The Arri M8 is compatible with high speed shooting thanks to the technology of the EB 575 / 800W ballast that is capable of reaching up to 1000Hz. It has characteristics similar to Fresnel HMI sources, with an adjustable light beam from 14.7º to 16º. The output of the M8 is equivalent to that of a 2000w HMI fresnel but with a much more compact shape.
The Arri M8 has a compact and lightweight design. Its lamp is 800w and the light output is equivalent to the intensity of 2 KW of power. It is the smallest light source in the M series.
Like the rest of the M series devices, it uses the MAX-style reflection system, therefore it does not need lenses. The light beam can be easily concentrated or opened through a roulette wheel located at the back of the head. It has an indicator located on the side that informs where the lamp is and what the projected beam angle is.
At the front of the head, the Arri M8 includes a series of trays where you can attach accessories from the Chimera brand or grids to control light intensity.
It has the new EB 575 / 800W (1,000 Hz) ballast. Arri has improved the system by introducing the 1000hz option which enables high speed recording without flickering of the image. Apart from this, it includes ALF (active line filter), a cable length power loss compensation (CCL) system and built-in DMX with an indicator.
It is easily adjustable and dimmable from 50% to 100%.