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Rotolight NEO 2 LED Light

BH #RORLNEOII • MFR #RL-NEO-II
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Rotolight NEO 2 LED Light
Key Features
  • Continuous Light and Flash Modes
  • Built-In Skyport Receiver; HSS Support
  • Accu-Colour Technology: CRI 96 | TLCI 91
  • Color Temperature: 3150 to 6300K
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.
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Rotolight NEO 2 Overview

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 it 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 modes 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.

Photometrics

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

Rotolight NEO 2 Specs

Light Fixture
Color Temperature3150 to 6300K
Color Accuracy StandardCRI 96
TLCI 91
Lumens1032
DimmingYes, 0 to 100%
Refresh Rate8000 Hz
Power
Battery Plate6 x AA
Power Input ConnectionBarrel / Coax
Power SourceAC Adapter, External Battery
Remote
Remote Port3.5 mm
Wireless Frequency Bands2.4 GHz
Wireless Range656' / 200 m
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.72 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.95 x 8.45 x 4.3"

Rotolight NEO 2 Reviews

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By Cady
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-25

They're great to fill in small amounts of light but they aren't as bright as they are said to be.

BUYER BEWARE - STAND IS A LIE!

By Brendan
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-07

Buyer Beware, Nice metal stand shown in all the pictures is NOT what is included. Total bait and switch! Hoping for a nice stand that lift light to a flattering level. NO - Instead you get a flimsy plastic stand that stays three inches. RIPOFF

Petite but powerful

By Mariya Stepanya
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-24

These wonderful lights are magic. The are so compact and beautifully designed. They punch way above their weight. I can't recommend them enough. Yes to anything from Rotoligh!!!

Photo lights

By Royce
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-07

We like them very much

Powerful hybrid flash/LED

By Mathi
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-04

I am an hydrid shooter and I tried for both purposes, it is an amazing light will never failed for flash high speed sync. I am planing for couple of them.

Very user friendly product!

By Ann
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-07

I used these lights for the first time at a wedding reception Saturday. They made my job easier. Love that they stay on or strobe.

ring light

By Susan
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-24

Not as large as I thought it would be. 1 filter missing from pack.

Nice light, broke after 15 months, poor customer support

By Reuben
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-03

I bought this and the Aeos and anova pro 2 about 15 months ago. They have been kept in their cases when not in use and only used a handful of times (COVID :/). I have 2 of the Neo 2's. The right knob on one of them no longer presses in like it's supposed to, it feels jammed. Also the light makes a buzzing noise and warns of low batteries even when I put in brand new batteries. Both on my neo 2's have an issue where they constantly switch back to flash mode when I have the trigger on my camera. The aeos and anova pro 2 don't experience this and seem to be built to a considerably higher quality standard. It would be nice if the neo 2 was just a smaller version of the aeos but equal in quality. That is definitely not the case, the neo is very plastic while the aeos' knobs and back panel is made of metal. There is no visible damage to any of my lights, I treat all this stuff with extreeme care so I'm surprised and quite upset these expensive little lights failed after just 15 months of owning them. I reached out to rotolight about getting the neo 2's repaired and they told me it would be 67 for return shipping to Canada. A quick package shipping estimate calculator using royal mail said the cost should be 17 to get it shipped to me so I have no idea why rotolight would charge so much. I voiced this to them and they promptly stopped replying to me. So much for customer service.

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