Kinotehnik were kind enough to send me their new Practilite 602, a small but powerful bi-colour light source, for evaluation. For the past two months, I’ve left aside my trusted Cineroid LM400 and made worked with the three-piece Practilite 602 kit. Primarily, I used the 602 lights during casual documentary work but I also found them to be useful when filming on a small green screen setup. Although the Practilite 602 lights fall under the same price range as their competitors, they’re not modestly priced, with a cost of $967 per unit. However, I’d say that they’re worth the money—they’re compact, versatile, easy to operate and extremely well built. This little LED Fresnel comes equipped with a 4-way barn door and you can download its light control App for free. Looking for a quick, portable diffuser solution, I attached a small Soft Box to the Kinotechnik Practilite 602 (for direct lighting). I also used a 5-in-1 Portable Triangle 43 Inch Lighting Reflector/Diffuser Kit with Grip for non-direct lighting. Here are some facts about the Kinotehnik Practilite 602: It’s strong enough for everyday use and battery computability makes it perfect for run & gun TLCI measurements are 95 for tungsten and 92 for daylight. CRI is 96 Colour temperature range from 3000K to 6200K It has an adjustable 15 to 75-degree beam angle. The spot/flood function works perfectly The 3.2″ 80mm fresnel lens gives a very consistent intensity You can wirelessly control the light via an App Practilite 602 Pros: The light remains cool to the touch even after extended use Boost mode increases output up to around 140% but limits colour temp to 4500K There is a quiet fan onboard, and even in boost mode, it becomes just a whisper Universal AC/DC power supply The Bluetooth connection is solid (was tested up to 30 feet) and you can control up to 6 fixtures with “Practilite Remote Control App”. The control functions include light intensity, variable colour temperature and “blink” mode to help identify the light you are dealing with. Practilite 602 Cons: Due to the on/off button placement, it’s easy to accidentally turn the light off just by holding it At $967, price is something to be considered Conclusion: Despite its price tag, the Kinotehnik Practilite 602 is a great working tool for anyone who is looking for a high-quality LED Fresnel solution. I can only hope that Kinotechnik will decide on assembling a 3 light kit and by doing so be able to lower the price a bit—giving “on the road” documentary filmmakers a total portable solution and not just a single light option. For more information, please head over to the Kinotechnik siteRead more
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
The new Kinotehnik viewfinder for the Blackmagic pocket cinema camera is almost here. It’s called “LCDVF BM” and it’s designed to fit with BMPCC’s 3.5 inch LCD with 16/9 aspect ratio. This viewfinder is slightly bigger than the other models in Kinotehnik’s arsenal but it still has the classic mounting system with magnets inside of the plastic body attaching to the carbon steel mounting frame. The “LCDVF BM” will also have a diopter correction option as it comes with metal thread that takes in optional 37mm diopter adjustment lenses. The optional diopter kit is sold separately and can be purchased here . It includes standard 37mm +1; +2; +4 close up lenses. This new LCDVF BM will be available from November 1st. The retail price will be same as it is for the “LCDVF 3C” and “LCDVF 4N” viewfinders and it will be widely available all over the world. Please note. The unit presented in this video is a prototype. The physical shape of it is final but the materials and surface treatment are not right. The final product has impact resistant ABS plastic body and the eye-piece is made from skin friendly silicone rubber. Kinotehnik is also using achromatic doublet lenses to achieve un-compromised image quality. In other words the new “LCDVF BM” will be a solid and durable product as all of their viewfinders. Music: The music bed, Beautiful Day – Instrumental by Joshua RadinRead more
By: Sebastian Wöber Redrock, Zacuto, Cineroid, smallHD, everbody’s throwing electronic viewfinders at us. Tõnis might be the last to have a working model but I know he is a very dedicated engineer and has put a lot of effort into this one to make it a great product and still affordable. Right now I couldn’t say if he managed to get it right since all he got for NAB was a prototype version. You might notice how Tõnis emphasizes the software side of the viewfinder. Indeed some manufacturers tend to overlook how important a feature packed and easy to use interface is on a device like this. What we hear in this video sounds impressing, but we’ll have to wait until May to see if he can deliver. At $750 the specs are very promising. High res, great viewing angle, non reflective, hdmi loopthrough. We really need a comparison of all the available evfs soon. I’ll try to get hold of all the available evf’s later this year to stress test them to the max cinema5D style.Read more
by Jared Abrams | 2nd April 2011
Kinotehnik announced an electronic view finder for HDSLR cameras. The new EVF is based on the LCDVF design and has a similar look. This EVF has a hinged viewfinder and can double as an on camera monitor. The 15mm rod mount system will ensure stability. I think this is one of the better designs for EVF’s. It runs off of four double “A” batteries. This could be a huge plus when traveling. However they don’t tend to last very long. Here are the specifications from the manufacture. Click here to check it out.Read more
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