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Prolycht has just issued a new firmware update for the Orion 300 FS color LED light: version 2.02.13 adds a new mode for color selection based on X/Y coordinates in the CIE1931 color space. In addition, a free Prolycht Dome softbox is included with new purchases of the 300 FS in April 2022 (U.S. and Canada only).
The Prolycht Orion 300 FS color LED is a unique light in an otherwise quite saturated market: it uses RGBACL (Red Green Blue Amber Cyan Lime) diodes instead of RGBWW ones.
With this trick, the Orion 300 FS is able to produce a wide range of color temperatures (2,000K to 20,000K) while delivering up to 31,090lux @ 1m with the standard reflector. In addition, it has a wide range of Rosco/Lee filters built-in.
The Orion 300 FS was introduced in 2021 and has received several firmware updates since then. And now another one seems to be due, adding a whole new feature to this versatile light.
The new firmware now adds a feature that, according to the press release, has been very much requested: the X/Y coordinates mode. With this, you can now select any desired color via X/Y coordinates in the CIE1931 color space (wikipedia). This mode not only works on the ballast, but also via DMX or via the accompanying ChromaLink app (android / iOS).
Along the way, the company has also fixed a number of issues and updated some features that were already available. Here is a complete rundown of the new and updated features of the Orion 300 FS:
The free ChromaLink App has also been updated with:
A very cool feature of the Orion 300 FS is that you can sample and then play back the changing colors of a scene recorded via a phone or tablet using the ChromaLink app. The Orion 300 FS will replicate the colors (and transitions) seen in that shot, which is great for virtual studio work, for example.
The update comes free of charge and can be downloaded from Prolycht’s website. Please follow the instructions in the provided Readme.txt file exactly so that the update can be installed smoothly. You will need a USB stick for this.
Like many other modern LED COB lights, the Orion 300 FS features a standard Bowens mount that can accept a wide range of accessories from Prolycht as well as third-party manufacturers. This makes it easy to source relatively affordable light modifiers and use them with this fixture.
Speaking of modifiers: If you’re based in the U.S. or Canada and are considering buying this Prolycht Orion 300 FS, now’s a good time, as the company is including a free Prolycht Dome Softbox (valued $190) with every new purchase in April.
Would you consider using this light on your jobs? Share your experiences in the comments below!
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Olaf von Voss is a freelance cameraman who is in business for well over a decade. He is living in Berlin, Germany but has traveled the world as well while shooting mostly documentaries.