Assembly and Usage:
Making it as simple as possible for you.
At Chimera, we know how important it is for you to be able to set up,
use and break down your equipment quickly and easily—whether you’re in
the studio or on location. That’s why we’ve designed our complete line
of Chimera products and accessories with simplicity in mind.
Rectangular Lightbank Setup
- Insert the Poles into Sleeves. Match the size of
the end of the poles to the holes in the pole blocks of yo ur Speed
Ring. Then insert the opposite end of each pole into the pole sleeve
openings at the rear of each corner of your Lightbank. Grasp the pole
sleeve to keep it straight as you slide the pole fully through the
sleeve to the end. Note: Some poles have identical sized ends so it does
not matter which end of the pole goes into the sleeve. Other poles have
different sized ends and it is important to match them for size to the
Speed Ring pole block holes.
- Insert the Optional Diffusion Baffle Inside the Lightbank.Attach
the diffusion baffle to the Velcro™ tabs located next to the pole
sleeves inside the Lightbank a few inches from the front opening. Tabs
will align properly if CHIMERA label on baffle is facing the front of
- Mount the Lightbank on Speed Ring. Determine which
direction the Lightbank will be oriented, horizontally or vertically, in
relation to the light fixture, subject, etc., (Rotating Rings may be
mounted either way of course). If you are using a patented CHIMERA Quick Release™ ring, make sure the pole blocks are in the locked position.Begin
with the poles at the top for the top of the ring. Insert the poles,
one at a time, into the holes at the corners of the Speed Ring. Make
sure the poles are fully inserted into the holes. Poles will become
increasingly stiff as you move from one pole to the next. Flex poles as
necessary so they slip into holes easier. Gripping the pole diagonally
opposite from the pole you are inserting will provide extra leverage.
- Installing Front Screen ("PLUS" and "PLUS ONE" BANKS ONLY). Make sure the, CHIMERA label is facing towards the front of the
Lightbank. Attach the screen to the Lightbank by aligning the back edge
of the Velcro® hook strip on the front screen with the back edge of the
Velcro® loop strip on the Lightbank. When installed properly, part of
the Lightbank’s loop strip is visible in the Lightbank’s recess, just to
the front of the front screen.
Lightbank Take Down
- Cooling. Provide adequate ventilation for your
equipment. Use the lighting instrument’s internal cooling fan if
available. When using continuous light sources, keep the top flap open
as much as possible. Use upper and lower vents to cool Quartz and
Daylight Banks. Always allow the Lightbank to cool before disassembling
and placing in storage.
- Removing the Lightbank from the Speed Ring. If the
light is mounted on light stand, start with bottom poles, otherwise,
start with any pole. Bend pole slightly towards the rear of the
Lightbank to make it easier to slide the pole end out of the hole. Align
the pole end with the hole axis and slide pole out using thumb pressure
against Speed Ring. Gripping the pole diagonally opposite the pole you
are removing will provide extra leverage. If you are using a
patented CHIMERA Quick Release™ ring, simply release the locking levers
to release to poles tension and then slide the poles from the mounting
- Folding and Storage. Leave the poles in Lightbank
but remove the optional diffusion baffle and front screen. Crease the
short sides of the Lightbank and flatten. Fold the Light bank in half
once then roll up and slide into the storage sack. Never store a damp or wet Lightbank.