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Rotolight RL48 Interview Kit V2

B&H # RORL48IKV2K MFR # RL 48-IK-V2
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Product Highlights
  • Two 80W Equivalent LED Ring Lights
  • Two Stands for Shoe & 1/4" Stud Mounting
  • 24 Filters (Temperature, ND, Effects)
  • Belt Pouch
  • 48 Grade-A LED Bulbs
  • 110° Beam Angle
  • 6300, 5600, 4100, 3200K Color
  • Dimmable over 1.5 Stops
  • 4 Hour Runtime with 3x AA Batteries

The Rotolight RL48 Interview Kit V2 centers on two portable LED ring lights that you can mount in various setups around your subject. Two included stands enable mounting on shoe adapters and on 1/4" studs. Using one stand, you can attach one light on your camera's shoe mount and the other on a tripod, lighting stand, pole or other compatible support accessory. The lights also slide right onto most shotgun mics.

Each light features 48 grade-A LED bulbs and delivers an 80W equivalent intensity in a 110° beam angle. You can get the lights as close to your subject as 1.5". Color temperature is fixed at 5600K daylight, and using included filters you can adjust the temperature to 6300K, 4100K and 3200K. You also get filters for diffusion, color and cosmetic effects, and for dimming brightness over a range of 1.5 aperture stops. The filters insert into holders inside the lights. In all you get 24 LEE filters, two packs of 7 that come with each light, and a pack of 10 included with the kit. The lights each power by three optional AA batteries for up to four continuous hours.

The kit also includes a belt-pouch designed with compartments and pockets to hold both lights, 6 batteries, one stand and a smart-phone.

24 Included LEE Filters

Color Temperature
  • 2x 6300K Direct Daylight 1/8 CTB #218
  • 2x 4100K Mixed Light 1/2 CTO #205
  • 2x 3200K Tungsten 15/16 CTO #3200
Diffusion and Neutral Density
  • 2x Diffusion Screen #216
  • 2x Neutral Density 0.5 Stop #298
  • 2x Neutral Density 1 Stop #209
Color and Cosmetic Effects
  • 2x 1/8 Minus Green (Magenta) #279
  • Medium Amber 020: for afternoon sunlight, candlelight, and side lighting
  • Light Lavender 052: for general areas, side lights, basic followspot color and backlight
  • Pale Blue 063: cool front light wash for creating an overcast look for cold weather
  • Bright Pink 128: for backlighting and side lighting; useful for musicals
  • Light Red 182: for theater and television effect lighting as well as cycloramas
  • Bedford Blue 712: a smoky warm blue for skin tones
  • Liberty Green 730: green for creating mystery and suspense
  • Sunlight Yellow 765: for producing a strong sunlight effect
  • Cosmetic Peach 184: warm highlight or front light; complementary for most skin tones
  • Moroccan Frost 791: smoothes PAR or flood washes of large areas; for houselights and interior color washes
Light
Bulbs 48 grade-A LEDs
Mount Type Shoe mount or 1/4" stud via included Rotolight stand
Slides firmly onto most shotguns
Material Rubberized outer coating
Power Source 3x AA batteries (not included) for up to 4 hour runtime
Diameter 5.3" (13.8 cm)
Weight 6 oz (90 g)

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RotolightRL48 Interview Kit V2
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (9)
  • Compact (7)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Highly compatible (6)
  • Improves performance (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (4)
    • In the studio (4)
    • Professional work (4)
    • Weddings (4)
    • Birthdays (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (12)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Roto Lights

    WOW!!! These are amazing! I use them for my photography! I love them because they are so potable, lightweight & practically indestructible. I haven't found anything that I don't like about...Read complete review

    WOW!!! These are amazing! I use them for my photography! I love them because they are so potable, lightweight & practically indestructible. I haven't found anything that I don't like about them.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Works, but not the way you expect.

    First off I wanted to use this for photography first and then some video. It's not as bright as I'd hoped and as the batteries went dead, it dimmed...quickly. Even with...Read complete review

    First off I wanted to use this for photography first and then some video. It's not as bright as I'd hoped and as the batteries went dead, it dimmed...quickly. Even with that I was planning to keep them, but I didn't realize how much was involved with changing the color temp and brightness. Like I said, I wanted them for photos. Yes it's dimmable, but you have to add one or two of the filters in front of the light to do so. This means removing then replacing the cover. Same goes for the changing of color temp. You have to change the filters. I was under the impression that both of these functions would be done via a dial as in other types of panel lights and that the special color filters were just there for special effects.
    On the positive it is a well made product and the hole would keep from needing another piece of equipment to mount the mic.
    But when selecting dimmable and color temp change beware of this product as it isn't similar to the others in those categories.

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    5.0

    Rotolight Makes Excellent Interview Kit

    By Frank Beacham

    from New York City

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Bright
    • Easy Setup
    • Efficient
    • Runs Cooler

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional Recording
      • Video Interviews

      Comments about Rotolight RL48 Interview Kit V2:

      I do mostly video interviews and wanted to cut the weight of my light kit. I did a lot of research and turned to Rotolight RL48s. They are very light in weight and put out flattering light in interviews. Very compact, very power efficient and -- did I say -- compact.

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      3.0

      Works, but not the way you expect.

      By CB

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Lacks Functionality
      • Poor Performance

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rotolight RL48 Interview Kit V2:

        First off I wanted to use this for photography first and then some video. It's not as bright as I'd hoped and as the batteries went dead, it dimmed...quickly. Even with that I was planning to keep them, but I didn't realize how much was involved with changing the color temp and brightness. Like I said, I wanted them for photos. Yes it's dimmable, but you have to add one or two of the filters in front of the light to do so. This means removing then replacing the cover. Same goes for the changing of color temp. You have to change the filters. I was under the impression that both of these functions would be done via a dial as in other types of panel lights and that the special color filters were just there for special effects.
        On the positive it is a well made product and the hole would keep from needing another piece of equipment to mount the mic.
        But when selecting dimmable and color temp change beware of this product as it isn't similar to the others in those categories.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great Lights

        By Albert

        from San Diego

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Rotolight RL48 Interview Kit V2:

            These lights I bought are very useful for my wedding events and at night time portrait shooting. I strongly to recommend this item to my all friends. It's very good price also.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Power and portability, clever design

            By tonsfocus

            from Chiang Mai, Thailand

            About Me Dslr Filmmaker

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Rotolight RL48 Interview Kit V2:

              Oh wow, what fun! I haven't used it yet in practice, but I can rave that this light kit is pretty fabulous.

              Small and so lightweight - one light's diameter is less than the length of my hand.

              The package as a whole is very nicely considered - the gels are plentiful and built into the light for carrying. The case is wonderful - stylish, well made, and with room for all the batteries you'd need for one shoot. Really pleased with this set!

              One thing - if you wish to go with rechargeable batteries - the manual recommends a very specific type of rechargeable battery (with a slightly higher voltage) that I could not locate. I went to a full-on battery store, and the manager had never heard of it, and was very curious. Maybe online? That said, the standard rechargeable battery seems to give it plenty of juice - it seems just fine - nice and bright.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              So useful I purchased a second set.

              By Lost Art

              from Sao Paulo, Brazil

              About Me Full Time Pro

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • DSLR Video
                • Independent Films

                Comments about Rotolight RL48 Interview Kit V2:

                This kit is extremely useful and comes in a handy case with everything you need. Add a pair of justin clamps and you can light any place with easy. They are fairly bright, and would be improved if they had a dimmer to reduce output, but using neutral density filters when needed does help a bit. I use these together with Rotolight's Anova Led light and on their own. It it is possible to use grids (held by a flexible) arm to avoid spill/spread if needed. The mounting arm works, construction is solid, and they are quite light. Use with rechargeable batteries. I just bought a second kit, these are that good.

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                • No

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                5.0

                On the go

                By JJ Abinks

                from Denver, CO

                About Me Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Lacks Functionality

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Independent Films

                Comments about Rotolight RL48 Interview Kit V2:

                Great for quick shoots with a small budget. Compact and bright, great for documentaries, music videos and tight spaces. Well designed and a multitude of filters are provided.

                No dimming feature, but filters to dim light are included.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Nice!

                By Tara

                from Annapolis, MD

                Comments about Rotolight RL48 Interview Kit V2:

                Provides great light, easy to use, durable.

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                5.0

                Excellent Portable Kit

                By JeffA

                from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

                About Me Business Owner, Video producer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Interview
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Rotolight RL48 Interview Kit V2:

                  I purchased this kit because we do a lot of interviews for online video use. With the Rotolight you can do some really fine lighting work, balance to a variety of color temps and really work fine lighting/coloring techniques. I love this kit!

                  There are two things that I would like to have seen to make this kit even stronger:
                  1. AC line - so I don't always have to keep AA batteries with me
                  2. Dimmer switch - you can control color temperature with included gels (awesome) but would be great to be able to manually control brightness

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great portable light

                  By Brian

                  from Kenilworth, NJ

                  About Me Hobbyist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Performance

                  Cons

                  • Pricey / Poor Value

                  Best Uses

                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Rotolight RL48 Interview Kit V2:

                  Great supplement to my speed light. Two light combo works well. Placed one on the camera and the other on a tripod. Included filters add endless creative possibilities.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  GREAT LIGHTS

                  By Joe

                  from Charlotte NC

                  About Me Business Owner

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects
                    • Home Movies
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Rotolight RL48 Interview Kit V2:

                    They are great set of lights, works every time when I need them. Quick setup easy to use and great looking.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Roto Lights

                    By Devon Marie

                    from Boca Raton, Fl

                    About Me Parent, Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attach Securely
                    • Even Light Source
                    • Indestructible
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long Lasting
                    • Portable
                    • Powerful
                    • Small

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Professional Work
                      • Weddings

                      Comments about Rotolight RL48 Interview Kit V2:

                      WOW!!! These are amazing! I use them for my photography! I love them because they are so potable, lightweight & practically indestructible. I haven't found anything that I don't like about them.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this review

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Fantastic Lights

                      By Jmarino

                      from Morgantown WV

                      About Me Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attach Securely
                      • Easy To Set Up And Use
                      • Even Light Source
                      • Long Lasting
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Birthdays
                        • Professional Work
                        • Special Events
                        • Weddings

                        Comments about Rotolight RL48 Interview Kit V2:

                        After attending a Jason Lanier Workshop where he demonstrated these lights, I knew I just had to buy them. I used them at a wedding last week and they were just terrific. Great light, easy to use, light weight. just placed them on my tripod and got great light without a flash. Beautiful and natural. I used them outside in the shade and during the reception. These lights can't be beat. The kit gives you so many options too. I certainly won't leave home without them.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        In Love!

                        By GeorgiRuley Digital Sniper

                        from Boston, MA

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attach Securely
                        • Even Light Source
                        • Long Lasting
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Birthdays
                          • Night Video
                          • Professional Work
                          • Special Events
                          • Weddings

                          Comments about Rotolight RL48 Interview Kit V2:

                          Two thumbs up for the Rotolight Interview Light Kit!!!
                          It offers so many great options to enhance my lighting situations and the subtle drama is phenomenal. Very happy with my new secret weapon :)

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          I LOVE MY NEW ROTOLIGHTS!

                          By Thea

                          from Northeast TN

                          About Me Newbie To Photography, Parent, Technically Challenged

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attach Securely
                          • Easy Turn Off And On
                          • Even Light Source
                          • Lightweight
                          • Long Lasting
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Birthdays
                            • Macro Shots
                            • Night Video
                            • Professional Work
                            • Special Events
                            • Weddings

                            Comments about Rotolight RL48 Interview Kit V2:

                            These awesome lights will fit on both my 60d and 7d I love them!! Great for any shoot!! I wish I had MORE!!

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                            • No

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