does make a good fixture
when they try. Their last generation before the SL series sucks and is dangerous but I have not tinkered with any of the SL series. From the old series I can say they are lighter but that’s because they are using thinner materials in making them up. Those thinner materials during unnatural circumstances will be much more prone to catastrophic failure than on a ETC
or Altman fixture
. Again I have not tinkered with the SL series much less the zoom
. Reason for this is Strand
is a bitch to get parts from and it’s always more expensive. I have a bunch of Bambino fixtures. Great lamp bases and in general, good lights, but hard to get parts to.
I used to love working with a Zoom fixture
as long as it’s not a architectural designed Colortran
Mini Ellipse which was never designed for theater use or a true zoom
. I worked with some older Altman
Zooms and in spite of the extra weight, I did not note too much a difference in lost light. But it’s been a long time and I was not actively looking.
Weight is a big thing. Changing lenses is cheap and fairly easy but still takes time. I would do a shoot out between fixtures at given ranges to tell what the Strand
verses the ETC
will do for you. Plus than abuse the fixture
to see if it breaks easily. You know at least with the ETC fixture
what’s going to break and it’s easy and fairly cheap to get parts for. The only fixture
I do hate is the S-4 Junior. One of your lamps break and you have to completely disassemble the fixture
to get it out, much less cleaning is a hassle with them screws to take it apart inside the barrel
. I had to service some once, they were not fun.
Think part of my chasing down rental gear was in finding something like 100 rented 19 degree lens
trains from six different companies. Should you need extra lenses, everyone has them so it’s not something you have to invest too much into.
Lamps, Philips makes the best GLC in balancing output to life, but the Osram has a higher color temperature
. Neither is as bright in output as a HPL
575w lamp of the same wattage. That said and if Strand
’s specs are right, the reflector
make up for this lower output in making the SL either more or the same in intensity
. I don’t remember for sure what the catalog or reviews say about this line
, and nothing about the zoom
. Pop a HPR 575/115 lamp into the Strand fixture
and I would assume it’s going to be much more powerful than a ETC fixture
. Again I have not looked at the Zoom
to see if it’s going to loose efficiency or if the improved lamp will fit. I know a FLK lamp while similar does not have a compact enough filament
to work in the SL line
. For theater use, I would be going with long life lamps anyway such as the GLA. Philips makes the best GLA lamp and it is more powerful than the long life HPL
lamp in intensity
and color temperature
. Darn good lamp, only slightly less intense as a high output one.
Also I don’t know if you can put the new range of 750w lamp into the Strand zoom
. I would given Altman
Zooms were rated for 1Kw lamps and the Shakspere was always rated for a 750w lamp unlike with ETC
, I would assume you can at least put a 750w lamp into the SL series. That’s the GLD/GLE range. Again it’s the same story with the high output lamp being lower in output but the long life lamp being better in comparison to the HPL
. On the other hand
, the High End Color Command uses a Philips #6982P OEM
750w lamp with the same specifications as a GLD or EHG. It’s also the most powerful 750w lamp on the market, at least for a non HPL
lamp. I would use it instead of a GLD for high output. Again, if the Strand
claim of being the most efficient fixture
is true than this improved lamp should easily both be brighter than the HPL
given a more efficient fixture
, and at least in your zoom
given less efficient make up for a lot of that.
One note about this GLA series of lamps is that not a huge amount of suppliers stock
them yet, especially the 750w ones. This means a much more expensive lamp to that of the HPL
. In other words, operating costs will rise for the very industry standard lamp base
, but not yet standard lamps for it.
Selcon I hear also makes some really good fixtures. Tried the 90 degree version of it at one point
. Interesting. Some say they are the next generation.
I take it budget is not a factor in this number of fixtures thus buying 75 of something instead of buying the S-4 plus a few extra lenses to save money. I’m not a extreme fan of any brand at the moment. Given they all have the same output, and you need to cut down on weight, I would determine what’s necessary to go Zoom
, than get the rest in conventional fixture
especially if it’s taking the same type of lamp as the rest of your equipment. If you already are a S-4 house
, I might give a bit
of extra thought to keeping to one lamp. If not than the Strand
’s lamp could become the lamp for the rest of your fixtures as an upgrade and for simplicity.
As for weight, you realize that now you are going to have to drop DMX
to the 1st electric
, plus this cutting down on weight is only a temporary fix. A 8' arbor
is decent for normal uses but for a true 1st electric
probably insufficient in a pro house
. Might look into a triple pipe or truss first electric
and a double arbor
or at least a 12' one given the rest of the fly gear can take it. I would go for a double carriage and beef it up plus rig the first electric
for more weight given it’s only a single or double pipe now. That will also expand the room available because as we all know, all fixtures must be hung in the same position, and once you add scrollers, even if it counts down on fixture
count, it’s still going to take up more space. Than of course, using a couple of hoists for the first electric
might also be easy.