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A Quick Look at the Dedolight DLED7 Turbo from NAB 2017

Our longtime friend Daniel Norton of the Adorama PRO department dropped in to check out the Dedolight DLED7 Turbo, one of the most popular light heads we showed at the booth this year. Click through to enjoy two minutes of unscripted television…

Dedolight DLED7 Turbo
As you can see, the 90 watt DLED7 Turbo is a beefed-up version of the well-received 40 watt DLED4 light head. A great deal more powerful than the DLED4, the DLED7 Turbo is nearly the same size but adds a heatsink, actively cooled by a whisper-quiet fan. So even though the Daylight version produces up to 38,000 lux @ 1m in spot mode (vs. 14,500 on the DLED4), the DLED7 Turbo is still well-suited to lighting scenes that call for minimal ambient noise. Like its predecessor, the DLED7 Turbo is available in Daylight, Tungsten, and Bicolor versions (the latter being continuously adjustable from 2700K–6500K.) And as is often the case, it’s compatible with many Dedolight Classic series accessories, so if you invested in those attachments many years ago, you’ll be glad to hear that they will still work with this light head. (Since Dedolight equipment has always been so durable and so meticulously constructed, there’s a good chance your accessories are still in great shape.)

To better appreciate the attention to detail, check out the precision with which this DLED7 Turbo can focus. It can literally reach pin-point accuracy—jump to 5:30 for proof! Imagine the possibilities this could open up for you in terms of lighting eyes, logos, or anything else that needs a bit more “punch.” (Unfortunately for those of you in the news business, you won’t be able to actually punch politicians in the face with it, no matter how much they deserve it.)

Another Dedolight hallmark is compact size relative to light output. This pre-configured kit comes in Bicolor or Daylight versions (designated KLT7-3-BI or KLT7-3-D, respectively). It contains lights, ballasts, stands, filters, gobos, a projection attachment… everything you need to set up a beautiful three-point light system for on-location interviews or similar setups. When it’s time to roll, all of this equipment packs neatly into a hard-shell rolling case that’s small enough to carry onto an airplane. (Can’t say how it’ll function as a shield if you happen to find yourself getting bumped from a United flight.)

Dedolight DLED7 Turbo Kit KLT7-3-BI/D

The Dedolight DLED7 Turbo is available right now from your local dealer, both in standalone and in kit form. If you need help locating a dealer who carries Dedolight, reach out to us and we’ll be very happy to put you in touch.

Rosco’s Latest at NAB 2017: Silk and RoscoLED

If you couldn’t make it to Vegas this week, don’t despair – Digital Cinema Society visited the Rosco booth to see what they were showing off, and has the scoop.

Visit Rosco’s website to learn more about the Silk family of products, and be sure to read our own post on RoscoLED tape.

See What’s New From Dedolight This Year at NAB

We always look forward to spending time in Vegas with our friends from Dedolight. If you’re at NAB 2017 this week, do yourself a favor and come see what they’ve brought along!
See us at NAB 2017 in booth C10839!

NAB Show 2016: LEDs Everywhere, But What of Their Quality?

With the 2016 edition of the NAB Show now receding in the rear-view mirror, here are my observations on the path our industry is taking.

As always, we flew to Las Vegas to support our colleagues at Dedolight as they demonstrated the innovative lights they’ve worked to bring to market this year.

Dedolight NAB 2016 Booth

This was definitely the year of LED lighting overload. There must have been at least 20 times as many companies showing broad source fixtures as last year, most of them no-name Chinese manufacturers just jumping on the LED bandwagon with no understanding of, or regard to, the quality of their products’ output. In fact, they do have appeal for the “fix it in post” crowd of shooters.

NAB 2016 LED mania 1

NAB 2016 LED mania

It’s a mindset that’s frustrating to those of us who care deeply about lighting for television and motion pictures, and who devote so much of our efforts to perfecting lighting as an art form. Teams from Dedolight, Arri, Mole-Richardson, and Rosco work very hard to develop the lights that advance the state of the art. It’s slow, difficult work, but it translates into money well spent when you see the results.

Dedolight News 2016

Dedolight catalog 2016

So it was rewarding to see the Dedolight booth filled with visitors day after day, everyone eager to discover all that’s new and to have a chance to talk with Dedo Weigert himself (when he’s not being interviewed).

Dedo Weigert interview NAB 2016

Once again, the use of DSLRs in production continues to rise, now being challenged by micro four thirds cameras. I’d even say most of the video production taking place at the show was based on the latter format. And here’s where another of my favorite companies comes into play — Fotodiox continues to expand its range of lens adapters so that just about any lens can be mounted to almost any camera body.

Fotodiox lens adapter rings

Beyond being beautifully conceived and finished, these reasonably-priced products mean that favorite optics can have a whole new life. I have an ancient Leica 90mm f/4 Elmar which the legendary Marty Forscher custom-adapted to my Nikons 30 years ago. Used wide-open, it is a remarkable portrait lens, and now is equally superb (although with an effective focal length of 120mm) on my Fuji X-E2.

Zeiss lenses at NAB 2016

And it’s just as amazing to see the range of lenses that Zeiss is producing with DSLR platforms in mind. True, the prices are sky-high, but again, it’s unfair to complain too much; in a production environment where Nikon and Canon cameras are being used for everything from commercials to feature films, the economics, speed and output quality for most shoots is a match for massive, far more costly production cameras.

Red drone at NAB 2016

As for drones, which only a few years ago were out of reach for most individuals, they too keep getting better and cheaper. Watching coverage of the violent floods and storms happening across the U.S., they have unquestionably changed news-gathering. Can’t quite bring myself to buy one, but the thought of being able to have a drone in hover mode over the tennis court and watch a sobering post-match replay is tempting.

Nanuk cases at NAB 2016

Nanuk Nano cases at NAB 2016

Finally, a shout-out for Nanuk equipment cases from Canada, particularly their Nano series. I first saw this company’s products at the PhotoPlus show in New York last year and was really happy to see them at NAB.

The latching system is innovative and very secure. The Nano cases, in a range of colors and sizes, can’t be beat for storing accessories and location must-haves. I own and have used Pelican products for many years and think they are fine, but in my opinion, the Nanuk cases reach another level.

Can’t leave without some dining recommendations, for whenever you may be in Las Vegas —

I have no interest whatsoever in big name restaurants on The Strip, regardless of who the chef behind them is, but after a long day of work here are two that you might not find on your own:

Chef Marc’s Trattoria on West Sahara is as good a Tuscan-style Italian restaurant as I’ve ever eaten at… period. Feast your eyes on some of the dishes on their website, and then find a way to get yourself in front of the real thing.

For ramen and other traditional Japanese noodle dishes, Monta has been a favorite of mine for several years. Again, visit their website, make the drive to Spring Mountain Road, and enjoy some of the best ramen you’ll find outside Japan.

Lastly, just in case you’re driving to Los Angeles from Vegas (just under 300 miles), here’s a handy tip, based on the laws of supply and demand: fuel up before you leave. Gas was about $2.25 in Las Vegas, but 100 miles west, in the desert… well, let’s just say mountain lions weren’t the only predators out there.

Gas in the desert