Originally Posted by derekleffew
They were also available as 5° and 10° degree models and at least a 25-50° zoom
I have spent the past five years sharing roughly 350 of the newer model Strand
Leko series between three performance spaces. One of the largest issues that I had with these lights were the shutters becoming loose and falling out. Also, the 5° and 10° barrels tracks are made of a cheap plastic and tend to fall out of place, thus making it very difficult to run the barrel
Yes, the connection between the gel
holder and the barrel is a little flimsy. The only time that I ever had one fail was when it was whacked pretty hard with a batten
. From time to time the lenses do get jostled out of alignment. Luckily it is only three screws and the reseting of a large spring to put them back into alignment. Also, I have had a couple of lenses crack in my 40° and 50° models and most of my Strand Leko 25-50° zooms (but that is due mostly to lamp issues).
I do like the extra wide accessory slot, but it only allows for one accessory at a time, such as an iris
or a pattern holder
. Also, the accessory slot does not play
nice with gobo
rotators because they fit very loose in the slot. But, if you can find the Strand gobo holders, they are made of two pieces and allow you to rotate the pattern
with an external handle without rotating the fixture
Given their quirks, the 20° through 50° models are still a relatively solid fixture. Go for it.