Astera adds ProjectionLens for PlutoFresnel

14th February 2024

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Building upon the success of the recently introduced PlutoFresnel, Astera has announce the launch of ProjectionLens that will add capabilities to its battery-powered, LED-based light, allowing it to convert quickly into a powerful profile spotlight.

The lightweight, portable PlutoFresnel – which operates on a completely wireless basis with built-in battery pack – can be transformed in less than a minute simply by slipping on the ProjectionLens, which then allows the light to become a Profile Spotlight with a range of 16° to 36°. Projection zoom can be controlled manually by twisting the lens barrel or two Focus Wheels.

An E-size Gobo holder also enables custom logo projection. Built with the precision and durability that Astera applies across its entire range, the Profile Lens allows for close control of the light over any distance, with crystal clear optics and a four-leaf shutter design to facilitate trimming of the beam as needed.

This builds upon the already substantial applications of the PlutoFresnel itself, which harnesses the benefits of LED technology in order to deliver a lighting style that previously could only be achieved with cumbersome and expensive Tungstens. Crucially, it achieves the very specific aesthetic of a Fresnel light with lower power draw, higher output strength, precise colour control, lightweight profile, wireless installation and full creative flexibility. In its Fresnel setup, it maintains a beam angle of 15° to 60°, with an equivalent output if 300W using only 80W.

With its LED core and concentric circle lens design – and weighing just 4.6 KG, with in-built battery and a multitude of mounting setups – as a Fresnel, the Pluto focuses light output perfectly, producing a sharp yet soft beam that is perfect for a variety of applications across film, TV and events. Then, a quick and simple lens transition facilitated by this new projection addition provides even more scope for the lighting base, providing a profile spotlight that ‘gives definition and focus to any production’.

Speaking of the new ProjectionLens, sales and marketing direction Sebastian Bückle said: “The new ProjectionLens combined with PlutoFresnel, provides gaffers and event technicians with a two-in-one solution in their kit bag: facilitating two different but highly specific lighting types at once; Fresnel and Projection. That would be remarkable enough in itself, but even as just single-function lights, Astera lights are more compact, lightweight, energy efficient and creatively flexible than just about anything else on the market.”

He continued: “The range of applications for the new PlutoFresnel hybrid lens is truly remarkable; be it key, fill or backlighting, interview setups, special effects, documentary filmmaking, location shots or any application that calls for the development of a particular and unique kind of mood and atmosphere. To be able to deliver such a versatile creative portfolio in such a compact and efficient system makes us very proud.”