I am still confused when all the new “Indie” folks get concerned about carrying their gear. This Lightware MF1217 holds a system just fine. Works easily with a shoulder strap and doesn’t say “CAMERA CASE WITH LOTS OF EXPENSIVE GEAR! PLEASE STEAL ME!!.
It fits easily in the airplane overhead and many times I prefer this to wheels. So many of the back streets in Europe with cobble stones can be murder on the gear due to vibration. I still take my rolling case but like to have the gold close to my side when its traveling on the road. As hard as the traveling is already, less is more when you get on the plane.
Two products from LightwareDirect that I used during a recent European shoot worked out quite nicely. The “Firefly” box puts light everywhere so it can raise the ambient level of the room or area with out really telling where the light is coming from. It has direction but no real specific direction. The strip I find quite useful for models where I want more length in the light down the torso. You can use this as easy as a “Portrait” box realizing that your eye highlight will be rectangular. It also is a great above and below light when you are shooting a tight face, lighting at forty five degrees top and bottom. Here is the CLINCHER! I don’t have any feeling if we should make these. We have not had many calls for a Strip. What do you all say?
Whew! Talk about even! This set up is a “pencil tube” wired to fire from a Dynalite pack. The only drawback is there is no modeling light or fan. The advantage is the travel kit is small and really light. You can pack four into the same space that one normal Dynalite head takes up. I just added a mini mount to the pencil and put it on a FourSquare Block with a 20 inch box. This is one of my regulars when I am using my Dynalite Kit. Happy shooting.
I found a really neat way to organize my batteries other than my pelican case method. We have these for sale on our LightwareDirect site. They are inexpensive and easy to keep in your camera bag or case. Plus they take up a lot less room than the Pelican case. They can be put in either way to signify used or unused (if they are rechargeable). Hope you find them helpful, I certainly have.