True to its name, the broncolor Para is a highly efficient parabolic reflector. It can be used as a single light source or a complete lighting system. In the “Para FB” video segment by Amber Gray and Julian Bernstein, 5 sizes are featured : the Para 170 FB, Para 220 FB, Para 220 Soft FB, Para 330 FB, and Kobold 220. The newest Para 88 is not featured in this video, but is still part of the ever-growing Para family.
The Para 330 is broncolor’s largest Para: it is perfect for lighting and enveloping an entire studio. The 220 FB and 220 soft are large enough to produce consistent light even at distances of 5 to 8 meters. Both the 330 and 220 FB versions can be completely defocused. The Para 170 is one of the smallest Paras, with a slightly more aggressive light.
With 24 segments that make up its parabola, the Para creates a cloud of light that offers consistent illumination. The reflector allows for high light output, focusing with a focus bracket, and adjustment of light angle, which directly influences the character of the light. The importance of this, however, is the amount of time it saves in post-production and retouching. Because it is a significantly flattering light (especially for fashion), skin tones appear beautifully textured and soft.
Aluminum and carbon or fiberglass (for the 170) makes up the composition; it makes the Para incredibly lightweight despite its size. A great advantage of the broncolor Para is that only one person is needed to open up, focus and close the reflector. In this video, Julian and Amber show how to open the Para, install the ringflash and adapter plate (for Kobold HMIs), and how to focus the Para as well.