NAB 2017 Coverage

Aputure COB 300D

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



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


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

CAME-TV Boltzen 55w Fresnel [REVIEW]

CAME-TV Boltzen 55w Fresnel [REVIEW]

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.

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Update Old Tungsten Fresnels with VisionSmith ReLamp LEDs

Update Old Tungsten Fresnels with VisionSmith ReLamp LEDs

VisionSmith ReLamp System

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.



Fujinon MK 18-55 f2.8 E-mount cine zoom first look

Fujinon MK 18-55 f2.8 E-mount cine zoom first look

Dan Chung, editor as takes at deep dive into the new affordable, light-weight 18-55mm cine zoom lens from the Optical Imaging Division of Fujifilm. The new cine zoom is full of features that cinematographers will come – over the commonly used stills lens. Parfocal, Long focus throw, dampened and geared focus, zoom and iris rings, adjustable back-focus are just a few highlights offered by the 18-55mm zoom. editor Dan Chung takes a first look at the Fujinon MK 18-55 T2.9 cine zoom lens. It is designed for E-mount cameras like the FS7, FS5, FS700 and a7R II and a6500. Read the full review at –…