If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you will have noticed the new lighting delivery that the postman delivered to me from Calumet last week. A shiny new set of Profot B1's in the Travel kit bag.
I'd been looking at the B1's for a while, up until now I had been using a set of Lencarta lights and when some more heads were needed would borrow another set of Lencarta's off my friend (we swap and share our kit a lot, and help each other out when needed), this has ran pretty smoothly for about a year or more and we thought it would for a bit longer.... until BA decided to send the peli case with lights on a round the world flight...without the owners.
Not knowing when the lights would turn up, and with the risk of;
A: Not having any lights to take on a booking I had for the next week
B: The rental cost of lights, and the additional rental cost of days I wouldn't be using the lights but couldn't return them because of a planned trip.
I decided to order the B1's from Calumet, with next day delivery.
After spending £3000+ on lights and knowing that some of the shoot days would be outside and in Wales I didn't want to risk the weather ruining either the shoot time, or getting the lights wet and destroying them, I looked into rain covers. And its a good job I did...we had some short sharp rainfall mixed up with scorching sun over both days.
The answer... a £4.95 camera rain cover.
The ones I ordered (ordered three, one for each head and one for the camera) are huge! they easily fit a B1, have a zip on the bottom for the stand mount and have enough space inside for any pocket wizards ect. you may need.
They saved the need to packing the lights away each time the sky's opened, allowed me to leave the set in place. There is enough room on the back to keep it open to get some air flow or to adjust power if your not using the Profoto Air remote.
The ones I ordered are here:
*Water resistant may be a better term to use, don't moan at me if you take them out in a big storm and they get wet.