Here's a product overview on the new Boltzen 55w and 30w LED Fresnel Video lights. What they come with, a run through some of the features, and few samples with Flood, Spot, and without the fresnel lens. Anyone working with hard spots like the Lowel Pro Lights, should really find these lights a joy.
The Boltzen 55w and 30w LED Fresnels are compact yet put out a good amount of power and the Fresnel lens has strong output even at a distance. The lights can be battery powered and stay cool to the touch (unlike pro lights), and you don't have to worry about fragile halogen bulbs burning out or breaking. You can use the lights without the fresnel lens for wider throw.
Keep in mind there are two things not seen in this video. First I didn't show the D-Tap cable which allows you to power these lights off of your V-Mount or Gold Mount batteries. They recently just added this D-tap Power cable as part of the standard kit, so anyone ordering one may have it in their case. Second is the Wifi control. There is a port on the back to which you will attach a wifi dongle. Then you can control it through a remote (or possibly iPhone app). This (optional) part was also not available yet during the making of this video.
If you're on a budget or super concerned about fan noise, the 30w is a great option. But personally I think the 55w is the way to go. The fan is barely audible from a short distance away. They 30w and 55w both share the same size. At this moment I think CAME-TV may be offering the smallest 55w LED Fresnel under $300 (cheaper when buying sets). I find these could be a perfect little compact hard light to keep in your kit.
So I made a comparison video (below), but before you begin watching I want to clarify a few things. This test is nowhere near scientific when it comes to measuring CRI or Color accuracy, but it should be somewhat helpful when it comes to measuring the amount of light at a distance. Another thing I want to clear up is that this is not by any means a fair comparison as the CAME-TV 55w Boltzen LED Fresnel Light (found here) is measured with a Fresnel Lens while the Aputure COB120T (found here) was working bare.
By performing this test in this manner, hopefully it shows that a smaller light with less power can still be capable of outputting a decent amount of light at a distance over a more powerful light. Especially within the last few years, with cameras (i.e. Sony A7s, A7sII) that have better low light sensitivity, we can shoot with less powerful lighting kits. Ok, let's get to the video.
I would not say one light should be considered as a replacement over the other. There are major differences in size, weight, power, function, and price - two different types of lights. I would say having both the Aputure COB120T and CAME-TV Boltzen 55w Fresnels as part of your lighting kits can be beneficial!
Over the next few weeks, I'll be gathering more footage of these lights in actual use and putting up a more official review. But because I know brightness tests like these are what most people need to decide if the new 55w Boltzen LED Fresnels is something to consider, I wanted to at least get this basic test out there.
I've reviewed the iFootage Shark Slider combined with the S1A1 Motion Control in the past (video review seen here). This time we're adding on the X2 Head that allows for Pan and Tilt of the camera. With this, you have a fully motorized advanced 3-Axis Motion Control System that allows for accurate movements and positioning for Time Lapse and also incredibly silent for real time video use. Here's a quick video on how to use this system for that popular Parallax Tracking effect often used on B-cam setups during interviews.
The X2 Motion Pan/Tilt Head can also be used without the Shark Slider. So if you want a simple 2-Axis Motion Control Timelapse system, just throw it directly onto a tripod. Or use it at the end of a jib as a wireless motorized PT Head.
I personally have only dabbled in some of what this entire system offers, and it is capable of far more advanced functions that what I have shown. It's not the cheapest motion control system avialable, but it's incredibly accurate if you need to repeat shots, highly programmable, and best of all incredibly silent (important for those interviews). You can find more information about iFootage Motion Control Equipment over at CamotionLLC.com (found here).
The new GoPro Karma Grip (Gimbal) is not available yet, and so I have to come up with a temporary way to fly my new GoPro HERO5 camera. The HERO5 is a much taller and wider design over the previous HERO3, HERO3+, HERO4 cameras and so most existing gimbals may not work.
For now my setup works, but for stabilizing handheld footage with the new GoPro HERO5, the new Karma Grip Handheld Gimbal is definitely what you should invest in. The Karma Grip interfaces with the HERO5, so it will power the camera and you can download footage by connecting directly to the Gimbal - no need to pull your HERO5 Off.
Ok, the new Sony A6500 and RX100 Mark V just announced has received some pretty awesome upgrades. But did anyone catch the fact that the RX100 V can shoot 24 (20MP) images per second and can buffer 148 images in JPEG? 24fps is video playback rate, and 148 images is about 6 seconds worth at just a bit over 6K resolution.
Now if you switch to capturing 20MP images in 'RAW', you'll still manage 24fps and buffer up to 71 images - which is almost 3 seconds of video playback. A long time ago Nikon released a compact camera that was able to do this at 8MP still images, and many people have used this feature to make amazing 4K montage video clips. (now 4K is everywhere).
But if you think about what the new Sony RX100 MK5 can do, you'll be able to not just capture slightly over 6K Video Resolution, but capture it in RAW format. All in a pocketable point and shoot camera and with pretty amazing low light capabilities. The new Sony RX100 MK V will be available to order (found here).
If you love shooting with your DJI OSMO Gimbal + Camera, you'll love shooting with it even more when you check out Kamerar's latest Cable Extension Adapter that will be available soon. This new product was recently introduced at Photokina 2016 (not yet available). A 6ft cable is connected between the handle and the camera allowing you to maintain full tactile controls while mounting the X3 camera in creative ways.
This is the 'second OSMO extension adapter' Kamerar has made and you can see their other adapter accessories (found here). Each connector located at the end of the cable is CNC machined from aluminum, so it's a very solid product. With the weight of the battery and size of handle trimmed away from the OSMO X3 camera, you can now mount the camera in more creative ways and at a distance. Under the camera adapter is a 1/4" threaded mount.
Capture interesting new perspectives with the OSMO Camera at the end of a 6ft Pole. The new Kamerar Remote Extension Cable Adapter for the DJI OSMO opens up entirely new possibilities. So if you don't currently own one, now might be the time to look into one.
I posted this on Instagram a short while ago. This is an extra DJI OSMO Mobile Gimbal for Smartphones that I happened to have, and I decided to Auction it off. The OSMO Mobile retails for $299, but i'm starting the auction at just $199. Brand new, never used, never opened. I know there are many readers from different countries, but for this item I'm only willing to ship in the USA (lower 48 - no Alaska or Hawaii). If you're interested, take a look at the eBay Auction Page below.
The DJI Mavic Pro folds down as small as a bottle of water, making it small enough to bring with you everywhere.
New OcuSync transmission system offers up to 4.3 miles (7km) of transmission range.
Fly at up to 40mph (64kmh) or for as long as 27-minutes.
True 4K, fully stabilized ensures smooth footage
ActiveTrack, TapFly and other smart features make professional looking video effortless.
Obstacle Avoidance combined with sensor redundancy increases flight safety and reliability.
Vision positioning paired with GPS and GLONASS ensures precise positioning indoor and outdoors.
Fly by Phone over Wi-Fi for even easier flight