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Cyber Monday LED2000 Bi-Color Special – Dracast
December 1, 2014


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For Cyber Monday: Save 65% on LED2000 Bi-Color Classic Series lights. This special ends once our stock is gone, and quantities are very limited. You can order here on the website or call our office at (408) 229-9222.
The LED2000 is a high-output, energy efficient, portable LED fixture. With power consumption of [...]

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New ePhoto R-640 LED Video 18 Inch Ring Light
August 8, 2014


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For those familiar with the 18″ CFL Ring Light (especially those of you who have used it in production), you’ll get a kick out this recent product. This new ePhoto R-640 LED Light takes the familiar form factor of the 18″ CFL but replaces it with 640 High CRI LED Bulbs.

While I’m a big fan [...]

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Dracast 160 LED Video Light – Product Giveaway
December 11, 2013


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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).
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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 [...]

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Powering CN-600/CN-900 LED Video Lights with Sony BP-U30 / BP-U60 Adapter
November 14, 2013


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Make those large LED Video Light Panels more portable by running them off of batteries. Here’s a random little video showing you how to power up those CN-600 / CN-900 LED Video Lights using the 14V Sony BP-U30/U60 batteries. It’s not the cheapest solution, but compared to other batteries available, it’s not too shabby.

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312 / 508 / 876 LED Video Light Overview
November 12, 2013


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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 [...]

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2013 DVExpo – Dracast, Alzo, BeachTek, & Redrock Micro
October 3, 2013


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About a week ago, I was in LA and decided to stop by the 2013 DVExpo show. I only hung out for a few hours and had just enough time to chat with a handful of vendors, and here’s a couple of videos from the show.

Dracast LED Lighting
First up is Rodney from Dracast showcasing a [...]

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1000w Fresnel LED Product Overview
November 14, 2012


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Mike Peterson writes in and shares his opinion on those new LED video lights that are being sold online as 1000w LED Fresnels. So far there really hasn’t been much complaint over the actual build quality, as they are using the same aluminum housings as the ‘As Arri’ light kits (seen here) with a high [...]

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iPhone LED Ring Light on Phocus Case
October 31, 2012


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Phocus (previously known as OWLE) sent over this case for me and I thought it would be a fun product to share since (especially as of late) I receive emails about various iPhone Video Rigs. The Phocus is a case for the iPhone 4/4s that allows you to add 1/4-20 accessories and a single hot [...]

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Trending Gear: LED Fresnel Lighting
October 15, 2012


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Jesse writes in and shares some new LED Video lights in the form of Fresnels [Thanks Jesse]. One unit looks to be using the ‘As Arri’ style housing. To be more accurate, one of these units do not provide an actual fresnel lens, so it would be considered more of an LED spotlight. Both units [...]

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Odd Little Video Lights
September 5, 2012


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Here’s a couple of unusual lights for video. The first is this new CN-126B Flat LED Ring Light. The design allows you to mount over your shotgun microphone, or on the camera hotshoe with the included mount.

CN-126B Round LED Video Light
Mounting the LED light over a shotgun microphone is pretty much a copy [...]

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Triple Flash or LED Light Shoe Mount Bracket
August 16, 2012


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These little triple cold shoe adapters mount to standard 1/4-20 threaded studs to be used on most light stands. Normally used for photography to hold three flashes, for Video you can also use them to mount three on-camera type LED video lights to make one larger light source. Great accessory for the traveler who can’t [...]

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Cineroid L2C-3K Daylight Tungsten On-Camera LED Video Light
January 25, 2012


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The good folks over at EVSOnline gives you a peek at Cineroid’s L2C-3K LED Video light. Instead of providing two different LEDs which normally cuts your output in half, they decided to provide options for swapping out ALL of the LEDs. Of course this means you can’t dial in mixed temperatures. It definitely looks like [...]

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Z96 vs W12 LED Video Lights
December 21, 2011


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Sorry it took me a while to run these little tests, but i’m in between some big projects right now. Here’s an update on testing the W12 LED video light with High Power LED bulbs, compared to the Z96. If you’re not up to speed, we are comparing the two because they share basically the [...]

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Z96 next to W12 LED Video Light
December 16, 2011


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The Z96 next to the latest W12. If you don’t know the story, the W12 is pretty much an exact form factor replica of the Z96 except they’ve replaced the LED lights with high power ones.

I snapped these images before walking out of the studio last night. I’ll be in later to snap some [...]

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Latest 12 High Power LED Video Light
November 27, 2011


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Interesting development on the makers of the W96 LED light. They’ve taken all the features of the popular Z96, and then replaced the bulbs with 12 high power LEDs. The bulbs are different, but it still accepts the same battery types from Sony to (5) AA. The housing has a rubberized coating, dimmable with snap [...]

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Latest – 209AS Bi-Color LED Video Light
September 12, 2011


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This new 209 LED video light is the smaller version of the popular 312 LED video light, but slightly larger than the smallest 144 Bi-Color LED Video Light. It’s definitely a welcome size for those who feel the 144 too small and the 312 too big. In fact I ended up purchasing several of the [...]

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