NAB Show Product Review: Batteries & Lighting
Battery makers showing their remote
power wares at NAB Show have addressed
issues such as battery cell safety
and HD/4G cameras’ high-power demands.
ANTON/BAUER introduced its Digital Battery
and Performance Charger series,
designed for the power needs of today’s
4K camera setups. The batteries contain
a digital filter that increases run time
and extends the life cycle of the battery
packs. New technology allows more accurate
power status readings. The companion
Performance Charger series
charges up to four batteries at a time, and
features an LCD touchscreen.
|Graham Sharp mounts an Anton Bauer Digital Series
Battery onto a camera.
BLOCKBATTERY showed off its 2F1 universal
battery system, with interchangeable
mounts that allow one battery pack to be
adapted for A/B, V-lock or direct mounts.
Depending on the mount, the output
voltage is either 28VDC or 14VDC. The
2FI-120 features a 4-LED fuel
gauge and D-tap socket for
mounts outputting 14VDC.
FREZZI showcased its FBL-240
on-camera professional battery,
providing 240 Wh of power in
a lightweight form-factor. It
weighs 3.1 pounds, and can be
purchased with either an A/B
or V-lock mount. It can provide
eight hours of run time to a 30-
IDX debuted four new Endura lithium ion
V-Mount batteries to its Endura battery
family, ranging from 73 Wh to 146 Wh.
Each battery comes equipped with a D-Tap
and a 4 Step Power Indicator LED. A
new internal pack design for the batteries
cradles each cell securely to enhance
the reliability and safety of the battery.
|Steven Manios Jr. with Manios Digital and
Film loves his PAGlink stackable three-stud
showed its PAGlink battery packs,
which feature an innovative linking
technology to allow two or more to be
stacked together (up to a maximum of
eight) to allow higher current and longer
run times. Linking the batteries combines
their capacities and allows for a high-current
draw of up to 12 amps.
This NAB Show saw more LED remote
phosphor lighting fixtures. As the name
“remote phosphor” in a professional
cine an video lighting fixture suggests,
the technology separates the light-producing
LEDs themselves from the color
producing phosphors, which are often
in the form of a coating on a translucent
panel placed in front of the LEDs.
This not only separates the LEDs from
the phosphors, but also allows switching
color temperature rendering by interchanging
the phosphor-coated panels.
Remote phosphor is not possible (at
least for now) in LED point-source lighting
fixtures such as Fresnels.
AADYNTECH debuted its SpaceLight LED,
a tungsten-balanced fixture with an output
of 52 foot-candles at 25 feet. It draws
less than 7 amps, and can be controlled
locally using its menu-driven interface
through a tethered, plug-in digital remote,
or via DMX control through a lighting
ARRI unveiled its L5 LED Fresnel, the smallest
fixture in its L-series line of LED lights.
It’s half the weight of ARRI’s L7 Fresnel
and provides all the features of its larger
cousin, such as a color temperature range
from 2,800 K to 10,000 K, green and magenta
correction, hue selection, saturation
control and on-board DMX.
BBS LIGHTNING showcased its remote
phosphor Area 48 LED Soft Light, with
multiple power options including an integrated
battery that can be used with
V-mount or gold-mount batteries or
standard AC power. It also offers internal
DMX 512 for remote control and flicker-free
dimming. The company also showed
its LED Force V LED Light Engine, engineered
to upgrade existing Ellipsoidals
to LED illumination in either daylight or
tungsten color temperature.
CHIMERA introduced its 1x1 LED Lightbank,
designed to mount and soften popular
1x1 LED panels. The Lightbank has a removable
front face and comes with a speed
ring with a 5/8-inch (16 mm) receiver. Also
new from Chimera are the Lighttools EZ
Soft Egg-Crate grids. A built-in tensioning
frame holds the Soft Egg Crate in formation,
ensuring maximum control over soft
light for motion picture and still use.
CINEO unveiled its Maverick remote phosphor
LED lighting fixture, designed to
meet the needs of field production in a
lightweight, DC-powered and weatherproof
form factor. Like the rest of Cineo’s
fixtures, the Maverick utilizes interchangeable
phosphor panels to provide a variety
of color temperatures in one fixture.
COOL-LUX showcased its CL series of
panel-type LED lighting fixtures, available
in 3,200 K, 5,600 K and bi-color models.
There are four different sizes in the CL series,
ranging from an equivalent output of
a 160-Watt tungsten fixture up to a 2,000-
Watt equivalent fixture. CL500-series fixture
is built with a heavy-duty
aluminum frame and chassis,
and has a rugged aluminum
yoke with a dual 5/8-inch
adapter that can be used on
conventional light stands or
DEDOLIGHT introduced its largest
focusable LED lighting fixture,
the DLED 12.1, available in
both daylight and tungsten color
balance, and featuring a beam
angle range from 65 to 8 degrees.
Use of Dedolight aspheric optics
allows for its large focusing range, clean
beam and smooth light distribution.
FLOLIGHT invited its booth visitors to
build their own lighting kits. Expanding
on the company’s own preconfigured
kits, customers can choose from more
than 800 possible permutations, mixing
of spot and flood fixtures into a custom
kit. Included in these kits are free 8-foot
light stands and a carrying bag.
|Frezzi’s Kevin Crawford (R) describes features
of the EyLight for Government Video’s Bob
debuted its EyLight, a professional
camera light with an internal quick-swap
rechargeable battery that delivers sustainable
power to traditional tungsten
and LED lamps in a compact all-in-one
HIVE presented its BEE Plasma Flood, a
276-watt daylight fixture, termed “adjustable
daylight” because its color temperature
can be adjusted from 4,600K to
7,000K to match ambient conditions. Its
100-degree beam-angle gives it fill light
characteristics, and it can be dropped into
a softbox for even softer illumination.
K5600 showcased its Evolution kit, which
can be purchased in five different configurations,
mixing and matching different
K5600 fixtures. Alpha 200, the company’s
newest fixture, is a compact and
lightweight Fresnel that accepts both
Quart Metal Halide Lamps (HMI) and Ceramic
Discharge lamps, allowing it to illuminate
in both 3,200K and 5,600K color
temperatures by changing lamps.
|Fernando Kleinert adjusts the new Kino Flo Celeb 400 light.
unveiled three new LED units:
The Celeb 200 DMX LED, Celeb 400 DMX
LED and Celeb 400Q DMX LED. All three
provide variable color temperature from
2,700–5,500K, and allow both onboard
dimming and color temperature adjustment
as well as DMX control. Honeycomb
louvers can be used to control the
soft light output of the new LED lights to
90 degrees or 60 degrees.
|David Mahlman, a member of the Society of Camera Operators,
checks the light output of Litepanels’ Sola 9 LED
added intermediate LED Fresnel
lighting fixtures between its 12-inch
fixtures and its 6-inch fixtures, the Sola 9
(9-inch daylight balance) and the Inca 9
(9-inch daylight balance) Fresnel fixtures.
The 9-inch Fresnels share the same features
as their 6- and 12-inch family members.
The company also unveiled the
Hilio D12 (daylight) and T12 (tungsten)
open-faced arrays, designed to emit a raw,
narrow beam that provides high intensity
for long throws.
LOWEL LIGHTING debuted its Lowel Pro
Power LED, providing powerful output
and control for the run-and-gun shooter
facing quickly varying ambient lighting
conditions. It can be camera- or light-stand-
mounted. It features a wide focus
range Fresnel lens and is available in daylight
|The new Evolution Kit display took up a lot of space in the
K5600 booth. The configurable, portable two-light kit is
available with 3200K and 5600K lamps.
introduced its Spectra LED
lighting fixture series, designed for shooting
on location or in a studio. The Spectra
1x1 panels are available in daylight, tungsten
and bi-color balance, and can be operated
on AC or DC power. The smaller
on-camera Spectra fixtures are available
in a range of intensities, color temperatures
and beam angles.
MOLE-RICHARDSON premiered its LED
Space Light, designed to utilize the collection
of existing Mole Spacelite accessories.
The 400-Watt LED Spacelite 2 and
900-Watt Spacelite 4 replace traditional
2K and 6K Tungsten Spacelites to reduce
energy usage by 80 percent and eliminate
costly lamp replacement, silk degradation
NILA introduced its all-weather
Boxer and Varsa LED lighting
fixtures. NILA fixtures are touted
for their RoHS compliance
(absence of toxic heavy metals)
and ability to output a lot
of light while using little power.
The Boxer (200-Watt draw) and
Varsa (75-Watt draw) utilize
holographic film lenses to vary
the beam pattern from 10 degrees
to 80 degrees.
PHOTON BEARD unveiled its Platinum
Blonde fixture, a HMI-focusable
floodlight that is an energy-efficient
1,200-Watt HMI linear lamp. It is an open-face
fixture designed for applications
where raw output
is required. The company also
debuted the PhotonBeam 80
LED Floodlight, designed with
the housing from Photon
Beard’s established Redhead
PRIMETIME LIGHTING SYSTEMS
introduced its new
Gus 41 LED Fresnel lighting
fixture, featuring an 11- to
80-degree beam angle and a
6.25-inch acrylic Fresnel lens.
ROTOLIGHT debuted its latest series of
Rotolight Anova V2 Ecoflood LED Floodlights,
providing up to 350-percent brighter
output than the company’s
Anova Singles are available
in either UltraWide
(110-degree beam angle)
or Standard (50-degree
beam angle), in 5,600K
or 3,200K models, for
greater straight line output.
There is also a bicolor
model with output
adjustable from 6,300K
|Eric Shackleford (R) of KQED-TV asks Ray Powell of Zylight about
the Fresnel lens in the Zylight F8 LED light.
Vidnel Series VN050 and
VN100 Adjustable Beam 50-Watt and 100-
Watt LED Fresnel fixtures. They feature a
manual slide bar on the side of the fixture
that adjusts the beam and locks in place,
and passive heat dissipation that requires
no fan for cooling. It has DMX control and
dimming, and a power shutoff feature so
that no power is drawn when the fixture
is fully dimmed. A 4-inch gel frame and
barn doors are available as options.
ZYLIGHT showcased the F8, a redesigned
model of its Quantum Dot-powered LED
Fresnel lighting instrument. The upgrade
includes a positive lock on the focus
mechanism, a vertical heat-sync, a yoke
mount angled for greater positioning
range and ability to accommodate 90-degree