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  1. #1 What HMI do you reccommend? 
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    I am constantly renting an HMI for outdoor shots. I'm pretty sure is an Arri 4k light. So ive decided to just buy one, but before I do I wanted input from the community if there are other brands or types, that my be more cost effective, or better is some other ways. Or if there is a better model. Just want your feedback on what high powered lights you use for outdoor shots.
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    More flexible yes (def better in some ways).... alpha 4K

    Cheaper... yes filmgear make ARRI copies that work and are cheap

    All round Better overall.... prob not
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    You might want to look at an ARRI M18. You can plug it into an standard outlet. No need for a generator. Not a 4k but pretty bright.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Purcell View Post
    You might want to look at an ARRI M18. You can plug it into an standard outlet. No need for a generator. Not a 4k but pretty bright.
    The M18 is a really useful light, and being able to run it off of normal main power is a great benefit. I'll also say that I have a real fondness for the old school single socket Arri 1.2 Par. The lamps are more expensive to replace but available through Galaxy, but there is just something about the quality of light from that unit. I'd rent an M18 and see what you think.
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    Kind of depends on how you intend to use the light. I generally consider a 4k to be the minimum size to fight with the sun. Also should think about light type. A 4k fresnel you can flood out and bang right into people and it's a very smooth not hot spotty beam. A par is going to need to go through something to smooth it out, and that will eat a bunch of photons. I do not like the reflector design on the m18s. But I am admittedly an old school fresnel guy, so there's that. The old saying that a big light far away always wins is true.

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    I'd also bet on an m18. It's the most versatile light you can get, which doesn't need a Gen power. Slightly less than a 25D in output (according to Arri Calc), has rather big front lens diameter for such a small light. If you don't light the faces straight on, it's a good light to consider.
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    If you want to go really cheap, you could go with a CAME-TV HMI:

    https://www.came-tv.com/collections/...t-kit-economic

    And they have a bit higher produced version:

    https://www.came-tv.com/collections/...-fresnel-light

    But yes, if going ARRI, then get the M18! Or the 1.2KW
    (as once you go a lot bigger it makes it trickier to run power for them)
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    M18, Joker 1600, or Hive 1000
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    Nick, to replace a 4k!?? None of those come close to the spread and output of a 4k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Gardner View Post
    Nick, to replace a 4k!?? None of those come close to the spread and output of a 4k.

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    Sorry I was reading the thread too quick - yeah none of those will get to 4K, my bad. But all three of those are so useful, are all worth considering if personally buying. A 4K can be pretty limiting as can't use housepower, etc
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