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NAB 2018: Introducing DMG MIX, a Line of Full-Color LED Light Heads that Match Rosco Gels Precisely

Another April, another NAB Show… all manner of gear and gadgets revealed in the Las Vegas heat, all striving to push the arts of filmmaking and photography even further.

My usual NAB report will come shortly, but one item that just couldn’t wait is the new MIX line of light heads from DMG Lumière. DMG is based in Lyon, France and was recently acquired by Rosco Labs. They’re led by three brothers and a dear friend who discovered that their passions for cinematography and engineering formed a natural basis for a successful family business. (No prizes for guessing which is the brooding, mysterious one.)

DMG Lumière brothers

We at Visual Departures have to give a nod to the fact that they, like us, were founded on the notion of “by working photographers, for working photographers” (we even made it our tagline back in 1982!) There’s literally no substitute for building exactly the product you need… and the products that resulted from this designer-led process were lights called (in order of increasing size) MINI SWITCH, SL1 SWITCH, and MAXI SWITCH.

Pretty darned smooth, eh? So you can well imagine that Rosco’s booth at NAB was filled with technical and sales associates who were simply (ahem) beaming at the opportunity to show off what you could do with the new-and-improved versions of these three superb light units. So, without further ado, have a look…

What can you say to that besides… “pretty darned smooth-er”?! (On second thought, I suppose you can say lots of things besides that… but I’m stricken by a sudden ineloquence. Maybe it was the surprisingly catchy soundtrack on that video? Let’s go with that.)

At any rate, everyone who came to the booth was blown away by the thoughtful details the de Montgrand brothers included in these lights – just the thing to make #SetLife a little easier, more productive, and more fun. We couldn’t be happier for our colleagues at Rosco and DMG as they work to bring these wonderful light heads to creative people this summer.

If you need to know more, Joel Svendsen of Rosco is your man. He recently posted some details on the new MIX units which – just to be clear – will be available alongside the classic SWITCH units (so named because they can “switch” from daylight to tungsten color temperatures, including those somewhere in between.) We’ll be distributing all of these to our dealers across the country just as soon as they’re ready.

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.