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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Holland View Post
    Are you saying you don't like the self produced reviews now on FB? :)

    I bought one. It's a hell of a lot of output, decent overall light quality. There is some color fringing to the edge of a non diffused light. I am a bit surprised by the sound from the ballast and yes the solution is to drown it out, blimp it, or keep it further away.

    For a the price, it's a good deal.

    I'm doing some tests right now with various brands (Fiilex, Litepanels, Aputure, etc....) to kit up several new lighting units for 2018 productions. While far from the price point of a single Aputure unit, the prototype Litepanels Gemini has oddly (normally not a huge fan of softer panels) become a quick favorite. It's in the lead in terms of the "best overall quality of light" and I mean that on a color level, which is largely due to the RGBWW inside it.

    The Fiilex Q1000 more directly goes up against the Aputure 300D in some ways as a point source. I'll be doing those side by sides this week.

    Back to the Aputure, it's not perfect, but I think the value is there for the price. If you diffuse it or modify it you'll handle the edge weirdness pretty easily. I've spent much more on lights that exhibit this worse sadly.
    Phil, I have a couple of Cineo Mavericks but you now have me looking at the Litepanels Gemini after I saw your FB post...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos Quintero View Post
    Phil, I have a couple of Cineo Mavericks but you now have me looking at the Litepanels Gemini after I saw your FB post...
    Just ordered my Gemini today!
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    Id love to see some lighting setups done with this baby as I'm thinking of picking up two 300D's over christmas.
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    I love them. We did a whole High quality World Class Sports Event coverage with Red Weapon helium 8K with very little time to setup- about 30 minutes each car, and with no power extensions, only V mount powered. Driver headshot scene setup was on the room before the podium so we had to work with it without much control. Cannot recommend these lights enough.

    Here's the result. Bare in mind this was for a live going event with immediate delivery at the prize giving ceremony at the end of it. Youtube 4k. Shot with Zeiss Otus, Sigma Art, Sigma Sport- glamour headshots with the 120-300 2.8!- and Canon L Lenses. And 2 aputure 300D lights. Missed focus on some headshots due to very, very limited time with the drivers before their own commercial commitments. Note that some of the shots were shot in daylight on garages that were contaminated very strongly by it.

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    thanks for that Sergio, really nice work. I'm pretty convinced they're the right setup for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dominik Muench View Post
    thanks for that Sergio, really nice work. I'm pretty convinced they're the right setup for me.
    Make sure to have a stack of V Mount Batteries ready, though. It takes t V mounts at the same time to operate. We used 190's and got about 40-50 minutes each 300D with 2 batteries. We had 8 V's and it worked well on the hectic schedule.
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    The compromises aren't bad at all. I see the light weight more as a feature and using 20' xlrs is no problem. This 300d offers a great amount of flexibility. I always use soft diffusion and haven't been happy with the output from my diffused Astras. I think 2x300d and 2x120d with the fresnel attachment and a bunch of Bowens modifiers (skylight, softbox/grids, parabolic, china ball, barn doors) will cover most of my shoots.

    I'm a bit scared of dropping my reliable Tungstens, but I'm tired of the weight, heat, and power draw. Has anyone seen these with the 1x4 modifiers as a replacement for Kino Flo 4x4s? How does the 300d mix with the 120d?
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    thanks for that, need to stock up on v mounts then.
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    I received 300d few days ago. It's very badass for size and weight. I didnt measure anything scientific but to my eye its somewhere upwards of Arri Compact 575w HMI. Maybe i'm wrong but thats my first impression. I blasted it through full grid 8ft 8ft butterfly with included reflector sor some tabletop food stuff and it looked great, color wise as well as intensity wise
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    I can't find it currently, but I saw a post from "Aputure Ted" within the last week or so claiming they have fixed the 300d's green fringe issue. I'm also considering this light. Rented a 120d over the weekend to shoot a political candidate in an outdoor setup and I loved the look I was able to get.
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