2015 was my first year experimenting with High Speed Sync options. We used little portable lights that didn’t put out a huge amount of power, and it was a challenge to produce work on-par with previous years’ huge studio lights. This year, we’d like to combine the two – allowing us to shoot with low depth-of-field but with big production results. The only solution we’ve found that will work with our medium format system is the Priolite. The cost to produce a new HLS this year is estimated at $2,650 – $5,350 depending on options below. At the bare minimum we need to add one new light to the mix. At best, we’ll add two lights and rent a 2nd camera instead of risking my personal gear.
Option B is to use my personal gear and purchase some Paul C Buff batteries made for studio lighting. Each battery system costs about $600, and we’d be aiming for 2 (but could live off of one). I try to bring as little personal gear as possible, because in 2012, our $15,000 camera system was rendered “mostly inoperable” by the dust. The other downside of this option is we lose the HSS capabilities.
Regardless, this project inevitably ends up costing a good chunk of change each year, so any support you can offer is greatly appreciated!