Review of the Universal Connector by LPB
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One of the first light painting tools I found when I started was the Light Painting Brushes system. Today we gonna review the base element of it, the Universal Connector.
I was lucky to receive some of these as part of my award for winning one of Jason’s Light Painting Contest. I speak from experience when I say that it might be the most practical piece of LP tool out there.
It is a simple, yet great idea. A small piece of rubber tube with a different size on each side. It allows you to connect various light sources, like flashlights, lasers or whatever else you can fit in there, and a light modifier on the other side. The LPB system has a variety of modifiers available like light writers, plexiglass blades, swords and many other which we will cover in the future.
The same connector also allows you to connect self-made modifiers like plastic bottles or again anything that can reflect or allow light to pass through it, that you can fit in there. Also, you can use it as a “snoot” hiding the actual source of light from the camera while illuminating a subject.
Dimensions are about 8 cm long 2,6cm diameter on the small side and 3.8cm diameter on the big side. And here comes the only place I would maybe wish for an improvement. Although the current size is great, I hope maybe for a bigger version of this, able to take larger bezel flashlights and perhaps allowing a bit more light to go to wider modifiers. Don’t get me wrong, I love that thing, and it works great. Just for some particular occasions, I noticed that I would rather have even more light passing through.
Easy to use
Multiple ways and variations of using it.
The only thing I could think of is the size of it, limits to flashlights with a bezel of 3,5 cm diameter.
In conclusion, this is a great piece of tool. Practical, easy to use and durable, it makes a must have for any light painter.
Here is a link to Light Painting Brushes site where you can find it.
Summary A must have piece! Totally awesome!
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Easy of use / Practicality
Value for money