With so many good lighting systems available such as by Arri, LTM Peppers, how do you know what lights to buy. Since many of the photos in the FLAAR photography web sites were taken with Dedolights, we feel other people might like to know about these helpful studio lights as well as alternatives such as SunSpots from North Light Products (useful if you are photographing with digital scan backs such as Better Light or PhaseOne).


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The recommendation for Dedolights are for use in traditional photo studios with film.

We use them with Hasselblad medium format, Linhof 4x5 and Linhof 8x10, and Leica or Nikon for 35mm. Overall, the Dedolights are the most useful special-function lights that I have used.

But if you are upgrading to a large format scanning camera, be sure to double check whether your present lights may cause flickering that is picked up by the scanning camera as dark lines across your image. A Sola heavy-duty constant voltage line conditioner will solve some of the problems, but you may also have to select special lights as you enter the high-end world of large format digital photography such as Phase One, BetterLight, or Dicomed. We have tested a variety of tungsten lights and will shortly be testing HMI.

Recently we had an opportunity to see the equipment by North Light in action at international trade shows. Thus shortly we will be reviewing Sun Spots by North Light, comparing and contrasting them with Dedolights. What attracted us to the Sun Spots by North Light is the fact they work well with high-end digital scanning backs such as Better Light and PhaseOne.

dedolights lampsDedolights can be battery powered, or you can power them from your cigarette lighter in the car.

Bulbs come in 20W, 50W and 100W for the 12 volt system. Dedolights now come in more powerful 24 volt system, but I have not yet tested these.

For color temperature you can select 3,000 degrees Kelvin, 3,200, or 3,400 justbydialing the click-stop control on the power box. You do not need to change lamps.

Unfortunately, the lamp (bulbs) on my DT12-4 power supply usually explode when I turn the power to 3,400.

The catalogs from Dedo Weigert Film GmbH in Germany, or Visual Departures in the USA, will provide you with abundant additional information.

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