New F&V LED Ring Light vs 600 LED Panel Comparison

find-price-button R-300 LED Video Ring Light

The moment these new F&V R-300 LED Ring Lights were available to order, I quickly grabbed three of these units to build out a portable travel light kit. Since blogging about my decision to purchase these lights, there has been several questions about how efficient are these lights compared to the larger 600 LED Light Panel. So here's a quick example of the light output and spread from the R-300 in comparison to the popular 600 LED panel. (all tests are with bare LED lights - no diffusers)

Hopefully this video example provides a small idea about how practical these little lights are (for me at least) when used as an off-camera lighting kit. The results from the R-300 LED ring light when compared to the larger (and more expensive) 600 LED Light Panel are similar light output and broad diffusion. Other benefits of the F&V R-300 include smaller size (easier to pack and travel), lighter weight, and the option to battery power with inexpensive common Sony Batteries (as seen here).

These lights have only started to ship about a week ago. I just wanted to note that according to F&V, inventory on these lights are down to a small amount right now and following orders will consume inventory from the shipment next week. The R-300 LED Ring light can be found at the product page (Click Here)

find-price-button R-300 LED Video Ring Light


74 thoughts on “New F&V LED Ring Light vs 600 LED Panel Comparison

  1. I am just wondering how these panels compare to the newer Younguo YN 600 and 900 and the Aperture 600 and 900 bulb light panels. Similar price range. I really like the Younguo units.

  2. stephen

    FYI, 2 of these fit PERFECTLY in the standard $15 alien bees/paul c buff photo strobe case. also the batteries and adapters in the center

  3. Emm

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    @Joseph - Sorry can't remember but the light stand and camera did not move. I just changed the light, so they are all exactly the same distance from backdrop.

  4. GREAT video Emm on the 300 LED light setup. QUESTION: For the white screen test video above, WHAT IS YOUR ISO, F/STOP and Light distance from the screen?

  5. Emm. I think the R-300s are going to be my travel lights. I just got the Linco Flora set for my studio, but I'd really rather not pack CFLs. It's $130 just for 3 Linco bags to carry them.

    Have you tested how long the R-300s last on a nice chunky Sony knock off battery? And I guess you could DYI a grid or wrap some black wrap around them to make sort of a snoot eh?

  6. Emm

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    @Alain Wong - The reverse stands can fit inside a standard carry on. It fits well inside of a Pelican 1510. Here's an image of the reverse stands in the 1510 roller. You can get three stands and three lights in here if you remove some foam.

  7. Alain Wong

    @Emm Do you have a better idea of what size case would be needed?

    "@friscokid – Yes Pelican makes excellent cases, and as soon as my stands come in, i’ll better judge what size case would be needed."

  8. Emm

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    @jens - Yes it was bi-Color. I know it doesn't have the full output as the standard daylight version, but this was only for reference since most people have this light.

  9. jens

    quick question: was the 312 led a bicolour one? in case it was then only half of the led were used. but if not: then the r300 really rocks.

  10. Emm

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    @Leo - If they are in the same price range, I would just go with the F&V. They have a process that checks the quality of each LED bulb, and if it doesn't pass a level of color quality, it is not used. This is the reason why their LEDs have less green cast than the other products.

    If the panel was much cheaper that would be a different story, but at the same price I can vouch for the F&V.

  11. Emm

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    @friscokid - Yes Pelican makes excellent cases, and as soon as my stands come in, i'll better judge what size case would be needed.

  12. friscokid

    Hey Emm,

    Thanks so much for all this info! It's so helpful in researching the overwhelming lighting options. Really.

    I'm thinkin bout 3 of these ring lights for a 3-point interview setup. I'd also prob get the reverse-fold stands you mentioned.

    Any suggestions on cases for transport/storage that'd fit the 3 ring lights, 3 stands, 3 ac adapters and a handful of sony batteries? Rosco has a pretty good case set-up that comes with their litepad kits that's a pelican roller with a few foam layers. Could be one way to go. Thoughts? Thanks!!

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  14. Emm

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    @sluggsy - If you're talking about the F&V ring light, it comes with an L-Bracket that can mount directly to a light stand. If you don't use the L-Bracket, there is a built in 1/4-20 that can connect to the light stand or other items like a hotshoe adapter or friction arm.

  15. sluggsy

    How easy is it to adapt the Studio Package light to go off-camera on to a stand or is this only possible with the Mobile Package?

  16. Nicholas

    Very insightful and helpful video. You've done so much work and research for so long, that I've come to finally decide on what will be my first constant light purchase: the r-300 LED. It is an incredible, useful product for both stills and video.

    Many thanks for your work!

  17. Anyone know how these will look when paired with a Linco CFL Softbox set up? Looking to get more light, wondering if this would be a nice combo event and studio light.

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