Zylight, a manufacturer of LED lighting systems, will showcase its new F8 LED Fresnel at NAB 2013, April 8-11 in Las Vegas. Available in tungsten (3200K) or daylight (5600K) versions, the compact lighting instrument collapses to less than four inches thick for easy transport and storage.
“When we showed our F8 concept at NAB last year, we received an overwhelmingly positive response,” said Charlie Collias, Zylight’s senior vice president, worldwide sales. “We’ve taken the traditionally hot and bulky Fresnel technology and replaced it with compact LED technology. The F8 delivers all the performance of a traditional Fresnel lighting instrument in a much more portable and energy efficient design.”
Equipped with an eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens, the fully dimmable F8 maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping, and offers a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations. Its beam spread is adjustable between 16-70 degrees for even coverage for widescreen HD productions.
The F8 draws only 90 watts but has close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel. While its silent operation makes it ideal for studio use, the F8 is also water resistant, so it can be used in challenging location conditions. The F8 can be powered by a worldwide AC adapter or standard 14.4V camera battery.
“The F8 is a really versatile, rugged light,” said Zylight president Joseph Arnao. “It’s bright like an HMI but better suited for run-and-gun news ENG applications. You just snap on a battery and go. It’s also a great choice for studios that need to save space and reduce operating costs.”
Two speakers will share their shooting experiences with the F8 at Zylight’s NAB booth. Boston-based DP Tom Guilmette recently took the new Fresnel to the top of Mount Washington. At noon on April 8, he will discuss how his Zylight performed in the mountain’s unforgiving weather conditions. At 1 p.m. on April 9, Matt Kearney, vice president of Fastec Imaging, will show how his company’s ultra-portable TS3Cine high-speed handheld camera works with Zylight’s flicker-free LED lights.
The F8 is equipped with ZyLink wireless technology, which makes it easy to link multiple Zylights for simultaneous remote control. As a result, several F8s can be grouped together and linked for unique lighting scenarios. The F8 can also be controlled via DMX.
Barn doors and yoke mount ship with the F8. Additional options and accessories, including DMX motorized focus, pole yoke mounting, ZyLink controlled multi-head mount, hand grip, and kit box are available separately. The F8 is expected to ship in June at an MSRP of $2,400.
As part of a special NAB promotion, Zylight will be offering show attendees a $200 rebate on all F8 orders through May 15.