First hands on impressions of the new Litra Torch 2.0

Jan 3, 2019

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

First hands on impressions of the new Litra Torch 2.0

Jan 3, 2019

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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At CES today Litra announced their new light, the Litra Torch 2.0 (Amazon). We were lucky enough to get our hands on one of these lights and made a quick comparison to the original Litra Torch. We did an in-depth durability test to the original Torch and were quite happy. If you are considering the Torch for photography or video, you should consider an upgrade. Here is why:

First, let’s have a look at the specs:

LitraTorch 2.0™ Key Features
  • 90+ CRI / 92 TLCI
  • Up to 800 lumen output
  • 16 LEDs with Precision Optics
  • Waterproof up to 60ft (20m)
  • 35+ mins of run time at max output, 4+ hours on low output
  • 5700K daylight color temperature
  • No hot spots
  • Flicker free
  • 70 degree beam angle
  • 2 industry standard 1/4 20 mounts
  • Built-in magnet
  • MIL-SPEC 810 tested
  • 38mm x 38mm x 42mm (1.5in x 1.5in x 1.65in)
  • 90 grams (3.17 oz.)

So, not much change in terms of brightness, and zero change in form factor, but…..

Color temp is now 5,800 (measured, or 5,700 spec’ed) which for all intents and purposes is close enough for the “standard” 5,600K. And unless you are a stickler for white balance it’s definitely good enough.

The other nice change is the CRI, went from not-so-amazing sub 80 to 90 (by spec) or 93 (by our measurements). Take this and combine it with the 16-LED hot-spot-free design and you have a light that is pretty awesome for video.

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2 responses to “First hands on impressions of the new Litra Torch 2.0”

  1. Patrick Shipstad Avatar
    Patrick Shipstad

    I just ordered the Litra Torch 2.0 yesterday… You have the first review out on it and it sounds great! I hope they’ve addressed some of the issues with heat on the high setting. Their website says V2 has “intelligent thermal management”, so I’m hopeful. I’ve seen/read two reviews of the original Litra almost melting their own filter sets and causing discoloration of the gel right at each of the LED points within 5 minutes while on high power. Nevertheless, the new versions seems super impressive, thanks for another great review :-)

    1. udi tirosh Avatar
      udi tirosh

      Great to hear from you man!. If you liked the previous version, you will die for this one. light is so smooth. (very hard, but also very even). and they fixed the CRI and CCT (and maybe some other three letters acronyms) which were the “bad” things in the previous light.