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Fomex FL600

Christopher Rowe
 

Hi everyone,

I'm looking to purchase a flexible Bicolor LED panel for outdoor use and came across this unit. Never heard of the manufacturer before and can't find any meaningful reviews online - does anyone have personal experience with this unit or other fixtures from the same company? Specifically, How flexible is it, can it be rolled up into a cylinder? Are they rugged and reliable? Are the mounting accessories good quality? And, of course, is the colour reproduction as good as the numbers suggest? (CRI 96-98, TLCI 98)

Grateful for any tips!

All the best   

 
 
Christopher Rowe
British DP, based in Berlin
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Hi,

I have a couple of them. Well built and durable, with a nice quality light. Fairly powerful, around 2000 lux at 1m I believe. Come in a handy carry case. You can bend them into a cylinder, but probably no further than that. 

I like them. Great for the price. Only thing that seems a bit cheap are the connectors, but they’ve held up thus far and I know a few uk rental houses that stock them so doubt they’re too fragile. 

Simon de Glanville
Cameraman, london
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Very high TLCI scores (98) but I don't know anything else about them. They were measured by a colleague at NRK in Norway, he said he liked them - and if the TLCI value is high, then obviously the colour rendering is good.

Alan Roberts

On 31/03/2018 15:17, Christopher Rowe wrote:
I'm looking to purchase a flexible Bicolor LED panel for outdoor use and came across this unit. Never heard of the manufacturer before and can't find any meaningful reviews online - does anyone have personal experience with this unit or other fixtures from the same company? Specifically, How flexible is it, can it be rolled up into a cylinder? Are they rugged and reliable? Are the mounting accessories good quality? And, of course, is the colour reproduction as good as the numbers suggest? (CRI 96-98, TLCI 98)   
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Mark Kenfield
 

I have one of the larger Fomex 2x1 FL1200 units, and assuming the smaller 1x1 versions are simply the same thing cut in half. I can highly recommend them. 

The output of the 2x1 is very close to my BBS Area48s, which is very impressive. 

The colour is excellent, with a nice, well-filled spectrum (I have no hesitation using it as a key light on faces).

Construction seems very solid, much stronger than the cheaper units. It's not as flexible as the less dense units, but can still roll into a cylinder, and seems to flex as much as I need it to (in order to squirt into tight spaces).

My one gripe, is that not all of the colour temperature settings on the ballast are accurate. So I've had to write out a little cheatsheet and stick it on the ballast to be precise.

Cheers,

Mark Kenfield 
Cinematographer 

0400 044 500

On 1 Apr 2018, at 2:56 am, alan836975 via Cml.News <roberts.mugswell=btinternet.com@...> wrote:

Very high TLCI scores (98) but I don't know anything else about them. They were measured by a colleague at NRK in Norway, he said he liked them - and if the TLCI value is high, then obviously the colour rendering is good.

Alan Roberts

On 31/03/2018 15:17, Christopher Rowe wrote:
I'm looking to purchase a flexible Bicolor LED panel for outdoor use and came across this unit. Never heard of the manufacturer before and can't find any meaningful reviews online - does anyone have personal experience with this unit or other fixtures from the same company? Specifically, How flexible is it, can it be rolled up into a cylinder? Are they rugged and reliable? Are the mounting accessories good quality? And, of course, is the colour reproduction as good as the numbers suggest? (CRI 96-98, TLCI 98)   
-- 
Alan Roberts - Mugswell, Surrey
+44 (0)1737832586
+44 (0)7749387934

Colin Elves
 

Don’t know about the Fomex, but I’ve got a couple of Cinelights that Don McVey reviewed here:


They’ve just released a couple of bigger/more powerful units I’m tempted to get when I have a bit of money in the bank. 

Do you want to borrow them to try out? 

Colin Elves
Director of Photography
Berlin/London




On 31 Mar 2018, at 15:17, Christopher Rowe <chris@...> wrote:

Hi everyone,

I'm looking to purchase a flexible Bicolor LED panel for outdoor use and came across this unit. Never heard of the manufacturer before and can't find any meaningful reviews online - does anyone have personal experience with this unit or other fixtures from the same company? Specifically, How flexible is it, can it be rolled up into a cylinder? Are they rugged and reliable? Are the mounting accessories good quality? And, of course, is the colour reproduction as good as the numbers suggest? (CRI 96-98, TLCI 98)

Grateful for any tips!

All the best   

 
 
Christopher Rowe
British DP, based in Berlin
amiraowneroperator.com
chris@...  


Robert Berger
 

I'm looking to purchase a flexible Bicolor LED panel for outdoor use and came across this unit. 

Hi Christoffer,

I have used many times in my feature films an commercials. My Gaffer owns 4 of them and they are perfect to work with. Easy to tape it in a carroof or put on a  stand. I have a Epic-W and the colour in this combination is perfect. Easy to combine with tungsten and hmi. Color correct! Downside is take some time to put together. Works easy on v-lock. I live them!!

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Teodor
 

@colin
I think these lights are the same as Falcon eyes 18 td. I own two of these and they are great. In my perspective they are the most priceworthy light I have ever had. The color is great but the kelvin settings are not accurate. And they are a little bit warmer When set to 5600k ( around 5000k whenmeasured with my lumu) a 1/4 ctb corrects the well. For dp:s that want to have a few of their own lights when they are not renting or for independent/filmakers they are hard to beat. They are made in different sizes that are Usable in different scenarios. Theres a 20x120cm 100w version and a 60x60cm 150w version. I Am not in any way affiliated with them but I just love the light I bought. The are so small when they are packed that i take them just in case every time i am out on jobs. When measurered to correct kelvin they are easily used together with other high quality led lights (in this case the Astra soft).

Teodor Miljevic
Low range Dp and mid range colorist ( the unfortunate area where ambitions are high and budgets are low :)

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31 mars 2018 kl. 21:07 skrev Colin Elves <colin@...>:

Don’t know about the Fomex, but I’ve got a couple of Cinelights that Don McVey reviewed here:


They’ve just released a couple of bigger/more powerful units I’m tempted to get when I have a bit of money in the bank. 

Do you want to borrow them to try out? 

Colin Elves
Director of Photography
Berlin/London




On 31 Mar 2018, at 15:17, Christopher Rowe <chris@...> wrote:

Hi everyone,

I'm looking to purchase a flexible Bicolor LED panel for outdoor use and came across this unit. Never heard of the manufacturer before and can't find any meaningful reviews online - does anyone have personal experience with this unit or other fixtures from the same company? Specifically, How flexible is it, can it be rolled up into a cylinder? Are they rugged and reliable? Are the mounting accessories good quality? And, of course, is the colour reproduction as good as the numbers suggest? (CRI 96-98, TLCI 98)

Grateful for any tips!

All the best   

 
 
Christopher Rowe
British DP, based in Berlin
amiraowneroperator.com
chris@...  


Roger Martinez CAMERA DPT
 

Hi Christopher,

As far as I am concerned or I know, VELVETLight - www.velvetlight.tv - has a good range of LED panels , bicolor, dmx control, rainproof, AC and DC power, ...

with more than 10 years of experience. A DoP friend in Norway told me that the electricians there love them because they are rainproof.

 

CRI 95 - no green deviation 

 

  • Weatherproof and impact-resistant aluminum body
  • Universal AC&DC with V-Lock or Gold battery mount
  • Dedicated 3200K/5600K quick-shift button
  • 2700K to 6500K in precise 100K digital steps
  • Soft and natural VELVET light
  • Thin, portable, easy to rig
  • Silent, fan-free operation
  • On-board and DMX RDM control with XLR 5-pin connector


    Kind regards,

    Roger

Chris McKenzie
 

Take a look at the Aladdin panels, flexible, waterproof, high CRI, quality build. The originals at making flexi LED panels.

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I’ve got an Aladdin 2x1 Bi flex and its good, but it goes very orange and not in a good way when you dial the CT all the way to the bottom - maybe its just mine.

Michael

 
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On 3 Apr 2018, at 01:06, Chris McKenzie <chris@...> wrote:

Take a look at the Aladdin panels, flexible, waterproof, high CRI, quality build. The originals at making flexi LED panels.

veselapesma@...
 

Hi,

My friend has a Fomex flexi panel and it seems to be very well built and bright. I don't really like the the wire umbrella like support system that they use to mount them on a stand, but all in all excellent lights. You can roll them into a cylinder.

I own a bi colour Dedolight Tecpro Liteflex 1x1 panel which is excellent, can be rolled into a tube (comes packed as a tube). Colors are excellent and it is very bright (brighter than a 650w Rifa for example).  It has velcro on the back and you can just stick it to things after remoivng the balast. It takes BPU or Vlocks. It is very strudy, well built and the panel is rain proof.
Very similar if not the same lights are made by Brightcast, Lenno and maybe some other brands, wheter there is any difference in LEDs they use... I don't know. I also have £22 inflatable diffuser made for Lenno which fits perfectly.

Someone mentioned Falcon Eyes brand of flexible panels (very different from Fomex). I own a 18 size flexible panel (almost 2x1) (comes with a softbox, lantern, eggcrates...) amazing light. Vlock mount included, PSU as well, very bright, ballast can be controlled through wifi or a remote. Colors are pretty good, although the temperatures on the ballest are not correct. Also other sizes 1x1 and 2x2 (12 and 24) exist and there is really nothing cheaper that is this good. It has an umbrella like rear support you use it to prop it on a tripod. Very light - good for booming. 24 is a over a 100w led panel, so you can imagine that it is quite bright.
Build quality is not very good, but considering the price you cannot expect that. If you are careful these lights will serve you very well, I used them on many shoots and they still work. Definitely not rainproof (despite being advertised as such).
Ironic thing is that you can buy up to 5 panels for the price of 1 famous branded 2x1 soft panel. A clear no brainer! I recommend the BI color models.

Enjoy the affordable, lightweight and bright LED revolution!
Finally the affordable brands produce decent colors.

Sasha Bajac
Cinematographer, London
http://sashabajac.com



caros@...
 

I agree with Michael (but admitting my Aladdin 1’x1’ is now about 5years into its life). 

Just bought a Carpetino from Carpetlight.com
A great flexible led light, lightweight, roll- and foldable with variable colour from ca. 2700K to ca. 6000K, high CRI and great durable connections and nice soft front diffusion fabric. 

The Carpetino is the smallest of the carpetlight range with about 1/2 ft by 1 1/2 ft size. 
And can come with the proper Snapgrid from DoPchoice - perfect! 
and excellent dimming control, even into the lower end - nice! (but yes, I’m avoiding to say 1%). 
 
Has anyone here tried it out as well? 

Carolina 

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Pedro Ribeiro
 

Anyone know where to buy suck thing in Australia?
Can’t seem to find anything similar to this.
Contacted the guys from Cinelights and they ship to australia for a cheap sum of €200. On top of that, need to pay import taxes which will make the light very expensive.

Would be great to hear your thoughts.

Cheers
Pedro
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Director
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On 5 Apr 2018, at 17:19, caros@... wrote:

I agree with Michael (but admitting my Aladdin 1’x1’ is now about 5years into its life). 

Just bought a Carpetino from Carpetlight.com
A great flexible led light, lightweight, roll- and foldable with variable colour from ca. 2700K to ca. 6000K, high CRI and great durable connections and nice soft front diffusion fabric. 

The Carpetino is the smallest of the carpetlight range with about 1/2 ft by 1 1/2 ft size. 
And can come with the proper Snapgrid from DoPchoice - perfect! 
and excellent dimming control, even into the lower end - nice! (but yes, I’m avoiding to say 1%). 
 
Has anyone here tried it out as well? 

Carolina 

Carolina Schmidtholstein 
Lighting Gaffer, UK based
++44 7788784918 

Mark Kenfield
 

Hey Pedro,

Give Dan Dittman at Tec Art a call. He imports the Fomex flexible lights, and others (and can service/repair them as well). I can highly recommend him:

+61 3 9486 5899
dan@...

Cheers,

Mark Kenfield 
Cinematographer 

0400 044 500

On 5 Apr 2018, at 7:31 pm, Pedro Ribeiro <info@...> wrote:

Anyone know where to buy suck thing in Australia?
Can’t seem to find anything similar to this.

Cheers
Pedro
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Cinematographer
Director
m:  (+61) 0412 037 199

On 5 Apr 2018, at 17:19, caros@... wrote:

I agree with Michael (but admitting my Aladdin 1’x1’ is now about 5years into its life). 

Just bought a Carpetino from Carpetlight.com
A great flexible led light, lightweight, roll- and foldable with variable colour from ca. 2700K to ca. 6000K, high CRI and great durable connections and nice soft front diffusion fabric. 

The Carpetino is the smallest of the carpetlight range with about 1/2 ft by 1 1/2 ft size. 
And can come with the proper Snapgrid from DoPchoice - perfect! 
and excellent dimming control, even into the lower end - nice! (but yes, I’m avoiding to say 1%). 
 
Has anyone here tried it out as well? 

Carolina 

Carolina Schmidtholstein 
Lighting Gaffer, UK based
++44 7788784918 

John Hoare
 

I own a Fomex Flexi 1x1 bicolour: very nice colour rendition, and high output.  

But If you are shooting lots of interviews and run and gun then it might not be the light for you: it takes 4 times as long to rig/derig as the “enclosed-panel” types, and the leds are not protected by a perspex screen. 
Perfect for drama though.

Cheers
John Hoare 
Dop London
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Thomas Ch. Weber
 

Hey John,

long time no see
hoping you are well!

best
Thomas Ch. Weber
cinematographer bvk
www.thomaschweber.de




Am 11.04.2018 um 14:56 schrieb John Hoare <johnhoare65@...>:

I own a Fomex Flexi 1x1 bicolour: very nice colour rendition, and high output.  

But If you are shooting lots of interviews and run and gun then it might not be the light for you: it takes 4 times as long to rig/derig as the “enclosed-panel” types, and the leds are not protected by a perspex screen. 
Perfect for drama though.

Cheers
John Hoare 
Dop London
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