Litepanels are offering a flash sale on their Astra E panels, placing the “lower powered” daylight model into sub-$500 figures. The sale is for US retailers only, and will last until 5pm PST on 10th November.
I’ve been using the Litepanels Astra for years. For me, they’re one of the most versatile portable light fixtures on the market. Dimmable, bicolor, great color reproduction and most of all, powerful.
The latter means you can use these fixtures in ways no other panel can. You have the ability to modify your light heavily to obtain much larger and softer sources, whilst retaining good light levels and still remining portable.
The Astra comes in three brightness models: the straight-named Astra being the most powerful, followed by the Astra EP and finally the Astra E. There are daylight, tungsten and bicolor versions of each model as well as an Astra Soft.
This flash sale is for the Astra Daylight E version, a great cost-effective option for more controlled environments like studio or interiors without lots of windows to compete with.
The current sale is valid in the US until 5pm PST on 10th November, saving you $133.00.
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In the second part of this episode featuring lens manufacturers ZEISS, SLR Magic and Samyang, we covered different philosophies when it comes to designing lenses.
I started out by posing the question whether it’s possible or not to design a lens that satisfies both filmmakers and photographers, being able to switch the amount of focus through the lens barrel has. Due to the mechanical design of most professional lenses this is something that seems impossible to achieve though, according to Andrew Chan.
We moved on to lens flares, which are imperfections in lenses that cause light flares when pointed at light sources at some angles. ZEISS and SLR Magic have very different opinions on this topic – where ZEISS tries to eliminate any flares to make lenses “perfect”, SLR Magic invests a lot of time in “getting the flares right”.
JJ Abrams sure loves his flares – here a still frame from “Star Trek” (2009) (copyright Paramount Pictures, all rights reserved)
The final topic covered in this part was the multitude of lens mounts available, and the difficulty this poses for lens manufacturers and customers alike. Samyang for instance offers 12 different lens mounts for their lenses. Andrew from SLR Magic mentions how a lot of customers have problems moving between camera systems because of their prior investment in lenses with a specific mount – which they cannot always change or adapt to the new system.
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