Multiple SK98s as video spotlights? Is this stupid?

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Robin Dobbie
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Multiple SK98s as video spotlights? Is this stupid?

I think I like the idea of dozens of spotlights vs just a few really powerful ones. Flexibility with aiming and softer shadows. No fans.

One problem I’m unsure of overcoming is white balance. I haven’t seen many cheap flashlights with pure white emitters, and none with adjustable white balance. I’m not sure how the larger spotlights do it and keep everything blended. I’ve seen smaller, multi-color emitters, but it appears you’re meant to switch between them, not blend them. Sure, I could probably find pure white emitters, but installing dozens of gels if necessary doesn’t sound enticing.

This is probably a bad idea. I was just enthralled by the cheap price of the lights and their fantastic ability to tightly zoom.

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They will get very hot if used as freestanding lights rather than handheld.
Heat is not good for lithium-ion batteries.

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I think they should be fine for heat. Sipik 98s aren’t overdriven and they have excellent heatsinking.

That said, they also have cheap low-CRI leds in them. That’s not necessarily a great thing for photography.

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Pure white? White balance? Multi-color emitters? What the flick LoL?

Seriously, unless you would like to better explain what you aim to obtain…

I think you may have found quite enticing the uniform lighting ability of those flashlights, as most zoomies. But if you aim to shoot video with them you will at least need to modify them with high CRI emitters of some known typical CCT. I would choose 3000K, plenty of good high CRI emitters available in such temperature and it allows you to get a spot on corrected white balance by selecting incandescent/tungsten setting. Or maybe 4000K, and then use fluorescent/warm light.

There may be other zoomies worth being used, just don't get full hollow pill SK98s for the love of God.

 

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hank wrote:
They will get very hot if used as freestanding lights rather than handheld. Heat is not good for lithium-ion batteries.

I’d be using an external power supply.

Firelight2 wrote:
I think they should be fine for heat. Sipik 98s aren’t overdriven and they have excellent heatsinking.

That said, they also have cheap low-CRI leds in them. That’s not necessarily a great thing for photography.

As a guy with cameras, I don’t want to detract from the benefits of high-CRI lighting, but low-CRI isn’t the end of the world. I lit this with a prepaid phone from 2013 and a 10yo point-n-shoot.

I just took this in the bathroom with Canon’s first consumer DSLR(rebel) lit purely with my SK68 I got for free in a giveaway.

Barkuti wrote:

Pure white? White balance? Multi-color emitters? What the flick LoL?


Seriously, unless you would like to better explain what you aim to obtain…


I think you may have found quite enticing the uniform lighting ability of those flashlights, as most zoomies. But if you aim to shoot video with them you will at least need to modify them with high CRI emitters of some known typical CCT. I would choose 3000K, plenty of good high CRI emitters available in such temperature and it allows you to get a spot on corrected white balance by selecting incandescent/tungsten setting. Or maybe 4000K, and then use fluorescent/warm light.


There may be other zoomies worth being used, just don’t get full hollow pill SK98s for the love of God.


 


Just acceptable video of a guy in a suit talking about boring crap. The lights might be 20 ft away, or 100 ft away.

I think you’re on to something, choosing a warm key light and adjusting for that. If there are cooler lights in the background so be it.