MacTech LED Tubes

 

LED-LIGHT

Available for rent today!

Every now and then a product comes out that is special. A product that adds something new to the tool kit and allows film makers to utilize it in a way never before possible.

The LED market has been saturated of late with masses of panels, diodes, and new tech. Now, a company who once focused on big studio fresnel fixtures has now become an innovator in one of the most versatile lighting tools I’ve come across as a gaffer.

Once I have had the chance to use the MacTech LED’s in an upcoming feature, I’ll write a full report on the good the bad and the ugly. If you are interested in trying out these lights, they rent for $20/day each for a 4′ day light or tungsten and $15/day for a 2′ tungsten or daylight tube.

Tiny Genny offers mega bang for your buck!

 

Ryobi 2200 inverter genny

We are entering an era of film making where people want more and more for less. Technology has been changing so rapidly it can be hard to keep up with the latest and greatest. With the advent of better quality LED’s for film production, minimal power requirements can be met with the greatest of ease.

I had the pleasure of using one of these units for a feature I gaffed in Hawaii this past January. Being a Honda generator and car owner I’ve been partial to the Honda Eu2000i put put. I have to say I was unbelievably surprised by how much I enjoyed this little Ryobi on the Big Island. There are ergonomic features about this which are basic, but make the usability of this genie on set a dream.

Magliner senior cart Northwest Grip

Dual carry handles are phenomenal. If you ever had to carry a Honda 2000 more than 100′ alone it sucks. It’s just awkward. 50lbs isn’t much but when it’s banging against your leg the whole time it gets quite irritating. With this Ryobi, two people can grab each handle and it’sperfectly easy. Plus, there is a pull out handle and built in wheels. If you’re on concrete or a hard surface, pull it like a suitcase. REALLY GOOD THINKING. Honda hasn’t made these changes because they haven’t had to YET. They were the only real game in town with a good product in this market segment. Not anymore kids. The Ryobi has eco throttle just like the Honda so it will rev down conserving fuel and decreasing decibels per load demands. Take this out for $50/day or $150/week and see how easy it makes set life. I can provide you with enough daylight LED’s for a small night exterior all powered from just this genny all the while keep the sound mixer happy.

 

New Lite Panel Astra LED

fstoppers-litepanel-led-astra-featureNorthwest Grip has a brand new Lite Panel Astra LED pre-ordered for shipment in Dec 2014. This light has me (Casey) quite psyched up. It’s not everyday a new product comes out that stands out from the crowd in the lighting sector. I’ve been following the progression of this light for some time now and I finally had the opportunity to place my order.

Why is the Astra so exciting? First things first, it’s 4X brighter than the previous generation of 1X1 panels. That’s insane! Secondly, I like the idea of a bi-color light but loosing half the output never seemed worth it. Well with the Astra being 4X brighter, even as a bi-color it’s twice as bright as a straight day light or straight 3200K LED panel!

Lite panel astraThird: I love that lite panel got hip to attaching the transformer to the yoke. This may seem trivial but when your on set and have to manage 25-50 cables, having one cord coming off this light with a self contained transformer fixed is really nice! The transformer can be swapped out for a V-mount or Gold mount battery for “off the grid use.”

Fourth: Lite panel had a moment of forward thinking and angled the yoke forward so the diode panel itself is positioned out from the stand and yoke allowing a better and unobstructed tilt down when needing to light subjects at a steep angle.

The fan, good or bad? Ok yes, there is a fan. Audio guys be ware! No the fan is ultra ultra quiet. The unit can be run withough the fan but the power is limited to 70% of the full output as to not overhead the circuits. No real biggie in my opinion. Also it’s great that the fan is “user replaceable.” I’ll make a video review once this comes in so you can get the full  breakdown of this cool lighting tool!