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Robbie Fatt

Filmgear Lighting HMI

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I’m just wondering if anyone knows about the filmgear brand lighting (I think it’s Chinese) and if it is any good? I’m looking at getting there 800w HMI par because I really like punchy daylight balanced lights for streaks of light.

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I have rented their M18 equivalent in the past. Feels alright in terms of build quality, but even in 50 Hz (so non flicker free mode) the head gave of a high pitched whining noise. We ended up removing it in post - at least it was only evident in a very small frequency range, so removing it didnt hurt the sound, but took extra time and therefore money. Generally speaking the same rules as with all equipment apply - you can buy the off brand product, just expect to make much less money off of it, even if in some situations it might be better suited for the job than the name brand product. If you dont plan to rent it out youre fine, obviously.

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