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February 2016

Ikan Teleprompter Rentals: Head to Head

9 months ago 937 Views

With the addition of teleprompters to our rental inventory, we are often asked the difference between the models we carry and which one is the best. We carry the Ikan Elite iPad Teleprompter and Ikan PT3500 Teleprompter. Today we take a look at our teleprompter rentals and go over some of the key differences between the two.

Design and Adjustment

Both teleprompters use a 15mm rod system. This allows you to make forward & backward adjustments for the camera plate and teleprompter position. They also both have a bottom base plate that allows you to easily mount the entire rig to a tripod. While the Elite has limited height adjustment, the PT3500 has three different height adjustment rods, making it more versatile for a wider variety of cameras.

Screen Size

While both prompters use high quality 70/30 prompter glass, the frame on the PT3500 is also fully tilt-able, so it can be adjusted. The Elite prompter includes a 9.7" iPad 2, while the PT3500 has its own self contained 15" screen with VGA, SDI, & HDMI inputs.

Portability

This is where there's a big difference between the two units. Without a camera, the Elite Prompter weighs in at just over 8 pounds while the PT3500 Teleprompter is a whopping 16 pounds. The software & screen are all included with the iPad of the Elite Prompter while the PT3500 has to be connected to a power source and a laptop or desktop.

Software

Our Elite Prompter rental package with an iPad 2 is pre-loaded with the Elite Prompter software. It has a full Rich Text Editor, and can also import .ASTX, .FDX, .XAV, and .TXT files from Dropbox directly into the editor. You can also type your own script into the program with the included Bluetooth keyboard. The PT3500 does include the PrompterPro 3 software with the rental, but you will need to install it on your own desktop or laptop. It is a fully featured text editor and allows real time text updates to the script. You can also use your own software with the PT3500 if you would prefer.

Conclusion

The Elite Teleprompter is a little more basic and streamlined, but it is definitely better for productions that need portability and where power may not be available. If you need a more robust and professional setup, the PT3500 Teleprompter is definitely the way to go.


Rent the Elite Teleprompter Here

Rent the PT3500 Teleprompter Here

New Item - Ikan IFB576 Bi-Color LED Light Kit with Softboxes

10 months ago 1772 Views

A few weeks ago we talked about one of our most popular lights - the Ikan IB508s. For those of you that like the Ikan's but need a little more power than the IB508s, we've just added the new IFB576 Bi-Color LED Lights with Softboxes.

The IFB576 lights measure about 14 x 8.5 x 2.27" with built-in barn doors and a removable front diffusion panel. They also come on a yoke for more secure mounting and easy positioning of the lights. The lights are bi-color adjustable from 3200K to 5600K and dimmable from 10% to 100% power. The power and color temperature can be adjusted three different ways: control knobs, the back touch screen panel, or wirelessly with the included RF remotes.

Although the Ikan IFB576 lights aren't quite as portable as the IB508s, they do pack more punch. At 3 feet with the color balance set to daylight, the output of the IFB576s is 3730 lux compared to the IB508s 2193 lux.

The kit includes 3x heavy duty stands, 3x RF remotes, 3x AC Adapters, 3x softboxes, and 2x carrying cases. The softboxes are Chimeras with three different level of front diffusers included. Out of the box, the kit can only be used on AC power, but you can also power it via Anton Bauer or Sony V-Mount batteries. If you plan on using one of these batteries, just let us know which one in the special instructions so we can include the correct battery plate.

You can see the IFB576 lights in action with this demonstration video from Ikan:



New Item - Litepanels 1x1 LS Traveler Trio Plus Softbox Kit

10 months ago 731 Views

One of our most versatile lighting kits for video has been the Litepanels 1x1 LS Traveler Trio Plus. It's among the most powerful of our LED panels and offers two bi-color lights that allow you to shift from 3200 to 5600K and one daylight panel. It also includes three 8.5' light stands, three power adapters, and a convenient hard travel case for transportation that fits everything.

Our new kit (the Litepanels 1x1 LS Traveler Trio Plus with Soft Boxes) includes everything the original kit has and adds three Chimera soft boxes - making the kit even more flexible than before. This kit can also be battery powered by adding our Litepanels Anton Bauer Adapter kit and Anton Bauer Digital 90 Gold Mount batteries.

We'll be adding some more lighting in the near future. Stay tuned!

Rent the Litepanels 1x1 LS Traveler Trio Plus Kit Here
Rent the Litepanels 1x1 LS Traveler Trio Plus with Soft Boxes Kit Here

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 Lenses Compared

10 months ago 1881 Views

The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM and its newer counterpart the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM II are among two of the most popular lenses we rent. We are often asked what exactly the difference is between these two lenses. Today, we do a quick comparison of the two and find out some of the differences.

Size & Weight

As you can see from the initial picture, the Version II is a little bit smaller compared to the original lens. It is also slightly lighter, but only by a few ounces. From the front however, the Version II is larger due to the 82mm filter ring compared to the Verson I's 77mm filter ring.

Handling & Design

The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L is different from most modern zoom lenses because the barrel is "reversed" - meaning it is fully extended at 24mm and retracted at 70mm. What's nice about this design is the hood always stays in the same place during use, but as a result the lens hood is much bigger. The Version II behaves like a traditional zoom lens and has a much smaller hood as a result.

Resolution

This is what most people are interested in, the resolution. We use Imatest to test all of our lenses when they come back from customers to make sure they are performing within the specification of our other copies. We have a chart that we shoot and run through the Imatest software. The software measures the resolution of the lens at various points through the frame. In the most simplistic terms, the higher the resolution - the "sharper" that an image appears. Here's what the two lenses look like compared on an EOS 5D Mark III.


As you can see looking at the comparison above, both lenses are very strong performers. The biggest difference is the Version II is sharper in the center of the frame and more consistent across the frame into the edges compared to the Version I. For most lenses, the corners and edges of the frame are usually where it performs the weakest. Canon has clearly improved the edge performance in the Version II compared to the Version I. You will get much better edge to edge performance on a full-frame camera with the newer lens.

Conclusion

Both lenses are great contenders, but which one is best suited for your camera? If you have an APS-C Sensor camera like the Rebel T5i, EOS 7D Mark II, or EOS 70D - these lenses only "see" the center portion of the frame so the improved edge performance is not as noticeable and the Version I still performs very well in the center on these cameras. With Full-Frame cameras like the EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 6D, and EOS 5DsR - there is a clear improvement with the Version II if it fits in your budget. We still rent both so you can try them for yourself!

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