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GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light

B&H # GILED198C Mfr # C8-03-F198C-01
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You Pay: $139.00
Product Highlights
  • Runs on AAs or NP-F Batteries
  • 3,200 - 5,600K Variable Color Balance
  • Dimmable
  • 198 LEDs
  • Tilting Shoe Mount
  • Only 11 oz
  • 50,000 Hour LED Life

Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light from GiSTEQ is a lightweight, powerful on-camera, continuous LED source that uses special Matrix Lighting technology to light your subject evenly, edge-to-edge without hot spots. With the F-198C you can forget about fumbling for filters since you can set the color balance to 3,200K or 5,500K or anywhere in between with the simple twist of a knob. Perfect for camcorders or use with your DSLR, the F-198C has a 16:9 aspect ratio design, dims from 100 - 0% and has enough battery options to ensure that you'll never run out of juice. You can use readily available AA batteries inside the body of the unit without an adapter or switch at will to your Sony-type NP-F50, NP-FM55H or NP-FH60 camcorder batteries. You can even gang up to nine F-198Cs together to form a large panel.

198 soft-light, high quality LEDs
Dual-Color lamp design allows color temperature adjustment from 3,200 - 5500K
Matrix Lighting technology for even coverage
Brightness control adjustment wheel
Sleek design
Battery power indicator
Eco-friendly and power saving
Multiple battery options
16:9 widescreen design
Expandable up to 9 LED panels
Light Source 198 LEDs (each 5.0 mm)
Lamp Life 50,000 hours
Rating Approximately 18W
Color Range Variable 3,200 - 5,600K
Beam Angle 60 degrees
Operating Voltage Approximately 2.0A, DC 5.5 - 9.5V
Battery 6x AA batteries or Sony-type NP-F550/FM55H/FH60
Dimming 100 - 0%
Mount Shoe mount
Cooling Convection
Dimensions 5.94" x 3.94" x 2.21" (15 x 10 x 5.6 cm)
Weight 11.1 oz (315 g) without batteries
GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    GiSTEQFlashmate F-198C LED Video Light
     
    4.4

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (14)
    • Good power output (13)
    • Good color value (11)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Durable (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Low light (12)
      • Night time (11)
      • General purpose (9)
      • Indoors (9)
      • Outdoors (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (10), Business owner (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (24)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great light, great price point

      I have used the Gisteq F-198C light on several professional video shoots and am extremely impressed with it. Well built, it features the ability to easily dial in the correct color temperature,...Read complete review

      I have used the Gisteq F-198C light on several professional video shoots and am extremely impressed with it. Well built, it features the ability to easily dial in the correct color temperature, even on the fly. It's not tiny, so while it adds some heft to a run and gun rig, the output is superb without any hint of the green tint you find with some lower priced LED fixtures. It works with either 6 AA batteries or one Sony NP-F style battery, with relatively long life, especially with the Sony battery alternative. If I have any wish for an design change to this light, it would be to add standard screw holes in the bottom and sides to allow easier use with light stands. The manufacturer clearly pushes this light for on-camera use, as the included connector only works with cold shoe mounts. This light is powerful enough that in controlled situations, you could easily use one (or two strapped together) as a key light, and another for your fill. Exceptional quality light, especially at this price.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      good, not great

      yes, the cold shoe mount is an exceedingly weak link, inexcusable in a $[$] item.there are 99 LEDs set for 3200K and 99 set for 5200K-it's either/or so that the net...Read complete review

      yes, the cold shoe mount is an exceedingly weak link, inexcusable in a $[$] item.there are 99 LEDs set for 3200K and 99 set for 5200K-it's either/or so that the net output is no more than half the total potential capacity of the total of 198. very nice to have adjustable color output, but it does come at a stiff price. not sure if the model A canot output the full 198 at 5200K. if so, perhaps A is a better choice for those needing more power, not to mention the ability to adjust the light spread.we have not yet gauged the color output for fidelity.in standard banquet ambient lighting, ISO 1600, 1/60, distance 4' light to subject, f-stop reads 4.5 for 5200K and 4.0 for 3200K, using the included diffuser panel which eats half a stop. if you are using on-camera, you will be hard-pressed to do a group of more than 3. we use an assistant for lighting so can keep the light close while the camera pulls back, so can live with low light, but if you are a one-person crew, be mindful.spread is advertised as 60 degrees. fall-off is 1-stop at 2.5 feet off-axis.build quality seems adequate. considering how much we paid for LED-llighting two years ago, the current price (may2013) is acceptable.

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      4.0

      great light but terrible hot shoe

      By nickstach

      from lansing, mi

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

      • Hot Shoe
      • Lacks Functionality

      Best Uses

      • Live events

      Comments about GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light:

      Great powerful light with a lot of control. Only complaint is the plastic hot shoe

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      5.0

      Nearly Perfect

      By Greg Lefevre Media

      from Cardiff by the Sea, California

      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist, Video producer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

      • Should Have Ac Adapter

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light:

      Incredibly versatile. High CRI.
      Use anywhere. Interviews: key or fill. Background accent. Cars: anywhere. Real estate: accent or fill indoors or out. Put it in a baggie (carefully) and boost the illumination in a pool or spa. Add an Airbox for a semi softbox look. Even a small L battery lasts a very long time. Negative: had to go aftermarket in China for a.c. adapter for use in day long corporate interviews.

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      • No

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      5.0

      great fill light

      By cherryflats

      from PA

      About Me Hobbyist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • In The Studio

        Comments about GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light:

        I use this light for fill when taking photos of flowers and insects. It is easy to use and does a great job.

        It is a little big for the camera bag.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great light, and how to make it stronger

        By Frenchie

        from St. Louis, MO

        About Me Hobbyist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Improves Performance
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies

          Comments about GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light:

          I love this light used on my Panasonic AC90. Set the camera on +20db exposure, set the light on high @3200k , and I can get great low noise wedding reception shots.

          To fix the weak mount they give you, throw away their mount, and buy the Cam Caddie D-Flashner B&H # CADF2000 to make it a strong mount. Yes, you give up the up/down adjustment, but this light is plenty wide if you are more than a few feet away from your subject. Use the Vello Triple Shoe V-Bracket (4.9" Wide) B&H # VECB460 if you also have a shotgun mike. You can put the light up high, and have room in the center for your shotgun mike.

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          • No

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          4.0

          good little light

          By TVshooter

          from Seattle

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Limited Compatibility

          Best Uses

            Comments about GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light:

            I use this light primarily for a backlight/hairlight for news video. Was live until 3am during Superbowl week in New York and it performed great even in the 15 degree weather.
            Wish it came with an ac adaptor, it only runs on batteries and battery packs. Adjustability both in strength and color temperature nice.
            Not strong enough to do much in the daylight though.

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            • No

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            4.0

            not just video, refinements needed

            By Tooter

            from Connecticut Hills

            About Me Earnest Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Lightweight
            • Smooth Variable Light
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Needs Case
            • Needs Loops
            • Won't Stand On Its Own

            Best Uses

            • Accent Light
            • Experimenting
            • Extra Field Light
            • Light Painting

            Comments about GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light:

            I shoot still images primarily in natural light, but occasionally need a bit of fill light or an extra bit of light behind a doorway to pull the eye into the shot, but there are a 100 ways to use this simple tool. It is basically an array of about 100 LEDs that can be smoothly dimmed or warmed in color. It comes with a diffuser to put over the LEDs, but I haven't found it necessary yet. The light is very smooth - almost a perfect tool.

            ALmost, but not quite: It would be great if it was more rugged, perhaps wrapped in foam to protect the edges, and it needs a couple of sturdy loops so I can hang it from a branch or bungie it to the back of a chair, and it needs a case with a handle or maybe a flip down cover that helps prop it at different angles on the floor.

            Still and all, it's good as it is, but it could be great. I bought a padded case and customized it, but that was overkill.

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            4.0

            What might have been!

            By Tooter

            from Connecticut hills

            About Me Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Highly Compatible
            • Lightweight
            • Use Anywhere
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Hard Plastic - Brittle
            • Lacks Functionality
            • Limited Compatibility
            • No case
            • No Loops To Attach It Wit
            • Poor Design

            Best Uses

            • Abandoned Structures
            • Complex Projects
            • Easy Light Anywhere
            • Home Movies
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio
            • Under Branches

            Comments about GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light:

            My Flashmate arrived today. It is exactly the kind of light I have been seeking for my still photogrphy. It is powerful enough to fill or make shadows even in small unlighted auditoriums where even at ISO 1600 I have to scrape to stop action or preserve depth of field. Unfortunately, the designers have stopped way short in their thinking. Everyone has commented on the fragile connection. I'd add that there are insufficient connecting options. I want two strong loops so I can hang the light from a branch or take bungies and strap the light around the back of a chair as an improvised light stand. I want to be able to stand it on the floor and adjust the tilt. It is an ideal tool for enhancing gloom or adding fill. And, if the light must be built of brittle plastic, how about setting it inside a foam plastic cushion so it can take some knocks. Nor has there been any thought to how this might be transported in the field. A case is essential, one with room for spare batteries and light and strong. Could the cushion be the case so it all stays together? The engineers have come up with a great tool. I'm glad to add it to my arsenal, but there's work to be done. The designers need to make it really useful.

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            3.0

            Decent light for the price

            By Krenshaw

            from Los Angeles

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light:

                  Nice little LED;the only issue is the attachment isn't very sturdy and even when fully locked sometimes doesn't stay on properly. Dimmer works well, tungsten/daylight balance works well. I wish the dimmer went a little further as well since even at the lowest setting it's pretty jarring.

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                  4.0

                  I would buy this product again and again

                  By M Tapia

                  from Queens, New York

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light:

                    Im a Wedding Videographer, and I was looking for a nice led light easy to work with,after buying 2 other brands that I was dissapointed, Now I got the right one

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                    5.0

                    Love this light!

                    By Dan

                    from Baltimore, MD

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Color Value
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy Mounting Bracket

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light
                    • Night Time
                    • Outdoors

                    Comments about GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light:

                    I have to say... I really love this light! I've used LED lights that cost 10 times as much that don't compare to this light. It's lite, it has an even spread, the temp dial works well and the batteries last a lot longer than most lights. I LOVE the fact that it takes AA batteries, as I can always be prepared.

                    The adjustable mounting bracket is really flimsy, so plan on having it break almost immediately. It has a bunch of mounting points, though, so you'll be fine.

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                    5.0

                    Cool lighting

                    By PhotoLisa

                    from Redmomd, WA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Battery Powered
                    • Cool
                    • Durable
                    • Good Color Value
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Powerful
                    • Runs cool

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light
                      • Night Time
                      • Outdoors
                      • Portraits
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light:

                      Portable, light weight, adjustable color temp and brightness kind of lets you do almost anything a light is needed for easily. Not the only lighting fro complex shots but great for most everything else requiring one or two lights.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      My second flashmate

                      By yosheatseverything

                      from Escondido, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Good Color Value
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long-Lasting
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Low Light
                        • Night Time
                        • Outdoors
                        • Special Events

                        Comments about GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light:

                        This is my second flashmate. It performs very well and as advertised. The white balance feature is an added plus that my older LED light didn't posses. I can't speak on battery life because my first LED is still on its first set of alkalines, but it definitely outperforms my 680EX in terms of longevity. The choice of two connecting bases is an added plus since it allows you to connect it directly to a thread or a hotshoe mount.

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                        5.0

                        good, powerful LED

                        By VideoProdNYC

                        from New York

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Color Value
                        • Lightweight
                        • Long-Lasting
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Low Light
                          • Night Time
                          • Outdoors
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light:

                          works with large range of sony batteries with a great battery life, almost surreal (like 7 hours with a large sony battery). pretty powerful, and can be easily attached to other same units. Perfect for travel. Only weak part is the attachment it comes with, it's nicely done, but you can easily break it if you hit it by mistake, although that's pretty common to all those lights.
                          I would recommend, specially at that price.

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                          3.0

                          good, not great

                          By jim

                          from atlanta

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Low Light
                              • Special Events

                              Comments about GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light:

                              yes, the cold shoe mount is an exceedingly weak link, inexcusable in a $[$] item.there are 99 LEDs set for 3200K and 99 set for 5200K-it's either/or so that the net output is no more than half the total potential capacity of the total of 198. very nice to have adjustable color output, but it does come at a stiff price. not sure if the model A canot output the full 198 at 5200K. if so, perhaps A is a better choice for those needing more power, not to mention the ability to adjust the light spread.we have not yet gauged the color output for fidelity.in standard banquet ambient lighting, ISO 1600, 1/60, distance 4' light to subject, f-stop reads 4.5 for 5200K and 4.0 for 3200K, using the included diffuser panel which eats half a stop. if you are using on-camera, you will be hard-pressed to do a group of more than 3. we use an assistant for lighting so can keep the light close while the camera pulls back, so can live with low light, but if you are a one-person crew, be mindful.spread is advertised as 60 degrees. fall-off is 1-stop at 2.5 feet off-axis.build quality seems adequate. considering how much we paid for LED-llighting two years ago, the current price (may2013) is acceptable.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Great for my DSLR

                              By Avi

                              from New York

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Securely
                              • Durable
                              • Good Color Value
                              • Lightweight
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Low Light
                                • Night Time

                                Comments about GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light:

                                I use this with my Canon Mark III and love it. The light adjustment is perfect for my use and it's easy to use!

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                                5.0

                                Great light, great price point

                                By GarryGray

                                from Chicago

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Good Color Value
                                • Powerful
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors
                                  • Interviews
                                  • Low Light
                                  • Night Time
                                  • Special Events

                                  Comments about GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light:

                                  I have used the Gisteq F-198C light on several professional video shoots and am extremely impressed with it. Well built, it features the ability to easily dial in the correct color temperature, even on the fly. It's not tiny, so while it adds some heft to a run and gun rig, the output is superb without any hint of the green tint you find with some lower priced LED fixtures. It works with either 6 AA batteries or one Sony NP-F style battery, with relatively long life, especially with the Sony battery alternative. If I have any wish for an design change to this light, it would be to add standard screw holes in the bottom and sides to allow easier use with light stands. The manufacturer clearly pushes this light for on-camera use, as the included connector only works with cold shoe mounts. This light is powerful enough that in controlled situations, you could easily use one (or two strapped together) as a key light, and another for your fill. Exceptional quality light, especially at this price.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Product

                                  By Doni

                                  from Teaneck,NJ

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light:

                                        I use this on my DSLR for video at events, its inexpensive, changing the color of the light is amazing and it works well, no problems yet.

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                                        5.0

                                        Very happy!

                                        By JHunter Photo

                                        from Key West, FL

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Attaches Securely
                                        • Good Color Value
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Powerful

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • General Use
                                          • Indoors
                                          • Low Light
                                          • Night Time
                                          • Outdoors
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Special Events

                                          Comments about GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light:

                                          I shoot weddings for a living, many of which are outdoors and/or on a beach. So, I have not wanted to invest a lot of money into something that will likely take a beating. Having used it at several weddings in multiple situations and an around town engagement session (at night), I am very happy with the results. Great light, temperature and portability. Light enough for use on a mini, bendable tripod.

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                                          3.0

                                          Good but ...

                                          By FRA

                                          from CAYENNE

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Good Color Value

                                          Cons

                                          • Flimsy

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Night Time

                                          Comments about GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light:

                                          Good light to the report, diffuse light color temperature, however attachment to door causing more than fragile claws Falls Flashmate. Good product.

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                                          4.0

                                          great light

                                          By GSchneider

                                          from NJ

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Good Color Value
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Powerful
                                          • Uses Aa Batts

                                          Cons

                                          • Cheap Plastic Mount

                                          Best Uses

                                          • General Use
                                          • Special Events
                                          • Weddings

                                          Comments about GiSTEQ Flashmate F-198C LED Video Light:

                                          For the price, this is a great light. It has strong power & the variable color temp is great. The mount is a little cheap & I imagine, I will break it eventually. Since I only use it once in a while, AA batteries are the perfect power source.

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