Model: Rifa-Lite EX55
My use: I’ve used these lights on an array of projects and ordered two of these during my tenure at UNC-Greensboro. I used them primarily for a key light for interviews and green screen shoots. Chances are, I will buy one for my personal kit in the near future.
Average Price: $488.50
My thoughts: I love this light. Absolutely love it. It is compact, easy to carry and works as a wonderful soft key source for interviews and green screen shoots. In larger productions, it’s useful for bringing up the ambiance or a small fill. The light is soft, flattering and has a nice warm tinge (which I prefer). I bought these lights primarily as replacements for what I was using Kino-Flo lamps for work. To me, Kino-Flos have always burned a little cool (the 3200 lamps) and never match properly with the rest of a tungsten set. Now, to be honest, I do love Kino-Flos under certain conditions, especially if time is of the essence or for small doses daylight fill, but for interviews and the like, they are hard to control, burn cool and bulky. With a Kino-Flo you need to mount on C-Stands, plug the header in the ballast and then the ballast into the wall, which is just a pain in the butt in a small office or the like. The Lowel Rifa 55 comes in a carrying case that contains the head with folded chimera, stand and power cable; furthermore, it’s about two feet long. Setting these up takes no time at all and the tungsten filament, though it does get hot, provides a pleasant glow.
Technical Specs from the Manufacturer:
|Rating||500 watt maximum|
|Lens (Condenser)||Not Applicable|
|Reflector (Mirror)||Silver interior softbox|
|Mounting||Fits any standard 5/8″ stand or stud|
|Cable||4′ Captive cable, 120V power cable, line switch, 120V Grounded Edison Plug|
|Weight||2.5 lbs (1.1 kg)|
|Dimensions||Collapsed length: 24″ (61 cm)
Face: 21 x 21″ (53 x 53 cm)
Bottom Line: If I’m traveling light and shooting interiors, then chances are I have one or two of these instruments with me. They are a versatile, compact soft light that provides a beautiful warm glow, perfect for interior interview setups, lighting talent on green screen shoots and easy-to-tuck away fill/ambient lights on larger sets. For the price, you can’t beat it.