Dedo Projector Attachment
Cameras are fast changing and it can be difficult to keep up and make the right investments for the future.
But it’s reassuring in these fast-moving times, that my choice of lighting has outlasted several of my cameras.
In the early nineties I bought my first Dedolights and have been hooked on them ever since; they travel with me on every shoot. I’m told that Dedolights are the single best-selling lighting instrument in motion picture and television production.
(Above is the 1980’s Classic Tungsten Dedolight and todays Bi-Colour LED Dedolight)
I can talk for ages about Dedolights, but in this post I’ll focus more on the Dedolight projector attachment.
In the simplest terms, a projection attachment fits to the front of a Dedolight and has a focusable lens and a slot into which accessories such as Gobos are placed. Gobos being thin metal disks with patterns cut into them.
Thousands of Gobos exist such as clouds & sky, foliage, abstract and of course the famous venetian blind effect.
Projection attachments ‘also known as imagers’ are often used to create interesting backgrounds for high-class interviews.
Throwing the projected gobo image slightly out of focus on the background, adds the illusion of shallow depth of field, which makes the subject separate from the background, making it look more 3D.
A useful accessory for the projector attachment is the 18-blade adjustable iris. It produces perfect circles which gives a pin point sharp beam.
Geometric shapes of light can also be projected by adjusting framing shutters in the projection attachment.
Projector attachments aren’t just for backgrounds
I sometimes mount a Dedolight projector onto a tripod fluid head.
As I tilt and pan the head, the projected gobo wraps over and around the product I’m filming. The end result always looks like an expensive visual effect.
The original Dedo projector attachment was released 1984 and was named the ‘Universal’.
It had optics of similar quality to the lenses used on cameras, with no halation, no colour fringing and no distortion. The projector attachment soon became a must have accessory.
Several years later, the new shape Universal DP1 projector attachment was released and continues to be used with classic tungsten Dedolights and the new DLED.4 lights.
Coming right up to date is the DP1.1 with a new double lens system, which gives more light output and even better optical performance.
Although optimised for the new range of focusable LED Dedolights, this new DP1.1 works with all of the older Dedos too.
Like Dedo’s very first projector attachment, the latest DP1.1 has no halation, no colour fringing and no distortion; it’s perfect.
Quick Change Projection Lenses
The Dedo 85mm f/2.8 is the Standard lens that comes with projection attachment kits; it’s a really good all-rounder.
Wide-angle wise, I have a Dedo 60mm f/2.4 lens which allows me to project a slightly bigger image; a real problem solver in tight spaces. This 60mm also has higher light-transmission which is a bonus.
A good range of other lenses like the 135mm and zooms are also available.