LED technology has hit the filmmaking industry hard over the last few years. Most boasting they’re low power, soft light capabilities. The Sola 4 is part of a line made by Litepanels that goes in the opposite direction (in terms of light quality). The Inca and Sola lines are hard light LED fresnels. What’s great about hard light sources is their flexibility. They’re much more efficient when modifying the light; it’s easier to make a hard light softer than it is the reverse. The Sola line is the daylight balance of the two (Inca being Tungsten). Being an LED light it draws very little power (39W), and runs very cool. As a result of the latter, much of the light housing is constructed from plastic. Litepanels make a Sola 4,6 and 12; the number relating to the size of the lens diameter (in inches). The Sola 4 is DMX controlled via dual Ethernet. Both the focus and brightness of the light can be controlled remotely via this medium; they also have manual dials on the back. The zoom has a fairly wide range, offering a 72 to 13° beam angle. The light is DC powered via 4-pin XLR; it also comes with an AC adaptor that is mounted via a very neat sledge under the light fixture. Pros Accurate color Light weight Low power consumption Neat AC adaptor sledge Wide battery compatibility Cons Plastic build quality Expensive (especially considering build quality) Low light output for relative size (size of a 650W tungsten fresnel, output closer to a 300W). The Litepanels Sola 4 is available for purchase now for $1345,50. Additional camera work by James HaddockRead more
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