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Posted 10/11/21
Nanlite has announced the PavoTube II 15x and 30x RGBWW LED Pixel Tubes, updating the popular fixtures to include pixel-based special effects, DMX compatibility, boosted output, better diffusion, a stronger housing, and revamped app control. An on-location favorite, these portable lights can provide a splash of color, match ambient light, or be used to build up a lighting environment from scratch. The 15x is 24" and the 30x is 48" in length. PavoTube II 15x (left) and 30x (right) The second-gen PavoTube offers an expanded color temperature range of 2700-12000K with green to magenta adjustment and a CRI of 96 and TLCI of 98 for precise and accurate output. Additionally, full-spectrum RGB hue and saturation controls allow you to further tweak output to get the exact desired effect. Speaking of effects, in addition to the 15 practical effects introduced with its predecessor, the new light includes 10 new pixel-based effects, including: Hue Loop, CCT Loop, INT Loop, Multi-Color, Gradient, Scrolling, Marching, Flame, Rainbow, and Driving. Other updates include an upgraded control pack with locking buttons, enhanced app control, and DMX compatibility. A larger illumination area produces brighter output from the new light, as well as more uniform diffusion. The PavoTube II also features an updated metal housing, adding to its durability and prolonging life on set. Three ¼"-20 receivers provide a range of mounting possibilities. Lithium-ion batteries provide up to 1 hour and 26 minutes (15x) or 1 hour and 36 minutes (30x) at full brightness with a recharge time of 2 hours or 2 hours and 40 minutes, respectively, via an included AC adapter. Accompanying the new lights is a handful of accessories, including waterproof housings, fabric barndoors, and a foldable floor stand. The lights are available individually or as multi-light kits. PavoTube II 15x Kit PavoTube II 30x Kit Do you have experience working with LED tubes? Share your thoughts on the new PavoTube II in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 11/03/21
Making a name for itself with powerful, compact, and durable LED lights for video and action sports applications, Light & Motion is taking things up a notch with the Reflex and Reflex S —a new breed of LED fixture that supports ultra-fast flash as well as a highly capable continuous light. It also maintains a lot of StellaPro’s DNA with its ability to run on a battery, a tiny size, and beautiful quality of light. Hybrid video/stills shooters desiring a single light for all their needs will definitely be pleased. StellaPro Reflex You’ll find the Reflex to be a light that answers a lot of questions all in a single package. It’s a strobe and a continuous light. It’s lightweight and rugged. It’s battery or AC powered. It’s ultra-fast and able to offer accurate color. Whether you’re shooting weddings, events, action, adventure, editorial, or portraiture, the StellaPro Reflex can do the trick. Being dual purpose does require a unique take on the light. It features a single, large flicker-free LED to perform both the continuous lighting and flash functions. This is a solid LED, much like earlier offerings from Light & Motion, which offers TLCI/CRI of 93/92, daylight color balance, and maximum output of 9,000 lumens on AC power or 6,000 lumens on the included battery handle. Plus, in the burst (strobe) mode it will double that output and hit 18,000 lumens. It’s a reliable fixture that balances power and size, delivering similar output to similar-size LEDs and on-camera speedlights. StellaPro Reflex S One of the best aspects is the speed of this system compared to more traditional strobes, like a monolight. The Reflex S can hit speeds of up to 20 fps at full power without overheating. There is also no real recycle time, meaning that every time you hit the shutter you will have the Reflex ready and waiting. If you are looking to freeze action with the flash, then you are in luck because it does have a flash duration as short as 1 ms (1/1,000 second). It is with speed where we can identify the differences between the Reflex and the upgraded Reflex S. The base Reflex offers continuous shooting of 10 fps and a minimum flash duration of 5 ms (1/200 second) while the Reflex S will offer the full 20 fps and minimum duration of 1 ms (1/1,000 second). You’ll have to choose based on your own need, but both are good. Flexible power options are the same for both, and many will likely opt for the included battery handle for on-the-go shoots. This battery will support continuous lighting up to 6,000 lumens for 30 minutes at full power or for up to 15,000 full-power flashes at 18,000 lumens. It connects using a standard USB-C port, and with 100W USB-C AC adapters you can achieve a maximum output of 9,000 lumens. Being standard USB-C PD, you can power the Reflex with a number of accessories, including large battery packs with D-tap to USB adapters. For flash firing to sync properly with your camera, you will need to ensure a good connection. The Reflex offers built-in radio receivers to handle this, and StellaPro offers support for Profoto, Elinchrom, and Godox standards to make it easy to add a Reflex to your current kit. Alternatively, there is a standard 3.5mm input for a wired connection to other triggers or directly to a camera. Physically, the Reflex and Reflex S are tiny lights, perfectly suitable for on-camera or handheld use. They are also very durable, with IP65 weatherproofing that will let them hold up to a little bit of inclement weather when working outdoors. They are rated to survive drops from 3.3' high. With the battery grip, they are light, weighing around 1.5 lb. Plenty of accessories and modifiers will be available to work with the Reflex and Reflex S. Included is a medium optic, although a wide 50-degree and spot optics are also available. A Chimera speedring and 24" and 30" octaboxes are available for softer lighting, as well. Or you can use the Profoto C-stand adapter for using Profoto light shaping tools. Users should have no problem getting the light to look just the way they need. A cool accessory would be the bar attachment, which lets you mount up to five Reflex lights on a single stand. This will give you power equivalent to a typical battery-powered monolight if you were looking for maximum output. When using a trigger, all with sync perfectly. The Reflex is opening the door to a new type of light, one that appeals directly to the ever-growing hybrid market where stills and video are of equal importance. Having a single light for every shot is a hugely appealing idea, and the Reflex just might be the perfect light for many shooters. What do you think of the Reflex and Reflex S? Let us know in the Comments section, below!
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Posted 04/06/21
Jake Estes and Bobby Sansivero test the ARRI Orbiter, an LED light with a processor that's four times faster than the SkyPanel. This cinema light features a wide range of color features, a 2000 to 20,000K color-temperature range, the ability to save up to 240 favorites, and much more. Watch this video, then read more about the Orbiter. Would you add it to your cinematic lighting setup? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 12/03/20
We take a quick look at the Luxli Fiddle Pocket RGBAW LED, a powerful, portable, and versatile LED video light. Features include a color temperature range of 2800 to 10,000K, HSL mode for deep and saturated color of any hue, Bluetooth 5 with a 100-foot wireless range, an integrated battery with 3-hour runtime, and more. After you watch this video, learn more about the Fiddle at B&H Explora. How would you incorporate the Fiddle into your studio setup? Tell us about it in the Comments, below.
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Posted 09/06/20
Jake and the B&H crew try out Lupo’s LED panel lights. These three lights boast 96 CRI and 98 TLCI for accuracy in color rendering: The Superpanel boasts a 13,000 LUX output, allows control of hue, saturation, and color intensity in HSI mode, and has fully customizable color in RGBWW mode and color temperature control in CCT mode from 2800 to 10,000K. The Actionpanel also has these modes while putting out 5000 LUX. The Smartpanel comes in at 4200 LUX and has color temperature control from 3200 to 5600K. Would you add any of these lights to your film or YouTube video lighting setup? Check out our video lighting tutorial videos: YouTube Lighting Setup for Beginners Lighting & Filming Darker Skin Tones with ARRI Signature Primes
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Posted 04/05/20
If you want to up your cinematic lighting game, then the Taiko 2x1 LED Light by Luxli is right for you! Jake and Bobby take you behind the scenes on a Soh Daiko taiko drum video shoot, where they use various Luxli lights in their setup. Learn how to get the most from these versatile tools, then watch the entire performance here. Learn more about the Luxli Taiko at B&H Explora.
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Posted 10/15/18
Jake Estes checks out the new Luxli Timpani, a versatile, colored light that gives you a great deal of flexibility when shooting in a wide variety of film applications. Its diverse light modes, including CCT, RGB, GEL, SFX, and more, provide a plethora of effects, from lightning to candlelight and explosions. The addition of control via Bluetooth makes the Timpani a powerful lighting solution for almost any professional setting.
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Posted 04/06/17
LED panels have put powerful lights into smaller, and lighter packages, but the most important test for any light, is how well it performs in real-world situations.
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Posted 03/13/11
In this podcast, we look at a selection of LED lights for HDSLRs, characterized by their small size, light weight, and energy efficiency.
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