Broncolor's New Ligtepipe P Helps You Shape Light to Your Will

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Broncolor now makes a portable LED flashlight shaper that could add a lot of bang to your portrait work. It collapses down into five parts making it portable and light weight. On top of that, you can re-assemble those five parts in less that one minute with no tools. 

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It's kind of like a light saber shaped Chimera. Your light of choice is in the base and the tube provides soft light diffusion. According to broncolor, the Litepipe P is compatible with the following broncolor lamps: "Pulso G, Unilite, Litos and MobiLED (if a mat protecting glass is available we recommend its use as an optimized illumination can be achieved). In addition, Litepipe P can also be used with the broncolor Siros monolight. It produces a homogeneous light which is adaptable to the respective circumstances." The benefits over a Chimera or a Kino, however, come in the litepipe's compact design. Just look at how big most Chimera's are. 

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Granted those diffusers are going to provide a lot more light, but they're limited when it comes to shaping. That's where the Litepipe could really shine. Look at this photo of a trolly engineer taken by Broncolor's own photographers.

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If you're shooting in a dark room with a bright background, no matter how much latitude you have on your sensor you're not going to get them both exposed to get an interesting picture. You need to have the man's face match the exposure of the natural light outside. What's great about this shot is how soft the light is just on his face. It allows the brighter details like the letters on his hat and buttons to really pop too.  Here's one more from the trolly, this time of a female passenger.

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It's a sharp little tool that you can have for around $1,000 dollars. It's a lot, but it might be able to provide just the amount of light you need in certain circumstances to make your images stand out. 

Check out the full press release:


Introducing the new Litepipe P...
With Litepipe P, broncolor launches a real innovation in the market of professional lighting systems.

Powerful, versatile and dismountable - this makes the Litepipe P the ideal companion for any photographer in the studio and on location.

Consisting of only five components, this revolutionary, lightweight light shaper is mounted and ready for use in just 60 seconds.

As normal for broncolor, Litepipe P stands out for its robustness and high quality, essential for reliable use over a period of many years.

Equipped with the approved broncolor bayonet, Litepipe P is compatible with the following broncolor lamps: Pulso G, Unilite, Litos and MobiLED (if a mat protecting glass is available we recommend its use as an optimized illumination can be achieved). In addition, Litepipe P can also be used with the broncolor Siros monolight. It produces a homogeneous light which is adaptable to the respective circumstances.

Due to its concept, Litepipe P can combine the mode of operation of various light shapers in one design; thus, there are nearly no limits for your photographic creativity. This sneaky light shaper can operate without a counter-reflector (textile cover with alu reflex coating) as a natural ambient light. The counter-reflectors mounted with the integrated Velcro® fasteners, the visible light section may be changed seamlessly. A wide (27 cm / 10.6 in.) and a small (19 cm / 7.5 in.) counter-reflector are included in the scope of delivery. This allows the setting of precise light edges.

Due to the long construction of the Litepipe P, the use of a boom stand or a ceiling mounting is not necessary. Also, in defined spaces or with deep ceilings, the Litepipe P is more practical than bulky softboxes.

Disassembled, the Litepipe P packs down to half its size, which makes it possible to pack it into a practical transport bag. The latest light shaper in the broncolor range weighs only 1.7 kg (3.8 lbs) or 3.5 kg (7.7 lbs) with the transport bag.

Whether interior, fashion, beauty or product photography - the broncolor Litepipe P will display its strengths in all these fields.

The Litepipe P is available to order as item number 32.452.00 and has an MRSP of £784 ex. VAT.

Included in the kit:

1x special, colour neutral diffuser foil with zip
2x counter-reflector with alu reflex coating inside
1x base tube with reflector, broncolor bayonet and push buttons
1x counter piece with push buttons
1x transport bag

The broncolor Litepipe P costs 992 Swiss Fr/£784 (approx. $1,000). For more information visit the broncolor website.

Source. BRONCOLOR