Godox is on a roll with the new gear at the moment, with the recent releases of the AD100Pro strobe and SZ150R & SZ200Bi zoomable Bowens mount LED lights. With this one, though, they’re dialling things down a notch with the new Godox CL10. It’s a multicolour LED light designed specifically for streamers, influencers and webcasting. Think accent lighting, rather than key lighting.
Only last month, Godox launched the first in their range of “SZ” zoomable LED lights, the SZ150R. This was also Godox’s first RGB Bowens mount LED. Now, they’ve followed it up, expanding the SZ range with a new SZ200Bi. As the name suggests, it’s a 200W bi-colour LED, offering a colour temperature range of 2800K-6500K with a 97+ CRI and 96+ TLCI.
As with the SZ150R, the SZ200Bi runs on 100-240v AC power, so this isn’t a portable light, and offers multiple control methods including the onboard UI on the back of the light, DMX, the RC-A6 remote or the Godox Light smartphone app.
Godox has launched its new Godox SZ150R LED light. It’s both RGB and bi-colour offering a range from 2800K up to 6500K with high CRI and TLCI ratings of 97 and 96. It has a number of control options, including onboard controls, the RC-R9 remote, a smartphone app as well as DMX control. And, as with most new Godox lights, it comes with a silent mode feature to eliminate fan noise!
And while the fact that this Bowens-mount LED light is both bicolour and RGB is pretty awesome, what’s particularly interesting is that the light on this is zoomable, offering an adjustable beam angle of between 20° and 65°.
Waterproofing (or at least really good weather sealing) seems to have become quite popular with photo and video gear lately, especially when it comes to lights. And particularly small lights that one might occasionally choose to use with their smartphones – given that many new smartphones now are also somewhat waterproof.
Lighting and gimbal accessories manufacturer DigitalFoto has already released one waterproof light tube recently, and now they’ve announced another. Their new Tree Frog RGBWW Pocket LED is an IP67 rated update to their previous pocket-sized RGB LED lights, and offers a couple of other neat extras besides.
Digitalofoto has just announced their new P7RGBPRO and P120 RGB tube LED lights. These bicolour RGB lights offer 36,000 possible RGB colours, with a white balance temperature of 3,000K to 5,700K with a claimed CRI of over 95. And like many other new lights today, you can control a bunch of them at once from an app on your smartphone.
But what makes them special is that they’re IP68 rated. This means that they’re resistant to dirt and dust, but you can also use them underwater to depths down to 1.5 metres for up to half an hour.
Small lights just seem to be popping up more and more lately. We’ve got Lumiee, Litra, Lumecube and a whole bunch of others beginning with “L”, not to mention all the cheap small lights that double as USB power banks over the last year or so. But now we have another one. The BIGSOFTI which, despite its name, isn’t that big at all.
It’s a small light, much like a lot of the others that are on the market, but it comes with a bunch of accessories that let you mount it to a bunch of different devices from your phone or laptop, to a camera’s hotshoe or a 1/4-20″ mount. It’s currently up on Kickstarter, with pledges starting at around $60, but it’s already beaten its goal more than six times over.
Nanlite has announced its newest addition to the PavoTube family; The PavoTube II 6C. It’s a rather modest 25cm long T12 (3.8cm) diameter RGBWW tube light weighing in at only 260g. Behind that modesty, though, is a pretty impressive set of features.
The PavoTube II 6C boasts a CRI of 95 and TLCI of 97, with a variable colour temperature from 2700-7500K and green and magenta adjustments in CCT mode. In HSL mode, you get access to 36,000 possible colours from across the RGB spectrum. The LEDs sit behind a diffusion cover to help create a soft even glow and smoother edged shadows.
LED lighting technology has come very far over the last decade. It’s replaced the more traditional incandescent “hot lights” we used to see in video, movie and photography studios. The Maxima 7 is a new 5600K Chip-on-board (COB) LED light that’s the equivalent of a 1.2K HMI that lets you pretty much recreate the sun on your set.
It’s being developed by a company in Italy, and while there are other 1.2K equivalent LED lights out there on the market, this one wants to separate itself by form factor, light output and versatility. It even has a Bowens mount to let you use softboxes and other modifiers.
Light – the most important thing in photography. Without it, we have nothing but darkness. Some of us like to capture and bend the natural light to our needs. While others love to craft a scene with artificial lights.
If you love adding in your own light then its a nice time to be a photographer. Lights are getting smaller, more complex and often include their own power. Freeing us from wires and bringing more creative freedom.
My second RGB capable LED was the INSSTRO C1, and this is what I’ll talk about today.
Relio first launched in 2015 via Kickstarter. It was one of the first tiny lights on the market and came in a variety of preset white balances with a moderately high CRI plus various colour options. In 2018, it was updated to Relio², with higher CRI and more configuration options for working with multiple lights. Now, they’ve taken it a step further with Relio² 2020 Edition.
Once again, Relio has taken to Kickstarter to fund the project, and it’s over 1,150% funded. It doesn’t have long left to go, though, only a few hours, if you wanted to jump in on it yourself. They promise more portability, practicality and accessories – albeit 3D printed. Which is a little disappointing given the price they’re asking.