This article was originally published on my Typepad blog on January 25, 2009
I picked up at B&H today a Speedotron 4.5 fresnel spotlight. I got it because I'm interested in recreating the lighting for early b&w Hollywood glamor portraiture, especially that of Hurrell. I thought that the 4.5 would be a good choice for me because my shooting space is rather small. Also, the 4.5 has a 2400w cable rather than a 4800w. I think the 4800w, even with the "isolate" switch thrown, would be too overpowering in such a small space.
When I had called Speedotron, at B&H's suggestion, to check availability, I found out that the 4.5 is being discontinued. It seems the 4.5 is built on a Lowel 650 chassis which Lowel has already stopped making. Speedotron only has a few left in stock.
Finally, great customer service by both B&H and Speedotron.