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Sprinter Photography Adventure Van by Moonlight, Cineo for Interior Lighting

It was a long day shooting and I got back late. I hesitated to make this shot, wanting to eat and rest, but the full moon presented too good an opportunity.

Note the superb match of the interior color balance to the moonlight: few LED lights can do that. I used the Cineo Matchbox with a 3200°K panel at about 1% output to illuminate the interior of the van; it has a 160° beam spread, perfect. Here it was powered by the optional 12V adapter; just plug into the vehicle socket and it can run a very long time, taking only 13 watts at 100% power.

The Cineo Matchbox and related products maintain color consistency from 1% to 100% with a CRI of 98 and TLCI of 99 for the 3200°K panel. It uses remote phosphor technology, which IMO is far superior to ordinary LED technology, not just for color quality but for the diffuse nature of lighting. At about $459, it is pricey (it was on sale for a while at B&H), but it is incredibly well built and compact for what it does—perfect for a van.

See also Cineo Matchbox and Dracast LED500 vs Daylight in DAP.

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Sprinter Photograph Adventure Van By Moonlight
(no upfitting as yet, maiden voyage)
f11 @ 448.0 sec, ISO 64; 2017-08-07 21:07:16
NIKON D810 + Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

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Peter W writes:

I am very interested in your Sprinter van adventure and have even looked into buying one in the UK.

A few suggestions:

1. The walls look a bit bare - perhaps a couple of your best pix?

2. A home is nothing without an espresso machine but I couldn’t see one - perhaps hidden behind the wall.

3. The acoustics look challenging for any decent hifi system so it might be best to avoid that and use headphones.

4. A small library of classic books for those long wet evenings. I suggest Emile Zola a French writer who revels in hardship. This is a great blog and I am enjoying your adventures very much vicariously of course.

DIGLLOYD: this its maiden voyage—it is basically a metal box with what I hauled to Reno when I bought it.

The walls are bare metal because the best way to do upfitting is to buy the cargo van. Otherwise you have to rip out interior stuff (crew van or passenger van versions). Upfitting will add acoustic and thermal insulation to fill out all those spaces and over that wallboard of some kind covered by a fabric of some kind. The acoustics should then be excellent, though I don’t plan on putting in a HiFi system.

I generally do not drink coffee except opportunistically. As for books, I have many in audio form.

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