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NAB Video: K5600 Daylight AND Tungsten Balanced HMI Lights

04.11.13 @ 7:00AM Tags : , , , , ,

FreshDV brings us a look at a number of new fresnel and PAR style lights from K5600, including their Joker 200 and Alpha 200, adaptable to both 5600k and 3200k options via switchable globes. Watch the video for all the gritty details and to learn about HMI technology:

The approach of having one fixture that does multiple jobs is attractive, and seems to mimic the way things are going: adding emphasis to the multi-hyphenate job description. Share your thoughts on these or other lighting technologies below!


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  • Very nice. I’m a longtime user/owner of Jokers and really love the units for their size and punch – ok enough of the shill – but first, nice, concise segment. Second, really want to try the 1600 now. People have been drooling over the Arri M18 but the problems I considered when I heard about it are coming to fruition – ie how are you going to run an 1800 Watt unit in NYC locations? It’s just not feasible to think that it’s truly ‘plug-and-play’ when you have to find an unencumbered 20 Amp circuit. Which is why I always make fun of the generators people rent to come with the unit. Anyway – 1600 amps on the other hand – now that’s something I could see working with less risk. Especially with a high-speed option and all of the tricks that you can do with the Jokers. PS – any chance the Fresh DV pieces could come in closer to 3 minutes? 6 minutes always scares me.

    • Good thing about living in Europe: we use 230 Volts and so you can connect up to 3600W on a 16A household circuit :)

  • I like how at 5:47 the operator thinks to himself, “Let’s zoom in for a close-up” (maybe he wanted to spice up the coverage, or maybe it was actually planned — “Zoom in when we ask the LED question!”).

    The depth of field looks beautiful, but the shot feels uncomfortably close relative to the subject matter — spokesperson is not really saying anything that revealing or significant. After a few beats, the operator realises this and tries to reframe. He can’t zoom all the way out again, because that would show up the nonsense of the first zoom, so he sort of awkwardly reframes to something with more breathing space but which is still uncomfortably close.

    That’s what I thought anyway! Apologies for the ramble… 6am here and I haven’t woken up yet.

  • Switchable HMI/CDM fixtures are not new. Its good to see this as an option in the Bug-style fixture. However, I emailed K5600 regarding the option to retrofit existing 200 Joker-Bugs to be able to accept both lamps (with their different LCL’s) and did not get a reply.