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#21 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 08:57 PM

With all the latest LED lighting innovations released since 2010, what makes classic Arri fresnel fixtures still such a popular choice today?

Proven technology. Built like tanks. Very little that can go wrong with them. Tungsten just looks better.


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#22 Yon Thomas

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 05:25 AM

Could bigger actually be better? A lot of brands seem to be making smaller fixtures with brighter outputs but could that potentially be a reason to stick with classic Arri Fresnel, over the fact they are a larger source? 

 

I don't see true Fresnel lamps going anywhere quickly. Whether they are Tungsten, HMI, or LED heads.  The quality of light that comes from a large fresnel lamp is so much more complex than a PAR or an Arri M series HMI. The fact the source can be fine tuned to be either very sharp with a clean single shadow or spotted or diffused to soften the edges makes it very versatile on my shoots.  For sure LEDs systems are a game changer, but the Fresnel will be on my trucks for a long time to come.  I do like want Mole has done with the Tener LED, though I wish they made it bi-color.


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#23 Seth Baldwin

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 05:32 AM

What are the most popular classic Arri fresnel fixtures that could compete with sunlight to purchase?


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Posted 03 January 2018 - 05:55 AM

Well, In the Arri camp the 18Kw HMI Fresnel is the go to lamp. Cinemills make a 24kw Silver Bullet. They do a good job of battling the  sun. But if you want just brute force a good non-fresnel option is the 100k SoftSun.


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#25 aapo lettinen

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 06:11 AM

the M90 is quite versatile and used here often in place of the 18k's


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