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October 2012
Arri Unveils M90/60 Daylight Fixture Online

At last month’s International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam, Arri unveiled the latest addition to its ArriMax/M-Series of fixtures, the M90/60, which completes the range between 1,200 and 18,000 watts. At 9,000 watts — exactly half the wattage of the ArriMax and just over double the wattage of the M40/25 — the M90/60 introduces a new power class for daylight fixtures.

Aadyn Hits with Jab, Eco Series LEDs

Developed, engineered and assembled in the United States, Aadyn Technology’s Eco and Jab series LED lights provide single-source lighting with low power consumption.

Nila Illuminates SL LED
Nila, Inc. has introduced the SL LED lighting fixture, which is available in either a daylight (6,000°K) or tungsten (3,400°K) configuration.
Zacuto Unveils Plazma Light
Zacuto has introduced the Plazma Light, which boasts more than 30 patents regarding Micro Plasma technology.
Litepanels Expands LED Offerings

Litepanels has introduced the 1x1 LS and the Luma daylight-balanced on-camera light.

Ikan Adds 6 Fixtures
Ikan recently introduced six LED lighting fixtures: the IB500 Dual-Color, ID508, IB508 Dual-Color, IB1000 Dual-Color, ID1500 and IB1500 Dual-Color.
Four Pin Plugs In Light Source Pro App
Four Pin Plug Ltd. has introduced Light Source Pro, an iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad app that offers a fully functional photometric calculator, eliminates the guesswork and makes it easier for cinematographers and gaffers to select the correct lighting units for a given situation.
ToughGaff Gets Tough on Gloves
ToughGaff has introduced ToughGlove working gloves, which incorporate magnets to hold them in place on a strap that can affix to any belt up to 2" wide.

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Arri Unveils M90/60 Daylight Fixture

At last month’s International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam, Arri unveiled the latest addition to its ArriMax/M-Series of fixtures, the M90/60, which completes the range between 1,200 and 18,000 watts. At 9,000 watts — exactly half the wattage of the ArriMax and just over double the wattage of the M40/25 — the M90/60 introduces a new power class for daylight fixtures.

Like all M-Series lamp heads, the M90/60 is equipped with Max Technology, Arri’s unique, patented reflector technology that unifies the advantages of a Fresnel and a Par fixture. As a result of being open-faced, the unit is comparable in output to some 12K Pars. The fixture is also focusable from 17-55 degrees by means of a focus knob, and it produces a remarkably even light field and a crisp, clear shadow. The elimination of spread lenses speeds up the workflow on set and reduces the risk of lost production time due to glass breakage.

 

The M90/60 utilizes a new 9K lamp developed by Osram according to Arri’s specifications; the lamp is similar in size to the 6K lamp. Arri designed the M90/60 in a very compact housing, close to the dimensions of the ArriSun 60. Since the accompanying EB 6000/9000 ballast uses the housing of the existing EB6000 and 6K head-to-ballast cables, the entire system is highly efficient.

The new EB 6000/9000 ballast operates on a supply voltage of 100 and 230 volts, and sports Active Line Filter and CCL, which compensates for power losses even in very long head-to-ballast cables. This incredibly small ballast will also be available in a 1,000 Hz version for high-speed shooting with minimized flicker.

The M90/60 fixture and its accompanying EB 6000/9000 ballast are scheduled to be available in spring 2013.

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www.arri.com
Aadyn Hits with Jab, Eco Series LEDs

Developed, engineered and assembled in the United States, Aadyn Technology’s Eco and Jab series LED lights provide single-source lighting with low power consumption.

The Eco Punch Plus produces more than 4,000 foot candles at 10' while consuming less than 5 amps of power. The Jab Daylight consumes 1.78 amps of power and outputs 1,864 foot candles at 10'; this unit can also run for 1.5 hours on a single 30-volt DC battery. All Aadyn lights provide an even field of light, adjustable from narrow to medium to wide by means of quick-change lenses.

Aadyn Tech also offers Eco Tungsten and Jab Tungsten LED fixtures, which boast a high CRI of 91+. Additionally, the Jab Variable fixture allows users to adjust color temperature in small increments from 3,000°K to 6,000°K. All Aadyn lights are fitted with universal power supplies that operate from 100 to 277 VAC, and all Aadyn units can be dimmed with no flicker and no change in color temperature; the fixtures can be controlled via DMX, Aadyn’s proprietary User Interface or a simple on/off switch.

 

Aadyn Tech’s specialty lights include the Eco Bullet and Jab Bullet; both are designed to be flicker free up to 100,000 fps. The Eco Mega Bullet will operate at speeds up to 1 million fps. Additionally, the Jab Hurricane, scheduled to be released in December, has an outdoor weatherproof rating of IP66.

contact info:  
www.aadyntech.com
Nila Illuminates SL LED

Nila, Inc. has introduced the SL LED lighting fixture, which is available in either a daylight (6,000°K) or tungsten (3,400°K) configuration. The unit boasts an output comparable to a 2,500-watt HMI or a 6K tungsten fixture while demonstrating low power draw of only 500 watts and a very low operating temperature.

The Nila SL can be used close to the subjects as a soft source, and it is also capable of illuminating subjects up to 400' away; at 40', the light (with no lens) produces 500 foot candles with an 8' spread. Nila’s holographic film lenses allow users to specify the precise beam angle and minimize the need for diffusion material, barn doors or flags. The SL can also be rigged as a space light and is available in a kit that includes its own diffusion bag and rigging hardware.

 

With an on-board power supply and integrated dimmer, the DMX-controllable SL is the first Nila product to utilize firmware that allows for flicker-free operation across its entire dimming range while shooting between 0-1,500 fps; the fixture is flicker-free at any frame rate when the light output is set to 100 percent. (Nila plans to add this firmware across its entire product line.)

 

The SL also incorporates the Hidden Disc braking system, Nila Engineering’s latest yoke innovation. The HD brake provides for rock-solid positioning without any slippage no matter how the fixture is rigged.

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Zacuto Unveils Plazma Light

Zacuto has introduced the Plazma Light, which boasts more than 30 patents regarding Micro Plasma technology. The production-grade super-soft light source measures less than 1" thick and is dimmable, lightweight and portable.

According to Zacuto’s photometrics, the 1x1 Plazma Light emits 2,000 lumens. The tungsten-balanced Plazma Light features a characteristic incandescent curve without the green spike that is inherent in many LED sources, and the daylight-balanced (5,800°K) Plazma Light features an unwavering curve that mixes well with HMIs. The Plazma fixtures also boast a wide light pattern similar to traditional soft lights.

 

The Plazma Light can be powered by 110-240-volt 50-60 Hz AC or 11-18-volt DC with a 3-Stud Anton Bauer or Sony V-Lock battery. The power box incorporates a dimmer, and the control box connects to the light via weatherproof 10' or 25' head cable.

 

Zacuto’s Plazma lights will be available in a variety of shapes and sizes; the first 1x1 tungsten and 1x1 daylight units are expected to be available this year. The company also plans to release accessories such as barn doors and an expandable snoot. All Zacuto products are made in the United States.

contact info:  
www.zacuto.com
Litepanels Expands LED Offerings

Litepanels has introduced the 1x1 LS and the Luma daylight-balanced on-camera light.

The 1x1 LS is the latest addition to the company’s 1x1 LED Panel Series, and it offers many of the features found in the popular 1x1 Mono fixtures, but at an entry-level price. The 1x1 LS maintains the same high-quality full-spectrum soft light as Litepanels’ other 1x1 LED panels while removing the more studio-specific components to focus instead on the needs of location productions.

 

The 1x1 LS is compatible with all other Litepanels 1x1 units and uses the same accessories, gels and travel cases. Additionally, the fixture retains such characteristics as low power draw (45 watts) and cool-to-the-touch, heat-free operation. The 1x1 LS boasts flicker-free output at any frame rate or shutter angle, and it can dim from 100 percent to 0 without color shift. The unit is available in daylight-balanced flood (50-degree beam) or spot (30-degree beam), and it can be powered by an included AC adapter or any Gold Mount or V-Mount professional battery.

 

The small Luma on-camera light is hot-shoe mountable, weighs only 10 ounces and draws only 12-watts of power while providing the equivalent daylight illumination of a 50-watt HMI. “The Luma represents Litepanels’ commitment to the on-camera LED lighting market,” says Chris Marchitelli, Litepanels’ vice president of global marketing. “It builds off our new, sleek and ergonomic Croma design, and provides a high-output version for professionals [who] only need a daylight-balanced light.” The unit can be powered with 6 AA batteries (standard or rechargeable), an AC adapter, or off the D-Tap of a professional camera battery pack.

 

Like all Litepanels LED fixtures, the Luma is designed and assembled in the United States and features full-spectrum soft-light output with visually accurate color temperatures. The fixture can be dimmed from 100 percent to 0 with no color shift, and it is flicker free at any frame rate or shutter angle. Additionally, it features a smooth, modern design with soft-touch rubberized housing, and has a conveniently located on-fixture dimming knob.

contact info:  
www.litepanels.com
Ikan Adds 6 Fixtures

Ikan recently introduced six LED lighting fixtures: the IB500 Dual-Color, ID508, IB508 Dual-Color, IB1000 Dual-Color, ID1500 and IB1500 Dual-Color. The new lineup accommodates a wide range of applications, and the choice of single color (5,600°K) or Dual-Color (3,200°K-5,600°K) units allows users to find the right light for their particular needs.

The IB500 Dual-Color and IB1000 Dual-Color feature a touch-screen digital readout, built-in dimmer, remote control, wide-angle beam pattern, integrated barn-door intensifiers and pro battery options. The ID508 and IB508 Dual-Color feature a wide-angle beam pattern, built-in dimmer and on-board battery-life indicator. The ID1500 and IB1500 Dual-Color feature a built-in dimmer, ultra-wide-angle beam pattern and integrated barn-door intensifiers. Ikan also offers an array of accessory options for all of the fixtures.

contact info:  
www.ikancorp.com
Four Pin Plugs In Light Source Pro App

Four Pin Plug Ltd. has introduced Light Source Pro, an iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad app that offers a fully functional photometric calculator, eliminates the guesswork and makes it easier for cinematographers and gaffers to select the correct lighting units for a given situation.

Light Source Pro incorporates two search engines, Light Search and Light Library. Light Search allows users to search the complete database and offers a list of fixtures that will meet the requirements based on acquisition data: required T-stop, ISO, frame rate, shutter angle, throw distance to the source and required beam spread. Light Library allows users to enter the list of manufacturers and select a specific lighting unit to see if that fixture will meet the acquisition requirements. Each search engine features three calculators: Movie allows users to input film-specific data and returns information in T-stops; DSLR allows users to enter data for stills shoots and returns information in T-stops; and Stage offers a basic foot-candle calculator for non-shooting requirements and returns data in foot candles.

 

The Four Pin Plug team boasts extensive industry experience and includes gaffer James McGuire, whose credits include Breakfast on Pluto, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Tempest (2010) and Albert Nobbs.

 

Light Source Pro is available in the iTunes App Store for $29.99. The current version has more than doubled the database information contained in the app’s initial release, and at press time, another update was planned for later this year.

contact info:  
www.fourpinplug.com
ToughGaff Gets Tough on Gloves

ToughGaff has introduced ToughGlove working gloves, which incorporate magnets to hold them in place on a strap that can affix to any belt up to 2" wide. The ToughGloves’ magnets enable quick, one-handed detachment from the user’s belt. When working near delicate equipment, the magnets can be easily removed from the gloves, and the gloves can then be held in place via an additional glove clip.

ToughGlove working gloves are available for $35.
contact info:  
ww.toughgaff.com