If you happen to haven’t observed, we’re in a lower-cost daylight-balanced LED output race with the just lately launched Nanlux Evoke 1200 and the Aputure 600d Pro popping up on increasingly units. Lighting accent producer, DoP Choice/TRP Worldwide, has created a sexy answer for these trying to double up on their Bowens mount lights for a lift to output in a single extra maneuverable setup.
For this discipline assessment, utilizing my two Aputure 600d Pro fixtures, I examined the DoPChoice/TRP Worldwide Dual Bowens Mount Adapter, adorably named Rabbit-Ears Mount, the Snapbag Octo 5‘, and the T-bar w/28mm spigot (included with Twin Bowens Mount Adapter).
Though I’ve just a few TRP Worldwide and DoPChoice equipment for my Litepanels Astra 1×1 fixtures, that is my first time inspecting one in all their new merchandise front-to-back. TRP Worldwide and DoPChoice (each accomplice corporations) have a fame for constructing lighting equipment that lean towards costly. Nonetheless, if sturdiness over years and engineering are important to you, the price could also be simpler to abdomen.
The very first thing you’ll discover when unpacking the $385.00 Dual Bowens Mount Adapter is that apart from just a few knob handles, every little thing is stable steel – sufficient steel to plug a leaking dam in a pinch!
One of many first issues I take into consideration when making an attempt out new merchandise is the place and methods to retailer them. The Dual Bowens Mount Adapter and T-bar can match into one of many 600D Pro instances; there’s not sufficient room in those self same instances for transporting the $370.00 Rabbit Ears or the $1070.00 Snapbag Octo 5′ package — which itself ships in a tender bag.
The one directions shipped to me within the package are for the Snapbag Oct 5′, so let’s see how this rig is put collectively. Since I’m not an engineer, something with out advanced directions I’m capable of put collectively shortly may be very welcome. This setup falls on the shorter aspect so far as setup. The one half that took me some time to wrap my head round was the Snapbag Octo 5′, however should you’re an skilled DoPChoice/TRP Worldwide person or a full-time gaffer, you’ll in all probability be quicker.
The DoPChoice/TRP Worldwide staff despatched me the above hyperlink after the truth that is a good breakdown of methods to setup the Snapbag Octo 5′. It is a large assist for this a part of the method.
To begin with, you’ll wish to join and lock each 600D Pro fixtures into the Dual Bowens Mount Adapter, as pictured under. If you happen to join the T-bar combo stand adapter first, the alignment will probably be finicky.
Your finest pal throughout this a part of the setup is the little steel knob pictured under. While you loosen this knob, the Bowens mount will rotate on the twin bowens mount adapter, making it simpler to position the lamp heads within the adapter. That is simply accomplished by putting the entire equipment and lamp head face-first onto a tender floor (cautious to not scratch the entrance of the lamp head) and clicking every lamp head into place one after the other. You’ll additionally have to be cautious whenever you click on each lamp heads into place as a result of you may’t have the protecting plastic cowl on both fixture throughout this a part of the setup.
As soon as the Dual Bowens Mount Adapter is hooked up to each lamp heads, you may align each lights to be parallel.
You’ll then wish to join each Bowens mount fixtures to the T-bar adapter, designed to be used with combo stands. The adapter isn’t supposed to be used with c-stands as a result of they’ll’t stand up to the load I’m guessing. Most of that is simple, however I do want these knobs (pictured under) had been able to ratchet-style tightening as a result of the knobs influence the underside of the 600D Professional yoke — which is a little bit awkward.
The T-bar and the Twin Bowens Adapter collectively lock each 600D‘s into place and create a platform for including the medium rabbit ears (pictured under). The rabbit ears act as the identical adapter that works with 2×1 LED gentle panels just like the Gemini 2×1 from Litepanels.
As soon as the medium rabbit ears are in place, you could have a setup that appears a little bit like Wall-E providing you with choices for equipment starting from softboxes to Octo Snapbags. For our functions, we’re putting in the Snapbag Octo 5′ at this level.
The Octo 5′ Snapbag took me a couple of minutes to get the hold of, however as soon as I did, the set up is definitely simpler in contrast with different merchandise I’ve used. After all, you could have varied diffusion choices for the Snapbag Octo 5′ starting from magic material to full and half grid.
The important thing right here is to un-Velcro as a lot as doable any connectors across the rim of the Snapbag earlier than starting. Then go about putting the small rods in each the highest “rabbit ears” and the underside “rabbit ears” that reach out of the rabbit ears. The sort of steel bending rod system is infamous for smacking you within the face throughout setup. Nonetheless, the bending of the rabbit ears themselves truly works in your favor, giving some wiggle room throughout essential moments.
The results of the Octo 5′ set up is a big tender supply with, given the footprint, an unimaginable quantity of output. I’ll contact on just a few key use instances throughout filming in a second.
The Snapbag Octo 5′ doesn’t absolutely enclose across the again of the Dual Bowens Mount Bracket, and meaning you’ll get some exterior gentle leak out of the rear. That is perhaps one thing to bear in mind in smaller areas the place gentle bleed can bounce off partitions leading to undesirable spill in your body.
Now that the setup is completed, I’m excited to get began.
This complete rig is correct at residence on a rolling combo stand, and once more, I wouldn’t use the rest given the load and general measurement as soon as configured. When the Snapbag Octo 5′ is on, you might discover it too time-consuming to interrupt it down to maneuver from non-rolling to non-rolling stand. By way of general setup time, alone and with a little bit of apply, you may knock out this construct in 10-Quarter-hour, and two folks can simply put it collectively in lower than ten.
Are you searching for a big tender supply to each fight exterior solar on an inside and correctly expose for the inside and outside on the identical time? That is that setup. It’s additionally an ideal key gentle for interviews, and relying on the climate, this setup can even assist fill in shadows attributable to the solar throughout exterior scenes.
Once more, the sunshine leak out the rear of the Snapbag Octo 5′ must be a consideration for potential customers working in a confined house (gentle bounces all over the place), in addition to that knob on the T-bar, which interferes with the 600D Pro yoke. One other facet to bear in mind is that the Twin Bowens Mount doesn’t permit using any further Aputure equipment (as a result of, in fact, the Bowens mount itself is locked into the twin mount). This clearly isn’t a problem whenever you’re searching for a excessive output tender supply with an Snapbag Octo 5′ on it. Nonetheless, if you would like a excessive output laborious gentle supply from two 600D Pro’s, then you definately’ll must construct a complete world of stable flags and a body with an LCD on it across the combo stand to include the sunshine spill in your topic. I consider DoPChoice/TRP Worldwide makes a Snapgrid accent that will assist include spill and work on the medium rabbit ears adapter, however I haven’t tried that configuration myself.
One thing else to bear in mind: two 600D Pro fixtures additionally means two 600D Pro ballasts. Since these are giant, house to clamp onto the combo stand base and weight past the lamp heads must be thought-about.
All that stated, as of this second, there simply isn’t a greater method to mix two Bowens mounted fixtures on a single stand than the DoPChoice/TRP Worldwide Dual bowens Bracket. Plus, this novel accent additionally acts as a helpful path to a excessive output LED daylight supply. Would I contemplate this one-man or one-woman band crew authorised? Not fairly. It’s only a bit too cumbersome for quick location strikes, however with a crew of multiple, it is a nice answer, and should you’re a studio proprietor in want of a tender supply that doesn’t have to be moved typically, then it is a nice answer for you, too.
That this rig suits properly into the DoPChoice/TRP Worldwide mounting ecosystem suggests different equipment appropriate with the medium 2×1 rabbit ear bracket will probably be added over time. There’s additionally an in depth and ever rising listing of lights utilizing Bowens mounts, and that reality future-proofs an funding like this. If you happen to’re searching for yet one more use case in your present lighting package, this buy is sensible. And, doubtless, it’s a head-turning setup on location.
Be aware: DoPChoice and TRP Worldwide are accomplice corporations and used interchangeably on this publish. TRP Worldwide is producing and distributing in North America and DoPChoice is chargeable for the remainder of the world.
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