Litepanels Croma On-Camera LED Light

Litepanels Croma On-Camera LED Light

Litepanels Croma On-Camera LED Light

B&H # LICROMA MFR # 905-4023
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Product Highlights

  • For Cams / DSLRs / Stands / Handheld Use
  • Flicker-Free Shadowless Soft Light
  • Dial-Adjustable Color Temperatures
  • Smooth 0-100% Dimmer Dial
  • Low-Consumption and 50,000 Hour LED Life
  • Cool to the Touch Operation
  • Soft-Touch Rubber Coating
  • Ergonomic and Intuitive Controls
  • Operates by AA Batteries or AC Power
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Litepanels Croma overview

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The Litepanels Croma On-Camera LED Light produces a shadowless soft light at variable color temperatures adjustable by a dial on the side of the panel.

Visually accurate color can be selected from 3200K tungsten to 5600K daylight. Via a smooth 0-100% dimmer dial, brightness can also be regulated without causing shifts or abnormalities in color. Light is produced flicker free at any frame rate or shutter angle. Power is by six AA batteries for up to 1.5 hours or by an included 100-240 VAC adapter. An efficient power management design yields low consumption, and a controlled current management affords a 50,000 hour bulb life.

The Croma features cool-to-the-touch operation and a rugged black soft-touch rubber coated housing.

In the Box
Litepanels Croma On-Camera LED Light
  • 100-240 VAC Adapter
  • Padded Ballistic Nylon Carrying Case
  • Diffusion Filter
  • Ball Head Shoe Mount
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Litepanels Croma specs

    LED Lifetime 50,000 hours
    Color Temperature 3200K - 5600K
    Dimming 100%-0
    Power 9 W draw
    Operates by 6 AA batteries or by an included AC adapter
    Compatible with optional Anton Bauer "Dionic HC" battery and a D-Tap accessory
    Power Requirement 6 - 20 V
    Dimensions 6.5 x 4.25 x 1.5" (16.5 x 10.8 x 3.9 cm)
    Weight .75 lbs (.34 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.9 x 7.0 x 6.0"

    Litepanels Croma reviews

    Croma On-Camera LED Light is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 44.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good light, weak ball mount I'm of the philosophy that an on-camera light is a last resort. I bought this light to replace my Lowell Blender and it's plenty bright for interior fill in dark areas which might otherwise require raising ASA or Gain settings on the camera. I've also used as a key light off camera when traveling overseas with no crew or other lighting gear. The ball head is not robust enough to use on the front of the C300 handle. I have a Manfrotto ball head that does the trick. Kind of a drag that Lithium batteries can cause it to overheat (this means I have to carry Alkaline for this and lithium for wireless mics).
    Date published: 2016-02-15
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great light in a weak case! Don't get me wrong, I really like the quality of light this LED produces, it's just made of cheap plastic. It's a pretty tall light, so it's easy to bump when it's attached to the camera. Even a slight bump will snap the plastic connection making the light unmountable. Much too delicate for the real world.
    Date published: 2015-02-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great, except for power This is a versatile light with great output, flexibility and good build quality. While it is a large unit compared to something like Lowel's offering, it is not heavy or cumbersome. It has good throw distance, and accepts diffusion well. However, there are drawbacks. The knobs have no detents at all, save for off, which makes repeatability difficult at best. This is compounded by the need to keep the light off while not rolling, particularly if you are using it at or near full intensity, which you may be doing if you're using diffusion. In testing, we found that when using AA batteries as a source (either 2900 mAh rechargeable or Duracell disposables), at full intensity, it only lasted about 20 minutes. At half intensity, it lasted about 6 hours. The killer was that if you used it at full intensity for 20 minutes, it takes several minutes to replace the AA batts - a big no-no with talent and producer waiting. That was why we eventually returned the Croma. If you power via the DC jack somehow, this may not be an issue, but be sure to test before you shoot.
    Date published: 2012-12-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great addition to an already full kit This light is honestly much better than I had expected. It's quite bright for how tiny it is, the cross fade between colors is pretty nice. As it's LED, there's an expected multi shadow of the subject depending on the distance of the light to the subject in relation to the background - but it's nothing to cry about. The dimming from 0 - 100 is very smooth. The size and weight is GREAT. It can go anywhere to even just be an accent light on set. It's honestly pretty incredible what can be done with it. Don't buy it expecting an incredible key light - if anything it's a nice fill and if you had no other key lights, you could use it.
    Date published: 2016-04-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Flexible and Super Portable Ive been using this fixture as an on camera source as well as a portable hair light. Its light weight, color temp flexibility and dimmer make it so fast and easy to get exactly what you need from a small light source. Only surprise so far was that it drained the internal AA batteries way faster than expected. I can run it off an Anton Bauer brick too so it didn't end up being a problem. I'd advise getting the d-tap cable as well as a set of rechargeable AAs. The quality of the light and color reproduction seem fine although I haven't been in a situation where I could really evaluate those qualities. Overall I'm super pleased with this light source.
    Date published: 2016-03-01
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay, but not the best I expected the 6 AA batteries to last longer than they did. I tried to use this overseas last year and ended-up having to shoot without since the batteries died within 20 minutes of full-power use. The light was okay in close-up situations, but not very useful beyond 7 feet.
    Date published: 2013-05-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent but with some problems With the Croma you don't have to worry about horizontal banding and flicker at any shutter angle whether shooting with CMOS or CCD based cameras. The CRI seems decent enough when shooting events with mixed light sources too. The major problem with the Croma is the battery compartment design: the springs used to hold the batteries in do not do so and like the first generation LP Micros they want to pop out. This leads to intermittent electrical contact and can cause the light to flicker on and off when you need it most. Other problems noted are non-linear dimming and color changing - it is done in steps with a hysterisis effect. The light and color change abruptly in steps rather in a smooth fashion. The dimming potentiometers are of the analog type and susceptable to failing over a short amount of time which can cause flickering when adjusting the light's intensity(ever see the first generation LP lights do this?). A better method would have been to use rotary encoders and feed a digital signal to the circuitry controlling the led driver. With a fast sampling rate one could control the light in a more precise and repeatable manner. Other than those point this light is pretty effective in mixing in with mixed lighting sources when you don't have time to setup lights. It lasts about 40-50 minutes on freshly charged eneloops(2000mAh) on full power and draws slightly more than 12 watts, rather than the advertised 9 watts. I would recommend this light if the battery compartment issues where fixed. I can live with the other problems but having a light fail on me during a take or uncontrolled event is simply unacceptable. A quick temporary solution I found was to bend the battery tabs out a little bit more. For the price one has to pay for this fixture this shouldn't be necessary. Other minor grips are the diffusion gel: doesn't provide enough diffusion to eliminate multiple led shadows - try shooting through a few cookies and you'll see. The build quality should have been made out of metal and not plastic, feels flimsy . The tungsten balanced leds project a spot rather than a flood pattern like the daylight balanced leds. A good concept but should have spent more time in the lab at the bench before releasing this light.
    Date published: 2012-05-31
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Arg!! This thing is cheap and plastic. Battery compartment is the worst. It takes 10 tries and a act of a Thor to make the batteries work. Not that bright. Only helps in VERY dark locations. Can someone make a better variable color led panel already?
    Date published: 2013-10-04
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