Rotolight NEO 2 LED Light

Rotolight NEO 2 LED Light

Rotolight NEO 2 LED Light

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Product Highlights

  • Continuous Light and Flash Modes
  • Built-In Skyport Receiver; HSS Support
  • Accu-Colour Technology: CRI 96 | TLCI 91
  • Color Temperature: 3150 to 6300K
  • Continuous Light Output: 2000 Lux at 3'
  • Flash Output: f/8 at ISO 200 at 3'
  • True Aperture Dimming; CineSFX Mode
  • Runs on 6 x AA Batteries or AC
  • Three 1/4"-20 Threads; Camera Shoe Mount
  • Filter Pack and Holder; Belt Pouch
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Rotolight NEO 2 overview

  • 1Description

Able to function as either a continuous light or a flash, the round NEO 2 LED Light from Rotolight breaks new ground with functions designed to satisfy the demands of both video shooters and still photographers. The most significant feature in this fixture is the inclusion of a built-in, 2.4 GHz Elinchrom Skyport Receiver, enabling support for high-speed sync and remote triggering of the unit from up to 656' away when using an optional Skyport Transmitter. Also, it features Accu-Colour Technology to ensure optimal color rendering, proven by the rated CRI of 96 and TLCI of 91. Output has been significantly improved as well, with an increase of 85% over its predecessor, and a flash mode that can boost output by 500% for stills and will help freeze action. At max power, this results in an output of 2000 lux at 3' for continuous lighting, and a setting of f/8 at ISO 200 for flash.

Beyond pure output improvements, the fixture offers a variety of functions to help users get the most out of the light. Primarily it does this through a variable color temperature of 3150–6300K, meaning it can be quickly and easily balanced to the ambient light whether it is tungsten or natural daylight. Other features include True Aperture Dimming to help more easily calculate your exposure information, and a CineSFX mode to automatically program certain looks for use in a scene, including the mimicking of police or fire light effects.

Designed to be portable with its compact size, the fixture has multiple power options. This includes running on six AA batteries, the bundled AC adapter, or D-Tap power with an optional adapter. This means it can easily get set up exactly as needed for a particular set. Users can mount it in a variety of methods thanks to the three 1/4"-20 threaded mounts around the edge of the fixture. These work with many standard support systems, including a shoe mount adapter for working as an on-camera light. Additionally, it comes with a filter pack, filter holder, and a belt pouch to hold everything.

Both continuous and flash modes are available so users can quickly switch between video and stills shooting without needing to change out the lights.
The built-in 2.4 GHz Elinchrom Skyport Receiver makes it possible to use the NEO 2 as a remote flash with high-speed sync support up to 1/8000 second. This requires the use of an optional Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter, and allows for remote control over the NEO 2 from up to 656' away. Users can also sync using a wired PC sync or 3.5mm connection.
Accu-Colour Technology ensures high-quality color rendering with a rated CRI of 96, with an R15 of 99 and a rated TLCI of 91. It also helps ensure maximum accuracy throughout the adjustable color temperature range of 3150–6300K. The LEDs used are also flicker-free and have a lifespan of about 100,000 hours.
Overall output is rated at about 85% greater than its predecessor.
The flash mode provides about 500% more light output when connected to a mains power source, or 250% when running on AA batteries.
Local dimming and controls are made possible through a rear display and two dials/buttons on the rear of the fixture.
True Aperture Dimming uses shutter speed and ISO information, as well as distance data, to calculate the proper aperture for your shot. It improves speed and use, and helps shooters quickly get the appropriate power settings for their subject.
Designer Fade mode allows users to program fade-up and fade-down effects, including the ability to set the duration.
Cinematographic Special FX, or CineSFX, features a variety of different settings and mode to create ambiance in your scene. This includes options for strobe, lightning, throb, color cycle, fire, police, television, and more.
No recycle time or power loss is evident when using the NEO 2, making it a suitable option for high frame rates.
For power, users have the options of six AA NiMH or Li-ion batteries, or AC power from the included adapter. When running on batteries, the NEO 2 can run for 85,000 full-power flashes, or 1.5 hours of continuous lighting.
The NEO 2 can be mounted easily using the three 1/4"-20 tripod threads located around the edge of the light. A shoe mount adapter is included as well for using the NEO 2 as an on-camera light.
A filter kit is included which features a 216 Full Diffuser, 250 Medium Diffuser, 184 Cosmetic Peach, and a 279 1/8 Magenta for creating unique or more flattering light for your subject.
Continuous Light (4110K)
At 3': 2000 lux / 194 fc
At 6': 510 lux / 49 fc
At 9': 227 lux / 21 fc

HSS Flash Mode (4110K)
At 3': f/8 at ISO 200
At 6': f/4 at ISO 200
At 9': f/2.8 at ISO 200
In the Box
Rotolight NEO 2 LED Light
  • Filter Pack
  • Filter Holder
  • Shoe Adapter to 1/4" Male Stud
  • RL-NEO-PSU AC Adapter for NEO LED Light
  • Belt Pouch Carry Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Rotolight NEO 2 specs

    Light Fixture
    Color Temperature 3150 to 6300K
    Color Accuracy Standard CRI 96
    TLCI 91
    Lumens 1032
    Dimming Yes, 0 to 100% 
    Refresh Rate 8000 Hz
    Battery Plate 6 x AA
    Power Input Connector Barrel
    Power Source AC Adapter, External Battery
    Remote Port 3.5 mm, PC
    Wireless Frequency Bands 2.4 GHz
    Wireless Range 656' / 200 m
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.0 x 8.5 x 4.3"

    Rotolight NEO 2 reviews

    NEO 2 LED Light is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 16.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Doesn't cut it A big disappointment.� This light seemed too good to be true, and it definitely was.� As a professional photographer who shoots a lot of stills and video, I was really hoping I could add this as a versatile piece to my equipment arsenal.� However, the photo strobe feature was woefully inadequate.� They advertise it as being able to fire off thousands of flashes with no recharge time.� It's no wonder.� The output is ridiculously low.� At max power (without the added battery), I was getting output about equivalent to 1/16th of my Nikon speedlight.� Virtually useless when I'm often bouncing flash off of high ceilings. Maybe someday this technology will get there, but it's definitely not the answer now.
    Date published: 2018-01-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great light Really enjoying this light. Very light, and portable and love that I can change the color temp and see that on the back. In continuous mode this is very bright, and to have the option of more power in flash and with no recycle time is great. Very soft and flattering light output, I think it is great value for the flexibility it offers.
    Date published: 2017-11-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good This fixture has worked well as an accent light or backlight for video shoots. I haven't used it with still photography. I would imagine it is vastly underpowered. I like the effects that it comes with and the colored gels have proved useful. I do have a problem with the $100 price tag for barn doors...seriously ? 100'bucks for some pressed metal? Way too expensive.
    Date published: 2018-09-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile light Love this light, Lightweight, versatile and easy to use. I the out of the box softness without needing to modify it, the round catchlights it gives me, and being able to adjust the colour of the light (and flash) is awesome. Having the flash there if i want more power, and with no recycle time is great. Excellent light.
    Date published: 2017-12-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Need to use these some more My primary reason for purchasing these was to do some headshot and  hair sessions where the subject is moving as is their hair.  I use a Sony A7III in film wasting mode (20 frames per second) and the  NEO 2 on a boom.  The flash kept up with the units (used AC power) easily enough and was at 1/125 at F5.6 and ISO 640 (for the most part.. Nikon shooter had to go to a lower ISO).  Anyway, the unit kept up.  I need to do more experimenting though.  The unit itself appears sold and well built.  It worked right out of the box and does what I expected.  I havent tried the cinematic modes yet (only do video when I push the wrong button).  Well be using these for a night shoot at a wedding in a couple of days.  More to follow.
    Date published: 2018-11-08
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Aw man... I'm not a tech nerd who will spit out every spec of this light.� I am a working professional wedding photographer and I was really hoping this light would bring a lot of portability to my workflow.� �The 4 main selling points of this light were/are: 1. Soft light from the multiple LEDs.� - Yes, it's soft.� It's as soft as the diffused continuous LEDs I use for my video work which cost me around $60 each. 2. Continuous light AND Strobe - Yes, it does both.� Does the continuous light help to acquire focus?� Yes it does.� But so does my AF assist light on my speedlight so... 3. No recycle time. - That is true.� It fires like nobody's business - a strobing little son of a gun.� But with as little light as it produces....well, it should have zero recycle time. 4. Dial in the EXACT color temp.� �-� Yep.� It does that.� So, you can dial in the exact color temp on your camera's white balance.� �Good stuff.� However.... The reason I'm returning this is because it's just weak.� If I was shooting headshots in low light/night shots, it would be awesome.� f1.4 and 1600ISO yeah.� And I know that all of the reviews said that it won't overpower the sun.� I didn't attempt to do so.� But I did place my subject in shade and it still wasn't powerful enough.� �Yep, with an expensive battery add-on it can be twice as powerful.� So, I have to add to the cost?� � Also, it has to run on lithium or high ma rechargeable batteries (no alkaline).� Trust, me you don't want to buy 6 lithiums each time you want to use it for a short while.�� Also, you have to dial in a specific color temp to get the brightest use of the light.� So, unless you want 3930 temp, you won't get the brightest use of the light.�� And...the controller for the light is $250?�� Maybe for someone else just not for me.
    Date published: 2018-03-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommended Loved this light. Very powerful in LED mode and the extra flash power is very useful when I want more power. This won't be useful in bright daylight conditions, but its great in overcast, shady conditions, and certainly indoor/ low light etc you can't beat it. Love the round catchlights too! Makes the eyes pop. Included filters are useful.
    Date published: 2017-12-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great on board light Purchased this light for a year long project that requires me to do a walk and talk in an office setting that has inconsistent lighting. With this light on board my rig it really evens out the light on my talent. I bundled this light with the "Rotolight Aluminum Barndoors" and the "Chimera Tech Lightbank Softbox". With all these 3 products you get a fantastic outcome without that on camera spotlight look.
    Date published: 2018-08-08
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