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.
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.
Northwest 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!
Third: 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!
The Dana Dolly is a tried and true Ultra portable camera slider system allowing cinematographers and DP’s to achieve beautifully fluid dolly moves in the back country or used for small moves during interview shots.
The Dana Dolly universal rental kit accommodates 75, 100 and 150mm fluid heads giving maximum flexibility with varying camera systems. The rental kit contains two universal track ends which give the option of using pipe other than speed rail when only PVC, iron or galvanized pipe may be available at a local hardware store.
Our kit includes two low boy combo stands and all new low low adapter arms making the slider drop to the ground with ought the need for apple boxes and leveling wedges. With our system, you can adjust the stands as needed even on rough ground and find the perfect balance and height. Give us a call and come pick it up!