by Tim Fok | 22nd November 2014
Crowd funding is all the rage when it comes to innovative gadgets these days – check out the Panlight, a remote directional control device for lights and small cameras alike. Although the Panlight has been primarily targeted at photographers for flash placement, it can equally be useful for filmmakers with use of lightweight lights such as small LED panels. The Panlight is a designed to sit onto top of a light stand and mounts to your device via cold shoe attachment. The controller allows you to remotely refine the position of the light by adjusting the Panlight with 360 degrees of pan and near 180 degrees of tilt. The remote control is effective up to 100ft, and is programmable on up to 4 channels to ensure use of multiple Panlights in the same location is possible. The Panlight takes X4 AA batteries, and can support devices up to 2.2lbs. The thread on the underside is a standard 3/8″ size for tripod & light stands. As displayed in the video, Panlight could also be used with lightweight cameras for a remote second/third angle. Whilst the movement is unlikely designed to provide a move designed for use in a video, it will enabled you to fine tune angles in hard to reach spaces. I can see this product becoming a hit with event filmmakers, sparking a likely battle between video and photo guys at weddings for those 4 channels of remote control. A pledge of $163 today (GBP conversion) will see you on Panlight. For more info of the Panlight, production plans, and rewards check out the Kickstarter page.Read more
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