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#1 andrew ward

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Posted 05 September 2016 - 07:59 PM

What happens if you remove the intensifier or diffusion panel from the front of an Arri Skypanel?
Is it a death blast like Cyclops?

Its something to do with blue leds being harmful like an Area 48 or something isnt it?

Just wondering...
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#2 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 06 September 2016 - 03:30 AM

It turns off. Usually.

I had some on demo recently and one of them was a prototype which didn't. Presumably the safety switches are actually installed on all the real ones.

They said that it wasn't dangerous as long as you didn't state into them, but I preferred caution. Those are some very, very, very intense points of light in there, and I would avoid looking at them for fear of eye damage.

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#3 andrew ward

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 10:24 AM

Be good to get more punch out of it. Theyre not bright enough.
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#4 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 11:37 AM

Personally I prefer non-diffused LED panels. You can always diffuse them; you can't un-diffuse something that's already got basically 216 diff in front of it.

 

That said if you pull the diffuser on a SkyPanel, you'll just get lots of shadows. The emitters aren't in any sense directional.


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Posted 01 October 2016 - 03:50 PM

It turns off. Usually.

I had some on demo recently and one of them was a prototype which didn't. Presumably the safety switches are actually installed on all the real ones.

They said that it wasn't dangerous as long as you didn't state into them, but I preferred caution. Those are some very, very, very intense points of light in there, and I would avoid looking at them for fear of eye damage.

 

Fired up one the other day, no diffusion.  Very bright and harsh, no safety switch on the unit that I could find.  Based on the cautions in the operating instructions, probably emits a lot of UV as well.


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#6 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 01 October 2016 - 04:13 PM

Hmm. Arri told me they should all have the safety switches, so either you've got faulty ones (more probably) I've been lied to.

Certainly some of the ones I had on demo did have switches. I think it was the s30 that didn't. What were you using?

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Posted 03 October 2016 - 11:16 AM

It was an S60.


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Posted 03 October 2016 - 12:36 PM

Hrm, that's a bit disquieting. I'm not sure what else to say, really. Did you ask the supplier?


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Posted 03 October 2016 - 01:56 PM

I would have to ask ARRI, since they were just unboxed.  Don't have the time just yet.  I see nothing in the user manual, etc. that would indicate that they have any kind of safety switch.


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#10 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 03 October 2016 - 02:02 PM

Some of those I had on demo certainly did.


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Posted 15 October 2016 - 09:32 AM

S-30, S-60 none of them turn off when you remove the diffuser. Have done this many times. Didn't get my hands yet on the S-120.

 

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