DIY Video and Photography Projects

F&V Z180 / Z96 High CRI UltraColor LED Video Lights
March 10, 2014


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Over the last few months F&V has been slowly introducing a new line of UltraColor LED Video lights. From what I understand this will not replace the less expensive models as many of us seem to be getting along with them. Essentially the new UltraColor LED lights are built around existing popular models (z96/z180), but [...]

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UPDATE: Cheesycam Independent LED Video Light Test Project
June 12, 2013


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Remember a short while back I mentioned I was working on a personal project to perform some independent LED Video Light Tests? Well here’s a small update on where this project is at.
The image below (computer screen shot) are various different LED video lights I have laying around shot with exactly the same settings. [...]

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Independent LED Video Light Test Project – Teaser
May 28, 2013


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Ever wonder how your LED light compares to others on the market? 600 LEDs? 1200 LEDs? Adjustable Color Temp? 5600K? CRI? 2200 Lux? Yadda Yadda Yadda… There’s a few dozen LED video lights on the market, but i’m not sure if there are true standards in which they are being tested before the specs are [...]

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New F&V R-300 LED Video Ring Light
November 14, 2012


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If you’re shooting with DSLR Video, you’ve probably heard about the Z96 LED video light. F&V is the company behind the popular light and one exciting product that will be available is the new R-300 LED Video Ring Light. We got a chance to see these up close at the PhotoPlus Expo, and these are [...]

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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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W96 LED Light Updates
September 5, 2011


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If you’re not up to speed, there’s a set of 96 LED lights on the market that didn’t please many users. The seller Tony seemed to be a straight up guy and worked with all the buyers to accommodate any unsatisfied sales, while he worked to address some features. Serge received an early version from [...]

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96 LED Video Lights + Flash
July 24, 2011


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Well, it appears that the ‘Z96 Upgrade’ LED video light might not be an actual upgrade. It’s just another variation of the product. It also seems that the Z96 form factor is such a popular light, there’s even another version that doubles as an external flash called Z-Flash. The flash feature is something Litepanels tried [...]

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A Z96 Clone or Z96 Upgrade? W96 LED Light
July 18, 2011


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Thanks to a tip from Dave here’s something of interest. Still all new to me, but apparently it’s advertising as an ‘upgrade’ to the uber popular Z96 LED Video light. There has been rumor for sometime that there was an upgrade due to a few minor bugs. Mainly flickering at low battery levels and a [...]

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12V DC Battery with 5V USB Port
July 12, 2011


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A while back I posted about some available 12V DC batteries you can use from Ryobi. They’ve been working great and many people have adapted them on Timelapse rigs and motion controlled sliders. Here’s another option. Now I’m fairly weary about posting no name battery packs, so i’ve been testing these for a few weeks [...]

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F&V 7″ LCD 800 x 480 Monitor
April 14, 2011


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F&V. Heard the name before? Probably something you don’t think about, but this is the same company that makes the very popular Z96 LED Video light. Looks like they now have a 7″ 800 x 480 LCD monitor to add to their lineup of DSLR related gear, and calling it the ‘F1′. The 800×480 resolution [...]

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Cheap 500 LED, 1000 LED, and Z96 Lights in Use
April 5, 2011


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Sure there’s a ton of posts on this blog all about cheap gear, but it’s been hard for me to show them in use. (Sorry guys, if you only knew what I do outside of this blog.) But i’m trying harder to do better, and you probably noticed that i’ve been working more closely with [...]

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Z96 Powered from RC Batteries
February 23, 2011


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Remember the batteries I threw together for my Flying Ring Light? Turns out the Z96 uses the same connector as my 352 LED Ring Light. I think i’ll stop by Radio Shack to get an exact part number and size on the fitting that’s being used so that other people can make a DIY battery [...]

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Z96 LED Flicker Test with Sony Battery
February 6, 2011


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Some people have commented about flickering from a Z96 LED video light. This has to do with battery voltage, especially when the batteries run low. I’ve had plenty of success with my Eneloops and haven’t noticed any flickering until they drain out. This time YouTube member Luca throws together a battery and flicker test with [...]

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LED Lighting Dead On.
February 3, 2011


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I can’t believe how much talk is going on just on LED lighting. In any case, just to throw in more confusion, here’s a quick snapshot of what I’m going to put together as my own test. For this, i’ve hired a Jedi Master. Aside from the 500 LED video light panel, these smaller LED [...]

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The Fluorescent Ring Light Review
January 10, 2011


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Curiosity is probably my biggest downfall, and I end up buying and testing tons of random products. Some make it on the blog, some aren’t even worth mentioning. I’m busy getting back into the swing of things after CES set me back, but here’s another interesting product I decided to test out and happy to [...]

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Two Accessories that Rocked
August 16, 2010


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Well i’m sold on the Transcend 400x cards I just received last week. I purchased (4) 32GB cards with next day air because I knew I would need the space. I was only supposed to test these out, but this was a lifesaver, as I ran super low on available [...]

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