Cinemáge Acquisition, On-camera LED Lux ratings & New Sales

•March 15, 2011 • Leave a Comment

There’s much to cover today!

If you’ve ever whipped out your light meter to test your on-camera ikan light, executed the strong test from 3, 6, and 10 ft, then I give you some kudos. But, if you’re still shopping and need a breakdown for your color temperatures or trying to get some variety in your shots, this chart might help you see things more clearly (yeah I said it):

All current model on-camera lights from ikan. Bulbs mentioned under “iLED1” are compared against store-bought off-the-shelf bulbs MR16

For simplicity’s sake, lights mentioned above can be found at their corresponding pages, including video demonstrations (at realistic ranges). All current ikan LED Lighting available.

*iLED 120 (it’s new! look here for more upcoming products)


Really, you should know about >> the “Social Media Sale” << happening weekly on twitter and facebook (follow us or friend us to get the special link for super discounts). This week’s sale ends tomorrow at noon (Daylight CST) and a new item will replace it, ranging from many of our product lines. If you’re the international type (outside U.S.) we recommend contacting us directly via our twitter or and we’ll process your order.

Interestingly enough, it spread like wildfire that our FG Follow Focus (ELE-FGK) is on sale at NAB in April.


One more, special thing…

If you’ve stopped by our page already today you probably saw the popup-ad that bombarded you with great news. ikan Corporation has acquired the Cinemáge line of monitors and they’re quite the treat to see with your own eyes. Running an Arri Alexa 3D LUT (look up table, for more info check ebook on using 1d and 3d lut for color correction, and…this one), shooting with an Arri Alexa and a  VX9 also, I was tickled at the ease of focus and clarity of real-world color on a 24″ screen. 12 bit processing you say? I admit, I can’t wait to see the technology migrate fast enough to a new flagship monitor as well. Check the links above for the official Press Release. The monitor I used was this one.

If you’ve got any questions for us feel free to ask: for general information, for media inquiries or for purchase matters.


New Gear Released–Power and Simplicity! ID1000, VL7, VL7-DK

•March 3, 2011 • Leave a Comment
ikan Marketing Department // 3903 Stoney Brook Dr.Houston,TX 77063
Phone 713.272.8822 // Fax 713.995.4994

A Simple On-Camera Solution!

For those in need of a high quality, cost effective entry level high definition monitor, ikan proudly introduces the VL7 HDMI monitor. Equipped with 1 HDMI and 2 composite inputs, ikan’s VL7 will exceed the expectations of even the most demanding users.  This 7” monitor boasts a resolution of 800×480 with switchable 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios. The VL7 is powered by ikan’s provided BP2T DV battery plate for use with your choice of Sony, Canon, or Panasonic style batteries. The new VL7, a complete out-of-the-box self powered HDSLR field monitoring solution… from ikan.

Just the Basics.

If all you need is a single HDMI input monitor solution, the VL7 is for you! Now you can run 1 HDMI or 2 composite connections without the clutter of additional inputs that you don’t need. One simple connection provides a brilliant screen resolution giving you a clear and accurate image representation. And where does the cost of those unneeded connections go? In your pocket! The VL7 is one of the most affordable 7” HD monitors on the market, giving you the ability to stretch your production budget even farther.

VL7 Deluxe Kit Includes:

  • VL7 HD Monitor
  • Hard Case
  • Shoe Mount
  • AC Adapter
  • Composite Cables
  • Choice of DV Battery, Battery Charger & BP2T Battery Plate


1000 Reasons Why…

The ikan ID 1000 gives you all the same great features that have made our ID 500 so popular, plus 500 additional bright, long lasting LED bulbs to light your production. A host of features including integrated wireless control with on/off and dimming functions, 4 switchable banks for increased control, integrated barn doors, included 12v DC power supply and available pro battery options make the ID 1000 a must own LED lighting solution.

Take Control

Every unit comes with an RF remote control giving you command over the light’s power and the ability to regulate each of the four light banks. The ID 1000’s remote operates on three separate channels so three lights can be controlled with the same remote.This one remote will give you a host of features that control up to three individual instruments. These features include:

  • Power On/Off
  • Operation indicator On/Off
  • Four level light intensity adjustment from 25%-100%
  • Dimmable light intensity adjustment from 0%-50%


ID 1000 Three Point Light Kit Includes:

  • 3 x ID 1000 LED Lights
  • 3 x Remote Controls for ID 1000 LED Lights
  • 1 x Padded Bag (Fits 3 ID 1000 Lighting Units)
  • 3 x Light Stands
  • 1 x Light Stand Bag (Fits 3 ID 1000 Light Stands)
  • Necessary Power Cords

For information and images, please visit:

VL7 VL7-DK ID 1000 ID 1000-DK


About Us

ikan is an award-winning designer, manufacturer, and distributor geared to provide total solutions for video professionals. We are a constantly evolving and ever-flexible company that prides itself on its value-conscious products. At ikan, we work closely with our dealers and end users to ensure creation of quality products that enhance film and video productions. Our entire product line, from HDMI & HD/SDI camera monitors to our ELEMENTS™ camera support solutions, LED and fluorescent lighting, our new and improved teleprompter line, productivity software, apparel and set/shooting accessories are all designed with feature-set and price in mind from their inception.

Whether you are in the backyard or in the studio, you can rely on ikan to be by your side. Our unwavering customer support, global reach, knowledge and product variety allow us to keep you in touch with the rapidly growing video technology industry. We believe in providing the globe with an affordable and reliable solution. With each new product, ikan strives to deliver the features you need at the prices you want.

For more information, give us a call or walk into our corporate headquarters based in Houston, TX. You can also visit our official website ( for more product information.  Additionally, connect with us via our Social Media Feeds such as the ikan News Blog (, our Facebook community (, our Vimeo channel ( or follow us on Twitter @ikancorp.

Sales & pricing inquiries:
Marketing materials and press inquiries:
Technical support:
All other inquiries:

ikan’s FG Follow Focus–For the Pro in You

•February 16, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Maybe you’ve had a chance to hear the rumors==the answer is YES! ikan now has a fixed gear Follow Focus for your cinema rig. We are now accepting pre-orders.

Our Press Release, thanks to Brian Upchurch, follows:

Marketing Department
3903 Stoney Brook Dr.
Houston, TX 77063
Phone // 713.272.8822
Fax // 713.995.4994

New Product Announcement: ELE-FGK

Get Focused

Introducing the highest quality geared follow focus in its class. ikan’s FG Follow Focus offers precision machined aluminum construction, light weight design, beveled dry erase marking disk, and is compatible with all ikan Elements kits and/or any 15mm rod-based camera support system. Driven by a 2” diameter control wheel, the FG Follow Focus features low backlash and is compatible with standard film pitch gearing of .8 MOD supported by a 2.3” diameter focus gear. The horizontal adjustment feature accommodates a wide range of DSLR lens diameters and is complimented by a focus mark indicator and lockable focus control.

Reaching Out

The included 17″ FG Follow Focus Whip features vinyl covering and a crank stability grip for smooth control. Utilizing ikan’s compact square connector, the FG Whip provides leverage over distance and smoother focus pulls all around.

Crank It Up

Our 2.3” FG Follow Focus Crank Knob provides rapid focus, allowing you to move from focus mark to focus mark at a high rate of speed.  Fitted with ikan’s compact square connector, The FG Crank Knob offers fast and accurate control.

Get It In Gear

Also in the box is a pair of 2.5” to 4.25” diameter adjustable zip lens gears. Complete with two no scuff, non-slip lens gear liners; your DSLR lens is protected and ready to pull focus.

FG Follow Focus Cine-Kit Includes:

  • FG Follow Focus
  • 17” FG Follow Focus Whip
  • 2.3” FG Follow Focus Crank Knob
  • 2.5” to 4.25” Diameter Adjustable Zip Lens Gears (2)
  • No scuff, Non-slip Lens Gear Liners (2)

For information and images, please visit:


Watch Cinema5D’s Jared Abrams review ikan’s FG Follow Focus Cine-Kit.


For Additional Information, please contact:
Brian Upchurch


Press Release: iLED ONE, iLED 144, iLED 312

•February 2, 2011 • Leave a Comment


New Product Announcement:

Just the One:

Need to keep things simple? Then ikan’s iLED ONE is the on-camera LED light for you. This single, interchangeable bulb LED solution is small, lightweight and durable. Switchable daylight to tungsten bulbs and your choice of a flood or spot light configurations gives you absolute versatility and control.

LED Made Simple

ikan’s iLED ONE comes complete with a tungsten 60 degree flood bulb, shoe mount, and an in-line power switch. Available accessores for the iLED ONE include the AC107 battery plate, BCA107 belt clip and 40 degree to 60 degree daylight or tungsten interchangeable LED bulbs.

All You Need

ikan’s iLED ONE Deluxe Kit comes complete with a tungsten 60 degree flood bulb, shoe mount, soft carrying case, in-line power switch, your choice of AC107 battery plate, DV battery, battery charger and the BCA107 belt clip.


Stack It–iLED 144

For those in need of a small, lightweight on-camera LED solution, the ikan iLED 144 is here. Featuring a bright, wide angle beam pattern, this 144 bulb LED light has you covered. With switchable daylight to tungsten, intensity dimmer and on-board battery indicator, and multiple light stacking options, the iLED 144 gives you unparalleled accuracy and control.


Big and Bright

For those in need of a large, on-camera LED solution, the ikan iLED 312 is your solution. Featuring a bright, wide angle beam pattern, this 312 bulb LED light has you covered. With switchable daylight to tungsten, intensity dimmer and on-board battery indicator, the iLED 312 gives you unparalleled accuracy and control.


New to ikan’s line of professional video accessories is the Soft Lens Bag System.

ikan’s Soft Lens Bag System is designed with you in mind. Stretchable neoprene fabric construction provides reliable protection for lenses up to 2.5” in diameter. The top fold-over closure defends against unwanted dust, dings and scratches to your valuable DSLR lens. Perfect for storage or the shooter on-the-go, the ikan Soft Lens Bag System has you covered.


For information and images, please visit:


iLED ONE Deluxe Kit

iLED 144

iLED 312

Soft Lens Bag System


For Additional Information, please contact:

Brian Upchurch


@tamegoeswild in the Tokyo Marathon

•January 31, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Last week, I had the opportunity to share with you the story of Joseph Tame, tokyo-based englishman freelance social media producer, who will be running this year’s marathon with two ikan RECOILs paired together as a mobile platform for his 4 streaming iPhones.

I had wondered about the GPS tracking of his run (as well as the uses for each phone) but hadn’t been prepared for the answer I received when I dug further: “he is planning to use two iPhones to do video (one facing the road ahead and one facing back at his face), one iPhone to be a live twitter feed and one iPhone to monitor his video on USTREAM or to show his GPS status via the Runkeeper iPhone app.”

On that note, here’s his Runkeeper logs from his user page. This. Guy. Is. Fit. If there is anyone capable of drawing Hello Kitty in the middle of Shinjuku district, it’s him.

It had to happen some time.

Currently, Joseph is still in training for the Marathon (correction: start date Feb 27, 2011) and his friends over at Focal Point are helping him with the massive quantities of batteries needed for the trek. For an idea regarding the tech and time involved in last year’s live stream, check this link out. He got  a LOT of coverage via his deployment method. Not suprising, given the man was “the first person to live stream video from the summit of Mount Fuji during a solar eclipse over a 3G connection. ” Wow.

There he is.

Cute.Joseph, we respect your humor and hunger for change and creativity. Thank you for contributing to the online community in such an interactive way!

To keep following Mr. Tame, check back to our blog periodically. If you’d like to keep abreast with him yourself, his twitter @tamegoeswild and his website Thanks to Focal Point for the tip off–we’ll be sending you banners for your to fly high on his Ustream page soon!



(Photos acquired through and All photos courtesy of their respective owners.)

the Skinny on (Industry) Rod-based Systems

•January 27, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I wanted to share with you a letter from our R&D head regarding industry rods, and concerns i’ve been hearing about on forums and the interwebs alike about inter-compatibility:

“Recently, we had one of our customers call with a predicament: our 15mm rod system accessories were utilized with another manufacturer’s system and a compatibility question arose. Afterward, it got us thinking, so we decided we’d put out a brief entry on the subject for those who might be interested.
There are several key concerns in making a rod system: Tolerances, Allowances, Accuracy and Assurance.
ikan takes into account all of these concerns when manufacturing and selling our Elements line of camera accessories. We take care to follow some fairly common practices when designing our rod systems, and our design specifications are set to ensure the maximum compatibility with the widest range of  products (our own included, of course) from other manufacturers.We work closely with our manufacturing facilities to make sure they adhere to our design specifications and we pay close attention to the tolerance specification for the clamps and rods.  Incorrectly specified tolerances means a product could be manufactured that will not be compatible within a product line or other third party products. We design tolerances to compensate for manufacturing process such as coatings and environmental issues.  Beyond that, our quality assurance process and policies facilitate compatibility and usability in our products.  We also ensure that our manufactures posses the correct tools necessary for the type of precision a rod system requires, which can be an issue in and of itself.
In addition, we maintain multiple copies of the correct tools in-house to double check and measure our products. Before releasing the product to the customer, each production line is checked and re-checked to verify compatibility and adherence to our specifications.  The tools we use are specifically selected to meet the accuracy demands  required to  meet our specifications. Even though correct tools  provide an objective  measurement, the real world is a different matter.  ikan also maintains an ever-growing library of rod systems, clamps and other accessories from various manufacturers for the express purpose of hand-checking our product in-house by our QC department, our product managers, designers and sales/marketing staff to ensure real world compatibility.
As much as we would love to go into more detail on several of these subjects, it would almost be like giving away the recipe for the secret sauce if we did.  Rest assured and purchase with confidence, knowing  that the staff at ikan works hard to ensure maximum compatibility, though we cannot guarantee interchangeability with every single one of the ever increasing number of companies that are going into the business of selling rod-based systems.
As always, we welcome feedback and input from our customer-base should they wish to give us a call at 713-272-8822 to chat further regarding the construction of our systems and the process behind doing so.”

for addtional links and reading, consider this thread on Cinema5D

IKAN RECOIL with iPhone to run the Tokyo Marathon

•January 26, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Here’s something to get you curious. Look at this guy:

i gotta give this guy credit.If, by chance, you don’t know what your first question is, let me give you some more to chew on:

This man’s name is Joseph Tame, and he will be running the Tokyo Marathon from February 24-26th this year. What’s that on him you ask? Those are his four (4) live-streaming iPhones (of which look like the 3GS and 4)  custom-mounted to his two (2) RECOILs (he actually owns them!). What’s better: “The colorful tubes and funny helmet are just for fun. He’s quite a character, originally from the UK.”

They’ll be streaming via Ustream come the beginning of the marathon, so keep your eyes peeled–once we have or know the URL we’ll be sharing it for you here, too. Technically, if you could get some of those GPS’ MAC addresses, you could pinpoint and triangulate his acceleration throughout the entire marathon pretty easily, via methods like this and this . Who knows, they already may be doing just that. The next step is to have one of the iphones double to display health status updates.

I need that helmet.Improved with GPS tracking.

Props to you and your team, sir. I love the creative use for these RECOIL rigs, indeed, and the fun attitude portrayed. Our wills go out to you and we wish you the best of luck in the marathon!

We’ll be checking with these guys soon to see if there are any additions or improvements in the coming weeks. Definitely.