This one’s taken a while. Initially announced in February 2020 to much fanfare, the Maxima 7 LED spotlight is now available to buy. And it’s brought a little one with it, the Maxima 3. All the specs of the Maxima 7 were previously released at launch, and you can see those here, so let’s talk about the new Maxima 3.
The Maxima 3 is a 300W COB LED light with a CRI of 96+ and a TLCI of 97. It’s available in two versions that are either tungsten or daylight balanced, with a COB LED life of 50,000 hours. As with the Maxima 7, the Maxima 3 LED contains a focusable 8″ Fresnel lens and accepts Bowens mount modifiers.
The Maxima 3 has a unibody design with analogue controls and uses just a single power cable, so there are no external ballasts or dangly bits to worry about. It weighs 3.9kg and offers 300 Watts of LED power with a CRI/TLCI of 96+/97. It’s a hard, single point light, with an 8″ borosilicate Fresnel lens, that’s zoomable to provide a 15-60° beam of light.
|Light source||300W daylight (5600K) or tungsten (3200K) COB LED|
|Luminous output||104lm/W (daylight) or 101lm/W (tungsten)|
|Cooling||Full copper heatsink, CPU controlled forced air|
|Modifiers||Focusable 200mm (8") borosilicate glass Fresnel lens, Bowens S-Type modifier mount|
|Brightness levels||10-100% flicker-free, high frequency CPU controlled output|
|Noise level||19dBa at 1 metre|
|Power supply||500W Integrated PSU|
|Power consumption||20-250W Max (Regular mode) / 220-350W Max (Boost mode)|
|Remote control||Bluetooth 4.2 via mobile app, Priprietary 2.4Ghz radio, micro USB wired|
|Weight (with Fresnel)||5.1kg|
|Weight (without Fresnel)||3.9kg|
Like the Maxima 7, the Maxima 3 has a built-in ARM Cortex M7 processor, that controls all of its functions and can be remotely controlled via Bluetooth (iOS or Android), 2.4Ghz radio or USB cable. Everything is contained within a carbon-reinforced body, with an “extra-matte” finish for maximum weather protection (it’s AC-powered, though, remember) and to eliminate unwanted reflections.
It offers three different power modes, which are Silent, Regular and Boost mode. In Silent mode, the Maxima 3 runs in the 10-180W Watt range, emitting only 19dBa of noise for when you really need your lights to be quiet. In regular mode, the light offers 20-250W of power, bumping up the noise level slightly to 26dBa. In Boost mode, you get the maximum output, with a 220-350W range for when audio isn’t required or the light is very far from the scene (handy for sun simulations with long straight shadows).
The Maxima 3 LED is available to buy now for €1,899 with the S mount locking ring or for€2,499 with the Fresnel lens in either tungsten or daylight white balance. Also available from today is the Maxima 7, which you can buy now for €3,990 with a carbon-kevlar body or for €4,990 with a metal body.
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