September 30, 2010
Rotolight's Stealth approach to lights
Rotolight from UrbanFox.TV on Vimeo.
The Rotolight RL48-A Stealth ringlight started life last year as yet another mic-mounted LED light, although with a few nice touches, such as being rubberised for easier/quieter handling and having a circular filter holder that also protects against rain. It has since been added to, to create a neat little package that can be used on a hot-shoe mount or fixed to a light stand, and the colour adjusted with lots of different filters.
It uses 48 LEDs, is "dimmable" by over 1.5 stops (using included ND filters), can give accurate 6900K, 5600K, 4100K and 3200K light (again using the Lee Lighting filters), works for about three hours on one set of three AA batteries, and is reasonably inexpensive (£85.10 ex VAT / $125.00 / €105).
The addition of the Rotolight Stand (£29.99ex / $44.99 / €36.99) allows it to be mounted on hot shoes or tripods, and there is now a new Rotolight Interview Kit (£249.99ex / $375.00 / €305) that includes two RL48-A lights, two stands, a Colour FX Filter Kit (with ten filters), and a belt pouch to take them all (plus batteries, phone, etc.). We interviewed its MD, Rod Gammons, at IBC (video above), who demonstrated what it can do.
By David Fox