Ordered a kit of CineFLEX "XL" along with a new SKYHUE "S" and I have to say I'm impressed by these two lights.
The SKYHUE has a very punchy output and the colors are rendered perfect on my Ursa Mini 4K camera. The SKYHUE it is built like a tank and sure it whit-last years of use. RGB and effects modes opens a lot of new possibilities in terms of lighting design and special effects. Used on my last project to mimic a thunderstorm lighting inside a kitchen and also flashing's of a police care passing by.
Ordering from cinelight.com was smooth and delivered this time on time by DPD.
Review by Ozora2 years ago
Not much to say other than a by the book purchase experience! That may sound a bit underwhelming but given my latest experiences with other suppliers it's more than I thought I could ask for.
I'm putting together a second studio and need to work with a tight budget, so I ordered a Fresnel 650W & 1000W to run some tests. A wide variety of purchasing options (Paypal always a preferred choice here), transport in 4 days through DPD, and surprisingly responsive customer support and things were off to a good start. Ultimately any concerns I had were blown away when I compared the light output to some other variations I got off eBay, a huge difference of over 40% on the meter.
Great prices, great products, great supports. These guys are definitely worth recommending. Cheers!
Review by Christina Lüning2 years ago
I have already bought in the past cinelight products and have always been satisfied with the remarkable value for money. I bought fresnel tungsten, fluorescent lights and led lights. For market value the quality is definitely good !!
Surely in the future I will make new purchases. Also good with the sales department.
Review by Prience2 years ago
One of the worst customer service and company policies experience I had as a professional. On a factory defective product, they made me pay the shipping all the way back to Romania, cost me more than 100$, asking me to declare 10$ of value on 1000$ light kit putting at risk my goods. On the return, once fixed, they declared 4 Euros (without my approval) and the package got lost by DHL. Now they are brushing me off with the possibility of getting 4 Euros back on a package of 1000$. I'm stuck without my light kit having lost around 1000$ and a lot of time trying to make them admit the risk they made me take with them.
Review by Crissiana Byvik4 years ago
We are currently in the midst of setting up a small production company (Printhouse Films, based in Graz Austria) and due to our slightly limited "startup" budget, we needed to make smart decisions with regards to kit. As the film lights from companies like Arri were out of our price range, we first considered getting super cheap, no-name knock-off lamps from unknown companies in China but were quickly scared off by some of the terrifying reviews left by others (burning lights, non-functioning parts, less than safe wiring of the lamps, etc.)
By chance we came across CineLight, that seemed to offer a nice middle-ground between the very expensive big brand products and the no-name, very cheap (both in price and in production value) products.
In retrospect, after having purchased ca. €1000 worth of kit, I can say I could not be happier and that the entire buying experience was one of the best I have ever been involved in.
CineLight was extremely professional when it came to paying, offering an array of different methods. We ended up paying via Credit Card with PayPal, which is my preferred method as it's a safe and trusted way of paying. The receipt in the exact formatting with all the info you could ever wish for came promptly (this, as I have come to find, should not be taken for granted, all too often have companies just not included a proper receipt until approached) and what came even more promptly was the kit itself! We chose the cheapest shipping option and still, the kit arrived (very professionally and safely packed!) around 24h later! - Granted, our HQ are based in southern Austria, and seeing that the kit came from Romania, it wasn't as far as it might be to other companies / countries.
What I also extremely valued about CineLight, was their responsiveness. There were several times that I needed to contact a member of their team and each time I got a response within 12h, fully addressing my issue in a polite and cohesive way.
To the quality of the kit itself: I am a trained cinematographer that just completed his BA in cinematography in London. Of course due to this, I have had extensive experience working with several forms of lighting kit over the past years, usually as a gaffer (in training). The lights themselves, whereas they might not feel *quite* as robust as their more expensive cousins from Arri, definitely are at a quality which I will gladly use and feel safe with. The mechanisms worked fine, the stands supplied had a nice weight to them and didn't at all feel flimsy or "plasticy" as feared at first and also the wiring inside the light is up to par! - This last point was especially an important aspect for me, nothing goes over technical safety on set.
Also the other parts that I purchased such as the dimmers, all had a satisfactory level of quality and felt robust, meaning I feel safe using them. (Unlike other companies that sell kit that may be cheaper but has a more than questionable quality especially when it comes to the safety of things.)
Of course, as was to be expected when it comes to this price range, there were certain parts that were plastic (where, if I'm not mistaken, Arri might have had a metal piece instead) or other aspects where I felt like the material itself could have been possibly ever so slightly "better", but then again, those were really only details. In other words: These lights are really only details away from being full fledged Arri lights. (Excuse the the constant comparison to Arri, they were the lights I was trained on and oftentimes industry standard, so I can best compare to those.)
One thing for potential customers: Don't be scared off if the lights begin to smoke a bit or give off a burning odour at first, this is completely normal for many types of film lights (especially Fresnel lights, as I've heard) and is only the excess dust, oil, etc. being burned off / evaporating. If you let the lights air a couple times (putting them outside and switching them on) for an hour, you'll find that the smell will quickly become less and eventually become so minute you won't notice it or even disappear completely. I do highly recommend doing this though before you get onto set for the first time, you don't want to suddenly have smoking and/or smelling lights on set.
I will definitely consider purchasing kit from CineLight again in the future. Their quality to price ratio is really good and I am very satisfied with their kit. 5 stars for what they are!
Review by Deavo5 years ago
I Order a DayLed 800 Bi-Color as i am professional photographer and i need it and for outdoor location and for Church, but in studio also. I am so satisfied with the perfomance of the light, the perfect design, the very very good price, also with the service who was very polite and helps me using my AntonBauer batteries with an adapter, and also the very very quick delivery from Romania to Greece in a perfect condition and packaging. Cinelight deserves many Congratulations and definitely i will buy from them again and of course i suggest them to every professional photographer i know. Thanks.
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