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    R&G: sorry, I was referencing the Lite Cannon 165 (not 160) fresnel, which is an all in one. I have two of Intellytech's smaller soft panels, and yeah, the separate controller and power supply is a pain. We've been using a fellow shooter's Aputure 300Mk2 a bunch recently, and having a single controller is really nice. It also has double V-mount battery mounts integrated, but we're finding even in double battery situations you have to have big ass batteries to make it work. A pair of 95s won't cut it.


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    I've traveled with the 160 for about a year and enjoyed it, looking forward to getting one of these big ones.
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    I bought a few of the 120s and 160s recently for some of our in-house videos. I like the quality of light and the units seem quite versatile, like a modern version of a Rifa. But they’re a bit fiddly to set up and I would worry about their durability with hired crew who can sometimes treat rental gear with a “drive it like you stole it” mentality. They’re owner-operator lights for sure. But I do like them.
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    Received an email this evening that mine has shipped out.


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    Received mine on Monday. It's a big beast of a system. It all comes in a rolling light case, that standing up, comes almost to my chest. The case seems fairly decent (but not in the realm of PB, Petrol, etc.) and even though it does come with custom cut/molded foam, the foam is not heavy duty and is cut VERY, VERY (almost paper)thin in some places and will probably tear/break. But it also comes with some covered/padded/velcro'd hard dividers, if you wanted to pull the custom foam and go that route. I'm presuming whomever makes the cases for them, the dividers are standard, so they just leave them in the case for the end customer. The ballast/controller is pretty big and weighty, but uncluttered with a clean logical design and actually feels pretty well made. The diffusion is wrapped around an internal collapsible frame(like Chimera and Snapbag do with their grids/egg crates, now) and the grid/egg crate is much more heavy duty(and larger all around) than what they use for the LC-160's, but rolls up for storage just the same. The bad problem with the diffusion having an internal frame though, you can't use it on the mat in any type of curved/rolled set-ups.

    Unfortunately, the frame that shipped was incorrect(too small), but they contacted me right after the kit shipped to inform me that they knew it and the correct one is supposed to ship this week. I'm presuming this is probably an issue with all the kits that shipped, but maybe I was just a little unlucky and others received the proper one. Anyway, I do like the idea and execution of the frame and the way it deploys and packs quickly, staying fully assembled. The mat itself is pretty damn big(~3'x4.5'), but unlike the 2x2 LC-160 mat, which has a hard backing in each section, the Mega is fully flexible, which opens up lots of possibilities for its use and helps quite a bit with packing and storage, as well. Not having the correct frame for it, I haven't been able to fully evaluate it as a system, but I did hang it from the included frame and gave it a quick once over. As far as light quality, to the eye it seems just like it's smaller predecessor, which is very good, in my opinion. Hopefully the correct frame will be here next week so that I can see how it's all going to play together. Call me crazy, but I think it's gonna set-up at least as quickly as the 160's. And the only thing that's really not in the kit, is a light stand.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Run&Gun View Post
    Received mine on Monday. It's a big beast of a system. It all comes in a rolling light case, that standing up, comes almost to my chest. The case seems fairly decent (but not in the realm of PB, Petrol, etc.) and even though it does come with custom cut/molded foam, the foam is not heavy duty and is cut VERY, VERY (almost paper)thin in some places and will probably tear/break. But it also comes with some covered/padded/velcro'd hard dividers, if you wanted to pull the custom foam and go that route. I'm presuming whomever makes the cases for them, the dividers are standard, so they just leave them in the case for the end customer. The ballast/controller is pretty big and weighty, but uncluttered with a clean logical design and actually feels pretty well made. The diffusion is wrapped around an internal collapsible frame(like Chimera and Snapbag do with their grids/egg crates, now) and the grid/egg crate is much more heavy duty(and larger all around) than what they use for the LC-160's, but rolls up for storage just the same. The bad problem with the diffusion having an internal frame though, you can't use it on the mat in any type of curved/rolled set-ups.

    Unfortunately, the frame that shipped was incorrect(too small), but they contacted me right after the kit shipped to inform me that they knew it and the correct one is supposed to ship this week. I'm presuming this is probably an issue with all the kits that shipped, but maybe I was just a little unlucky and others received the proper one. Anyway, I do like the idea and execution of the frame and the way it deploys and packs quickly, staying fully assembled. The mat itself is pretty damn big(~3'x4.5'), but unlike the 2x2 LC-160 mat, which has a hard backing in each section, the Mega is fully flexible, which opens up lots of possibilities for its use and helps quite a bit with packing and storage, as well. Not having the correct frame for it, I haven't been able to fully evaluate it as a system, but I did hang it from the included frame and gave it a quick once over. As far as light quality, to the eye it seems just like it's smaller predecessor, which is very good, in my opinion. Hopefully the correct frame will be here next week so that I can see how it's all going to play together. Call me crazy, but I think it's gonna set-up at least as quickly as the 160's. And the only thing that's really not in the kit, is a light stand.
    Thanks for the initial thoughts.

    In the meantime you should clip it in portrait orientation to an armed out c-stand then use another c-stand for a diffusion waterfall (borrowing the term term from Bill T).


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