Despite the impending snow storm and unusually cold British winter, BVE 2018 opened doors in the ExCel centre in East London last week to welcome show attendees from all over the UK and Europe. The “B” in the name stands for “Broadcast”, and there is a heavy presence of companies dealing with signal transmission and all sorts of other ‘more broadcast-y’ things, however, at BVE one can find the usual players in the LED lighting and overall camera industry.
If you recall, earlier in February, I was at BSC Expo, which is a more film industry equipment oriented show with big and expensive ‘toys’ such as massive techno cranes and helicopters for aerial cinematography, and then had a chance to chat with Kino Flo founder Frieder Hochheim, with whom I had a chat about their new LED tube prototypes they are working on, and their latest FreeStyle LED 41 lights. You can check out these videos and read the post there, in case you’ve missed it.
And now, at BVE 2018, Kino Flo brought out their latest Kino Flo Diva Lite LED 21, which is a stripped down version of their Diva Lite LED 20 light and designed for the travelling documentary filmmaker, and DPs who need a high quality LED light that can pack down easily in a compact bag.
Many of you are familiar with the now legendary fluorescent tube-based DIVA Lite’s, and in the past few years Kino Flo as pretty much every other leading manufacturer have been migrating their product range towards the more technologically advanced LED based sources in order to give operators more control and the rest of the improvements that go along with LED-based fixtures.
The new Kino FloDiva Lite 21 LED does away with the barn doors and also has a non-removable, fixed DMX/LED controller on the back making for a single unit with the LED front, in order to compensate for space when packing and travelling. On the FreeStyle range of LEDs from Kino Flo, the DMX controller is removable and they also come in a couple of longer sizes.
Check out my interview from the show floor with David from Cirro Lite, the UK distributors for Kino Flo, Dedolight and many other brands, about the new Kino Flo Diva Lite LED 21.
Kino Flo DIVA Lite LED 21 Features
Dial-in color temperature control between 2700K-6500K
Extended color pallete from 2500K-9900K
Hue angle and Saturation adjustments / RGB control
Works with Apps with predetermined RGB presets or color wheels
Can use preset buttons to store custom Kelvin settings
Light levels do not change when selecting Kelvin settings
Color-correct with high color rendering index (CRI 95)
Universal input 100VAC-240VAC or 24VDC
Energy efficient, draws 1.25A, 120VAC and 6.25A, 24VDC
Flicker-free, quiet operation
Full range onboard and DMX dimming
DMX wireless link (Lumen Radio)
DMX Auto Terminate
No color shift while dimming
Fixture includes removable 90° Honeycomb Louver
Honeycomb louver also available in 60° as accessory
Mounts to stand, light enough to be hand-held
With the new Diva-Lite LED lights dialing-in a precise Kelvin temperature is very easy, the unit supports variable colour temperature control from 2500K to 9900K (or 2700K to 6500K with white white), full-range dimming, programmable presets and DMX wireless capability. As with the Celeb and Select LEDs, the Diva-Lite LED’s soft white light doesn’t flicker or shift colour temperature when dimmed. Light levels are consistent throughout the Kelvin range.
With its versatility and unique features, the Diva-Lite LED is the perfect imaging tool for use in any studio production or on location.
The new firmware upgrade enables the new “Colour Mode” and allows users to dial in nearly any colour, from deeply saturated violet blue, to a visual effects 560nm super-green, and upward into the warmer climes of light straw, flame and salmon red, with all hue angle and saturation values of the colour wheel in between.
The Gel function in the colour mode includes Kino Flo colours to match Candle Flame, Warm White, Cool White, Sodium Vapour, Mercury Vapour, 20K Blue Sky, Green Screen and Blue Screen. In addition, there is a range of gels that can be applied to any Kelvin setting. Simply scroll through the menu to choose one from over 100 well-known lighting gels.
The latest firmware also adds specialty effects such as TV flicker, Paparazzi, Candle light, police lights with even different combinations of colour as to mimic the police lights in different countries, further extending the versatility and practicality of the Diva Lite LED family.
Pricing has not yet been finalised, but Cirro Lite tell me Kino Flo are aiming to bring the price a bit lower than the Diva Lite 20 LED, which has the barn doors and is priced at around $2600+ in the US (B&H link here), so I’d expect the pricing on the Diva-Lite 21 to be closer to the $2K mark. The Diva-Lite 21 is likely to start shipping within the next couple of months.
For more details be sure to check out Cirro Lite’s website here or get in touch with your local Kino Flo dealer for pricing in your area.