Litepanels has announced a new 1X1 LED panel. The Litepanels Astra is a bi-color modular design providing light up to 4 times brighter than its predecessor. In an upcoming episode of our talk show “ON THE COUCH“, my colleague Nino Leitner hosted Ali Ahmadi from Litepanels (along with other Vitec Videocom representatives) who presented the new 1×1 in person. (The episode will be posted within a week.) The Litepanels Astra takes on quite a sleek appearance, with the power supply relocated to the yoke making room for a user switchable fan and modular control panel. The fan can be turned on and off, and is key to achieving its 4 times brighter status (with the fan turned off, the Astra can provide up to x2 times its predecessor). The light is bi-color providing both tungsten and daylight LEDs, Fading either up and down provides any temperature in between. Unfortunately Litepanels do not provide an exact CRI rating, but is quoted to have “Superior color reproduction” with a “High color rendition (CRI)”. The yoke is has been re-designed so that it is curved. This is nice as it gives the light more flexibility; you have a greater angle of adjustment before the yoke gets in the way of your light beam and casts a shadow. The modular control panel can be inserted quickly. Litepanels state that this is designed to offer the user with a selection of control panels, presumably enabling the user to save costs if they don’t want certain features. The current optional control modules offers DMX in/out control and a digital interface to monitor information such as brightness and color values. Key features of the Litepanel Astra: – Aluminum I-beam core construction – Higher intensity = Longer throw = Wider effective beam spread – High color rendition (CRI) – Adjustable (daylight to tungsten), accurate color temperatures – Completely silent passive cooling mode – Ultra-quiet active cooling mode with double light output – No noticeable color shift throughout the entire range – Flicker-free at any frame rate or shutter angle – Optional communications module allows the brightness, color temperature, and cooling mode to be controlled via DMX512 protocol (Additional module options under development) – Optional yoke mounted Gold Mount® or V-Mount battery plates – Field replaceable fan module and external power supply – Aluminum accessory mounting points and lens/filter rails – Durable, industry standard 3-pin XLR locking power connector – x2 ¼-20 mounting points on Yoke And the Specification: Size: 17.7 x 16.3 x 5.3” / 45 x 41.3 x 13.4cm Weight: 7 lbs. / 3.2kg Maximum Power Draw: 110W Power Supply: 24V DC via AC Adapter Power Requirements 13-24V DC / 100-240VAC DMX via RJ45 (Optional Communications Module)Read more
The respected lighting & accessories company F&V just updated their LED panel line-up. Additionally to their good quality affordable large and compact LED’s they’ve added ultra-high CRI (color rendition) panels to the mix. Nice! We’ve been following the development of F&V lights very closely over the past years and this has several reasons: – Even their affordable LED lights the F&V K4000 had very good CRI values (85). The 3 light kit for example – Their lights have very strong light outputs. – Their lights are very affordable. The 3-light kit for example goes for $1000 (LINK) – The lights might not look supercool, but their built quality is solid and lightweight.Read more
We thank our sponsor B&H who has made cinema5D’s news coverage of IBC 2012 possible. Get your gear through B&H to support this platform: www.bhphotovideo.com Here are two very nice products by a company that makes great stuff for the low budget. F&V manufacturers some great led lights and they are among the few companies that I know actually manufacture their stuff themselves and they have their own US and EU store.Read more
We thank our sponsor B&H who has made cinema5D’s news coverage of NAB 2012 possible. Get your gear through B&H to support this platform: www.bhphotovideo.com For your information: I recorded more videos at NAB than the ones you’re seeing on this news blog and I’m filtering the products I find useful and helpful. I test the products at the show so you will only find NAB videos of companies I find worthy to be supported here. That being said, here’s a product that really stood out. Let me tell you why:Read more
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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