Episode 24: Cheap ePhoto LED Panel Review

I have been super impressed with this LED panel. Here are some of my thoughts:

  • Daylight Balanced – If you have Tungsten (3200K) lights you will need to convert them to daylight or visa-versa.
  • Small – These will be awesome for traveling.
  • Dimmer – Great feature for getting the luminance perfect.
  • Battery – If you can get the battery version I would.
  • Light Power – I have the 600 version, seems a wee bit weak for anything other than 1 person interviews etc. You might want to consider getting a 900 or 1200.
Here is the breakdown of the different Models:

The ePhoto 600 is the Smallest size panel in the series. I found it makes for a great 1 subject light or background light to support larger lights.

  • 600LED, 14.8V DC power, Voltage: 110V-230V
  • 5400K LED color temperature, with 3 gels
  • Size: 12″ x 12″ x 2″ Weights: 5lbs
The ePhoto 900 is the second highest powered LED in the light series. I found this to be the best model to by first if you are getting started with LED lights.
  • 1200 LED, 24V DC power, Voltage: 110V-230V
  • 5400K LED color temperature, with 3 gels
  • Light intensity: 1m :9500 lux, 2m :3300 lux 3m :1600 lux
  • Size: 16″ x 12″ x 2″ Weights: 6.5lbs
The ePhoto 1200 is the most powerful of the LED series and makes for a great indoor key light or outdoor fill.
  • 1200 LED, 24V DC power, Voltage: 110V-230V
  • 5400K LED color temperature, with 3 gels
  • Light intensity: 1m :9500 lux, 2m :3300 lux 3m :1600 lux
  • Size: 16″ x 12″ x 2″ Weights: 6.5lbs
You can find a bag for these lights here.

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Monday Likes: Uppercut

This is another great little piece by Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari of California is a Place.
This micro doc is a very unique one. I am not condoning it, but I found it quite curious. After you watch the  video I’d like to hear what you think about it.

Uppercut from California is a place. on Vimeo.

“In Silicon Valley we have the highest concentration of aggressive people in the United States. And it’s a place where all life has been reduced to working in a cubicle and then after work going out to have a Merlot at the Fromage bar. I’m kind of looking for something a little more primitive, a little more basic, something that appeals to the essential nature of a man.”

— Gints K., Software Engineer & Founder, Gentlemen’s Fight Club

A film by Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari

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Pillow Fight HDSLR Music Video Project

The Project: A Couple months ago I was approached by Director Kaj Kjellesvig to help shoot a music video. The Goal for this video was to create a vessel to generate ad revenue and encourage people to donate towards the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Monday Likes: The Parking Lot Movie

Well ladies and gents, its that time of the week. *Takes a sip of coffee…

Today’s like is a documentary I saw a couple of weeks ago that is in my top 5 docs list. Don’t be fooled by the title, The Parking Lot Movie is a profoundly deep philosophical look at humanity from the perspective of a couple of parking lot attendants. So check out the trailer below, visit the website to grab the full doc on DVD, and enjoy this hilarious and well done documentary.

Cinevate’s Cyclops System

Cinevate recently put out 3 videos showcasing different configurations for their new Cyclops viewfinder. While I have yet to use one, I have no doubt the optics on this unit will be of incredible quality. I am very excited about Cinevate’s new solutions for HDSLR shooters and how they are providing tools to help us achieve more with these great cameras.

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Getting Started With DSLR Video

8 Simple steps for getting started with DSLR video.

Alex Maximov recently messaged me with this question:

“I am getting into DSLR stuff and I am thinking of buying Rebel t2i camera.
What would be your advice for me as a beginning cinematographer?…”

I have been receiving a lot of emails from people asking where to start with learning DSLR video. This guide is my answer to those interested in getting started. This is also the process that got me started.

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Creative Car Commercial Shot With the 5D mk II

Just found this incredible commercial using a couple of 5D’s to shoot a very creative car ad. Rather than shoot images of a car racing through the city or other obnoxious and over used clichés, the SE-R Project team have employed a clever idea for this car ad. You can view the ad as well as the behind the scenes video below. You can learn more about this project at SERproject.ca.

Here is the behind the scenes video:

Nissan Sentra SE-R Drift

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Canon 550D Rebel T2i: Things to Consider

Today Canon announced the Canon EOS 550D. You can read the press release here.


Spec-wise the T2i almost identically matches the 7D’s video specs.

  • 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Full 1080p Video Recording
  • 24, 25 30 and 50 (720p), 60 (720p) Frame Rates
  • ISO 100-6400 (Expansion to 12800)
  • 3.0 Screen
  • External Microphone socket
  • Movie crop function

Read the press release and a pre-production review here.

Build Quality

One factor that really stands out is looking at the design and build of the T2i. Look at the back of the camera there is a noticeable difference from the other HDSLRs. The biggest is the buttons. Canon has removed the scroll wheel and inserted buttons. The second big difference in the material of the body. More plastic and less mag-alloy material.

Back of 7D

Back of 550D

Incredible Possibilities (Most important)

While this camera is not perfect (None is), it has an incredible potential. First of all $800 bucks are you kidding me! If you have been griping about this camera because you already own a 7D (me included), shut up and by one! If you already have a HDSLR this makes a perfect B camera. and if you don’t have a HDSLR what are you waiting for!?

This is the perfect interview/documentary tool. for the price of 1 5D you could pick up 3 550D’s! If one overheats grab one of the others. Its a no brainer! I would highly recommend you go over to Prolost and read Stu Maschwitz’s The Revenge of no excuses post. Stu makes a lot of good points on this camera and its impact.

Finally this is great news for indie filmmakers. To be able to shoot video at this quality for such a low price is great. Sure we will be seeing 10 times more crap on Vimeo than we already do, but I am happy to see an outlet for creatives to affordably shoot great images, which will hopefully spark an interest to become better storytellers.

Canon 550D Sample Video: