We take a look at the CAME-TV Boltzen announced at IBC 2016. This new ultra-compact LED light with 30W power offers a fresnel lens for beam control, demonstrating that advancements in LED light technology keep getting better and better. Compared to their other range of LED lights, the CAME-TV Boltzen features an adjustable and removable Fresnel lens to adjust the beam angle from wide spread to narrow beam. CAME-TV Boltzen – the specs in a nutshell: 30W brightness Compact LED form factor Single colour temperature daylight Compact and lightweight High CRI (96) Stepless dimming control via dial from 0 to 100 Powered from NP-F type batteries, with a running time of up to 1.5 hours. It can also be powered by 12V DC The housing is metal, designed to dissipate heat as the light itself is fan-less for quiet operation The light has a 2.4GHz wireless control to adjust on/off and brightness via wireless with an app, too Alhough there are no plans to release a bi-colour version of the 30W model, the 60W and 100W models will be available in both single and bi-colour versions. The CAME-TV Boltzen lights are available to pre-order as a single unit from $258.00 or in sets.Read more
Say hello to the Rayzr 7 family of LED Fresnel light fixtures with true white reproduction. Could this be a a true replacement for tungsten lights? The Rayzr 7 lights are the brightest in their class, boasting 1.5x more brightness than traditional 1kW tungsten fixtures. It’s available in 4 models ranging in brightness and colour, and is flicker free up to 15,000fps for both high speed filming or still life. The light is rated at 10675 lux at 3m, with a colour rendition TLCI of 98% resulting in true whites. The unique Fresnel design minimizes chromatic aberration, and also allows shaping the beam of light from spot to flood with the turn of a dial. The daylight models (300 Daylight and 200 Daylight) output 300W and 200W respectively at 5600K, with a beam angle ranging from 18 degrees to 50 degrees. The bi-colour models (300B and 200BM) can smoothly transition between 3200K and 56ooK without losing light intensity. For setups on the go, the Rayzr 7 can also be powered by battery packs as well as AC power, as LED translates to low power consumption and cooler operation. The bi-colour 200BM is rated at 100W+100W while the 300BM model is brighter 150W+150W. Here are the specs of the four models – With a starting price of €939.00 ex VAT, the Rayzr 7 lights would make ideal fixtures on a wide range of sets, with superior brightness compared to 10″ Fresnels. In addition, its weight of 6.64kg and the ability to be battery powered makes them a portable and lightweight fixture for its class. They are available for pre-order from CVP now from £816.52 ex VAT.Read more
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
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