LED video lights


The portable and small R-300 LED ring lights from F&V carry about about the same power as a large 1x1 LED panel in a much more travel friendly form factor. Though it can be used on camera as a ring light, it's just as effective when used in a 3 piece lighting kit set on stands.

find-price-button F&V R-300 LED Video Ring Light

If you need a softer more diffused light from the R-300, there is a new Portable Softbox kit available.

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find-price-button Soft Box and Bracket for R-300 LED Ring Light

Product description:
The R-300 Soft Box will allow you to modify your light, creating a larger, soft, single source light. This becomes the perfect solution for interviews, portraits, and product photography. Your imagination is the limit to this tool's application. The soft box also comes packaged with a velcro honey comb which allows you to focus the light's beam and reduce spill.

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find-price-button Soft Box and Bracket for R-300 LED Ring Light

The R-300 Soft Box is made from a thick, high-quality nylon. Four large flaps in the back make it easy to install the soft box rods and R-300 w/ Bracket. A designated notch in one of the flaps makes accessing your R-300's dimmer knob easy.

The R-300 mounts to a matte-black, aluminum bracket system which functions as the soft box's speed ring. On this bracket are four receptacles that hold the soft box rods. The bracket has a 5/8'' stud that allows you to mount the soft box system using a c-stand or universal holder. The center of this 5/8'' stud is hollow which allows you to mount a translucent or reflective umbrella to the unit.

For more information about the Softbox and Bracket kit for the R-300 LED Ring light visit the F&V website (click here).

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find-price-button Soft Box and Bracket for R-300 LED Ring Light


For those who are still shopping for a set of affordable LED video light panels, here is a closer look at the F&V K4000/ K4000s Bi-Color LED Studio Panel 3 Light Kit.

The K4000/K4000s LED Lights can be powered by V-mount battery, 3.5mm DC input, or by a more robust V-mount to AC wall adapter. The filters are offset to eliminate multi-shadow effects typically found on panels that use multi-led bulb arrays. Sold separately these lights run up to $500/each, but as a 3 piece kit (which includes a travel case) these lights end up running as low as $330/each (found here). If you want to get a few more ideas on how professionals are using these lights, take a look at the F&V Video Gallery page (found here).

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I've been researching various Light Meters capable of measuring LED or other artificial lights. We're not talking about your basic exposure type light meter, we're talking about ones that can read Spectrum, CRI, LUX, etc. In hand, they are simple tools to operate, but yet everything on the market is still quite expensive. I poked around for suggestions, and for under $2,000 bucks many kept referring me to the UPRtek MK350 UPRtek MK350. Here's a quick video showing the basic features of the UPRtek MK350 LED Spectrometer.

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find-price-button UPRTek MK350 LED Spectrometer

At CineGear, I was able to stop by one booth where Asensetek Lighting Passport iPhone Light MeterAsensetek was showcasing their new Lighting Passport Spectrometer. (They were also showcasing this meter at NAB2013). Check out some of the features you can do with this Spectrometer.

Specifically designed to measure LED or Artificial lights, and supposedly with more accuracy than the MK350. I love the convenience of being able to separate the lumisphere and having controls via Bluetooth. This saves so much time going back and forth from the measuring point back to the lights, making adjustments, and then walking back again to take another measurement.


At the Asensetek booth, they had mentioned they have been working with light measuring tools for over 7 years, and claim to be the most accurate LED meter in the world. Big words, but all I really care about at this point is being more accurate than the MK350 (or equal). The UPRtek software and features really seem outdated when compared to the controls you have with the Asensetek iOS Genius application. With an iOS device (iPad, iPhone, iPod) you can even share the data instantly via email or upload them. Besides all the basic measuring scopes, you can even store pictures of your set so you know exactly how your lighting was set up in case you ever have to reshoot.

Here's another video from their website showcasing the features of the Asensetek Lighting Passport

Being that the Asensetek is cheaper and offers a more full featured Spectrometer, this seems like a no brainer for me. The workflow with the Asensetek Lighting Passport with their Genius Software is just brilliant. I don't know how many of you have a need for such a tool, but you can find more information about the Asensetek Lighting Passport, you can contact them at their website (found here), or contact their distributor website http://alliedscientificpro.com/.

Or message them via their Facebook page (here).
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find-price-button Asensetek LED Spectrometer Light Meter for iPhone iPad iPod


Here's something fun I was playing with earlier, which could be of interest to those who travel with small cameras but want a little more out of them. In this setup, i'm adding a Raynox Ultra Macro Adapter to the RX100 Mark II. Since this version has a hot shoe, why not throw on a Macro LED light? Here's the results from my setup.

This is the closest the Sony RX100 Mark II can focus on a US Quarter.

Here's how close I can focus with the Raynox Macro Adapter.

Now i've tried a variety of other Macro filters (diopters), and various techniques, these Raynox Adapters I feel have the best quality smallest, and simplest setup. FYI, In order to use this Raynox adapter it needs to attach to a 'zoom' lens with a threaded filter. You need to zoom into the adapter to get the macro effect.

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find-price-button Raynox Super Macro Lens Adapter

The Sony RX100 does not offer a threaded filter, so to mount the Raynox you would need to grab the PNC MagFilter. The MagFilter can be used on virtually any point-n-shoot camera that lacks filter threads. A very thin metal ring adheres to the camera's lens and a special Magnetic Filter Holder quickly snaps in place. The design keeps your compact camera 'compact' as it should be. Not only handy for this Macro adapter, but to also add CPL, ND, or other creative filters.

find-price-button PNCGear MagFilter System 52mm, 5mm, 58mm Threaded Adapter

The camera is literally on top of the quarter so it blocks light, plus it's a good idea to stop down your aperture in macro mode. Adding an LED Macro light helps shed light on the subject. It's a bit spotty, but i'm using this super cheap flexible LED Macro light (found here).

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find-price-button Flexible Shoe Mount LED Macro Light


Today Dracast is giving away a free LED 160 ON CAMERA VIDEO LIGHT- DAYLIGHT 5600K. You can register for this product giveaway on the Swivex website (Click Here).

Product Overview
The Dracast LED160 is a compact, high-powered, battery operated camera-mountable lighting fixture for indoor and outdoor shooting. Continuous lighting is becoming a favored option among photographers and video professionals, and the LED160 is an ideal solution.

Dracast designs, engineers and manufactures its LED lights to the highest industry standards. The LED 160 is crafted with a sturdy, yet lightweight injection molded plastic chassis and the LED bulbs are rated for 30,000 - 50,000 hours. The LED160 is equipped with full dimming controls and comes in Daylight 5600k, Tungsten 3200k, and Bi-Color 5600k - 3200k white balance.

More Specifications:
LED Quantity: 160 pieces
Input: DC 7.2-8.4V
Maximum Power: 9.6 Watt
Color Temperature: 5600K
Luminous flux: 660lm
Runtime: 2-4hours
Illumination: 900Lux (1m), 240Lux (2m), 120Lux (3m), 70Lux (4m), 40Lux (5m)
Effective distance: 6m/20ft
Average Service Life: 50000 hours
Product size: 6*4*2in
Product weight: 0.5 lbs.

Video Overview

Find additional photos, technical information, and pricing by visiting Dracast.com, or Register to qualify for a chance to win this Product Giveaway by following the link (click here).



Getting started with V-Mount batteries is not a cheap investment. Even the cheapest V-Mount Battery + Charger Kit can easily run you well over $300+ Dollars. If you're looking to power up camera gear with a V-Mount battery, here's a closer look at a more affordable option using this adapter that can accept two common Sony L Series (NP-F) type batteries.

The V-mount adapter runs two 7.4V batteries in series to output between 13V-16V, and also has a d-tap connector if you plan to run a cable to power up optional accessories. The v-mount battery plate can be found via ebay (seen here).

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find-price-button V-Mount Battery Adapter for Sony L Series NP-F Batteries

In order to use these adapters properly and to get the best results, you should be using two exact batteries. Although you can find many aftermarket Sony L Series batteries for cheap, they will often come in different sizes, capacities, and ratings. I suggest buying them in pairs and labeling them together. Check out some of the Sony L Series Batteries via Amazon (found here).

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find-price-button Sony L Series NP-F550, NP-F750, NP-F960, NP-F570, NP-F770, NP-F970


Based off of the same body that can be powered off a single Sony NP-F style camcorder battery, the 312 / 508 / 876 LED Video Lights can offer truly 'off-the-grid' shooting using some of the cheapest rechargeable batteries available.

I recently received the 876 LED Video light to test out, so I thought i'd put them side to side against the smaller siblings. You can see how much brighter and how much more diffusion is available as we get to the larger panels, but also a noticeable shift in color bias. If you're trying to mix these lights with other LED panels or ambient light, then these tests will show you how they perform.

Here's a snapshot along with specs from an LED Meter.

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508 LED Video Light 7ft

876 LED Video Light

The images above showed the light 7 feet away from the wall. These readings (below) were taken just 3ft away from the light. (note: The 312 is a bi-color version, so it will have less output than a 312 full daylight version). Click Light Meter image for larger view.

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876 LED Light


Have you ever tried adding a snoot to your LED Video Light to obtain a nice spot? This might work to prevent spill, but it doesn't truly refocus the light output or improve throw distance. You can find plenty of halogen style lights, but the best thing about LED Lighting is low power consumption, low heat, and typically has the option to run on batteries for remote location use. Unless you want to lug around a huge light (like these), choices are limited when trying to find a good LED spotlight in a small form factor.

These KOLL Solari LED Lights on the other hand use an interesting fresnel lens filter that not only creates various sized spotlights, but actually refocuses the full light output making the spotlight brighter and allowing for further throw.

Three separate filter trays on the KOLL Solari are only a few millimeters apart, but can drastically change the size of the spotlight effect depending which slot you choose. The concentration of power into a single spotlight definitely works on these lights. Now i'm more curious to see what the L15 Spotlight (more than 3x brighter) would look like compared to this L3. Maybe i'll get a chance to test this in the near future.

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Koll Solari L3 LED Video Light Samples

Starting at around $350 dollars, these lights are pretty pricey, but while basic Barn Doors on LED lights won't offer more than a simple light blocking, these Solari lights truly focus light output and improve throw in a portable compact design. The Solari uses high power LED bulbs and are available in an L3 LED Light (seen in video) Illuminance: 720 lx, L5 LED Light Illuminance: 1630 lx, and an L15 LED Light lluminance: 2300 lx.

More info and technical specs about the KOLL Solari On-Camera Spot Flood LED Video Lights can be found at the F&V website (Click Here)

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find-price-button Koll Solari L3 L5 L15 On-Camera LED Video Lights


The Aputure LED Video lights come in three different models. The AL-528W is an all daylight color temp rated at 5500K and throws a 75 degree beam angle.The AL-528S is an all daylight color temp rated at 5500K but throws only at a 25 degree beam angle (spotlight type effect). The AL-528C throws at the 75 degree beam angle, but can adjust color between 3200K-5500K using two sets of different color LED bulbs. You can check out an earlier article I posted about these lights (found here).

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In today's sponsored product giveaway, Aputure is providing an Amaran AL-528w LED Video Light. For details on how to register for this FREE Product Giveaway , check out the listing (found here).

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Product Giveaway - Aputure Amaran AL-528W LED Video Light Panels