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Munich 16: Selecon

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As a student I'd been sponsored by the good folks of Selecon to attend Showlight, so I really should mention some of their fantastic products.

If you're familiar with conventional stage lanterns you'll probably know that they don't usually look like this - that bent-around shape is a distinctive feature of Selecon's unique Pacific range of fixed and zoom profiles. The lamp is actually held in the bent bit (near the red handle in the second shot) and the beam is then reflected off a mirror into the gate: the advantage comes with the massive heatsink built onto the mirror, drawing off heat and leaving a very clean, very cool beam. A cool beam means increased life for gobos, colour and the way you shape your beam - and it lets you use plastic transparencies that you can print from your own computer instead of really expensive custom glass gobos.

That amazingly long lantern in the top picture is Selecon's new 5degree fixed profile, which uses real glass optics for a suburb beam over very long throws. It's a niche design for huge opera houses, really.

The shorter fixture in the second picture is the relatively new 45-75degree zoom, which looks like it might be an even better, more flexible concept than the still-unmatched 90degree Pacific profile.

The Pacific range was designed to be entirely modular, so lens units, lamp housings and gate fixtures can all be swopped around - even the 80v or MSR systems which we also had on the stand. They're certainly not for everybody, but these lanterns are making a nice name for themselves.
1st Jun 2005, 00:28