by Nino Leitner | 16th November 2015
Here at cinema5D we spend a lot of time talking about cameras and their accessories – because we’re camera geeks and because there’s been a tremendous development in “affordable” camera technology since the 5D Mark II was introduced over 7 years ago. On the other hand, there is nothing more important to stunning cinematography than knowing how to light and how to achieve dramatic effects using lighting. This however is hard to teach on a website in theory – it’s something that needs to be learned hands-on, practically, on a set. That’s exactly why online lighting tutorials are rather rare. Nevertheless, Dugly Habits has created such a lighting tutorial and posted it online, for the Dedolight International Competition 2015. Dedolight produces some of my all-time favourite lights, among them my trusty Dedolight SPS3 Lighting Kit, that travels with me on most shoots, and the PanAura Octodome, a beautiful huge soft light that we hire occasionally to shoot reviews such as this one. Of course Dugly features Dedolights in particular, but most of these effects can also be recreated with similar lights from other manufacturers. The tutorial is well worth watching, because he creates three completely different atmospheres in one single room, from the same perspective with the same two actors. It’s also funny to see how the story of his “film” progresses with the two actors in the different lighting scenarios.Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 2nd October 2014
Dedolight introduces a new kind of LED panel lights that is covered with an array of micro-lenses to improve light direction and focus as well as providing a higher light output. Dedolight is a company that is focused on creating high quality lights for professional cinematographers. They are known for their versatile and compact tungsten and HMI lights and their continuos efforts to invent new lighting solutions. In recent years Dedo has been working on making LED lighting available for professional applications. We saw their newest concept at Photokina this year, the LedRama Studio Light. The whole panel is covered by an array of micro-lenses that help focus the light correctly and offer an impressive light output over a large distance. Furthermore the light is very power efficient and according to Dedolight offers a very high color accuracy. The LedRama light is for now only intended for studio applications as it weighs a shameless 40 pounds (19kg). We are looking forward to see this technology adapted for portable applications. Pricing will start at $4000 when the LedRama becomes available next year.Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 11th May 2011
This is one of the last NAB 2011 videos by cinema5D, yet it’s one of the more intriguing new products we’ve seen. Especially if you’re into LED lighting this one could be very interesting for you. Where I come from (Austria) Dedo Weigert is a name well known in the film industry. His lighting company carries the same name and you can find their stuff right next to Arri and KinoFlo lights in production houses. This year Dedo Weigert introduced the “Felloni” LED panel which they have developed under their partner company Dedotec (a bunch of electronics and precision mechanics specialists) and some other foreign technicians and named the series TECPRO. It’s all very confusing with the names I know, but the result is a pretty decent LED lighting solution. Here’s what this light can do: – very high CRI of 84 ( = good light color) – half the price of most other LED panels – water resistant (rainproof) – lightweight and robust fixture – Detachable/Extendable dimmer (included) – Foldable diffuser (included) – Uses 24 watts (half of most other panels) – more output than most other panels – magnetic frame for filters Powering options: – V-Mount battery plate 14V – Sony NP-F battery plate 7,2V – Ac input 12V (mains ps included) . . Pricepoint: Normal version either tungsten or daylight: US: should be around $900 Europe: around 600€ You might say that’s a lot, but if you know LED panel prices this should shock you. There is also a Bicolor version (continuosly adjustable from tungsten to daylight) for around $1000. The 1×1 LED series by Litepanels is a great tool but I think at $2600 they will have to do something about their pricing. TECPRO also has a high output (576 leds instead of 324) version for around 1000€ and low profile versions (for ceiling mount) as well and all of them are available in 15°, 30° or 50° angles (spot/flood). Unfortunately in the US and the rest of the world these lights are not available in a click to buy kind of fashion. You will have to either contact resellers or order from Dedolight USA directly. In Europe the lights are more commonly available. For example here. Wired DMX control unit: And here’s one more mindblowing gimmick: [UPDATED] I roughly remember one of the major developers of the Felloni telling me that you can control I think some hundred thousand of these units simultaneously via a wireless DMX module across 1000-1500 feet (400 meters). Price and availability for these units is not here yet, but it certainly won’t be cheap. Here’s the Dedo Weigert website: Dedo Weigert Europe Dedolight USARead more
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