Fiilex has announced the Q8 Travel Fresnel, an 8″ high output kelvin colour tunable LED. The Q8 looks to be in direct response to growing craze for high output, portable fresnel fixtures that can replace power-hungry HMIs.
Fiilex claims that the Q8 Travel offers one of the longest Fresnel zoom ranges in the industry: 12° – 60°. Fiilex also says that the quality of the light remains unchanged throughout the zoom range. The Fiilex Q8 Travel can flood any wide space with an even spread of light, or focus into a spot with a well-defined edge and uniform beam profile near the centre.
The Fiilex Q8 Travel is claimed to produce a high-quality light with the ability to be used with ambient lighting or to precisely match the light from other fixtures. The light looks to be solidly made and features a robust housing. If it’s anything like other Fiilex lights it should be able to withstand the rigours of field use. Fiilex claims the Q8 feature an easy-to-use interface, with a simple LCD display and manual control knobs.
The Q8 is kelvin colour adjustable from 2800-6500K. It is DMX compatible and has an IP-24 weather resistant rating. Fiilex has also given the Q8 the ability to make a ±0.25 green/magenta adjustments. The fixture uses an acrylic fresnel lens nested of a glass one.
The Fiilex Q8 Travel is DC powered and works with the included AC/DC adapter or you can connect it to many qualified 48VDC batteries. The light weighs in at 16lb (7.25kg) and has a power consumption of 340W. What you need to take into account is this 7.25kg doesn’t include the weight of the power supply unit (2.58kg) which is separate. 7.25kg is not exactly light for a fixture this size. The Lupo Dayled 2000, Rayzr 7 7″ 300W Daylight LED Fresnel, and Aputure LS C300d all weigh significantly less. The Fiilex Q8 Travel is available in a full kit that comes in a pelican case, but that weighs in at a whopping 50lb (22.67kg).
Fiilex claims that the Q8 can output 8349lx (744fc) in the full flood position when used at 5600K at a distance of 1m (3.3ft). In the lights full spot position it’s claimed to output 89873lx (8005fc) at 5600K at the same distance. Just as a comparison the Rayzr7 300D (this fixture is only 5600K) puts out 25700lx (2380fc) in the full flood position at a distance of 1m (3.3ft). The Aputure 300d (also a 5600K only light) puts out 8390lx (829fc) in the full flood position at a distance of 1m (3.3ft).
The Q8 Travel joins a growing list of high powered, portable LED fresnel lights that are now available. The output in the full flood position is about the same as that of the Aputure 300d, but the Fiilex Q8 has the added advantage of not only being a Fresnel fixture but also being Kelvin colour adjustable. Aputure does however, make an optional Bowens fresnel mount for the 300d.
At a retail price of $2995 USD, the Fiilex Q8 isn’t exactly cheap, and if you are looking for a high powered fresnel fixture, 5600k only options such as the Rayzr 7 7″ 300W Daylight LED Fresnel ($1,339USD), Lupo Dayled 2000 ($1585USD) and Aputure LS C300d ($1099USD) represent good value for money.