Litepanels Sola ENG 3" LED Fresnel

Litepanels Sola ENG 3" LED Fresnel

Litepanels Sola ENG 3" LED Fresnel

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Product Highlights

  • Uses 1/10 the Power of Tungsten Fresnels
  • 70° - 10° Beam Control
  • Daylight Balanced 5600K
  • Fully Dimmable
  • 2-Way Barn Door
  • 2-Pin PowerTap DC Cable
  • 3-Piece Gel Filter Set
  • Ball Head Shoe Mount
  • AC Power Supply/Cord
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Litepanels SolaENG overview

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The Sola ENG LED Fresnel Lighting Kit from Litepanels represents a significant breakthrough in LED design. The 3" on-camera LED light provides the beam control, illumination, and single-shadow properties of standard Fresnel fixtures at a fraction of the required power. Fully dimmable with no noticeable shift in color temperature, this cool-to-the-touch on-camera LED is flicker-free and requires only 30W of power to produce the tungsten equivalent of 250W. Powered either by a camera battery or AC adapter, the Sola ENG is not only energy efficient but extremely light at 10 oz (0.28kg).

This kit includes mounting, powering, and filtering the light. The light attaches to your camera hot shoe via the positionable ball head. (A 1/4"-20 to shoe converter expands the light's mounting possibilities.) There's a 2-pin PowerTap DC Cable as well as an AC/DC power supply with AC cord, to accommodate different power options. Finally the kit includes a 2-way barn door that doubles as a gel frame assembly; three gel filters (1/4 CTO, full CTO, and diffusion) round out the Sola ENG Fresnel kit.

Like all Litepanels, Sola Fresnels feature instant dimming from 100% to 0 with no noticeable color shift. The Sola ENG provides manual focus and dimming control via camera lens-style ergonomic controls.
Employing Litepanels' ultra-efficient LEDs, the Sola ENG draws 90% less power than conventional tungsten lights, with very little heat generation.
Litepanels' cool-to-the-touch lighting systems substantially cut down on air conditioning requirements in studio applications.
The Sola ENG weighs only 1/3 as much as its HMI predecessors, with no external ballasts.
UPC: 891353002366
In the Box
Litepanels Sola ENG 3" LED Fresnel
  • Ball Head Shoe Mount
  • 1/4"-20 to Shoe Converter
  • TVMP Stand Adapter
  • 2-Way Bar Door/Gel Frame
  • 3-Piece Gel Filter Set (1/4 CTO, Full CTO & Diffusion)
  • 2-Pin PowerTap DC Cable
  • AC/DC Power Supply
  • Power Cord
  • Carry Case
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Litepanels SolaENG specs

    Lamp Type LED
    Color Temperature Daylight balanced 5600K
    Mount Type Shoe Mount
    Power Source 10-20VDC Battery or AC Power Adapter
    Power Consumption 30W
    Power Connector Universal AC Input
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 4 x 4 x 5" (10.2 x 10.2 x 12.7 cm)
    Weight 10 oz (0.28kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.9 x 7.0 x 5.9"

    Litepanels SolaENG reviews

    Sola ENG 3" LED Fresnel is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Some Issues but fixable for the price I personally love this product. I do a lot of doc work in 3rd world countries and I needed some lights that I could through in a bag and carry on my bag all day. Then be able to quickly set up to have a professionally light source in a matter of minutes. This product does simply that. I own 5 of them for this reason. Now there is a problem with the fan noise I have found but I * replaced the fan with a very quiet fan I found online. They are now very quiet. It is a little frustrating I had to do this hack in the first place but then I remember I paid less than a grand for this light. Which is unheard of for this kind of quality and output.
    Date published: 2011-05-23
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good for beginner, high cost, low output I liked the light for a quick interview setup because of the low power claim, but think the price is very high compared to other LED panels on the market like IKAN. The light also feels kind of clunky and bulky. Fan noise is bothersome to me and I believe a possible problem with that if it breaks. Output seems very bright to look into, but I don't think it's really equivalent to a 200w tungsten as the marketing claims. I've shot with them a 200w and it's not nearly as bright, not even close! Testing reveals, as another has stated, funny coloring shifting on the edges. Hopefully someone is listening and corrects this problem. I agree with another review here, nice but not ready for prime time.
    Date published: 2011-11-04
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from I want to like this but...it's very hard Like I said, I want to like this for ENG work but it's output has weird color fringing and a built in fan. Yikes! TOO LOUD! Output is definitely high in spot, but who uses spot in ENG work. I can't think of a reason to keep this light, so it's going back. Plastic housing doesn't seem to want to stand up to rough ENG use. I'm a videographer in CA for a local news and need a high power top light. Unfortunately this won't work. Back to my Ultra-Daylight. The manufacturer seems vastly exaggerate their photometrics, like most do, so be careful of the marketing hype and do your research. There are plenty of other good lights out there, for less money.
    Date published: 2011-10-21
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Does not have a direct AC input power The specification on B&H is way off, I bought the unit was hoping to use the unit for off camera use but it never arrive with any wall AC power input source. I wrote to Litepanels and they told me B&H have the specification wrong, if you plan to use it either get a converter like I did which can been quite painful with a heavy converter. Yes you can buy accessories for the power but if you need to plug directly to the wall AC power you will need to do some converting. The Barn door is cheap and does not stay in place giving this is my first product from Litepanel it is a disappointment due to small detail. The lite itself worked fine but again for the price I wish they would have a better product control especially it is aimed at the Professional level.
    Date published: 2011-02-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good LED Fresnel at a reasonable price Use as a Key or Fill when shooting interviews in very small offices or as back or hair light in larger studio. It's a great small fresnel with very useful focusing and dimming. Holds color temperature throughout its range. It's easy to run off of DC power if AC isn't available. There's very slight fan noise if you put your ear to it. It has no impact in most circumstances. The only caution would be mounted on camera using an onboard shotgun mic. Fortunately for serious audio I'm either using lav, handheld or mic on boom.
    Date published: 2013-01-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from I want to like this light - but... I really want to like this light. Being one of the first relatively inexpensive LED Fresnel lights on the market - I really want to like it. And there are some things to like. A little background. Because of my type of filming - lots of international travel, international voltage needs, small size, and quick setup, cool use, and daylight color balanced - I have used LED light primarily for about three years. I sold my ARRI fresnels and have used many kinds of LED lights. I have owned several smaller lightpanel lights, several LED-Z products, and some RGB LED chauvet lights for interview color splashes and special effects - so not cheap lights. So I have a little experience. With that said, LED are great for most things I do, but most are not controllable like my old ARRI fresnels. My favorite light up until now has been the LED-Z Mini PAR lights. controllable with three lens - not real bright, but plenty for kickers, hairlights, and highlights. So back to the SOLA ENG - The light quality is great. Much like my ARRI Fresnel's (except daylight balanced - and cooler) in terms of light. Probably similar in light output to somewhere between my ARRI 150's and 300's. I do not have those anymore to test, but pretty close. The quality is great - smooth fall-off, even color, almost no fringing, and focus and dimmer work great. The Problem - like other have said - fan noise. When I read this from another, I thought how bad could it be. Surely LitePanels would not sell a professional light with that bad an issue. Well there is noise. The concern though is not that it is that loud, but that it constantly changes in pitch and volume. I just set it up in my office lighting me as I type from about 8 feet away. I have left it on for about an hour to see if it settles out - it does not. The fan keeps cycling on and off and I can hear it clearly. Now I have not used it on a production yet. I will try to use it on a film in 2 weeks. I will use quality boom mics and some hidden lavaliers. So I will find out soon if it is audible on film - but I am afraid it will be. The other concern is it does not come with a power adapter. Luckily I had a power supply, I just had to by a $55 Powertap to XLR adapter. So overall good potential - and I hope they make changes and are willing to update my unit for free - but I will not hold my breath. I would have bought four more of these if it were not for the fan issue.
    Date published: 2011-03-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good little light...with flaws Overall, I like this light. It's lightweight, bright enough (looks like a 150w - 200w tungsten), and perfect for run-and-guns setups. I'd only use this as a backlight or accent light in a 3 point camera interview but could make it work as a key or fill if necessary though it isn't bright enough. I love that it's focusable and can be dimmed without shifting in color...it also doesn't get hot. Coming from tungsten and fluorescents, that's phenominal. I also like the rubber dimmer and focus wheels. They feel nice in your hand. It also emits a nice quality of light in both spot and flood. The negatives have already been listed but I'll repeat them: 1. The fan in the unit does make noise...it's not too terribly bad but it's there. It's not as disturbing as a building's AC unit or the compressor on a refrigerator so it doesn't bother me too much. 2. It's made of plastic. It's not lightweight cheap plastic but plastic none-the-less. That doesn't really bother me because it feels high quality and is light-weight. However, I do wish that the part of the light where the ball-head screws in was metal. There is a brass threaded ring seated down in the plastic but that would be the first place to fail if the ball-head was screwed on too tight. 3. The biggest issue I find with the light is the ball-head stand attachment. The ball-head is high-quality but there are too many moving pieces/parts that must be manipulate in order to get the light pointed in your desired direction. With all it's faults, I still like the light as it's perfect for backlights and accent lights.
    Date published: 2014-05-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Mix This is a good all round light. Has plenty of punch for such a small power usage. Was very impressed with the light quality from this light. There is a fan on the light but it is extremely quiet. Rest your ear next to the back of the light and you will hear it. I do have 2 issues with the light. 1 How will the light handle rain? This light is by no means waterproof and there is some electronics in the light. There is nothing anywhere stating that the light is or is not waterproof and no cover available for the light. 2 How you connect the light to the camera. The light says ENG but you either have to screw the light in, (a little slow when the big story is happening) or connect a second attachment to make it possible to connect to a sprocket. But your light will be approx 9 inches above your handle. Be careful if you walk through a doorway. Just the fact that it is a spotible LED light makes this light worth the money.
    Date published: 2011-08-29
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