Ted Sim from Aputure, gives us a look at their latest LED fixture, COB 300d. It expands on the successful COB120 lights to offer the brightness equivalent of the of an 800w HMI with the promise of a sub $1000 price tag. We also get a first look at the much requested Light Dome Mini. On the new product front, Ted alluded to revolutionary RGB LED fixture in the near future but wouldn’t make any official announcements. Fingers crossed. For more info, visit http://aputure.com/
Besides HMI’s and LED light fixtures, we learned about the grip and lighting Sprinter truck packages and studio packages offered by Cinemills. For more info, visit http://www.cinemills.com/
Tilta Armor-Man 2
Black Magic Tim took the Tilta Armor-Man Gimbal Exoskeleton for a test run. The Armor-Man is a vest with articulating, spring loaded arms that help camera operators support the weight of heavier 3-axis gimbal rigs. This device is full of features to allow for long and productive shoot days. For more info., visit https://goo.gl/vfiS0W
In this review, I wanted to take a look at the CAME-TV Boltzen 55w Fresnel lights to see if they would make a good replacement for my Arri 150w Fresnels. The Boltzens are available in both daylight and tungsten. I reviewed the daylight version. The color and intensity are just what I was looking for, even using the tungsten color correction filter. I was just a little disappointed with the sharpness of the fresnel lens, but it’s not a deal breaker. Build quality is nice and the variety of power options is a big plus for me.
If you want to add the Boltzens to your get you can find them here.
The VisionSmith ReLamp System just might be the LED solution I’ve been looking for to breath new life into my old fresnels. In the past few years, I’ve become more and more reliant of LED fixtures. I’ve come to appreciate the low power consumption. The low power needs allow me to run almost everything on batteries, the lightweight of the fixtures and the versatility of LED in terms of color.
LEDs have really changed the way I work. On many shoots, I’m able to move faster and be or agile with my lighting. But sometimes I miss the utility of the fresnels in my trusty old Arri kit. There a number of companies making very effective LED fresnels. Rayzar 7, Intellytech, Arri, and Ikan just to name a few. The problem I have with these is a combination of the price, size and output trade-offs. Also, I have all these great fixtures gathering dust in my garage.
VisionSmith ReLamp is a direct replacement for Tungsten bulbs in most traditional fresnel lamps. It’s not retrofit that requires modification of the fixture, rather this upgrade is as simple as a bulb replacement. (Although, removing the internal reflector and swapping in VisonSmith’s fresnel lens does produce better performance.)
The ReLamp system offers replacements for 300w, 650w, 1000w and 2000w fixtures. They come in both Tungsten (98CRI) and Daylight (95CRI) options. As with other LED lights, they use a fraction of the power of tungsten or HMI fixtures of similar output. They all work with common dimmers. No need for LED specific dimmers. Best of all the cost is about 1/4 of a comparable LED.
On-camera lights come in a lot of forms these days. LEDs, for their low power consumption, light weight, and versatility, are the most popular. There are options in daylight, Tungsten and Bi-color. The Luxli Viola takes it a step further, adding full RGB color output.
Viola is part of the Orchestra Series from Luxli. Along with its elegant design is an equally elegant iOS app (no Android yet) that offers full wireless control of animated lighting, color programming, eyedropper selection, and the ability to instantly control groups of Luxli Orchestra lights. For only $350, the Viola would be a valuable addition to any kit.
The long awaited Fresnel Mount for the Aputure COB 120 LED lights has started shipping. This new lens attachment makes this already useful LED flood light a much more controllable light source. Jem Schofield of theC47 takes a close look at the fresnel attachment.
The Aputure COB 120 LED light has been a hot property ever since it was launched in early 2016. The Tungsten balanced COB 120T version was the first model released follow recently by Daylight, COB 120D version.
COB 120 Features
Features CRI96+ and TLCI96+, excellent color reproduction. Integrates 324 powerful luminous chips, with Bowens Mount Reflector attached, provides email@example.comM(1.64ft).
Ultra Silent Fan, Noise Low to 18dB. Dual Cooling Mode, One Key Switching. COB 120D has a remarkably intelligent temperature control system. The fans rotation will be varied based on the correspondent ambient temperature. Furthermore, the fans will go to the maximum of rotation when you press the Auto/Force mode. This complex fan system is convenient for both improving the dissipation efficiency and light lifespan in complex shooting environment.
Dual Power Supply via Power Adapter or V-Mount Battery(Not Included). 2.4G FSK wireless control within 100M, no blind angle.
Unique Light-Control Separation Design allows people to control illumination on the COB120’s controller box no matter where it is mounted and greatly reduces the traditionally top-heavy weight of mounted fixtures.
Featuring a Tough Aero-Aluminum body, the LS C120D is remarkably tough and durable. Portable and lightweight, weights similar to A Macbook Pro.
If you’re looking for more info about the Aputure COB 120 LED Lights, cinematographer Eric Naso has done a great review. Check it out.
Quasar Science LED makes a flicker-free, dimmable, LED tube that can be a direct replace for fluorescent tubes used in architectural lighting and Kino style fixtures. But you don’t actually need a fixture, as each tube can work as a standalone fixture.
The Quasar Science tubes come in 3000k, 5600k, and Bi-Color version. The Bi-Colors are offered in a switched 3000/5600k version or their “Crossfade” tubes, which allow you to dial in your color temp.
The tubes are offered in 2′, 4′, and 8′ lengths. Custom lengths are available thru special order.
These 95 CRI fixtures are compatible with most dimmers and promise a lifespan of over 25,000 hours.
QUASAR SCIENCE METHODOLOGY
Looking around at the many options available to lighting professionals today, the technology is becoming increasingly integrated and delicate. When designing systems like the Q-Line Linear LED Lamps and Accessories, we chose to approach things from a different angle.
Given the inevitable fact that all LEDs eventually “burnout” after lengthy use as the phosphorus fades, our LED boards are completely replaceable just like a light bulb.
This allows the Driver and Heat Sink to last well beyond the life of the Light Emitting Diodes. Once the CRI drops, just slap in a new LED board.
Upgrades are also possible as advancements are made in the ratio of Lumens Per Watt, future LED boards will output more light utilizing the same driver and power supply.
Our Snap-In driver system makes maintenance quick and painless; allowing for a quick swap between 120vac and 240vac drivers. This also keeps entire systems from being “totaled” as when one simple malfunction would drag down the whole apparatus.
Increased durability was a result with a reduction in soldered and crimped terminals we are able to build incredibly tough and long lasting hardware for the rough conditions of professional lighting.