iFootage Anglerfish SL1 130DNA 130W Daylight LED can be powered from a USB power bank

Jul 10, 2023

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

iFootage Anglerfish SL1 130DNA 130W Daylight LED can be powered from a USB power bank

Jul 10, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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iFootage Anglerfish SL1 130DNA 130W Daylight LED

iFootage, a company more well-known for its camera sliders, has expanded its lighting lineup with the new Anglerfish SL1 130DNA. This daylight-balanced light offers 130 Watts output and features a standard Bowens mount on the front.

It has CRI and TLCI ratings of an impressive 98 and 99, respectively. It also offers four different ways to power it, including V-Mount, NPF, AC adapter or even USB Power Delivery.

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iFootage Anglerfish SL1 130DNA Features

The iFootage Anglerfish SL1 130DNA boasts a nice set of specs in a pretty small package. Photos with its optional pistol grip handle show it to be of a very similar design to the Godox ML60 (buy here) but at a significantly higher output.

There are four different ways to power the SL1 130DNA. There’s an included power brick for plugging into the wall and a USB-PD socket on the back of the unit. You’ve also got the optional pistol grip that allows you to use V-Mount batteries or NPF-style batteries. This gives you a lot of versatility both in the studio and on location.

The USB Power Delivery socket is very handy. It’s great to see this coming to more devices. But with a draw of 140W, this isn’t something your average run-of-the-mill power bank will be able to supply. You’ll need some heavy-duty power banks capable of putting out a lot of power. Something like the Anker 737 (buy here).

Also on the rear, you’ve got the DC power input for the supplied AC adapter, the OLED display and adjustment dials. Naturally, you can also remotely control the light with an app on your smartphone.

On the top are vents for the unit’s “intelligent cooling system”. Coming around to the front, you’ve got your industry-standard Bowens mount. Underneath is a standard mount for a light stand and a locking lever for adjusting the angle.

Light Quality and Photometrics

iFootage wants to have its lights put out as much of the visible spectrum of daylight light as possible. But they don’t just want to put out all the colours. They also want it consistent throughout the spectrum. With as few dips or spikes in different colours across the range as possible. Not all LED lighting manufacturers are this diligent. This has led to the SL1 130DNA boasting ratings of 98 and 99 for CRI and TLCI, respectively.

In a world of Bi-colour, RGBWW, RGBLAC and other new technologies, daylight-only seem to be a little out of favour. It’s nice to see not only another daylight LED being released but one that seems to really emphasise colour accuracy.

Price and Availability

The iFootage Anglerfish SL1 130DNA is expected to become available at the end of this month for around $299. For now, to find out more, visit the iFootage website.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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