I've contacted Dedo Weigert about Dedolight lights in the past and always found him to be incredibly helpful and knowledgable about his products. His passion clearly comes across and I think that's probably why Dedolights are engineered to such a high standard.
When I heard about the new LedRama, I again contacted Dedo to ask a few questions and he suggested I go down to Cirro Lite, the UK's premier Dedolight supplier.
So today Kieron Jansch from Manned Camera and I went down to check it out.
We were met by David Morphy, who clearly knows a huge amount about lighting tech. I wish I had recorded the conversation as he was a fountain of knowledge when it came to LED (and all things lighting) tech.
One of the things I took away is that LED lighting needs to be run in a way that keeps the diodes from getting too hot. Many cheap LED products sacrifice longevity of their LED's by ramping up the power - but you end up with a light which will shift in colour over time.
The new generation of Dedo LED's are being engineered in such a way that they can give a high (let me tell you - it's HIGH) output while making sure you have a light that will last.
Straight away. This is a HEAVY light. I'm a hulk of a man (not really) and I was straining to lift it to head level on my own. This is NOT a run and gun, self-shooter light.
The light we saw was a prototype and will no doubt have some variations when it's released, but here's what we found during our brief encounter.
It's BRIGHT!!! It hurts to look at the thing. I did some light meter readings at 800 ISO/25p/180 Deg and this is what I got:
3' - f32 (Celeb 400Q was around was f16)
6' - f16
9' - f11
12' - f8
I think we're almost talking a 2k Arri Fresnel. This is from a light drawing 225 watts!
What was very impressive was the throw this light had, way less falloff than any equivalent type of LED light I've used or seen.
So here's what it looked like on the dummy without any diffusion at 6'
Very nice clean shadow. Here it is through LEE 250 Diffusion:
And with 216:
Now, I've never really used LED lights like this before. If I'm going to diffuse the light, 9 time out of 10 I'm using a hard light, and one with decent power at that. This light punched through the diff effortlessly. In fact, I was getting f11 - only one stop taken out. Not only that, but because of the size of the panel, it was spreading the out across the diffusion with very little hot spots.
The other thing that makes this light unique is the way it changes white balance from daylight to tungsten. Most other LED's have rows of tungsten and daylight diodes on the face of the light. So when you dial in from daylight to tungsten, the daylight bulbs go off and the tungsten comes on. This means you're not getting the full output from the light. These bulbs actually change their colour temp individually. Very cool!
In conclusion. I want to spend a lot more time with this light. David from Cirro Lite was telling us that Kino Flo have some VERY interesting developments with their LED's, but right now - this LED seems to be in a class of it's own!
*Ethics - I have not been paid by Dedolight in any way to promote this light.