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Luxli Taiko Review

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Looks extremely good, generally speaking.

Shame they skimped on the power supply... those cables look a bit rubbish both in terms of length and quality. I would gladly pay up to an extra £100 for really good quality, longer, easy-coil cables. It's surprising how badly the 5600K setting shifts off without the diffusion, but the 3200K doesn't shift off anywhere near as badly.

The CRI, TLCI, and SSI are amazing!

The power output is very good, but a little less than what I was expecting after our conversation yesterday. Not bad, at all, I just got the impression I was going to be blown away by the power output.

I was also expecting it to be lighter still. Yesterday you were having a dig at another light for its weight when actually there's only a 1.39kg difference - not that big a deal, imo.

Generally, impressed!

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Thanks Matt,

 

Looks very useful.

 

I have owned 2 x of their Timpani for a while now and they have been very good. Well made, easy to use and just put out a nice quality of light. Glad to see a 2x1 available.

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Fantastic review Matt! I had planned to post my findings with this compared directly to a Gemini tomorrow but not much point now!

That being said, I do have a couple things to add regarding the output that I found in my testing as well that might be helpful to people -

1. The beam angle of 76 degrees is WITHOUT any diffusion panels. That’s stated in the instruction manual that came with the light. See photo below. I would guess with the medium diffusion panel installed it would put it closer to the Skypanel in terms of beam angle, which would make it a bit wider than the Gemini and the wider spread probably accounts for some of the LUX difference. However that difference is very minimal, bringing me to......

2. I stacked the Taiko and Gemini units right on top of each other (also just swapped em but readings were the same), and put a large white card 10’ away. My meter findings echo Matt’s almost exactly, though my taiko was the SLIGHTEST TOUCH brighter. I also went old-school and put up a camera and my monitor with the zebra IREs as well to see the on-camera difference - and it ain’t much, lol! Somewhere around a fifth of a stop at most, it was literally the least I could move the iris. For reference, I was set at 320 ISO, 100 shutter speed, and 10’ away. Gemini read exactly f8 and Taiko literally the least I could move towards 5.6 to get the exact same IRE level. See photos below, G is Gemini, L Luxli.

To use another illustration, the difference in output is moving the card 4 inches closer to the Taiko than it was with the Gemini. I did the move 😂

So, yeah.....not much between the two.  

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21 minutes ago, Erik A. said:

Fantastic review Matt! I had planned to post my findings with this compared directly to a Gemini tomorrow but not much point now!

That being said, I do have a couple things to add regarding the output that I found in my testing as well that might be helpful to people -

1. The beam angle of 76 degrees is WITHOUT any diffusion panels. That’s stated in the instruction manual that came with the light. See photo below. I would guess with the medium diffusion panel installed it would put it closer to the Skypanel in terms of beam angle, which would make it a bit wider than the Gemini and the wider spread probably accounts for some of the LUX difference. However that difference is very minimal, bringing me to......

2. I stacked the Taiko and Gemini units right on top of each other (also just swapped em but readings were the same), and put a large white card 10’ away. My meter findings echo Matt’s almost exactly, though my taiko was the SLIGHTEST TOUCH brighter. I also went old-school and put up a camera and my monitor with the zebra IREs as well to see the on-camera difference - and it ain’t much, lol! Somewhere around a fifth of a stop at most, it was literally the least I could move the iris. For reference, I was set at 320 ISO, 100 shutter speed, and 10’ away. Gemini read exactly f8 and Taiko literally the least I could move towards 5.6 to get the exact same IRE level. See photos below, G is Gemini, L Luxli.

To use another illustration, the difference in output is moving the card 4 inches closer to the Taiko than it was with the Gemini. I did the move 😂

So, yeah.....not much between the two.  

2568AB6F-527F-4F61-9B42-BA5B28169A24.jpeg

 

 

3573C461-CD05-47B1-AC0C-20E03000D603.jpeg

75D2C89A-99E3-4485-A157-05A2449A9824.jpeg

3DC19ED0-2A0C-4687-9356-671B25651464.jpeg

D8AAE598-951D-4AD1-8ADB-74131BDE9531.jpeg

That is a good point about the beam angle. I am attempting to find out from Luxli what the beam angle is when diffusion is used. I do agree, that it is quite wide and probably somewhere between 100-110 degrees. 

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Matt you mentioned your DoP soft box for your Gemini fits this Luxli Taiko. Do you have the DoP rabbit ears by chance? Just wondering if those fit this light as well.

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1 hour ago, McBob.TV said:

Is the short power cable (between transformer and light) just a standard 4-pin XLR?

Affirmative! You could just buy one or use one that you have. 

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On 5/16/2020 at 12:55 AM, DcD said:

Matt you mentioned your DoP soft box for your Gemini fits this Luxli Taiko. Do you have the DoP rabbit ears by chance? Just wondering if those fit this light as well.

The rabbit ears that work for the Litepanels Gemini won’t work on this light. 
 

If you are referring to the ones that are just a frame with straps, I’m not sure. I’d have to get back to you on that one. 

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11 hours ago, McBob.TV said:

Is the short power cable (between transformer and light) just a standard 4-pin XLR?

 

10 hours ago, Matthew Allard ACS said:

Affirmative! You could just buy one or use one that you have. 

Worth checking the wiring though!

For example, some 4-pin power cables only have pins 1 and 4 wired, but some devices use all 4 pins.

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26 minutes ago, Nezih said:

 

Worth checking the wiring though!

For example, some 4-pin power cables only have pins 1 and 4 wired, but some devices use all 4 pins.

Good point. 

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It's actually even more important with 5-pin cables. I had a longer 5-pin cable made for my Aputure 300d mkII. Good thing I checked it before, because it turns out it's not standard 5-pin DMX wiring which has the shield on PIN 1. Instead, Aputure's cable has the shield on PIN 5!

Also need to ensure the cable is rated to take the right amperage the power supply will be using.

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