Rotolight RL48 Interview Kit V2

Rotolight RL48 Interview Kit V2

Rotolight RL48 Interview Kit 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
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Rotolight RL 48-IK-V2 overview

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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

Rotolight RL 48-IK-V2 specs

Light Fixture
Number of LEDs 48
Power
Battery Plate 3 x AA
Physical
Mount Type 1/4"-20 Female Thread, Cold Shoe
Dimensions 5.3"  / 138 mm
Weight 6 oz / 90 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.9 x 8.4 x 4.4"

Rotolight RL 48-IK-V2 reviews

RL48 Interview Kit V2 is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So useful I purchased a second set. 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.
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Lights 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.
Date published: 2013-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rotolight RL48 Interview Kit V2 LED light is a great way to go if you shoot both stills and video. This compact two-light set is fantastic. The light output is perfect for interviews, as the name would imply. Using this set for all the interviews I'm conducting for a documentary production, and they work great. The included diffusion filters help to balance the key and fill light to just about any ration you need. Also included are color gels that may be useful for creative effects, but I've not needed them thus far. They will drain a set of AA batteries fairly quickly (I'm getting about two-and-a-half to three hours out of a set of batteries), so keep spares at hand. The included mounts provide a number of possible mounting options.
Date published: 2015-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Portable Kit 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
Date published: 2013-12-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 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.
Date published: 2014-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rotolight Makes Excellent Interview Kit 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.
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 them.
Date published: 2013-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Power and portability, clever design 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.
Date published: 2014-04-18
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