PAR vs. LEKO ?
Posted 17 October 2006 - 08:51 PM
Posted 17 October 2006 - 09:14 PM
I use Source Four ellipsoidal's in preference to Source Four Pars and Parnels every chance I get, not only because I personally own thirty six 750 watt S4 ellipsoidals . I like using an ellipsoidal's shutters much more than barn doors for control, I can easily drop a gobo pattern into a S4 where wrestling with a cookie can be a real pain in the a**, etc. If I want a softer lensed light, I use true Fresnels, much more control and a better quality light than pars. About the only use I can see for the par design is something like outdoors at night with a need for a lot of light blasted on a building, etc. ETC has recently come out with optically improved lens barrels that are opimized for projecting gobos and photographic images. I haven't used one yet but I've seen still photos of them in action and they look great. Costly, but great.
I have worked with both PAR and LEKO style lights and haven't yet come to terms with why a PAR is generally preferred over the LEKO.
Posted 18 October 2006 - 09:59 AM
The great thing with ellipsoidals though is that eliminating spill is very easy using the shutters and you can get very crisp edges from them or defocused soft edges.
Both pars and ellipsoidals are very useful but we're compairing apples to oranges.