Lighting gear Mon, 25 Sep 17 23:20:49 -0600 Lighting gear en-CA F&V Z720S UltraColor Bi-color LED Ring Light Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:12:59 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17835@/talks/discussions image

Ready for Professional Cinema The Z720 was built with the professional cinematographer in mind. Industry standard mounting options will allow the Z720 to be used for productions both big and small.

Unprecedented Color Accuracy

The Z720 utilizes F&V's latest LED technology, the UltraColor LED. A precise coating technique and a meticulous review process ensures that UltraColor LED delivers accurate results every time. In fact, they guarantee it. Their UltraColor LED is rated at a TLCI 95+/-1.

Battery Powered

The Z720 is the perfect companion on the road. The unit can be powered by two, small, NP-F Li-ion batteries. You can even power the unit with one battery and the Z720 will precisely adjust the number of illuminated LEDs to 360.

Precise Control LCD Display An illuminated LCD displays both intensity and CCT. Dial in your perfect settings everytime.

**Unique & Gorgeous Catchlights, Independent Quadrant Control **

The Z720's circuitry is divided into four quadrants. This gives each quadrant independent control over intensity and CCT. Create distinctive catchlights with the press of a button.

Create and Save Your Scenes with Wi-Fi App

The Z720 has a built in Wi-Fi module that allows you to control the light via your cell phone. Not only can you control the light with your phone, but also you can save the exact settings to your phone and recall it any time.

Aputure COB 300d LED Fresnel Light Sat, 29 Jul 2017 02:29:09 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17424@/talks/discussions

FalconEyes Bi-Color LED Panel RX-12TD / RX-18TD Sun, 27 Aug 2017 16:12:30 -0600 peaceonearth 17620@/talks/discussions I purchased one each.

Pro: lightweight, very flexible, good price, bi-color

Cons: 5600K is 5100K only and a tad greenish. Needs a big battery when mobile powered >160W. Even the small 50W RX-12TD, doesn't power at all with less. It seems the controller draws a lot of power. Doesn't hit airline regulations with the big batteries.

Edge Lit Pro LED Light Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:35:32 -0600 shoe_e 17787@/talks/discussions image

I came across the Savage Edge Lit Pro LED Light while on the Fstoppers website and I was intrigued.

I was intrigued because I love these new SMD Ultra-slim LED Panels everyone is releasing. I was intrigued because Joe Edelman really knows his stuff and if he's using something it's usually pretty good. I was really intrigued though, because I had seen it before. It's not the first time we've come across something that has multiple brandings or distributors, like Godox, Flashpoint, Cheeta, Neewer, etc. So when I saw Savage showing this light on their website, listed at $311.99, also at BH and Adorama, I was like "EFFFFFFF NO!" I literally sounded out the letter F to be clear.

Why was I so pissed off you ask? Simply because I had seen this light before and I had seen it long before Savage released it. See I dedicate an hour of my day, early morning to be exact, for R&D. I scour the interwebs searching for new Photo/Video tech just to see what's out there. In the spirit of this forum, I'm always looking for alternatives and cheaper yet equally good solutions. In my searches, I had already come across the Yidoblo LED PE-920II as well as its brother, the LED PD-920II. As far as I can tell, the only difference in these models is that the PE-920II comes with a remote, which is something we'll get to because it's an important note, as you'll see.

Who the heck is Yidoblo you may ask, as I did. Yidoblo is a subsidary of the Foshan Meidike Photographic Equipment CO. LTD, also brand themselves as Dison. If you visit their website, they have sh**load of lighting products, which if you have spent time on ebay, Aliexpress, or any other international marketplace, you may recognize. Some of their products can be found on Amazon as well.

Let's check out the specs on the Meidike site for the Yidoblo LED PE-920II:

2.4G wireless remote control, can control the AE six groups of lights, each group of lights can support 100 lamps; remote control distance of up to 80 meters; power stepless adjustment, the output precision to 100 , the operating data LCD screen intuitive display, easy to operate, Easy to remember to improve work efficiency, can be installed on a tripod / handheld / desktop.

  1. LED patch lamp beads number: 160PCS
  2. the maximum power: 56W
  3. color rendering index CRI : > 95RA
  4. led the average life: 10000H
  5. the maximum number of lumens: 3300LM
  6. color temperature: 3200-5500K
  7. light angle: 120 degrees
  8. power: AC110-240V DC14.5V
  9. the length of 35 * 25 * 1.2CM ; weight 1.35KG

Standard configuration:

  • LED lights
  • the power adapter
  • 2.4G with screen remote control
  • battery buckle, LCD screen

Whether you read the specs over at BH or on Savage's website, it's clear these guys are identical. The only question you may be asking, is maybe Yidoblor ripped off Savage? I don't think that's the case. If you look at the inlcuded photos below, you'll notice that the Yidoblo light comes with a special made Yidbolo remote controller. The Savage also comes with a remote control, but that controller is a knockoff of the remote you find when you buy any Godox remote system. That's right, they may have modified the frequency, but it is the same model.

So why does this matter? Well you can buy the Savage LED for a little over $300, and to their credit, they package it very nicely. At the same time, you can find the Yidoblo scattered over ebay, Aliexpress and Amazon for ~$140-$160.

That's a huge price difference.

Aputure HR672 - High CRI 95 light Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:34:36 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 11076@/talks/discussions image

The color-rendering index (CRI) is a quantitative measure of the ability of a light source to reproduce the colors of
various objects faithfully in comparison with an ideal or natural light source. The stunning revolution in HR672 with CRI95+ ensures what you see is what you get. It is perfect for color-critical applications such as fashion, documentary
and short film in the studio or on location.

Available in our deals at:




Aputure Amaran MX, more powerful alternative of M9 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 02:39:36 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17779@/talks/discussions image

  • Bi-color
  • Much more powerful
  • More sturdy construction
Cheap powerful 60w led fresnel below $199 Sun, 03 Sep 2017 09:03:05 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17664@/talks/discussions Godox 60W CRI 95 light

Light quality is around CAME fresnels, means good.

AC only operation.



Nanguang Fresnel attachment (10-40 degrees)


CAME-TV Boltzen B-30 and F-55w small led fresnels Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:18:30 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15727@/talks/discussions

  • 30W LED emitter
  • Compact
  • Daylight temperature (5600K)
  • 96 CRI for accurate color
  • Stepless dimming control
  • Use Sony NP-F type batteries, up to 1.5 hours. Can use external 12V DC.
  • Metal housing. Fanless design.
  • 2.4GHz wireless control
  • $258 price
Stills and video light Sat, 09 Sep 2017 21:18:04 -0600 webarchitect 17708@/talks/discussions Looking for reasonably affordable lights for both video work and stills. Stills would largely be product photography, video product plus people. Aputure 120d looks promising, their mini20 looks like a maybe. But what would you say? Thanks in advance!

Aputure LS-Mini20 and Tri-8s Lights Sun, 09 Oct 2016 19:20:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15860@/talks/discussions Aputure LS-Mini20 light interview

Aputure Amaran Tri-8s Led Light Interview

Aputure M9 small light Sun, 17 Jul 2016 01:54:23 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15375@/talks/discussions

Filmpower Shinyo Smart Light Sun, 27 Aug 2017 22:29:52 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17622@/talks/discussions image

With the intelligent control system, you can adjust the Shinyo light with a paired watch, supports one-to-many control and working with memory settings. Shinyo P3D is using third-generation LED light guide technology, making the light soft and very uniform. The color rendering of Shinyo is around 96 CRI. Flat panel with built-in 10000mAH lithium battery an work 3.5-6 hours. Or you can use it with external power.

Fotodiox Pro FACTOR Jupiter12 led light Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:47:37 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17584@/talks/discussions image

  • Powerful softlight without the need for diffusion - without the traditional shortcomings (multiple shadows, uncomfortable intensity) of conventional LED panels.
  • The Factor light is ready to go for both photo and video right out of the box - no extra diffusion or accessories to add.
  • AC adapter locks into V Lock battery mount, or attach optional V lock battery optional for totally wireless operation
  • Draws a maximum of 55 watts, so can connect to any household electrical circuit. Durable all-metal construction, ready for studio and location work.
  • Rear backlit LCD displays percentage of light output, color temperature, remaining battery level, and DMX channel information
  • Optional Honeycomb Grid to concentrate light's beam angle to 90 degrees. Also available: Creative Masks for catchlight and reflective effects.
  • Around $529

F&V R300S R-300-S ring led light Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:31:37 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17550@/talks/discussions image

CAME-TV Boltzen F-150W LED Fresnel lights Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:26:03 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17536@/talks/discussions image

  • High CRI (Ra96 manufacturer measurement)
  • Color Temperature 5600K
  • There is 1 LED COB (Chip On Board)
  • Built in fan
  • Barndoor can easily adjust the lighting direction
  • AC Power Adapter included
  • Dimming Knob can adjust the brightness according to users’ need.
  • LCD Display Screen
  • Filter Set includes Soft, Milky-White and Orange filters that can change the color temperature to match an existing setup or create a specific lighting look.
  • Optional Bowens-Mount provides an easy way to mount a softbox and any other studio accessories

Comes with

  • 1x 150w Boltzen Light
  • 1x Removable Barndoors
  • 1x Yoke
  • 1x Power Adapter
  • 1x Soft Filter
  • 1x Milky-White Filter
  • 1x Orange Filter
  • 1x Carry Bag with Shoulder Belt
Aputure Light Storm lights LS 1c 1s 1w, CRI 98 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 21:50:31 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13604@/talks/discussions Small CRI 98 wide light


Larger panel, CRI 98, two options


Aputure COB 120t and 120d Lights Sun, 07 Aug 2016 09:44:29 -0600 MikeLinn 15486@/talks/discussions

SMPTE 2017: DragonImage aka Falcon Eyes RX18 or RX18T Mon, 07 Aug 2017 04:48:16 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17472@/talks/discussions

Light stands Thu, 28 Jun 2012 20:24:07 -0600 kronstadt 3718@/talks/discussions I'm only beginning to build a very basic lighting kit. So I bought myself this 800W Redhead from eBay for £29.80 ( ), but until it arrives I want to buy a cheap light stand for it. And I don't know which one to get? Which light stand mount will work for mounding an 800W Redhead? And which one of these 2 light stands should I buy? This one or this one (first one has a screw at the tip of its mounting knob, and the second one doesn't)

Or would you recommend another light stand for Redhead?

If you have used Redheads before, please reply. Thank you for your advice!

Cine Gear 2017: Litra Led Lights Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:22:52 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17192@/talks/discussions

Sekonic L-858D-U light meter Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:33:22 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16805@/talks/discussions image


Sekonic is proud to announce their ground breaking L-858D-U Speedmaster Light Meter is now available for purchase.

As previewed at last year’s Photokina, the L-858D-U Speedmaster is the combination of Sekonic’s cutting-edge light measurement technology and 60 years of experience in the photographic and filmmaking industries. The meter has undergone significant design changes from previous models and has a feature set sure to meet and exceed the demands of today’s image-making professionals.

The First of Its Kind

The Sekonic L-858D-U Speedmaster is the first fully featured light meter to offer flash duration measurement from 1/40 to 1/55,500 sec. at t0.1 through t0.9, which can be changed in 0.1 steps. A long-held secret of some of the world’s most talented photographers, the key to freezing action consistently is found in being able to measure flash duration. Photographers are now able to do this easily for the first time, demystifying one of photography’s most challenging techniques.

Wireless Freedom

Having pioneered wireless exposure measurement, Sekonic has expanded upon this groundbreaking innovation by creating hot-swappable radio control modules for the L-858D-U Speedmaster. With the PocketWizard module, photographers can easily trigger any PocketWizard wirelessly and control the power of their lights with any Control TL compatible unit. With the combined Elinchrom & Phottix module, Phottix users have Strato II and Ares II triggering capabilities, while Elinchrom users have access to wireless triggering and Skyport’s full range of power-control capabilities.

"The Sekonic L-858D-U Speedmaster has all the touchscreen features I love about my L-478D, with the added benefit of replacing my old spot meter. Now I only have to carry one meter, and have gained a lot of speed and convenience while on set." Timur Civan, Director of Photography

A Low Light Monster

Increased ISO capabilities in today’s cameras have created a need for light meters to increase their ability to measure light in the dimmest of settings. With an additional 3-stops of light sensitivity for incident light, 2-stops of light sensitivity for reflected light (spot), and an ability to capture a reading down to 0.1 lx of illuminance, accurately metering candle-lit scenes or getting the right measurement for long-exposure night photography is now a possibility.

Master High Speed Sync

Like its name implies, the Sekonic L-858D-U Speedmaster is optimized for photographers looking to exceed the maximum sync speed of their camera. For the first time, a light meter can measure the stroboscopic pulses fired from strobes when they are used for High Speed Sync. Finally, photographers now have an accurate way of measuring their lights when they want to overpower the sun or achieve a very shallow depth of field through using HSS.


The L-858D-U Speedmaster is an invaluable tool for image-makers of every kind. A HD Cine Mode for DSLRs and CINE Mode for Motion Picture Cameras gives filmmakers the ability to set the meter to collect the information relevant to the camera being utilized. Users can set frame rates from 1 to 1000 fps and choose to adjust either their shutter speed or change their shutter angle to acquire an accurate reading. Custom frame rates and shutter angles can also be set for an unprecedented amount of versatility. Now, a content creator can accurately measure their light regardless of the camera, or combination of cameras, they are using.

Pricing and Availability:

The Sekonic L-858D-U Speedmaster is now available for purchase at photographic retailers across the United States.

  • Sekonic L-858D-U Speedmaster (Cat# 401-858) - $599
  • RT-EL/PX Elinchrom & Phottix Transmitter Module (Cat# 401-626) - $159.95
  • RT-20PW PocketWizard Transmitter Module (Cat# 401-627) - $159.95

Additional Features:

Full Information Spot Viewfinder

The 1-degree spot meter has a broad reading range from EV 1 to EV 24.4 for ambient light and measures flash down to an amazing f/2.0

Expanded Shutter Speed Range for Ambient Light
Measure ambient light for shutter speeds between 30 min. to 1/64,000s

Expanded Shutter Speed Range for Strobe
Measure strobes for shutter speeds between 30 min. to 1/16,000s

Extended ISO Range
Additional ISO range from ISO 3 to ISO 13,107,200, with ISO 850 for cinema cameras

Filter Compensation Mode
Photographers and filmmakers using high-density ND filters now have a filter factor of up to 12EV. Save up to 30 “favorites,” to instantly know what exposure compensation needs to be considered.

2.7” Color dot-matrix touch screen
Allows users to quickly and easily change settings and read important information Connectivity with MAC/PC DTS Software

Upgrade firmware, apply custom settings, and utilize exposure profiling
All-Weather Design

Dust-proof and Splash proof (JIS Standard Water Resistance Class 4, Splash-Proof Type) for continued reliability and durability on-set, in any location.

For a full list of specs and features please visit

80W Affordable High CRI LED Fresnel Mon, 05 Jun 2017 15:03:04 -0600 konjow 17100@/talks/discussions Found this looks interesting bowel mount possible but not confirmed yet



Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS TTL (in Europe: Godox Wistro AD600) advice please Fri, 02 Jun 2017 01:32:27 -0600 olli66 17080@/talks/discussions I am thinking of buying the Godox AD600 (I live in Germany). For me this is new stuff. I want to buy a beauty dish and softbox as well. My question is which version of the AD600 should I buy? AD600B (Bowens Mount) or AD600 (Godox Mount). I don't understand the differencey (yet) in the different mounts. I will be going for Westcott beauty dishes / softboxes... Thanks for your advice.

NAB 2017: Fotodiox Factor LED Lights Sun, 28 May 2017 14:40:55 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17035@/talks/discussions

Nanguang on camera led lights Fri, 26 May 2017 15:27:26 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17027@/talks/discussions New NanGuang lights are designed for use on DSLRs and camcorders



The NanGuang CNB144 and CNLUX1600C panel lights feature an adjustable angle bracket so the light can be directed higher or lower than the angle of the lens.

Both the NanGuang CNB144 and CNLUX1600C offer a brightness of 1005 LM each at 100% brightness, as well as a stepless dimmer control. You can lock them together with other units of the same type to create a larger light panel.

The CNB144 weighs 225g and comes with a diffuser, as well as a pink filter and 3200K filter. Colour temperature is 5600K. The NanGuang CNB144 price tag is £89.94.

The NanGuang CNLUX1600C price tag is £119.94. This panel is bi-colour, with colour temperature steplessly adjustable from 3200K-5600K. Power output is 9.6W, comes with a supplied diffuser plus pink and blue filters.

Small Fresnel light


The front Fresnel lens can be adjusted via a side-mounted knob to give an angle of beam between 10 to 60 degrees. Another knob gives stepless control of the brightness from 0 to 100%.

The NanGuang CN8F can be mounted on the camera’s hotshoe or tripod. The lower section of the head has a locking knob that enables the user to adjust and direct the light upwards or downwards when in use.

Rotating frame on the front of the lens holds up to three filters of 65 x 70mm. Orange 3200k and blue 6500K filters are included in the kit, as well as a gelatine filter holder, barn doors and a padded carry case.

8 Watt single LED light gives 95 CRI, illumination of 560 LM and a colour temperature of 5600K. Weight is 550g without batteries. Dimensions: 200 x 160 x 85mm. The NanGuang CN8F price tag is £239.94.

Each LED light is battery powered and compatible with Sony NP-FH, NP-FM, NP-F series batteries, Panasonic CGR-D series batteries (adapter plate included), Ni-HM or AA batteries (battery magazine included). You can also power the lights with an AC 100-240V power adapter, it is optional.

NAB 2017: Nanguang LED panels and fresnel lights Tue, 23 May 2017 03:33:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16988@/talks/discussions

LED Fresnels Sat, 25 Aug 2012 21:05:26 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 4373@/talks/discussions Affordable LED "fresnels" appeared




Comes with 3200K - 5500K Dichroic Filter.

They do not have fresnel lens :-) Just fixed one.

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Light meter for video Thu, 15 Sep 2011 02:48:22 -0600 stonebat 946@/talks/discussions

My friend was taking strobist shots without a light meter. It was... like finding a needle in a haystack. Countless number of shots... until he got it right. I wonder if a light meter is useful for speeding up adjusting video lighting.]]>
PixaPro Glowpad 450D Review - nearly my favourite light Thu, 06 Apr 2017 02:42:59 -0600 andyharris 16702@/talks/discussions Hightlights

  • lightweight
  • battery powered
  • Remarkable quality of light
  • draws 5A at 15V (About 75W)
  • £175
  • round catch-lights look natural


  • Control operate in a non linear fashion

My Thoughts

I saw these at the Photography Show and thought they were really good value for money. I bought one on the spot! Having tested it I feel my instincts were right and that it is indeed a very useful light. I'm comparing them against 2 year old £3000 Kino Celeb 200s. This is not so much a comment on the quality of the Kinos, which was amazing at the time, but more an observation that LED Lighting just keeps getting better!

Combo stands direct from China? Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:56:20 -0600 IronFilm 16645@/talks/discussions As I already do sound seriously, I'd like to get into the lucrative career of sound gripping, thus looking at grip gear to get... specifically these combo stands on Aliexpress (sorry, I can't afford anything better on my $10/day rate!). Anybody tried them before, what do they think of them?