If I had to pick three fixtures that were my favorites in the entirety of the lighting industry, it would be a very, very hard choice that I would get alot of grief for – but I can tell you that there would be about five candidates for admission onto that list! Â I know for a fact one of them would be the Vari*Lite VL2C, hands down, not even an option. Â The VL2C holds a place in my heart that cannot be shaken — that beam, that motion, HOT! Â Sounds like a jet engine taking off, but that was OK back then:
Another candidate is the Mac 2000 Profile II. Â OMFG WE HAVE DONE SO MANY SHOWS TOGETHER. Â I mean, who hasn’t, right? Â Corporate shows, theatre, tours, dance, opera, live music, films, even buildings – pretty much everything that can be lit has been lit with the lovely Mac 2000 Profile II. Â The Performance was cool too, I just liked the Profile II’s better. Â You know… Â showing up somewhere with Mac 2K’s meant that things were gonna at least be alright. Â Right? Â Am I just nuts? Â I don’t think so. Â Mac 2K’s rule:
Speaking with one of the guys at the Martin booth this year at LDI 2012 was pretty cool as well – they’ve designed the Mac Viper Profile as the new Sunday Stepper to the Mac 2000. Â Light, bright, and sexy are three words I know I used on the stand because I picked it up, saw it shine next to a Mac III, and the unit itself is one fine lookin’ mama, if I may. Â Check it out – the images can be clicked to see the fullsize shot:
Ah, its form factor is just perfect – I’m not a huge fan of the handles on the yoke aesthetically, but I certainly see and know their purpose. Â And frankly, everyone else has them on their newer units, so I’m probably the one who is wrong here! Â It would be cool if they were built into the yoke somehow, but they sure are utility and with good purpose.
Thinner profile (no pun intended), sexy output, under a thousand watts on the lamp. Â Check out this promo video, just to get an idea of the Mac Viper in motion:
Also, from the Martin website on Mac Viper Profile:
The MAC Viper Profile is a new breed of high-output profile luminaire with an exceptional feature set and highly efficient optical system that outperforms market-leading profiles in the 1200-watt range. Its 1000-watt HID source is convincingly brighter than 1200-watt fixtures and the MAC Viper Profile also outperforms them in terms of speed and compactness. Power consumption is lower and output is approximately 55% more efficient.
- 26000 lumens â€“ Excellent light quality with a very flat and uniform field
- 1:5 zoom â€“ Fast zoom with auto-linked focus
- Fat beam front lens â€“ The 140 mm front lens exceeds the size of any other fixture in this segment for just the right fat beam look
- 5 + 5 rotating gobos â€“ All glass gobos with optimal focal separation for superior morphing effects
- FX wheel â€“ Patent-pending FX wheel provides an additional 4 fixed gobos and 135Â° animation effect
- CMY â€“ Vibrant color mixing with a superior palette of colors including true reds, rich ambers, primary green and deep blues
- 8-slot color wheel â€“ Fixed colors for added color choice
- Linear CTO â€“ Daylight to tungsten CCT control and expansion of the CMY palette
- Dimmer and shutter – Combined dimmer/shutter system with intensity effects, instant blackout/open and smooth fades
- Iris â€“ Fast and tight iris with adjustable dynamic effects
- Strobe â€“ Diverse strobe effects using mechanical or electronic control or in combination
- Soft frost â€“ A light frost leaves gobo artwork visible with a beautiful soft edge. Includes a linear focus blurring option
- 4-facet prism â€“ Real beam separation with rotation and index control for dynamic effects and accurate tiling
Mac Viper next to a Mac III:
Here’s a slide show of all of my Martin booth photos — enjoy! Â Click on any photo to start to show!