Dracast Barndoors for LED500

Dracast Barndoors for LED500

Dracast Barndoors for LED500

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Product Highlights

  • Aluminum Construction
  • 4-Way Design
  • Controls and Contours Beam

Compatibility: LED500

LED1000 LED500

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Dracast DR-BARN500 overview

  • 1Description

These Barndoors from Dracast are made for the LED500, and slide into a slot on the front of the LED light. They are used to control the spread of the light and prevent unwanted light spill and they feature a filter holder.

UPC: 639713546910
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Dracast Barndoors for LED500
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    • 1Description

    Dracast DR-BARN500 specs

    Material Aluminum
    Weight 1 lb (0.5 kg)
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    Package Weight 1.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.575 x 6.693 x 1.496"

    Dracast DR-BARN500 reviews

    Barndoors for LED500 is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 26.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Made and Easy to Use These barndoors are easy to use and well made. They slide right into the frame of the lights and are held securely with two small hand screws. These hand screws are permanently mounted on the frame so they will not become lost. (I must say that one of these frames was very slightly bent upon shipment and I had to apply a little pressure to align one of the screws with the hole on the light. Since I will never remove the barndoors this won't be an issue in the future.) As others have said, and I agree, the barndoors, when folded in, will help protect the LED bulbs. Again, these barndoors are well made and should last a long time.
    Date published: 2016-01-31
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Useless The barndoors are well made, but totally useless. You cannot control the shape of the light with these, plus they create multiple lineare shadows on your subject. A snoot would be a better option if they had one... By far, the better tool to control light is the Dracast 60-Degree Honeycomb Grid. It concentrates the light where you want it, but you still can't modify the shape.
    Date published: 2016-12-13
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unneccesary These barndoors are well made, all metal construction, and attach securely to the Dracast lights. They are, however, largely useless. They cannot cut the light whatsoever due to the broad spacing of the LED elements on the Dracast lights -- each of which casts a very clear and strong shadow off of the barndoor's edge (likely a problem on many to most LED panel lights). So, these are largely decorative or only block light from the side or back. I do like the quality of light from the LED panel, by the way.
    Date published: 2015-10-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Built Barndoors! When I first pulled these Barndoors out of their boxes, I was very impressed with the build quality of them. I knew once I had them in my hands and attached them to my Dracast LED500 lights that they would give me a number of years of use. I found them to be easily attached to the LED500 lights and they were easily adusted to control the light being projected. They also help protect the LED lights when they are closed up for storage and transport. I would strongly recommend this product for anyone purchasing or who currently owns the Dracast LED500 lights.
    Date published: 2015-02-25
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from produces nasty, multiple LED shadows Warning: These barn doors will introduce nasty, multiple shadows if you move them inward to control the spread of light. The only practical use for these barn doors is to attach diffusion and to protect the LEDs when traveling. Otherwise, I would avoid buying this.
    Date published: 2016-12-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Handy to have, could be improved with extender flags I got these barndoors to go along with the Wedding Kit, which contains two Dracast 500 lights. I decided to get these for two main reasons; versatility in modifying the light, and also protection of the LEDs. To install these barndoors on the light, simply slide into the slot on the light frame, and tighten the two captured thumbscrews. Done. They are not going anywhere, and can be left on all the time. There are several points to make here. First, if all you will ever want is a gelframe, just buy that (Dracast makes those separately), but if you want barndoors AND a gelframe, buy the barndoors only, as they also have a gelframe included. Any you can't use both the barndoors and the separate gelframe at the same time. For now I am using large sheets of gel, draped over the light. I will be getting out the clothespins soon, though. The barndoors themselves are well made and function properly. They serve two main functions for me; they protect the light when not in use, much like a lenscap does. It can stay on the light all the time, and there is enough room in the zippered bag for this configuration. My other need for the barndoors is for supporting diffusers and other gels, by clipping the sheets to the extended barndoors. I was able to drape whole sheets of gel over the fixture, and got a very even and diffuse light, using a tough frost, but I think a spun filter might also work well. Large sheets are only a few dollars and can fit two of these lights if you cut them in half, but even if you used a whole sheet for each lamp, you can buy a lot more gel for less money than what the factory filter kit offers. I DO think I will end up with factory rigid gels, though, at least for the CTOs, and just use the diffusion on the barndoors for the extra distance. The reason for this is that the diffusion is held by the barndoors much farther from the light source than in the filter slot, allowing a larger diffusion surface for the light and then to a much better effect. While not as large as a full softbox, it's a lot closer to that end of things than mounting diffusion gel right next to the LED. Bottom line: bare LED arrays hardly ever look good. You need at least some diffusion. The only real downside for me is that barndoors do little to actually shape and direct the light, or even to prevent spill. I have seen barndoors that have extension flags that really box in the light better, so if you want any kind of snooting effect, get out the blackwrap and wrap it around the extended barndoors. If you want more of a directed diffuse source, you would be well advised to add a softbox with a fabric grid; or get an inflatable with a gridset. In summary, these barndoors assist greatly in simple light modification by supporting diffusion and/or color gels, either clipped on the doors or placed in the filter slot (or both). They also do a good job of protecting the LEDs from impact damage. They only do a fair job of directing the light or preventing spill though. However, that is the nature of barndoors when used on LED arrays.
    Date published: 2015-07-13
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from For Protection they're great, to Control Light...Not so much Barndoors on these lights don't give good edges. Leaves kind of a rainbow effect. But keeps lights protected when traveling. That's their main usage, at least with me.
    Date published: 2016-01-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from necessary accessory for the LED500 fixture Very nice looking unit. The barn door unit attaches to the fixture with a dedicated slot and spring loaded tightening knobs. It has a very professional feel and nice design. I think this was a great choice for me so I can add on some diffusion or to cut and focus the light by closing down the barn doors.
    Date published: 2015-10-27
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