CAME-TV’s Boltzen 55W Fresnel LED’s Belong In Your Kit!

by Bret Hoy3 Comments

There are so many different lights on the market nowadays that it’s incredibly hard to choose which ones work the best for you.

If you have brand loyalty that helps, but if not, who do you choose? Well, most often,our criteria comes down to price, functionality/flexibility and portability. Also, when you’re buying lights, you’re probably looking at LED’s. So what’s out there?

We’ve talked about many different kinds of lights in the past, but today we’re taking a look at a new LED Fresnel light from CAME-TV – The CAME-TV Boltzen 55W Fresnel Light.

When you’re looking at LED’s, the two questions you ask are usually about the bi-color and how much light they put out. First off, the CAME-TV Boltzen 55W isn’t a bi-color LED light. I am actually pretty okay with this. Not only does it mean that you get your full output at 5600k, but it usually means your color is a bit more true. The CRI of most LEDs falls short of Tungsten sources, so if you can sort of meet in the middle, that’s really helpful.

The second part is about power, and it’s still a bit of a mystery to be honest. Once people start getting their hands on the Boltzen, we’ll have a better idea of what we’re looking at. The fact that it can be powered by battery for such a long period of time leads me to think that it’s not a super bright light. Personally, it seems to me that the 55W could be a great utility style light to have in your kit. It’s not going to be a key, or a nice bounced booklight, but for picking out details and rim, I think it could be a winner.

That being said, Tom Antos has a video on Vimeo showing the usefulness of these lights. A lot of this comes down to how you set up and what you want your images to look like. We all light differently, which means we all use different tools, and we use them in different ways.

The CAME-TV Boltzen 55W Fresnel LED starts at $298 and is shipping now!

3-Point Interview Set-up with Boltzen Lights (smallest LED Fresnel)

Via Tom Antos:

Introducing The New CAME-TV Boltzen 55w Fresnel Light!

Via CAME-TV:

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The video light includes an adjustable Fresnel lens to help focus the light and provide a longer throw. When used without the lens, the light becomes a wider flod and the included barn doors help control the spill. This versatility allows you to go from a tight spot to a wide flood all in one continuous light.

CAME-TV BOLTZEN Series Lights Product Comparison Table

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Learn more about CAME-TV BOLTZEN Series Lights

(cover photo credit: snap from CAME-TV)



Comments

  1. Michae

    I’m sensing a mixed message : “it belongs in your kit” and “we don’t know much about it yet, and we doubt it’s brightness, but we’re guessing it might make a good rim light.” Your headline sounds like a review, but your article does not show that.

  2. Tim W

    I agree with Michae.

    Also, the 30w and 55w lights are not fresnels according to the lenses (stipple lens like for pars) in their photos. The 60w is, but is a different design which looks to also be from a different manufacturer than their 30w and 55w.

  3. Ron

    I have just received mine, it is a perfect dedo replacement, slightly wider on spot than redo, slightly less output on full spot than redo. However, for some time now I have been lighting almost exclusively with daylight LED panels and a little bit of HMI, if I need the occasional tungsten setup 1/2 or 3/4 CTO does the trick. Tungsten is hot, draws a lot of power and doesn’t look so good mixed with daylight, efficient daylight lighting lets me use existing base light from windows etc using the daylight lights with cutters, scrims and black fabrics to easily control the look. This light is a great addition to a travelling kit, only use will determine it longevity, however it looks solidly built, would probably like 2 of them and a couple of the Falcon Eyes/Meking flex LEDs (just bought a small and large for our production unit) to cut down on travel weight. All these reputable chinese knock offs are making better tools available to workaday cinematographers. To get equivalent product in a Dedolight LED will cost more than 3 times as much, and in a couple of years it will be technically out of date. I am a working cinematographer shooting news, current affairs , documentary and formerly drama at an Australian national broadcaster with 33years experience.

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