Arri Updates

CineStuff has for many years been a major stockist of Arri Lighting gear for rental and our faith in the brand has proven founded time and again. Lately we have updated a few of our more common fixtures with Arri’s improved models.

These include the T1, T2 and T5 range of Tungsten Fresnels that offer lighter weight more effective lighting units.

In the open face range Arri has taken a step away from the Arrilite 8oow which closely resembled the Redhead and produced the 750 watt Plus. In my opinion this is a great improvement on the open face design and makes use of the specular reflector that is found in the M18. This allows for a single ended bulb that has a smooth range of movement from impressive flood through to punchy spot without jamming. On the front of the 750 watt you will find a mount that is ready to accept a small Chimera or softbox of your choosing. No more messing around with heavy mounting rings. Fast bulb replacement is enabled without tools and the single sided yolk means rigging in awkward positions is a breeze.  All in all a great range of improvements that makes the open face welcome back on my set. Drop us a line to organise a time to check out the latest Arri Gear for yourself.

Going Up

Things are changing at CineStuff and we are going up in style. More info yet to come … but for now here is a pic of progress.

Arri M18

The Arri M18 has to be my new favorite daily work horse. The M18 HMI is perfect for those people looking for maximum output off a household power point. Not only because of the impressive output but the ballast size and no need for lenses means faster setup and less trips to the van.

Here is some key points from my testing of the light:

At Full Flood
The M18 is 1/2 stop brighter with more spread than the 2.5.
This I believe is the strongest point of this lamp as we are finding most users of Pars are bouncing or putting thru diffusion. Therefore the M18 makes sense in all those situations.

At Full Spot
The 2.5 Par is almost 2 stops brighter with a spot lens in at full spot.
Of course The Par is a clear winner at full spot.

The head of the M18 weighs 10.5 KG
The head of the 2.5 Par weighs 18.5 Kg
The ballast of the M18 weighs 8kg
The ballast of the 2.5 Par weighs 20kg

Cartage and Components
The packing of the M18 takes up nearly 1/2 the space of the 2.5 Par.
There is no lens case with the M18 therefore less trips to set up one light and less potential for broken glass due to handling and hot lens changes and rain.

Power Draw
The M18 is only 1800w as opposed to 2500w so there is far less chance of blown circuits and overheating of extension leads.