserts, read a cool article about this. Again not made anymore. I imagine it would be hard to get these used, and most likely over- priced. Any opinions on this? I like the idea of being able to get a straight line or lines - for example, a sharp rectangle of light with precise lines, on a persons face (for portrait). Ideas of this topic appreciated. Open to 3rd party ideas if not too complicated.
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Re: Profoto: Spot smalls, Fresnel, and precision lighting.
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2019, 12:48:12 pm »

You might check out the Profoto MultiSpot...the price isn't for the faint of heart, but it's fantastic.
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Re: Profoto: Spot smalls, Fresnel, and precision lighting.
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2020, 02:07:25 pm »

I'm trying to expand my Profoto and lighting muscles. I own a bunch of D1's, and own the Mangum, small grids, and Beauty dish white.

I just rented the Fresnel small. It was great. But where you can find it, it's $1600.00.  Perplexes me as it's just a round pice of metal with some glass. (not like a Canon/ Nikon lens or even the light head itself, which took hundreds of hours of engineering and design, and a huge staff to create -- am i being too harsh? )  Apparently  Bowens made it for them and they went out of business. If I found the Bowens for sale, how hard is it to put a Profoto speed ring on it, difficult?  And any other Fresnel suggestions, please.  I could buy the Profoto but is it worth $1600 to anybody? (you can get very close to that dramatic look also with a few grids I think). But I do dig the product - fresnel small.

Profoto Spot Small with inserts, read a cool article about this. Again not made anymore. I imagine it would be hard to get these used, and most likely over- priced. Any opinions on this? I like the idea of being able to get a straight line or lines - for example, a sharp rectangle of light with precise lines, on a persons face (for portrait). Ideas of this topic appreciated. Open to 3rd party ideas if not too complicated.

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Perhaps the Hive Lighting adjustable fresnel would work for you? Cheaper ($399) and it looks it uses a Profoto mount, for some strange reason. Doesn't have an iris but the fresnel lens is can be adjusted, I think it would give a spread between 15 - 50 degrees, definitely not as narrow as the Profoto can give you. It can hold gobos in the front. I've had one in my wishlist for some months now.
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