Date Added: Tuesday 21 October, 2014
CL-TF1000 1000w Compact Tungsten Fresnel
by Steve Varnell
I have owned this 1000w Fresnel light, the 650w and 300w for almost 2 years. All three lights are holding up well. I have used these on probably 60 actual days of shooting in those 2 years, so not heavy use but a decent amount of wear and tear. I have recommended these lights to other film makers, because I believe the quality is solid enough based on the value. The 1000w has had the most "issues". The "throat" of this light was too tight for my Matthews C-stands so I had to re-drill it out with a 5/8” bit. (It was too tight probably due to a drill that had worn in the factory.) At the switch, the cord was pulling out from the strain relief clamp. I unscrewed and wrapped the cord with electrical tape (to thicken it slightly) and retightened. The knob that controls the spot/flood fell off. It appears the heat melted it slightly. I was able to stick a flat piece of copper as a shim inside and its now holding. I just used some 14 gauge wire that I flattened with a hammer. Yes the above were annoying, but they were relatively minor repairs and not something that was irrevocably broken. I also have the scrims and the soft boxes. The mechanism for the spot/flood can be a bit sticky at times but continues to work well enough. I keep the 1000w in a milk crate and the other 2 in another milk crate. These work well for transport and protection."
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]