Fiilex Q8 Travel

We stopped by Fiilex, sponsors of this NAB 2018 blog, to take a look at their new Q8 Travel lens, which we’ll be reviewing in the May issue of Digital Photo Pro/HDVideoPro.

If you’re looking for a high-powered LED Fresnel light with a generous focusing range in a kit that’s highly portable, Fiilex’s new Q8 Travel offers powerful output in a smart, flexible design.

The Fiilex Q8 Travel boasts “best-in-class” optical performance, thanks to a custom-designed 8-inch Fresnel lens that produces smooth light through its whole range of 12º-60º.

Here’s a quick rundown of the Q8 Travel’s key specs:

  • An extreme focusing range from spot to flood: 12° – 60°
  • Up to 340W power consumption and output
  • Flicker-free operation at any frame rate
  • Smooth dimming down to 0.1% intensity
  • Weather-resistant: IP-24
  • Tunable CCT (2800 – 6500K)
  • Hue control (±0.25 green/magenta)
  • 16lb head, 5.7lb power adapter

The Q8 Travel is perfect for still, cinema and video production. With both tunable CCT and tunable hue, the Q8 can be precisely adjusted to match any existing lighting, or to create a specific look. The control knobs and built-in LCD make the Q8 easy to dial in. The Travel Q8 is adjustable from 2800-6500K and the hue control is ±0.25 green/magenta, with a CRI of 97, at any color temperature.

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Built like a tank, the Q8 can stand up to travel bumps and bruises and can survive on a busy, chaotic set. It’s even IP-24 rated for water resistance, so it can stand up to a variety of conditions. Even with the durable construction the unit, including a 48V battery, is only 16 pounds.

With 48V DC battery compatibility and a weight of only 16 pounds, the unit comes with the head, power supply and mount (plus cord tie). There are light modifiers for the Q8 Travel, including a gel holder, barn doors and a speed ring.

The Q8 Travel is available in kit configurations as well—The H181 kit has a single light plus barn doors and speed ring in a hard shell case, and the X381 kit, which has one of the Q8 Travel and two of the company’s P360 Pro Plus lights, plus light modifiers and the hardshell case.

Power output on the Q8 is impressive. At less than 50% brightness the Q8 Travel produces output that’s brighter than other top-end systems at 100%.

The light contains a fan, which activates as soon as you dial up the power in the light and it seems to be a constant speed fan, it sounds the same at 10% output as 100%.

We will be reviewing the Q8 Travel in an upcoming issue. Here are a few of the key takeaways from our upcoming review.

Fiilex has done a great job in the design of the lens. The barn door can be closed to just a small slit and the light pattern is still a nice, soft-edged pattern, but an adjustment of the spot to flood control can sharpen the output. The Q8 Travel uses a lightweight acrylic lens, where older bulb-based fresnel systems used glass to reduce the risk of yellowing, cracking or warping under head. Since the Q8 provides light from lower-heat LEDs and since the cooling system is so powerful, an acrylic lens reduces weight without sacrificing quality.

The light is kind of a mechanical work of art, it’s beautifully made, and the fit and finish are superb and the weight is part of its design and construction, it’s a quality piece of gear. It’s one of those pieces of equipment that feels like it will last a long time.

Overall, in using the light on a real-world shoot, the quality of the beam and the color temperature were excellent, the Q8 was very accurate when I viewed the chip charts I used for the interviews, offering no perceivable color cast. We are finally at the point where LEDs can look almost as color accurate as tungsten and HMIs on skin tones. The rear metal loop handles are very usable, in conjunction with the lockdown and the wide yolk, it’s a breeze to adjust and position the Q8. The power supply is not huge and comes with a hexagonal pin and a Mafer clamp to attach it to your light stand, which is perfect and very slick, all LEDs should do this.

The spot to flood ratio on this light is considerable and normally, on an all metal construction light with a glass Fresnel lens, you could never build in this much lens extension as the light would be totally front heavy. Because of the acrylic lens, the light stays balanced even at full spot extension with the narrowest beam. This is a differentiator for this light over its competition, I’ve never experienced a Fresnel with this much beam range. This is the first 8” 300 watt range LED Fresnel I have used that seems to have even more output than a 1K tungsten Fresnel.

The Q8s color accuracy and output should please even the picky, and the hue variation is a nice touch. It’s DMX compatible with both RJ-45 and five-pin XLR DMX I/O, and if you value design and craftsmanship, it’s a beautifully made piece of gear.

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