Chimera Pancake Lantern with Skirt (Medium, Full Diffusion)

Chimera Pancake Lantern with Skirt (Medium, Full Diffusion)

Chimera Pancake Lantern with Skirt (Medium, Full Diffusion)

B&H # CHLPLBSM MFR # 1865
Chimera Pancake Lantern with Skirt (Medium, Full Diffusion)

Chimera Pancake Lantern with Skirt (Medium, Full Diffusion)

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Product Highlights

  • Creates Soft 180° Light Source
  • Diameter: 35"
  • Depth: 17"
  • Full Diffusion Cloth
  • Removable and Adjustable Skirt
  • Flat Top Maximizes Overhead Space
  • Heat-Resistant Construction
  • Maximum Wattage: 1500W
  • Zippered Storage Sack Included
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Create a soft 180° light source ideal for overhead lighting with the medium Pancake Lantern from Chimera. This model measures 35" in diameter with a depth of 17" and has a flat top that makes it easy to place near a ceiling. Also, this model has a full diffusion cloth and comes with a skirt that features adjustable zippers and touch-tab fasteners so it can be rolled up for control over the light's spread. This lantern is designed for fixtures with wide beam angles or bare-bulb lights and it has a heat-resistant construction that permits the use of lights up to 1500W. Additionally, it comes with a zippered storage sack and it works with a range of separately available speed rings for attaching to your lights.

UPC: 845077018653
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Chimera Pancake Lantern with Skirt (Medium, Full Diffusion)
  • Support Poles
  • Skirt
  • Storage Sack
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    Chimera 1865 specs

    Shape Rounded
    Size 35" / 89 cm
    Depth 17" / 43 cm
    Maximum Wattage 1500 W
    Removable Front Face No
    Removable Interior Baffle No
    Accepts Grids No
    Requires Speed Ring Yes, separately available
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 28.1 x 6.2 x 5.8"

    Chimera 1865 reviews

    Pancake Lantern with Skirt (Medium, Full Diffusion) is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly useful! I'm very happy with this Chimera lantern. It's a wonderful tool to create a soft lit area, a beautiful key light or add a nice eye light outside, either with a joker bug or a triolet. The skirt is perfect to control the light spilling around the set, as you can adjust four sides independently. Roll it up to the desired effect. Setting up is pretty easy, and it all packs into a small soft bag. Another fabulous product by Chimera.
    Date published: 2015-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lighting a dinner table... I bought this Softbox to light a group sitting at a dinner table and it works great! With subtle adjustments of the people and position of the lantern, a variety of moods can be achieved. Chimera Softboxes are very easy to use, durable, compact and always deliver a great result. Only downside if I had to pick one is that they take up a lot of space.
    Date published: 2012-10-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just get it Great softbox, didn't really expect anything less coming from chimera. It takes little time to build, well-made, perfect overhead light. Was a little bigger than I imagined even though I had the dimensions, but it's perfect for getting a large soft source.
    Date published: 2017-05-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice for top light or table light Chimera products are made well
    Date published: 2014-03-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have! This one of those products you wish you bought years ago. I hang this on a boom. This is a very nice soft light. The skirt is great for adjusting falloff.
    Date published: 2010-11-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Soft Light Creates nice soft light throughout small rooms. The skirt allows for great control, too.
    Date published: 2008-11-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Light for a great price! Great light for any shoot.
    Date published: 2014-01-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chimear pancake is the right tool for 2 person interviews I usually use a China ball and photo flood bulbs set between the subjects just overhead to one side. This saves the need for two separate key sources. China balls and photo flood fixtures are cheap to buy but the down side is photo floods have a short and unpredictable life spans. Always need several available. And it's not always easy to color balance to the rest of the environment since the daylight bulbs burn no where near real daylight Kelvin. But more importantly I worry a photo flood could burst within the China ball, sending hot glass in harms way. I once had a 500w photo flood explode. Fortunately no one was hurt but the potential was there. Could be the bulb was old or been handled without gloved protection. Oils from skin can eat into the glass and make a weak point under hot pressure. All this to say I wanted a safer yet versatile solution. I had been renting the Chimear pancake then decided to buy. I own some E39 fluorescent bulbs 12 inches long so I found a Chimear triolet fixture that takes E39, E26 and 2 pin adapter for 650w tungsten lamps. A pretty versatile fixture for daylight and tungsten lighting at much higher output than the China ball. Thus more options shooting with windows in the background. As usual, the Chimear products are quite good in build quality, priced as such. Originally, I had bought the preferred small pancake but it was too swallow in depth to house the E39 lamp, which was key to me, so I exchanged for the medium lantern. It is the perfect size for the lamps I wish to use but a little larger than ideal when interviewees are very close together. I back them up for best lighting. Obviously, a more expensive solution then a China ball but cheaper than a law suit.
    Date published: 2017-06-05
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