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| p.2 #1 · What Lights do You Use and Why? |
Profoto. Not because they are snobby, European lights. But rather for these simple reasons. 1. The mount alone is priceless to me when working quickly, and assistants love them. Not to mention even the heaviest banks are rock-solid without worry of falling off. 2. Color fidelity is amazing and reduces time in post. 3. Durability. In the decade I've owned them, I've had exactly two repairs. Both my own fault. 4. I can rent them if needed in any major city. 5. Simplicity/ease of use. My preference is simple dials and rocker switches as opposed to digital buttons to adjust power. 6. Modifiers. Perhaps others don't see the value in these but I often employ the magnum, narrow beam, and globe. I have yet to find other mods that compare, and I have experimented with other brands.
Those are the highlights among other reasons for the investment. Yes, initial cost is high. But honestly the acute-series is quite reasonable. That series is what I use most. For a hobby, probably overkill. But if making a living with lights, or even thinking of that down the road, I think it makes sense to invest in long-term gear. That is not to bash on any other brand at all.. just my opinion on gear that has served me well.