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    Prolycht in the back, Nanlite in the front

    I met up with gaffer John Roche today to test out the new Nanlite Projection Attachment for Bowens Mount with 19-degree lens (that's literally the full name, code PJ-BM for short). This is basically a Source Four Leko barrel and lens that's designed to mount onto the Nanlite Forza 300 & 500 via Bowens Mount. Not all Bowens Mount accessories fit all Bowens Mount fixtures due to internal clearance issues, for instance this device does not fit on Aputure lights. I wanted to see if it played well with the Orion 300 FS.

    They worked great together. With the included 19-degree lens (they also offer a 36 you can swap in) at 10' distance the output was a full three stops brighter than the bare COB alone. It was about 285fc bare COB v 2,500fc with projector. That's getting into JoLeko territory, and we're talking about a combo that's fully color tunable and under $2700 combined.

    The Nanlite projector isn't perfect, and if you're shooting tabletop or in a small set where precision is more important than firepower than the Prolycht projection lens kit is the more elegant solution on a number of measures. Precision adjustment, rotating barrel, even brightness and focus across the field, smaller/lighter/cheaper, rotating thread focus adjustment instead of shoving the lens in & out, better tilt control, sharp as a tack with no color fringing, and so on. But if you want sheer power to pump into a bounce, beam into a CLRS board or push through a window like a sunbeam then the Orion/Nanlite combo is a great combination.

    I work for Prolycht not Nanlite and don't get anything from their sales, but it's a great solution with the Orion 300 FS.

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    Mitch Gross
    Prolycht Lighting
    NYC

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    These two playing well together makes the Orion much more attractive (to me at least). The Prolycht projector looks very good optically but the brightness level wasn’t great enough to make switching from Dedolight seem worth it for precise tabletop work.

    I’d love to see Dedolight produce something with the brightness of the Nanlite but with the really high optical quality they are known for… that would be a game changer for replicating sunlight in a closeup that can’t have noticeable fringing or other optical flaws.

    Thanks for sharing!

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      #3
      Mitch, when you said it approached Jo-Leko output, would that be a 400 or 800w Joker?
      Charles Papert
      charlespapert.com

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        #4
        Originally posted by chris_f View Post
        These two playing well together makes the Orion much more attractive (to me at least). The Prolycht projector looks very good optically but the brightness level wasn’t great enough to make switching from Dedolight seem worth it for precise tabletop work.

        I’d love to see Dedolight produce something with the brightness of the Nanlite but with the really high optical quality they are known for… that would be a game changer for replicating sunlight in a closeup that can’t have noticeable fringing or other optical flaws.

        Thanks for sharing!
        We are actively working on alternative projection solutions.
        Mitch Gross
        Prolycht Lighting
        NYC

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          #5
          Originally posted by CharlesPapert View Post
          Mitch, when you said it approached Jo-Leko output, would that be a 400 or 800w Joker?
          I haven't measured the output of a JoLeko in some time, either 400w or 800w.

          At 10' and 5600K, the bare COB with no reflector gave us about 285fc. When we then mounted it to the Nanlite projector with a 19-degree lens we got about 2500fc at 10'. That's a bit over a 3 stop increase.

          If you have a JoLeko handy I'd love to get some measurements for a 19-degree beam at 10'. I haven't seen numbers published anywhere but the gaffer I was with agreed we were in similar territory.
          Mitch Gross
          Prolycht Lighting
          NYC

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            #6
            Originally posted by Mitch Gross View Post

            We are actively working on alternative projection solutions.
            Very exciting! Be sure to keep us posted.

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              #7
              Originally posted by chris_f View Post

              Very exciting! Be sure to keep us posted.
              Will do! I've seen some prototypes on this and other fronts that are very exciting. Some are "Wow, that's impressive!" and others are "What a clever solution and why doesn't every manufacturer offer something so simple?"
              Mitch Gross
              Prolycht Lighting
              NYC

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                #8
                I recently did a basic test with a 400 JoLeko and my Prolycht. I was using a Joleko with a 25-50 zoom, though, and comparing it to the Prolycht with and without a the 2x spot attachment which comes out to about 50 and 25 degrees repectively. I was just trying to get some basic ideas for myself for what I would want to use for bounces. The 400 JoLeko was about twice as bright as the Prolycht. I didn't write down any numbers, sorry. It sounds like the Nanlite would make the Prolycht competitive with a 400 JoLeko. The spot attachment for the Prolycht cuts the basic prolycht output by about a third at around 10' for comparison.

                I want to mention that the Source 4 ellipsoidal is surprisingly efficient. For example, I was comparing a 750W Source 4 into a 4x bounce with an Arrilite 750W into the 4x bounce. The Source 4 easily beat the Arrilite for brightness as a bounce source in any setup I tried. I actually have a Source 4 Lustr Series 2 coming in the next couple of days. I'm really intrigued to see if ETC has figured out a decent design for projecting RGB LED's. It seems like a really complicated problem. I'm hoping the Prolycht/Dedolight collaboration will result in something impressive.

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