Maxima 3 LED spot announced – Maxima 7 sunlight simulator LED spot finally available to buy

Apr 16, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Maxima 3 LED spot announced – Maxima 7 sunlight simulator LED spot finally available to buy

Apr 16, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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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.

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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 source300W daylight (5600K) or tungsten (3200K) COB LED
Luminous output104lm/W (daylight) or 101lm/W (tungsten)
CRI96+
TLCI97
CoolingFull copper heatsink, CPU controlled forced air
ModifiersFocusable 200mm (8″) borosilicate glass Fresnel lens, Bowens S-Type modifier mount
ProcessorARM Cortex-M7
Brightness levels10-100% flicker-free, high frequency CPU controlled output
Beam angle15-60°
Noise level19dBa at 1 metre
Power supply500W Integrated PSU
Voltage90-250v, 50-60Hz
Power consumption20-250W Max (Regular mode) / 220-350W Max (Boost mode)
Remote controlBluetooth 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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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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