Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Product Review: Litepanels CROMA LED Light

< The new Litepanels CROMA LED light ($584) provides a bright and lightweight light to ENG-style DSLR lighting, or can be used as a quick fill light to add depth.  What makes the CROMA unique is its dimmable color temperature knob (3200-5600k or tungsten to daylight).

< The Litepanels CROMA mounted with included ball mount onto a 5DMKII.  Mounted with batteries here, which adds weight to your ENG-style set up.  But what you lose in weight, you make up for in big white light.

< CROMA from behind with the included cold-shoe ball mount.

< Simple knobs control the brightness and color temp of the light.  There's no way of knowing the actual color temp, and you must judge it with your eye.  It basically adjusts from orange (3200k) to white (5600k).  The white mode is a nice even LED light, but the orange mode has some center distortion (or "spotlight" look).

< Daylight/white mode at 5600k.

< Tungsten/orange mode at 3200k.

< Really cool carry case for the Litepanels CROMA.

< CROMA at full power from the 6 AA batteries. Or you can plug it into the wall, and even have D-tap from your Anton Bauer.

< CROMA scale next my Litepanels Micro.

OVERALL: "A-"  - It's lightweight and powerful, but you pay for that privilege (almost $600 bones).  I really like being able to control the color temp without a lens filter.  When using batteries, it gets much heavier, but well worth the extra weight just to get the mobile power.  With a d-tap, it could be used in its lightweight form, and would really benefit the ENG crowd.  A lot of power in this small light.  Nice carry case and ball head mount.  I see the CROMA being used as a the ultimate dashboard light in nighttime driving shots.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Canon 5D Mark III is here...

...and it's kinda better than your 5DMKII.

• 1 mp improvement over the 5DMKII (22.3mp vs 21mp)
• Vastly improved DIGIC 5+ image processor claiming to be 17 times faster than previous model.
• 61 point AF.
• Manual audio control with headphone jack for real-time audio monitoring.
• 720p @ 60 fps.
• New compression formats to improve video capture and post workflow (ALL-I & IPB).
• Dual card slots for longer recording times (30 minutes vs 12 minutes on 5DMKII)
• Same batteries as 5DMKII.
• Improved weather resistance.
• Higher ISOs for law enforcement, government, and the CSI TV Show.
• NO CLEAN HDMI OUT (epic fail).

Check out the Planet 5D Blog HERE for a complete press release.

You can pre-order from B&H HERE for $3500.

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