An interview from the 2015 National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas with Tim Latham of Litepanels. Litepanels®, a Vitec Group Brand, has revolutionized professional production and still lighting with their light-emitting diode (LED) technology. Today, the company is continuing to push the envelope with their latest series of groundbreaking products. In this interview Tim talks with us about a wide range of lights including the Astra E & EP line, the new Caliber 3-Light Kit, as well as some accessory modules for their Astra products.
Litepanels has announced the launch of several new additions to their highly acclaimed ASTRA line of LED panels. The expanded lineup now includes the ASTRA 1x1 EP series, the ASTRA 1x1 E series, and two additional models in the ASTRA 1x1 series, which debuted last year. Building on the legacy of the company’s original, trailblazing 1x1 fixture, the ASTRAs set a new standard for the form and function of professional LED panels.
ASTRA 1x1 EP Series: Ideally suited for independent and field production, the ASTRA 1x1 EP panels offer a light output that is two times brighter than the company’s legacy 1x1 fixture. Featuring the Litepanels tradition of a one square foot form factor, the LED panels offer high CRI (Color Rendering Index). The new ASTRA 1x1 EP series includes both Daylight and tunable Bi-Color models.
ASTRA 1x1 E Series: The ASTRA 1x1 E series offers entry-level access to Litepanels’ state-of-the-art LED panels. Every design element has been meticulously crafted to deliver the form and function needed for the independent content creator. The new ASTRA 1x1 E series also includes Daylight and tunable Bi-Color models, and offers a light output that is comparable to earlier LED panels. With high CRI and a traditional form factor, the new series provides efficiency and versatility at an affordable price point.
ASTRA 1x1 Series: To better complement studio operations, the ASTRA 1x1 series has been expanded to include ASTRA 1x1 Daylight and ASTRA 1x1 Tungsten fixtures. Joining the ASTRA 1x1 Bi-Color panel, these fixtures offer a light output that is four times brighter than Litepanels’ original 1x1. For studio installations, a full lineup of accessories is available. In addition to studio use, the intensity levels in these battery-powered fixtures make the ASTRA 1x1s ideal for location shooting, especially in direct sunlight.
The latest addition to Litepanels’ award-winning line of LED Fresnels, is the Caliber, a true Fresnel fixture with wide focus range that can be powered via AC or with AA batteries. The daylight-balanced LED offers the controllability and light-shaping properties inherent in a Fresnel light at a fraction of the power draw of conventional fixtures. Flicker-free at any frame rate or shutter angle, the Caliber Fresnel offers ultra-smooth dimming from 100 percent to zero, with no noticeable color shift throughout the entire range.
With professional accessories like a color frame, correction filters and a 4-way barndoor, the LED Caliber brings the functionality of large Fresnels into a small size factor. The dimmable light provides a ¼-20 post for direct mounting using common hardware. The fixture’s compact size, high intensity output and portability make the Caliber 3-Light Kit a valuable production tool in the field.
The Litepanels’ compact Caliber 3-Light Kit has been carefully crafted to enable ease of travel and a fast setup. Weighing in at less than 13 pounds (six kilograms), each kit contains three Caliber fixtures and AC Adapters with international plug sets. Also included are three multi-jointed flexible tripods, allowing the lights to be fixed in a number of positions, and a compact stand with stand adapter, offering additional placement options. The Caliber 3-Light Kit’s contents are all packaged in a fully customizable soft case, with additional storage space provided for batteries, camera lenses and other items.
For more information please visit: www.Litepanels.com