Broncolor releases the FT system to update their existing Para line of parabolic reflectors:
And here’s the FT system in action:
From the website:
There are two new parts to this system. First the new 88 HR and 133 HR Paras can handle double the heat of their standard Para counterparts and now allow the use of up to a 1600W HMI and 2000W tungsten-halogen light sources. And we’re talking about heat resistance that’s been tested in real world situations, at all angles (pointed down) as well as with diffusion. This quantity and quality of light opens up a whole new range of uses for 88cm and 133cm sized broncolor Paras. The rest of the Para family, the 177 and 222cm sizes remain unchanged as they can already support larger lights.
In addition, what makes this unique is the new Para system uses a series of interchangeable Focusing Tubes. An FT focusing tube supports, positions and transfers power to the FT 1600W HMI and a 2000W Tungsten heads. The FT tube is wired for a lamp head with electrical connections integrated into the tube. Existing F tubes are simple and solid with a standard 5/8th inch threaded mount on the end. The F tubes are designed for use with strobe heads or other third party fixtures that can be attached with the screw mount or by using one of the many attachment baskets made by broncolor.
Second, broncolor has released the FT 1600 HMI system. A modular unit consisting of a lamp head combined with a focusing tube designed to fit the entire line of bron Para light banks. Integrating the lamp head and FT focusing tube and separating the ballast offers the benefits of smoother, easier and more balanced operation.
We’re committed to you and will be shipping the new Para 88 HR and Para 133 HR kits in June, 2015. The complete broncolor FT System will be shipping September 2015.
Most soft boxes and reflectors of the small to medium size (48″) can only take wattages up to 1000W (1KW), so this is really a unique solution with no alternative. Of course, it’s going to cost a lot of money, probably a lot more than a Joker 1600 and a reflector – but that’s the price one pays for a parabolic reflector.
Just to clarify, the Para 88 now comes in two varieties – HR and FT. HR keeps the original Para design but can now accept the 1600W HMI, while the FT model takes the new FT focusing tube (FT, get it?) system. The Para 88 with an HMI 1600 can deliver f/22 at 10m (33 feet)!
To know more check out the official brochure.