Having watched my Blog analytics closely for the past number of months, it turns out a lot of folks are ending up at my Blog after doing a Google search for Dracast LED lights following my review of my lights last year. In fact, I had a fellow from Ireland email me directly with some very specific questions about Dracast lights. In addition, I have received phone calls from a fellow at Dracast whom I met at NAB this year who has been inquiring about my interest in purchasing more of the lights after a great conversation at NAB.
To be clear, I don’t have any of the newly released Dracast lights to review properly but I am generally satisfied with my existing lights, despite the issues I raised previously around construction.
I still believe in the company and their products.
And what I saw at NAB this year instills a lot more confidence in me around their build quality.
I felt I owed the lights and you readers a brief update on my non-scientific findings.
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t take at least one cheap shot at the fact that the blue anodized aluminum that features so prominently on the new lights is obviously inspired by the new breed of indie filmmakers who love their coloured anodized everything. I find it super cheesy on every piece of ciné gear, mostly because I don’t like gear that calls attention to itself. Far too ostentatious for my sensibilities but I’m not the core market for these lights or any of the other gear that gets the “ooooh, shiny!” treatment these days.
All in all, construction is now solid. Every single one of my complaints around construction has been addressed in the new series.
I didn’t get a chance to touch the AC power transformers to see if they still get hot but somehow I doubt it (yeah… super scientific, I know…) as everything else has gone up several notches.
Since I haven’t had a chance to shoot under the new lights I can only assume that things haven’t gotten worse, which means these are still likely to be a very solid performer in the market they serve – they aren’t the cheapest LED panels out there but they aren’t the most expensive either. A very solid “working man’s fixture”.
As well, Dracast has been offering some very interesting package deals over the last number of months that add value.
If you are in the market for LED panels and performance and quality mixed with realistic budget is important to you, I’d encourage you to check these out for yourselves.
See below for my pictures of the new series panels from NAB using my pocket camera.
Thanks for reading!
Disclosure: I have received no compensation or promotion for this mini-review and my previous review is based on instruments I purchased at full retail from an online reseller friend of mine. I attended the NAB Convention at my own cost, excepting the free admission pass to the convention received from Convergent Design who are non-afilliated to Dracast in any way.