Kinotehnik started as a start-up company that manufactured loupes for video DSLR cameras. Their product was a hit and they went on to make electronic viewfinders. With the Kinotehnik PRACTILITE 602 they’re now entering the lighting market and this smartphone controlled LED looks both powerful and affordable. The Kinotehnik Fresnel LED caught our eye, not only because the brand has a history among DSLR filmmakers, but also because it looks very interesting with its small size and powerful output. The fresnel LED is bi-color to produce daylight and tungsten light temperatures and outputs an equivalent to a 600W tungsten lamp. What is also interesting is that it can create a very parallel beam that can be flooded with an internal motor to accommodate soft boxes of different sizes. It is compatible to a number of softbox brands and there will be different speedring options. Also Tonis said they plan on making a bigger model light with 4 times the output that would still be under $1000. The lights can be controlled with a smartphone via a bluetooth connection. Several units can also be controlled in parallel. The Kinotehnik PRACTILITE 602 will be available in July and run for $690 at the Kinotehnik website.Read more
Litepanels has announced a new 1X1 LED panel. The Litepanels Astra is a bi-color modular design providing light up to 4 times brighter than its predecessor. In an upcoming episode of our talk show “ON THE COUCH“, my colleague Nino Leitner hosted Ali Ahmadi from Litepanels (along with other Vitec Videocom representatives) who presented the new 1×1 in person. (The episode will be posted within a week.) The Litepanels Astra takes on quite a sleek appearance, with the power supply relocated to the yoke making room for a user switchable fan and modular control panel. The fan can be turned on and off, and is key to achieving its 4 times brighter status (with the fan turned off, the Astra can provide up to x2 times its predecessor). The light is bi-color providing both tungsten and daylight LEDs, Fading either up and down provides any temperature in between. Unfortunately Litepanels do not provide an exact CRI rating, but is quoted to have “Superior color reproduction” with a “High color rendition (CRI)”. The yoke is has been re-designed so that it is curved. This is nice as it gives the light more flexibility; you have a greater angle of adjustment before the yoke gets in the way of your light beam and casts a shadow. The modular control panel can be inserted quickly. Litepanels state that this is designed to offer the user with a selection of control panels, presumably enabling the user to save costs if they don’t want certain features. The current optional control modules offers DMX in/out control and a digital interface to monitor information such as brightness and color values. Key features of the Litepanel Astra: – Aluminum I-beam core construction – Higher intensity = Longer throw = Wider effective beam spread – High color rendition (CRI) – Adjustable (daylight to tungsten), accurate color temperatures – Completely silent passive cooling mode – Ultra-quiet active cooling mode with double light output – No noticeable color shift throughout the entire range – Flicker-free at any frame rate or shutter angle – Optional communications module allows the brightness, color temperature, and cooling mode to be controlled via DMX512 protocol (Additional module options under development) – Optional yoke mounted Gold Mount® or V-Mount battery plates – Field replaceable fan module and external power supply – Aluminum accessory mounting points and lens/filter rails – Durable, industry standard 3-pin XLR locking power connector – x2 ¼-20 mounting points on Yoke And the Specification: Size: 17.7 x 16.3 x 5.3” / 45 x 41.3 x 13.4cm Weight: 7 lbs. / 3.2kg Maximum Power Draw: 110W Power Supply: 24V DC via AC Adapter Power Requirements 13-24V DC / 100-240VAC DMX via RJ45 (Optional Communications Module)Read more
The respected lighting & accessories company F&V just updated their LED panel line-up. Additionally to their good quality affordable large and compact LED’s they’ve added ultra-high CRI (color rendition) panels to the mix. Nice! We’ve been following the development of F&V lights very closely over the past years and this has several reasons: – Even their affordable LED lights the F&V K4000 had very good CRI values (85). The 3 light kit for example – Their lights have very strong light outputs. – Their lights are very affordable. The 3-light kit for example goes for $1000 (LINK) – The lights might not look supercool, but their built quality is solid and lightweight.Read more
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