New at NAB 2014 from Broncolor Kobold is the Para Focus on 3D. The system gives you the option of focusing or positioning of the lamp head within the reflector. In the focused position the light source is located just at the apex of the parabola. The light is highly directional and has a spot-like character with high contrast as only little bounced light from within the studio lightens the shadows. If you like to defocus the Para you need to move the light towards the reflector opening. With this setting you not only get a great spot, but rather 24 small and hard lights, softly arranged. Which results have fabulously beautiful light cloud that envelops everything softly lit.
There are a total of 5 models which all of the sizes have a long focus length which allows the light to be varied between almost parallel (focused) to extremely scattered (defocused). Para 177, 222 and 330FB can be easily set up by a crank handle mechanism. The rods are also provided with joints that allow the Paras to collapse and shorten to half the usual length for transporting.
Para 88 and 133: these are small and mobile and have a special patented opening mechanism. Just with two quick hand movements on the four clamping brackets allow the Paras to be set up in seconds. These can also be mounted directly without the focusing device as reflectors for other broncolor lamp heads. For all models the main structure is made primarily of aluminium, the rods are made of fibre glass or carbon fibre – titanium alloy for the small Paras. Also available are diffusers and honeycomb grids for more light shaping and control.