Model: Joker Bug 800w HMI
My use: I ordered two of these during my time at UNC-Greensboro’s Office of Online Learning. At the time I ordered these, the division didn’t have any HMIs. We rarely had large lighting setups, so extremely powerful HMI instruments weren’t needed. However, I did want to build a small HMI arsenal, and wanted what we ordered to have some punch, so I went with the 800w version of the Joker Bug (K5600 also produces 200w and 400w versions).
Average Price: $6,390 per kit
My thoughts: For the type of work we used our HMIs on, the Joker Bug 800’s were a perfect fit. They pack a sold punch lumen-wise, but are small enough instruments in regards to electrical pull that you can plug them into standard wall outlets. One of the nicest attributes of these instruments were the compact case in which they came. The small hardshell case was on rollers, stackable and contained everything you needed for the light: head, ballast, header cable, 4 lenses and barndoors. Being PARs, these little guys really dished it out, and with the various lenses that include Super Wide, Wide, Medium Flood and Frosted Fresnel, you could easily shape the output for your desired look on set. With a little diffusion, these instruments were also a wonderful exterior fill, and compact enough to not break your back on location.
Technical Specs from the Manufacturer:
|Lens (Condenser)||4- included: Super Wide, Wide, Medium Flood, Frosted Fresnel|
|Mounting||5/8″ Stand mount|
|Weight||6 lbs (2.7 kg)|
|Dimensions||13 x 9 x 4.25″ (33 x 23 x 9.1cm)|
|Rating||800W, 110 – 240V AC, 50 / 60Hz|
|Cable||25′ VEAM 1/4 turn twist|
|Weight||8 lbs (3.6kg)|
|Dimensions||10 x 9 x 3.5″ (25.4 x 22.8 x 8.9cm)|
|Kit Weight||41 lbs (19kg)|
Bottom Line: These are extremely versatile small wattage HMI instruments. If you are a smaller production company or a freelancer that doesn’t do too many large scale productions, then I highly recommend these units if you are looking to build a small HMI arsenal.