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Difference between sharpy and Robe Pointe

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An excellent opportunity to test ClayPaky Sharpy and Robe Pointe  happened to me recently at ElITA OUVERTURE at the theater Franco Parenti  in Milan from 19 to 22 september 2013.There was many artists including Anna Calvi and De La Soul, as well as many DJ sets with Ellen Allien,Matew Jonson, Prins Thomas and Tim Sweeney.
The set was characterized by a semi-circular mirror designed by Marco Klefish on three levels composed of 11 modules each with 8 adjustable mirrors and 3 central modules each with 4 mirrors.

I had a lighting plot created by Stefano Limone and Gianfranco Saponaro with the following fixture:
12 ClayPaky Sharpy
12 Robe Pointe
8 Robe Robin 600 Led Wash
2 Martin Mac 301 Wash
6 Varilite pc 1200
6 Blinder 4 lamps
2 Etc Zoom
Lighting desk Avolite Pearl Expert

Compared to the design, I decided to concentrate all the fixtures intended for the floor to the back, putting the six pointe in the middle, the eight sharpy on the sides of the DJ console (4 +4) and leaving only the two 301 mac on the two front edges of the stage.

Let us now concentrate on the two important innovations in the festival: Sharpy and Pointe
The first consideration is that we are talking about two different moving heads: Sharpy is considered the pioneer of the mini beam, born to express narrow and powerful beams,  while Pointe was born as a spot able to be a beam in a satisfactory manner.
Movements: Both very fast, with excellent response and accuracy
Gobos: Much more fun and versatile the Pointe gobos (don’t forget that it was born as spot). The “square net” gobo at maximum zoom and with prism inserted, fill the stage with very minimal loss of brightness. As for the sharpy instead, I used only what he does best: circle gobos of various diameters and line. They, too, with prism effect maintained a good brightness
Prism: Pointe also offers 6 facet prism, very useful and nice with rotation effect. The sharpy has only 8 facet prism
Colors: Excellent and good yield in both heads. Good also the cto.
Power consumption: Distinctly ahead Sharpy, which is able to provide huge performance with a 189W lamp and a total absorption of 350VA. This only because of the high-performance lenses

Here the technical comparison:

PropertySHARPYPOINTE (beam mode)
Power Consumption
350VA at 230V 50Hz
470W at 230V 50Hz
Discharge lamp with a short arc burner in a reflector system
Dichroic glass reflector integrated with the lamp
Output Lamp power
189 W
280 W
Light output at 20 meters (65 feet)
59.760 lux (zoom 3.8°)
82,400 lux
(zoom 2.5°)
Diametet at 20mt (65 feet)
1.46 mt
(zoom 3.8°)
0.9 mt
(zoom 2.5°)
Lamp Average life
2000 h
2000 h
0° – 3.8°
2.5° – 10°
Color System
color wheel with 14 colors + open
color wheel with 13 colors + open
gobo wheel with 17 fixed gobos + open
- gobo wheel with 17 fixed gobos + open and 4 beam reducers
- rotating gobo wheel with 9 gobos
8-facet circular rotating prism
- 8 facet circular rotating prism
- 6 facet aligned rotating prism
Pan and Tilt
540° – 250°
450° – 270°
P/T Speed
not indicated but still very fast
DMX Mode
Max DMX Channel
20 in vector mode
30 in mode 3
Minimum distance from illuminated objects
 12mt (39feet)
10mt (33feet)


imag0569Keep in mind what I said before about the different natures of the two machines, although lot of colleagues at first impact (making a big mistake, myself included) tend to define Pointe a copy of the Sharpy.
I must say that in the context in which I have been able to test them, seems that Sharpy and Pointe have been compensated very well.
Sometimes Sharpy passed like lightning through the gobos of Pointe, creating a very special effect and sometimes behaved like twins, then giving the illusion of mutations of the two fixtures when different effects were activated.
Honor to Claypaky for being the first to express this kind of technology. And a compliment to Robe that have been able to reply without trying to imitate.

At last a very important consideration for both: The weight!
The positioning of the body can be done by one person, with great satisfaction of the technicians for nothing nostalgic of the times in which a mobile head was positioned or packed by at least 2 persons


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