Chimera Universal LED TECH Lightbank (1 x 1')

Chimera Universal LED TECH Lightbank (1 x 1')

Chimera Universal LED TECH Lightbank (1 x 1')

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  • Fits most 1 x 1' LED Panels
  • Frameless Lightbank
  • No Speedring Required
  • Optional Grid

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Chimera 1655 overview

  • 1Description

This Universal LED TECH Lightbank from Chimera is a frameless lightbank designed to work with most 1 x 1' LED panel lights on the market. The lens screen blends the individual point sources of LED light into one smooth, soft light source that eliminates micro shadows and provides directional control. Optional diffusers and a grid are available as well.

UPC: 845077016550
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Chimera Universal LED TECH Lightbank (1 x 1')
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Chimera 1655 specs

    Size 1 x 1' (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
    Shape Square
    Compatibility Will fit most 1 x 1' LED lights
    Accepts Grids Yes
    Requires Speed Ring No
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.5 x 16.2 x 2.8"

    Chimera 1655 reviews

    Universal LED TECH Lightbank (1 x 1') is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Well constructed but fiddly to use Got this soft box for the Lightpanel Astra 1x1. When attached it does what Chimeras do well - produces diffuse light from the unit quite well. The big downside for me is that, being a universal unit, it is a compromise and as such it is very fiddly to attach to the Astra. The elastic straps slide off the smooth plastic of the Astra too easily during setup, making for a tedious, time consuming process. Plus it easily comes off the lamp if bumped while pointing or moving the unit. For 1x1 units with squarer corners I'm sure this device would work well but for the Astra I can't recommend it if, like me, you are required to light setups fast.
    Date published: 2015-12-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quality and simplicity yields results This soft box is exactly what we needed for our 1x1 LitePanels Astra. We had another one of these, and it was great. Good build (a little more fragile than I'd like though), great results when paired with Rag Shop diffusion. The lens diffusion that comes with the soft box is pretty useless for our interview filming type stuff. We had another company's 1x1 light box but this one just fits the light so perfectly. My only complaint is that the elastic design for gripping the light could be better; the side grips get stuck in the twisty knobs and the corner grips ought to have a little grippy rubber on them to make them stay put better.
    Date published: 2018-03-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not perfect but the best of the bunch I bought these for my Astras. Not 5 star because the corners slip off and I wish they were bigger like my Video Pro bags. I was looking for something that went on quickly. At Cinegear15 I compared these against the Snapbag. Both have pluses and minuses but attaching the Snapbag was a 3 step process that was time consuming while the Chimera went on in less than 5 seconds. When I got the Chimera Universal I found the elastic slipped off the corners of the Astra. I don't know if I was looking at a different product at Cinegear15 or if that particular Chimera was worn in to fit on the Astra. For a quick fix, I put Commander picture hooks on each corner. It's secure and fast. The included diffuser panel has the least amount of diffusion possible while still eliminating multiple shadows caused by multi-light LED panels. It's not my favorite because it's stiff and won't roll up from transport. On the other hand, the sides of the Chimera are stiff so you can use it as barndoors and C47 any diffusion you want to the front.
    Date published: 2015-07-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does the job. I am using this Chimera with the LitePanels Astra. Because it doesn't use a speed ring, it attaches quickly (10 seconds). There is an elastic loop on each side, presumably designed to go around the knobs on each side of the Astra. Doing this, however, blocks the air vents. To unblock, just secure the loop around one wing of the knob. The sides of the Chimera will bow a little, but it moves it away from the vents. Works fine. I still felt the light needed to be a bit softer, so I added a LitePanels opal frost diffusion gel. This did the trick. The Astra does not tilt down as far as I would like with the Chimera attached, but it's far enough for 95% of my shoots. If I want it to tilt down more, I just attach it to an arm on a c-stand. Nice product. I have 3 Astras. I will be buying more Chimeras soon.
    Date published: 2015-02-02
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from creates one beam It helps to create one beam but would be great if it was a deeper. I use it in conjunction with a larger frame (like a 4x4) to make a really soft light but a larger chimera would be even better. I do like the fact that it's collapsible and easy to transport.
    Date published: 2015-12-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the competition I'm a gaffer and use mine on Litepanels Astras.� I much prefer this to the bag model that litepanels pushes.� It leaves plenty room for the vents and it sets up quicker and folds down smaller.� Someone posted in a review that it covered up the vents., I will post a picture to show otherwise.
    Date published: 2018-06-03
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard to go wrong with Chimera Although it's pretty pricey, this softbox works well enough with my Limelite Mosaic 1x1's. I wish it had a little more room to tilt up or down when it's attached, but that's the price you pay for using Velcro and no speed ring. I'll probably buy a second one.
    Date published: 2015-01-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Some caveats but a great Great Solution for softening the harshness of contemporary LED light panels. They fit well in the LitePanels 1x1. Only complaint is how tedious these are to set-up and break down - probably add 15 minutes to my shoots on both ends.....
    Date published: 2015-01-07
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