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F2

Chimera’s F2X can be assembled completely without tools, utilizing durable aluminum tubing. F2X breaks down into 60” padded duffels, meaning that they can easily be shipped via most international and domestic carriers, including FedEx, UPS, and DHL. F2X lightbanks are available in 5×10, 5×15, 10×20, and 10×30 feet.

The F2 features a modular design with a heavy duty welded steel frame. With truss-like components that bolt together the F2 Modulars are designed for permanent install situations. F2 Modulars can support more individual fixtures compared to the F2X, thanks to its beefier frame, and are available in larger sizes: 10×20, 10×30, 15×30, and 15×40 feet.

Because of the size of the F2 Modular components, freight shipping is required, with receiving at a loading dock recommended. The F2 Modulars ship inside a wooden crate, where a forklift is highly recommended for receiving.

Categories: F2, F2X

Our F2 and F2X Lightbanks feature a number of ways to attach either to stands.

Both feature 1.25” solid aluminum ends on the four lower corners of the lightbank, which fit into a standard Mafer or Super Clamp. Then, simply use the 5/8” Baby Receiver on the clamp to mount it to any Baby Pin.

For low height suspension (5-6 feet) a standard C-Stand is suitable, as the total weight (listed below) is dispersed over the four stands, however it is important to factor in the lights you’ll be using inside the F2X as well.

For higher suspension, crank or windup stands are preferred as many come with built-in wheels, and easier ability to raise or lower each stand. Popular choices include Matthews Crank-O-Vator, American Roadrunner, and Avenger Super Wind-Up. An additional Junior to Baby pin adapter may be required to mount the Mafer, consult the stand specifications for more details.

With any support setup, it is important to total both the number of lights as well as the weight of the lightbank body alone, to ensure the manufacturer’s recommended maximum load of the stand is not exceeded.

Lightbank and Frame Weight (Without Lights)

F2X
5 x 10′: 74 lb / 33.5 kg
5 x 15′: 112 lb / 50.8 kg
10 x 20′: 148 lb / 67.1 kg
10 x 30′: 225 lb / 102 kg

F2 Modular
10 x 20’: 150 lbs / 65 kg
10 x 30’: 200 lbs / 90 kg
15 x 30’: 300 lbs / 135 kg
15 x 40’: 350 lbs / 160 kg

Categories: F2, F2X

The F2 and F2X feature standard 5/8″ Baby pin mounting points throughout the frame of the lightbank. This allows a wide variety of fixtures, strobe or continuous, to be mounted throughout.

In general, lights with a fully exposed bulb or dome design is ideal for the most even illumination of an F2 or F2X lightbank. Alternatively open faces or wide / broad beam angle fixtures are suitable.

For continuous tungsten, Chimera’s own Triolet system is a perfect solution, offering up to 1,000W per mounting point (varies by size and style of the F2 / F2X), all within a very durable aluminum housing and compatibility with easily sourced Mogul base tungsten bulbs. In fact, we offer the complete line of F2X overhead lightbanks with Triolets included!

For daylight, any HMI fixture that features a fully exposed bulb, such as a K5600 Joker Bug, or the Kobold Bron HMIs.

For strobes, bare bulb / dome style monoblocks or flash heads are ideal.

In setup, we recommend pointing the fixtures up towards the lid of the lightbank body so that they bounce and illuminate the diffusion.

Some caution must be exercised when positioning the lights as some continuous fixtures are not designed to be operated pointing straight down. Check with the fixture manufacturer for complete and safe operation.

Categories: F2, F2X

Chimera’s F2 and F2X overhead lightbanks feature multiple mounting points to attach strobe or continuous fixtures. The silver interior, wrapped around a durable metal frame, reflects the light to illuminate the front screen, while interior baffles help ensure evenness.

The number of mounting points varies by the size and type of the F2 or F2X, listed below. The F2 Modular features more mounting points than the F2X thanks to its heavier duty welded steel frame, and is ideal for permanent installations. The F2X features a breakdown design that allows it to ship via most common carriers, such as FedEx, UPS, and DHL.

F2X
5×10: 2 Mounting Points
5×15: 3 Mounting Points
10×20: 8 Mounting Points
10×30: 12 Mounting Points

F2 Modular
10×20: 16 Mounting Points
10×30: 24 Mounting Points
15×30: 36 Mounting Points
15×40: 48 Mounting Points

Categories: F2, F2X

A popular method of installing an F2 Modular or F2X Overhead lightbank is to suspend it from the ceiling. Because the installation height, as well as the buildings / studios for installation vary widely, Chimera does not offer any officially suggested method or recommendation of doing this, however we do offer a few examples and solutions that our customers have used successfully. We do not endorse any of the methods below but simply offer them as solutions our customers have found.

Both F2X and F2 modular have four 1.25″ ends on each lower corner, that can be clamped to with a variety of clamps, including a Mafer / Super Clamp. Alternatively, slings that slip around these points are also possible.

Suspending the lightbank and using ceiling-mounted electric motor hoists allow for adjustment of the pitch and pivot after being installed. Mechanical pullies have also been utilized as well.

The F2 Modular features comaptibility with optional hanging brackets (part number #4960) which come in a set of 4. Evenly spaced throughout the F2 frame, these brackets feature a steel shackle, suitable for attaching a cable, pulley, or hook to.

A number of purpose-built studio systems from Manfrotto, FOBA, or Hensel have been used by our customers, which we would recommend contacting.

For installation, consulting a structural engineer or contractor is paramount for a qualified assessment of building before hanging any type of load. Listed below is the weight of our F2 Modular and F2X lightbanks with assembled frame, before adding lights.

F2X
5 x 10′: 74 lb / 33.5 kg
5 x 15′: 112 lb / 50.8 kg
10 x 20′: 148 lb / 67.1 kg
10 x 30′: 225 lb / 102 kg

F2 Modular
10 x 20’: 150 lbs / 65 kg
10 x 30’: 200 lbs / 90 kg
15 x 30’: 300 lbs / 135 kg
15 x 40’: 350 lbs / 160 kg

Categories: F2, F2X

F2X

A: Chimera’s F2X overhead lightbanks are available from a number of rental houses worldwide, however should you not be able to locate one, they are also available for rental directly from us as well.

Available in 5×10, 5×15, 10×20, and 10×30, the F2X overhead lightbanks utilize a durable aluminum frame that breaks down to 60″ padded duffels for ease of transport. They can be shipped via FedEx or UPS from our headquarters in Colorado to nearly anywhere around the world!

These F2X’s come without lights. For more information please feel free to contact us online at info@chimeralighting.com or 9AM-5PM Mountain Standard Time at 303.444.8000 to speak with our customer service team.

Category: F2X

Chimera’s F2X can be assembled completely without tools, utilizing durable aluminum tubing. F2X breaks down into 60” padded duffels, meaning that they can easily be shipped via most international and domestic carriers, including FedEx, UPS, and DHL. F2X lightbanks are available in 5×10, 5×15, 10×20, and 10×30 feet.

The F2 features a modular design with a heavy duty welded steel frame. With truss-like components that bolt together the F2 Modulars are designed for permanent install situations. F2 Modulars can support more individual fixtures compared to the F2X, thanks to its beefier frame, and are available in larger sizes: 10×20, 10×30, 15×30, and 15×40 feet.

Because of the size of the F2 Modular components, freight shipping is required, with receiving at a loading dock recommended. The F2 Modulars ship inside a wooden crate, where a forklift is highly recommended for receiving.

Categories: F2, F2X

Our F2 and F2X Lightbanks feature a number of ways to attach either to stands.

Both feature 1.25” solid aluminum ends on the four lower corners of the lightbank, which fit into a standard Mafer or Super Clamp. Then, simply use the 5/8” Baby Receiver on the clamp to mount it to any Baby Pin.

For low height suspension (5-6 feet) a standard C-Stand is suitable, as the total weight (listed below) is dispersed over the four stands, however it is important to factor in the lights you’ll be using inside the F2X as well.

For higher suspension, crank or windup stands are preferred as many come with built-in wheels, and easier ability to raise or lower each stand. Popular choices include Matthews Crank-O-Vator, American Roadrunner, and Avenger Super Wind-Up. An additional Junior to Baby pin adapter may be required to mount the Mafer, consult the stand specifications for more details.

With any support setup, it is important to total both the number of lights as well as the weight of the lightbank body alone, to ensure the manufacturer’s recommended maximum load of the stand is not exceeded.

Lightbank and Frame Weight (Without Lights)

F2X
5 x 10′: 74 lb / 33.5 kg
5 x 15′: 112 lb / 50.8 kg
10 x 20′: 148 lb / 67.1 kg
10 x 30′: 225 lb / 102 kg

F2 Modular
10 x 20’: 150 lbs / 65 kg
10 x 30’: 200 lbs / 90 kg
15 x 30’: 300 lbs / 135 kg
15 x 40’: 350 lbs / 160 kg

Categories: F2, F2X

The F2 and F2X feature standard 5/8″ Baby pin mounting points throughout the frame of the lightbank. This allows a wide variety of fixtures, strobe or continuous, to be mounted throughout.

In general, lights with a fully exposed bulb or dome design is ideal for the most even illumination of an F2 or F2X lightbank. Alternatively open faces or wide / broad beam angle fixtures are suitable.

For continuous tungsten, Chimera’s own Triolet system is a perfect solution, offering up to 1,000W per mounting point (varies by size and style of the F2 / F2X), all within a very durable aluminum housing and compatibility with easily sourced Mogul base tungsten bulbs. In fact, we offer the complete line of F2X overhead lightbanks with Triolets included!

For daylight, any HMI fixture that features a fully exposed bulb, such as a K5600 Joker Bug, or the Kobold Bron HMIs.

For strobes, bare bulb / dome style monoblocks or flash heads are ideal.

In setup, we recommend pointing the fixtures up towards the lid of the lightbank body so that they bounce and illuminate the diffusion.

Some caution must be exercised when positioning the lights as some continuous fixtures are not designed to be operated pointing straight down. Check with the fixture manufacturer for complete and safe operation.

Categories: F2, F2X

Chimera’s F2 and F2X overhead lightbanks feature multiple mounting points to attach strobe or continuous fixtures. The silver interior, wrapped around a durable metal frame, reflects the light to illuminate the front screen, while interior baffles help ensure evenness.

The number of mounting points varies by the size and type of the F2 or F2X, listed below. The F2 Modular features more mounting points than the F2X thanks to its heavier duty welded steel frame, and is ideal for permanent installations. The F2X features a breakdown design that allows it to ship via most common carriers, such as FedEx, UPS, and DHL.

F2X
5×10: 2 Mounting Points
5×15: 3 Mounting Points
10×20: 8 Mounting Points
10×30: 12 Mounting Points

F2 Modular
10×20: 16 Mounting Points
10×30: 24 Mounting Points
15×30: 36 Mounting Points
15×40: 48 Mounting Points

Categories: F2, F2X

A popular method of installing an F2 Modular or F2X Overhead lightbank is to suspend it from the ceiling. Because the installation height, as well as the buildings / studios for installation vary widely, Chimera does not offer any officially suggested method or recommendation of doing this, however we do offer a few examples and solutions that our customers have used successfully. We do not endorse any of the methods below but simply offer them as solutions our customers have found.

Both F2X and F2 modular have four 1.25″ ends on each lower corner, that can be clamped to with a variety of clamps, including a Mafer / Super Clamp. Alternatively, slings that slip around these points are also possible.

Suspending the lightbank and using ceiling-mounted electric motor hoists allow for adjustment of the pitch and pivot after being installed. Mechanical pullies have also been utilized as well.

The F2 Modular features comaptibility with optional hanging brackets (part number #4960) which come in a set of 4. Evenly spaced throughout the F2 frame, these brackets feature a steel shackle, suitable for attaching a cable, pulley, or hook to.

A number of purpose-built studio systems from Manfrotto, FOBA, or Hensel have been used by our customers, which we would recommend contacting.

For installation, consulting a structural engineer or contractor is paramount for a qualified assessment of building before hanging any type of load. Listed below is the weight of our F2 Modular and F2X lightbanks with assembled frame, before adding lights.

F2X
5 x 10′: 74 lb / 33.5 kg
5 x 15′: 112 lb / 50.8 kg
10 x 20′: 148 lb / 67.1 kg
10 x 30′: 225 lb / 102 kg

F2 Modular
10 x 20’: 150 lbs / 65 kg
10 x 30’: 200 lbs / 90 kg
15 x 30’: 300 lbs / 135 kg
15 x 40’: 350 lbs / 160 kg

Categories: F2, F2X

OVERHEADS

A: Chimera’s F2X overhead lightbanks are available from a number of rental houses worldwide, however should you not be able to locate one, they are also available for rental directly from us as well.

Available in 5×10, 5×15, 10×20, and 10×30, the F2X overhead lightbanks utilize a durable aluminum frame that breaks down to 60″ padded duffels for ease of transport. They can be shipped via FedEx or UPS from our headquarters in Colorado to nearly anywhere around the world!

These F2X’s come without lights. For more information please feel free to contact us online at info@chimeralighting.com or 9AM-5PM Mountain Standard Time at 303.444.8000 to speak with our customer service team.

Category: F2X

Chimera’s F2X can be assembled completely without tools, utilizing durable aluminum tubing. F2X breaks down into 60” padded duffels, meaning that they can easily be shipped via most international and domestic carriers, including FedEx, UPS, and DHL. F2X lightbanks are available in 5×10, 5×15, 10×20, and 10×30 feet.

The F2 features a modular design with a heavy duty welded steel frame. With truss-like components that bolt together the F2 Modulars are designed for permanent install situations. F2 Modulars can support more individual fixtures compared to the F2X, thanks to its beefier frame, and are available in larger sizes: 10×20, 10×30, 15×30, and 15×40 feet.

Because of the size of the F2 Modular components, freight shipping is required, with receiving at a loading dock recommended. The F2 Modulars ship inside a wooden crate, where a forklift is highly recommended for receiving.

Categories: F2, F2X

Our F2 and F2X Lightbanks feature a number of ways to attach either to stands.

Both feature 1.25” solid aluminum ends on the four lower corners of the lightbank, which fit into a standard Mafer or Super Clamp. Then, simply use the 5/8” Baby Receiver on the clamp to mount it to any Baby Pin.

For low height suspension (5-6 feet) a standard C-Stand is suitable, as the total weight (listed below) is dispersed over the four stands, however it is important to factor in the lights you’ll be using inside the F2X as well.

For higher suspension, crank or windup stands are preferred as many come with built-in wheels, and easier ability to raise or lower each stand. Popular choices include Matthews Crank-O-Vator, American Roadrunner, and Avenger Super Wind-Up. An additional Junior to Baby pin adapter may be required to mount the Mafer, consult the stand specifications for more details.

With any support setup, it is important to total both the number of lights as well as the weight of the lightbank body alone, to ensure the manufacturer’s recommended maximum load of the stand is not exceeded.

Lightbank and Frame Weight (Without Lights)

F2X
5 x 10′: 74 lb / 33.5 kg
5 x 15′: 112 lb / 50.8 kg
10 x 20′: 148 lb / 67.1 kg
10 x 30′: 225 lb / 102 kg

F2 Modular
10 x 20’: 150 lbs / 65 kg
10 x 30’: 200 lbs / 90 kg
15 x 30’: 300 lbs / 135 kg
15 x 40’: 350 lbs / 160 kg

Categories: F2, F2X

The F2 and F2X feature standard 5/8″ Baby pin mounting points throughout the frame of the lightbank. This allows a wide variety of fixtures, strobe or continuous, to be mounted throughout.

In general, lights with a fully exposed bulb or dome design is ideal for the most even illumination of an F2 or F2X lightbank. Alternatively open faces or wide / broad beam angle fixtures are suitable.

For continuous tungsten, Chimera’s own Triolet system is a perfect solution, offering up to 1,000W per mounting point (varies by size and style of the F2 / F2X), all within a very durable aluminum housing and compatibility with easily sourced Mogul base tungsten bulbs. In fact, we offer the complete line of F2X overhead lightbanks with Triolets included!

For daylight, any HMI fixture that features a fully exposed bulb, such as a K5600 Joker Bug, or the Kobold Bron HMIs.

For strobes, bare bulb / dome style monoblocks or flash heads are ideal.

In setup, we recommend pointing the fixtures up towards the lid of the lightbank body so that they bounce and illuminate the diffusion.

Some caution must be exercised when positioning the lights as some continuous fixtures are not designed to be operated pointing straight down. Check with the fixture manufacturer for complete and safe operation.

Categories: F2, F2X

Chimera’s F2 and F2X overhead lightbanks feature multiple mounting points to attach strobe or continuous fixtures. The silver interior, wrapped around a durable metal frame, reflects the light to illuminate the front screen, while interior baffles help ensure evenness.

The number of mounting points varies by the size and type of the F2 or F2X, listed below. The F2 Modular features more mounting points than the F2X thanks to its heavier duty welded steel frame, and is ideal for permanent installations. The F2X features a breakdown design that allows it to ship via most common carriers, such as FedEx, UPS, and DHL.

F2X
5×10: 2 Mounting Points
5×15: 3 Mounting Points
10×20: 8 Mounting Points
10×30: 12 Mounting Points

F2 Modular
10×20: 16 Mounting Points
10×30: 24 Mounting Points
15×30: 36 Mounting Points
15×40: 48 Mounting Points

Categories: F2, F2X

A popular method of installing an F2 Modular or F2X Overhead lightbank is to suspend it from the ceiling. Because the installation height, as well as the buildings / studios for installation vary widely, Chimera does not offer any officially suggested method or recommendation of doing this, however we do offer a few examples and solutions that our customers have used successfully. We do not endorse any of the methods below but simply offer them as solutions our customers have found.

Both F2X and F2 modular have four 1.25″ ends on each lower corner, that can be clamped to with a variety of clamps, including a Mafer / Super Clamp. Alternatively, slings that slip around these points are also possible.

Suspending the lightbank and using ceiling-mounted electric motor hoists allow for adjustment of the pitch and pivot after being installed. Mechanical pullies have also been utilized as well.

The F2 Modular features comaptibility with optional hanging brackets (part number #4960) which come in a set of 4. Evenly spaced throughout the F2 frame, these brackets feature a steel shackle, suitable for attaching a cable, pulley, or hook to.

A number of purpose-built studio systems from Manfrotto, FOBA, or Hensel have been used by our customers, which we would recommend contacting.

For installation, consulting a structural engineer or contractor is paramount for a qualified assessment of building before hanging any type of load. Listed below is the weight of our F2 Modular and F2X lightbanks with assembled frame, before adding lights.

F2X
5 x 10′: 74 lb / 33.5 kg
5 x 15′: 112 lb / 50.8 kg
10 x 20′: 148 lb / 67.1 kg
10 x 30′: 225 lb / 102 kg

F2 Modular
10 x 20’: 150 lbs / 65 kg
10 x 30’: 200 lbs / 90 kg
15 x 30’: 300 lbs / 135 kg
15 x 40’: 350 lbs / 160 kg

Categories: F2, F2X

STROBE

While the appearance of a Chimera Speed Rings and Lightbanks may be very similar to other brands of products, we cannot guarantee that our speed rings will fit lightbanks from other manufacturers.

While we have heard of folks using other manufacturer’s lightbanks with our speed rings, we definitely do not recommend it; as we’ve also heard of users breaking support poles, tearing seams, and even damaging the speed ring.

If you have questions about using different series’ or types of Chimera lightbanks on a range of speed rings – feel free to contact us any time at info@chimeralighting.com!

Category: STROBE

A: Chimera’s F2X overhead lightbanks are available from a number of rental houses worldwide, however should you not be able to locate one, they are also available for rental directly from us as well.

Available in 5×10, 5×15, 10×20, and 10×30, the F2X overhead lightbanks utilize a durable aluminum frame that breaks down to 60″ padded duffels for ease of transport. They can be shipped via FedEx or UPS from our headquarters in Colorado to nearly anywhere around the world!

These F2X’s come without lights. For more information please feel free to contact us online at info@chimeralighting.com or 9AM-5PM Mountain Standard Time at 303.444.8000 to speak with our customer service team.

Category: F2X

Silver interior lightbanks offer increased efficiency with higher specularity, while the white interior offers maximum soft and even light.

Category: STROBE

Chimera’s F2X can be assembled completely without tools, utilizing durable aluminum tubing. F2X breaks down into 60” padded duffels, meaning that they can easily be shipped via most international and domestic carriers, including FedEx, UPS, and DHL. F2X lightbanks are available in 5×10, 5×15, 10×20, and 10×30 feet.

The F2 features a modular design with a heavy duty welded steel frame. With truss-like components that bolt together the F2 Modulars are designed for permanent install situations. F2 Modulars can support more individual fixtures compared to the F2X, thanks to its beefier frame, and are available in larger sizes: 10×20, 10×30, 15×30, and 15×40 feet.

Because of the size of the F2 Modular components, freight shipping is required, with receiving at a loading dock recommended. The F2 Modulars ship inside a wooden crate, where a forklift is highly recommended for receiving.

Categories: F2, F2X

Pro X Lightbanks feature recessed front screen that is removable, while Pro II lightbanks have a flush, sewn-in front screen.
As a result, Pro X lightbanks with the recessed front have a bit more dramatic falloff or edge transfer and less spill compared to a Pro II lightbank.

While both lightbanks have removable inner baffles, the Pro II front screen is not user-replaceable.
Many users of the Pro X opt to purchase optional diffusion screens for their lightbank, available in 1/2 Grid Cloth Diffusion and 1/4 Grid Cloth Diffusion.

Category: STROBE

Our F2 and F2X Lightbanks feature a number of ways to attach either to stands.

Both feature 1.25” solid aluminum ends on the four lower corners of the lightbank, which fit into a standard Mafer or Super Clamp. Then, simply use the 5/8” Baby Receiver on the clamp to mount it to any Baby Pin.

For low height suspension (5-6 feet) a standard C-Stand is suitable, as the total weight (listed below) is dispersed over the four stands, however it is important to factor in the lights you’ll be using inside the F2X as well.

For higher suspension, crank or windup stands are preferred as many come with built-in wheels, and easier ability to raise or lower each stand. Popular choices include Matthews Crank-O-Vator, American Roadrunner, and Avenger Super Wind-Up. An additional Junior to Baby pin adapter may be required to mount the Mafer, consult the stand specifications for more details.

With any support setup, it is important to total both the number of lights as well as the weight of the lightbank body alone, to ensure the manufacturer’s recommended maximum load of the stand is not exceeded.

Lightbank and Frame Weight (Without Lights)

F2X
5 x 10′: 74 lb / 33.5 kg
5 x 15′: 112 lb / 50.8 kg
10 x 20′: 148 lb / 67.1 kg
10 x 30′: 225 lb / 102 kg

F2 Modular
10 x 20’: 150 lbs / 65 kg
10 x 30’: 200 lbs / 90 kg
15 x 30’: 300 lbs / 135 kg
15 x 40’: 350 lbs / 160 kg

Categories: F2, F2X

The Elinchrom Quadra flash heads feature a different modifier mounting style than traditional Elinchrom bayonet mount. For use with a Chimera, two options are available.

If you’re looking for a lighter weight and durable solution, check out the #2815 Speed Ring for Quadra Heads. This ring uses our durable Polycarbonate 4-pole frame and is compatible with Super Pro X, Super Pro Shallow Pro II, Mini, and Maxi light banks, both rectangular and strip. The light mounts to the ring with a specifically-designed adapter bracket, and requires an additional stand adapter, either 3860 (single tilt axis) or 3865 (dual tilt axis) to mount to a light stand.

if you already own Chimera Speed Rings for EL-mount Elinchrom (part number 2170, 2170AL, 2170OP, 2170QR), Elinchrom produces a Dadra Reflector Adapter (part number EL26342) that allows you to use standard EL-mount modifiers, including our speed rings

To combine a Quadra head with any of our 8-pole rings for the OctaPlus and Octa Beauty light banks, a combination of the Elinchrom Quadra Adapter and our 2170OP is required.

Category: STROBE

The F2 and F2X feature standard 5/8″ Baby pin mounting points throughout the frame of the lightbank. This allows a wide variety of fixtures, strobe or continuous, to be mounted throughout.

In general, lights with a fully exposed bulb or dome design is ideal for the most even illumination of an F2 or F2X lightbank. Alternatively open faces or wide / broad beam angle fixtures are suitable.

For continuous tungsten, Chimera’s own Triolet system is a perfect solution, offering up to 1,000W per mounting point (varies by size and style of the F2 / F2X), all within a very durable aluminum housing and compatibility with easily sourced Mogul base tungsten bulbs. In fact, we offer the complete line of F2X overhead lightbanks with Triolets included!

For daylight, any HMI fixture that features a fully exposed bulb, such as a K5600 Joker Bug, or the Kobold Bron HMIs.

For strobes, bare bulb / dome style monoblocks or flash heads are ideal.

In setup, we recommend pointing the fixtures up towards the lid of the lightbank body so that they bounce and illuminate the diffusion.

Some caution must be exercised when positioning the lights as some continuous fixtures are not designed to be operated pointing straight down. Check with the fixture manufacturer for complete and safe operation.

Categories: F2, F2X

Mini and Maxi banks were built to complement smaller handheld or hot shoe flash units as an on-camera or lightweight lightbank. The size of the Mini and Maxi match the front dimensions of an XXS (12×16 in) and XS (16×22 in) respectively.

For ease of use and quick deployment, Mini and Maxi feature a sewn-in full diffusion front screen (-1.4 stops of light loss), similar to Chimera’s Pro II banks.

To maximize light output, Mini and Maxi banks can be ordered with a silver interior, or white interior for more even light output. Mini and Maxi lightbanks are designed to operate without an inner baffle

Category: STROBE

Due to the size of the Elinchrom EL-style bayonet mount, Chimera Speed Rings actually use a larger sized outer frame than other strobe speed rings.

As a result, this means that some light banks require support poles that are shorter in length to fit the larger sized ring.

When ordering the lightbank, simply let your dealer know that you’ll need the shorter pole option to suit an Elinchrom ring, or contact us to setup a swap. We’re here for you, 9AM-5PM Mountain Standard Time, Monday through Friday at 303.444.8000 or info@chimeralighting.com

Category: STROBE

Chimera’s F2 and F2X overhead lightbanks feature multiple mounting points to attach strobe or continuous fixtures. The silver interior, wrapped around a durable metal frame, reflects the light to illuminate the front screen, while interior baffles help ensure evenness.

The number of mounting points varies by the size and type of the F2 or F2X, listed below. The F2 Modular features more mounting points than the F2X thanks to its heavier duty welded steel frame, and is ideal for permanent installations. The F2X features a breakdown design that allows it to ship via most common carriers, such as FedEx, UPS, and DHL.

F2X
5×10: 2 Mounting Points
5×15: 3 Mounting Points
10×20: 8 Mounting Points
10×30: 12 Mounting Points

F2 Modular
10×20: 16 Mounting Points
10×30: 24 Mounting Points
15×30: 36 Mounting Points
15×40: 48 Mounting Points

Categories: F2, F2X

A popular method of installing an F2 Modular or F2X Overhead lightbank is to suspend it from the ceiling. Because the installation height, as well as the buildings / studios for installation vary widely, Chimera does not offer any officially suggested method or recommendation of doing this, however we do offer a few examples and solutions that our customers have used successfully. We do not endorse any of the methods below but simply offer them as solutions our customers have found.

Both F2X and F2 modular have four 1.25″ ends on each lower corner, that can be clamped to with a variety of clamps, including a Mafer / Super Clamp. Alternatively, slings that slip around these points are also possible.

Suspending the lightbank and using ceiling-mounted electric motor hoists allow for adjustment of the pitch and pivot after being installed. Mechanical pullies have also been utilized as well.

The F2 Modular features comaptibility with optional hanging brackets (part number #4960) which come in a set of 4. Evenly spaced throughout the F2 frame, these brackets feature a steel shackle, suitable for attaching a cable, pulley, or hook to.

A number of purpose-built studio systems from Manfrotto, FOBA, or Hensel have been used by our customers, which we would recommend contacting.

For installation, consulting a structural engineer or contractor is paramount for a qualified assessment of building before hanging any type of load. Listed below is the weight of our F2 Modular and F2X lightbanks with assembled frame, before adding lights.

F2X
5 x 10′: 74 lb / 33.5 kg
5 x 15′: 112 lb / 50.8 kg
10 x 20′: 148 lb / 67.1 kg
10 x 30′: 225 lb / 102 kg

F2 Modular
10 x 20’: 150 lbs / 65 kg
10 x 30’: 200 lbs / 90 kg
15 x 30’: 300 lbs / 135 kg
15 x 40’: 350 lbs / 160 kg

Categories: F2, F2X

Yes! Video Pro lightbanks can easily be used with strobe lighting with our wide range of speed rings to fit most popular flash heads and hot shoe flashes.

By default, a Video Pro lightbank mounted onto a strobe speed ring may be a bit saggier or baggier than normal. This is due to the shorter pole length used on Video Pro banks – but longer poles are available to ensure a properly setup lightbank.

Below is a listing of pole legnths for Video Pro banks, for use with Strobe speed rings*, simply choose the “short” pole length and search the four-digit part number online at chimeralighting.com/shop

Video Pro XXS Standard Pole: 12.5″ (4005)
Video Pro XXS Short Pole: 13″ (4000)

Video Pro XS Standard Pole: 17.5″ (4015)
Video Pro XS Short Pole: 18″ (4010)

Video Pro Small Standard Pole: 24.5″ (4025)
Video Pro Small Short Pole: 25″ (4020)

Video Pro Medium Standard Pole: 36″ (4035)
Video Pro Medium Short Pole: 36.5″ (4030)

Video Pro Large Standard Pole: 53″ (4045)
Video Pro Large Short Pole: 53.5″ (4040)

VIDEO PRO STRIP
Video Pro Strip Small Standard Pole: 24.5″ (4025)
Video Pro Strip Small Short Pole: 25″ (4020)

Video Pro Strip Medium Standard Pole: 36″ (4035)
Video Pro Strip Medium Short Pole: 36.5″ (4030)

Video Pro Strip Large Standard Pole: 53″ (4045)
Video Pro Strip Large Short Pole: 53.5″ (4040)

*Excluding Elinchrom rings 2170, 2170AL, 2170QR, and 2170OP – these use the standard length pole included with Video Pro lightbanks. For more info read: http://chimeralighting.com/for…..-going-on/

Category: STROBE

Yes! Super Pro X, Super Pro Plus, and Super Pro Shallow lightbanks offer compatibility with our range of interchangeable front screens. These are available in 1/2-Grid (-0.7 stops) and 1/4-Grid (-0.4 stops).

The light weight diffusion provides a more focused / less diffused light source, while slightly increasing output as well. We still recommend using the inner baffle of the lightbank to minimize a hot spot from the light.

To find the right screen for your lightbank, check out the Replacement Parts section of the Chimera site, linked below! Simply find which bank you currently own, and the right products should show!

http://chimeralighting.com/sho…..ementParts

If you’re unsure of which lightbank you own, or need further assistance feel free to give us a shout 9AM-5PM MST at 303.444.8000 or anytime at info@chimeralighting.com!

Category: STROBE

Yes! In the majority of cases, Chimera’s strobe speed rings can be converted to use a different light mount should you change strobe systems. Alternatively, if you own a four-pole speed ring, you can upgrade it to an 8-pole for use with our amazing OctaPlus lightbanks or OctaBeauty Collapsible Beauty Dishes.

Some caveats do apply based on which strobe system(s) are factors. Contact our sales and support team for more information at 303.444.8000 M-F 8AM-5PM, or info@chimeralighting.com!

Category: STROBE

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