Litepanels has expanded its Gemini Hard product line with the addition of the new Gemini 2×1 Hard RGBWW LED panel. Like the Gemini 1×1 Hard, the Gemini 2×1 Hard boasts being the brightest at its size, offering 23,000 lux in daylight mode at a distance of 10ft with a 20° undiffused beam angle. As an RGBWW light, it offers full-colour gamut mixing, with the usual CCT, HSI and XY control modes. The white light mode offers plus/minus green colour correction and has a temperature range of 2700K up to 10000K, and you vet 0.1-100% dimming that’s completely flicker-free at all shutter speeds.
RGBLAC seems to be the new trend these days when it comes to LED lights. Gone is the more usual straight RGB and even the slightly more fancy RGBWW, which mixes RGB with warm and cool white LEDs. RGBLAC combines red, green and blue with lime, amber and cyan to produce even more accurate colours. We saw it recently in the massive Prolycht Orion 675FS and now it’s come to lower powered 60 Watt LEDs, courtesy of Nanlite.
The Nanlite Forza 60C is an RGBLAC LED light with a super wide colour temperature range of 1800K all the way up to 20000K and CRI and TLCI scores of 96 and 95 respectively. Nanlite says the newly developed that it offers a “near daylight spectrum” of colour that simply isn’t possible with RGBWW LED lights.
Prolycht has announced its new Orion 675 FS full-spectrum colour LED spotlight, which it claims is the most powerful colour-tunable spotlight in the world. It uses a six-colour LED “Hyperlight Color” engine that mixes red, green, blue, amber, cyan and lime to create a wide colour gamut that Prolycht says “surpasses traditional RGBW or RGBWW technology” to produce “super accurate and pleasing” skin tones.
Set to 5600K, Prolycht says it’s brighter than a 1200 Watt HMDI and at 3200K it’s equal in output to a massive 5,000 Watt tungsten. When it comes to other LED spots on the market, it says that it’s brighter than a 600W daylight-0nly LED spot and three times brighter than any other manufacturer’s RGBLAC spotlight. Those are some pretty bold claims!
LED tubes have become tremendously popular over the last couple of years. We’ve seen them released by Godox, Nanlite, Digitalfoto and a number of other companies but Aputure seems to have abstained from the party… Until now. The company has now announced the new Aputure Amaran T2C and T4C RGBWW LED tubes along with a pair of 2×1′ (Amaran F21) and 2×2′ (Amaran F22) flexible and bendable LED panels.
There doesn’t appear to be a promo video on the Aputure YouTube channel yet, but they did live stream the launch of the new items. The two tubes come in 20W and 40W varieties for the T2C and T4C respectively and allow you to produce just about any colour you can imagine. They have 46 built-in gel presets as well as 15 lighting effects as well as DMX (through an adapter) and Sidus Link remote control.
Nanlite has announced the new Forza 720 daylight and Forza 720B bicolour LED lights. The former is the most powerful light in the Nanlite arsenal while the latter, they say, is the most powerful bicolour LED light in the world from any company. Both lights are the same in appearance and are rated at 800W, but there are some very slight spec differences between the two – apart from the obvious feature of one of them being bicolour.
Shared features, however, include a standard Bowens mount, making them compatible with Nanlite’s range of modifiers as well as the countless third-party Bowens mount modifiers available today. The yoke mount also features a built-in umbrella holder for even more modifier options. They both offer from 0-100% power in 0.1 increments and they’re both super quiet at only 20dB fan noise.
While Slite’s claim of being “the world’s most portable light for creators” might not be entirely accurate (there are a lot of small portable lights out there for creators these days!), this new LED light currently running on Kickstarter does look rather interesting. It’s an ultrathin panel about the size of a laptop, runs off a Type-C USB power bank, has a magnetic back and offers the full RGB spectrum as well as 96+ CRI/99+ TLCI white LED lights.
At only 14mm thick, these continuous LED panels can fit into very tiny spaces, and thanks to the magnetic back they can easily attach to metallic surfaces. You’ve also got a couple of 1/4-20″ attachment points for sticking it on a traditional light stand or articulating arm. Once up and running, it offers 16 million colours and you can control one or multiple lights easily from a smartphone app.
Today, SmallRig announced their first COB light, the RC120D. This moves the company from being a cages and other mechanical parts manufacturer into the domain of Light Manufacturers. Brands like Aputure, Nanlite, and Godox. It seems that they are aiming right into the “bread and butter” product – the 120W COB LED. They do this with two new lights, the RC120B and RC120D: a bi-color unit and a daylight unit.
Along with the 120-Watt lights, SmallRig also announced a set of modifiers, which probably signals that they are going to build a family of lights in the future. Let’s see how the light performs and is it worth investing in this system vs. getting an Aputure Amaran or a Godox VL light.
First teased in October at the P&I Shanghai International Wedding Photographic Equipment Exhibition, the Godox M600D presents what appears to be Godox stepping up to the plate to take on the likes of Aputure and Nanlite. Well now, it’s been announced. Sort of. Information still seems to be a little patchy, but European Godox distributor, Disnet has just posted a teaser video for it to YouTube.
At 600W, it’s going to be a pretty beasty light and even last month we could see that it used an external control unit and isn’t the all-in-one system of other Godox lights like the FV200 and SL200. It doesn’t look like there’s any word on a price yet, but for comparison, the Nanlite Forta 500 retails for $1,299 and the Aputure Light Storm 600D Pro is $1,890. As well as the video, a few new photos of the light have popped up, too.
Another day, another tube light. And today, we are looking at the Nanlite PavoTube II 30X, a four feet (114cm) tube light. The 30X is an upgraded version of the Nanlite PavoTube 30C. The main difference is support at pixel lever lighting, but there are more improvements like wider CCT range, better build, and Bluetooth support. Hit the jump to read our full review.
At the P&I Shanghai International Wedding Photographic Equipment Exhibition Godox were showing off some new toys, including a powerful 600 Watt Bowens mount LED light with external ballast. The show was actually in July, although the photos from the show seem to have only just come to light.
The images were posted as part of a series to the website Wakwb, which appears to be some kind of blog or social network based in China. Most of the images show the Godox stand and the usual equipment we’re familiar with, but two of them showed a Godox M600D light and what appears to be an M600D-CL ballast and controller.