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Kino Flo Celeb 200 LED Buy From B&H Rent From LensProToGo Mfr. Site

Comments: Kino Flo’s amazing variable color LED is an amazing piece of technology. Change color temperature on the fly with programmed presets from 2700K to 5500K, or dial it in manually if you need an in-betweenie. Advanced circuitry ensures that there is no light output change while changing color temperature. This light is definitely powerful, using only 100 Watts to produce 750 Watts of equivalent tungsten power. We include Kino’s barn doors, grid, and gel holder if you need additional color balancing.

Description: Kino Flo’s amazing variable color LED is an amazing piece of technology. Change color temperature on the fly with programmed presets from 2700K to 5500K, or dial it in manually if you need an in-betweenie. Advanced circuitry ensures that there is no light output change while changing color temperature. This light is definitely powerful, using only 100 Watts to produce 750 Watts of equivalent tungsten power. We include Kino’s barn doors, grid, and gel holder if you need additional color balancing.

Fiilex P360EX LED Buy From B&H Rent From LensProToGo Mfr. Site

Comments: Fiilex P360EX 400w LED lights feature variable color temperature between 3000K and 5600K in an easy to use, small light. With a CRI of 92, these lights give you amazing quality of light with the full spectrum of color, no spikes!

Description: Fiilex P360EX 400w LED lights feature variable color temperature between 3000K and 5600K in an easy to use, small light. With a CRI of 92, these lights give you amazing quality of light with the full spectrum of color, no spikes!

Fiilex Q500 750W LED Buy From B&H Rent From LensProToGo Mfr. Site

Comments: Fiilex Q500 Kit gives you a 750-watt equivalent LED light with variable color temperature between 2700K and 6500K in an easy to use package. The high-powered single LED light gives you total control over color temperature AND tint. With a CRI of >93, this thing gives you amazing quality of light with the full spectrum of color, no spikes! The Q500 is DMX compatible so you can control it externally, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Description: Fiilex Q500 Kit gives you a 750-watt equivalent LED light with variable color temperature between 2700K and 6500K in an easy to use package. The high-powered single LED light gives you total control over color temperature AND tint. With a CRI of >93, this thing gives you amazing quality of light with the full spectrum of color, no spikes! The Q500 is DMX compatible so you can control it externally, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Fiilex Q1000 2000W LED Buy From B&H Rent From LensProToGo Mfr. Site

Comments: Fiilex Q1000 Kit 2000W LED Light w Softbox & 8″ Fresnel gives you a 1500-2000-watt equivalent LED light with variable color temperature between 2800K and 6500K in an easy to use package. The high-powered single LED light gives you total control over color temperature AND tint with a draw of only 340W. With a CRI of >96, this thing gives you amazing quality of light with the full spectrum of color, no spikes! The Q1000 is DMX compatible so you can control it externally, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Description: Fiilex Q1000 Kit 2000W LED Light w Softbox & 8″ Fresnel gives you a 1500-2000-watt equivalent LED light with variable color temperature between 2800K and 6500K in an easy to use package. The high-powered single LED light gives you total control over color temperature AND tint with a draw of only 340W. With a CRI of >96, this thing gives you amazing quality of light with the full spectrum of color, no spikes! The Q1000 is DMX compatible so you can control it externally, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Area 48 LED   Mfr. Site

Comments:  This is the best "small" light I’ve ever used.   The light quality is simply phenomenal and the power is intense – most experience gaffers can’t believe how much light this little unit puts out, and the fact that it can work off an Anton Bauer or IDX battery makes it that much more versatile.  For more information read the following full review and / or watch the video below to see with your own eyes…


Description (from BBS): The AREA-48 LED HD-friendly 97 CRI soft light output is comparable to a 1K traditional soft light and represents the next-generation in lighting technology for studio and location work. BBS’s new integrated LED technology moves the phosphor away from the LED itself, thereby greatly improving color rendering, consistency, and light output. The system’s color rendering accuracy is up to 97 CRI with multiple power options including an integrated battery or standard AC power. Moreover, the phosphor panels themselves are interchangeable, allowing you to quickly change the fixture from Daylight to Tungsten, to Chroma-Green, all in a matter of seconds.

Lighting Force V   Mfr. Site

Comments: My favorite lighthing tool – definitely a bit fancy for most, but this is the way to create realistic window light and to make a room glow, even on a set – and make people believe sunlight is coming through the window.  And that’s just scratching the surface in terms of what this light can do –read a review here.

 

Description (from BBS):The Force V LED from BBS Lighting is the most powerful LED ’FORCE’ ever. A complete LED Retrofit Kit for third party optics that sets new standards for white light LED with up to CRI 94 with very low power consumption.

Bowens Limlite Mosaic Bi-Color LED Panel Buy From B&H Rent From LensProToGo Mfr. Site

Comments: Manufactured by Bowens, this new LED panel is our favorite! It features stronger output over the LitePanels 1×1 in the same size. It has a dual color output so you can balance between daylight (5600K), tungsten (2800K), and anywhere in between. A digital display on the back means you can get repeatable results without having to tape down a dial. It runs on either AC power or can be connected to Anton Bauer batteries with the included plate for a truly run and gun lighting solution! At full power, the LimeLite runs for about 3 hours on a single Anton Bauer Battery and about 4.5 hours on a Vagabond Lithium Extreme Battery Pack.

Description: Manufactured by Bowens, this new LED panel is our favorite! It features stronger output over the LitePanels 1×1 in the same size. It has a dual color output so you can balance between daylight (5600K), tungsten (2800K), and anywhere in between. A digital display on the back means you can get repeatable results without having to tape down a dial. It runs on either AC power or can be connected to Anton Bauer batteries with the included plate for a truly run and gun lighting solution! At full power, the LimeLite runs for about 3 hours on a single Anton Bauer Battery and about 4.5 hours on a Vagabond Lithium Extreme Battery Pack.

Litepanels 1X1 Daylight LED Buy From B&H Rent From LensProToGo Mfr. Site

Comments: The LitePanels 1×1 LED Mono Flood light is a 12″x12″ 5600K (Daylight) balanced LED fixture. LitePanels LED lighting is renowned for incredibly soft & even light distribution. The light panel is fully dimmable with no color shift and can be powered via 110-240v AC with only 37 watts of draw at full output. A great benefit of LED lighting is small size and weight. Plus the cool operating temperature allows you to keep your talent comfortable & strike a set without the normal cool down period associated with ‘hot’ light sources.

Description: The LitePanels 1×1 LED Mono Flood light is a 12″x12″ 5600K (Daylight) balanced LED fixture. LitePanels LED lighting is renowned for incredibly soft & even light distribution. The light panel is fully dimmable with no color shift and can be powered via 110-240v AC with only 37 watts of draw at full output. A great benefit of LED lighting is small size and weight. Plus the cool operating temperature allows you to keep your talent comfortable & strike a set without the normal cool down period associated with ‘hot’ light sources.

  1×1 LED   Mfr. Site

Comments: This is the best value you will find out there in terms of price – it’s 40% cheaper than the competition, 40% brighter and is significantly more color accurate.  Sound too good to be true?  It’s really not.   This is the next generation of LED lighting and is lighter, has more mounting points, can switch from daylight to tungsten or anywhere in between instantly and even has a handle in the back.

Description (from Visual Buddha): The new VISUAL BUDDHA™ variable color LED 1×1 panels offer High 93+ CRI, high quality, soft, directional light at an affordable price. Backed by industry professionals, the Visual Buddha LED 1×1 Bi-Color light comes with a free V-Mount or Gold Mount Battery Plate mounted to the back panel, and features the ability to instantly dial up color temperatures from cool-white daylight to warm-white tungsten (and anywhere in between).

Westcott Flex LED Buy From B&H Rent From LensProToGo Mfr. Site

Comments: Westcott’s FLEX line of continuous LED lights is designed to give you a substantial amount of light in virtually any space! The FLEX light is super flexible, enabling you to bend it into almost any shape to fit your precise lighting demands. It’s 10″x10″ size has 256 LED diodes and is able to output 1900 lux at 1 meter, roughly equivalent to 55 watts of power. The CRI for the Daylight model has a 95 CRI, an incredible number showing how consistent the 5600K temperature is. This is essential for video shooters. This unit comes with a mountable frame with a spring clip on the back, allowing you to attach it almost anywhere. A small softbox is also included.

Description: Westcott’s FLEX line of continuous LED lights is designed to give you a substantial amount of light in virtually any space! The FLEX light is super flexible, enabling you to bend it into almost any shape to fit your precise lighting demands. It’s 10″x10″ size has 256 LED diodes and is able to output 1900 lux at 1 meter, roughly equivalent to 55 watts of power. The CRI for the Daylight model has a 95 CRI, an incredible number showing how consistent the 5600K temperature is. This is essential for video shooters. This unit comes with a mountable frame with a spring clip on the back, allowing you to attach it almost anywhere. A small softbox is also included.

Croma Buy From B&H Rent From LensProToGo Mfr. Site

Comments:  This light is a camera-top light in the same vein as the MicroPro (below).  However this light allows you to adjust the color temperature.  Great light for documentary and video journalism.

Description (from LitePanels): The Croma™ is a sleekly designed, camera-mounted LED lighting fixture that provides Litepanels hallmark soft light with the addition of variable color temperature output. It is a versatile solution for run-and-gun news shooters, event videographers or still photographers who move rapidly from one light environment to the next, with no time to change lighting equipment or add gels. Delivering powerful performance in a small package, this self-contained light can be a secret weapon on any set or location, wherever extra kick or nice fill is needed.

Micro Pro B&H Mfr. Site

Comments: This unit has become so popular (because it uses AAs and can mount on a hotshoe) that I’m seeing a lot of still photographers using them!  They are perfect for video as well of course.

Description (from LitePanels): The professional LED light that runs off 6 standard AA batteries. MicroPro daylight on-camera lighting fixtures harness the company’s proprietary LED technology in ultra-lightweight, compact package. With twice the illumination of the Litpanels Micro, the MicroPro offers luminous, soft, directional lighting, with the same warmth and great color characteristics that made Litepanels an integral part of television, broadcast news & motion picture productions worldwide. Shift-free, Flicker-free, Heat-free At the top of the Micro Pro housing is a convenient integrated dimmer dial that puts instant 100% to 0 dimming with minimal color shift right at the operator’s fingertips. Output is flicker-free and heat-free and remains consistent.

MiniPlus B&H Mfr. Site

Comments: This is officially the first "cinema" light I ever used – I used one of these (and a regular Profoto 7B strobe unit’s modelling lamp) exclusively – to light "Reverie".   The scene in the helicopter was light with the MiniPlus at the end of a monopod, as were all of the scenes in the car – the MiniPlus was set down atop the column of the steering wheel… et voila! This is one of the very best compact, dimmable light out there.  You can sneak it in pretty much anywhere – and use it as a key light (indoors or at night) or a little fill light for the eyes.  It’s battery operated (or AC) and will fit pretty much anywhere.

 I can’t say enough about it.  This is to a videographer what a strobe is to any photographer: a no brainer-bring-with-you-everywhere-always-light…

Description (from LitePanels): Building on the success of the popular Litepanels Mini, the compact, portable, dimmable LED softlight, the new MiniPlus offers an upgraded design and new features. Available in daylight (flood and spot) and tungsten (flood) models, the powerful new system provides soft, directional output. This broad lighting source is ideal to mount on a camera, wall, or any place that calls for a highly portable softlight.

 

L-758C Cine Light Meter B&H Mfr. Site

Comments: While I RARELY use these anymore (I use scopes on cameras and monitors) it never hurts to have this part of your kit when you’re on a large set or away from monitor – or need to know exactly WHICH individual light is doing WHAT.

Description (from Sekonic): The Sekonic L-758C Cine Light Meter is the world’s first multi-function light meter that can be programmed to match and be calibrated to the sensitivity of your digital camera sensor or type of film for perfect exposure control.  They have produced an incredible meter that more than meets the needs of the photographic community. This full-featured meter will definitely make everyone happy as it is loaded with every imaginable feature – and then some…