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Rotolight unveils the Neo 2: A portable LED HSS flash that doubles as a modeling light

Rotolight has announced the launch of Neo 2, an “industry first” high speed sync-capable LED flash that doubles as a continuous light source and boasts no recycle time.

The company says it designed the Neo 2 specifically for videographers and portrait photographers, and that it collaborated with Elinchrom to build its Skyport 2.4GHz HSS wireless flash receiver into the model. That Skyport receiver, in conjunction with the Rotolight HSS transmitter, enables photographers to wirelessly control up to four groups of 10 lights at ranges up to 656ft / 200m.

The Neo 2 light itself is powered by AA batteries and is capable of 85,000 full-power flashes on a single charge. This model’s shutter sync can be set at fast as 1/8000th of a second, and it offers 500% flash output.

Compared to the original model, the Neo 2 is 85% brighter when used as a continuous light, and there’s a built-in kelvin display for adjusting both flash and continuous light color temperature. Rotolight used its AccuColour LED tech with the Neo 2, the result being “perfect color rendering,” according to the company.

The Neo 2 is available now in a £250 (~$325 USD) bundle that includes a single light, the power supply, an accessory shoe, belt pouch, and a 4-piece filter pack. Rotolight is also offering a £1,125.00 (~$1,465 USD) bundle that features three lights, stands, balls heads, and a hard flight case.

Press Release

ROTOLIGHT UNVEILS NEO 2

A revolutionary all-in-one High Speed Sync flash and continuous light for photographers and filmmakers

The dawn of a new age of on-camera lighting

Pinewood Studios, London, 4th September 2017: Rotolight, award-winning British LED lighting manufacturer, has announced the launch of an industry-first, all in one High Speed Sync (HSS) Flash and continuous on-camera → continue…

From:: DPreview

Rotolight NEO 2 Announced

By Ollie Kenchington

Rotolight NEO 2

British LED lighting manufacturer Rotolight has just announced the Rotolight NEO 2, an update to their popular battery-powered NEO 1 LED light.

Rotolight says the Rotolight NEO 2 is:

an industry-first, all in one High Speed Sync (HSS) Flash and continuous on-camera LED

Going after both the film and photography markets is not a new strategy for Rotolight, after introducing similar features in their AEOS fixture earlier this year. Clearly that move has been a success for the company and they are bringing those same features to their smallest and most popular fixture, NEO.

Rotolight NEO 2 will come with built-in Elinchrom ‘Skyport’ 2.4Ghz HSS wireless flash receiver

Rotolight NEO 2 – Tech Specs

  • 85% brighter in constant light mode than NEO 1
  • Updated suite of CineSFX™ effects, including fire, lightning, TV, gunshot, paparazzi and more
  • High Speed Sync (HSS) Flash (1/8000th sec.)
  • Zero recycle time
  • 500% flash output
  • Integrated Elinchrom ‘Skyport’ 2.4Ghz HSS wireless flash receiver
  • Wirelessly control up to 10 lights, in four groups, at up to 200m (656ft) away*
  • Simultaneously constant (modelling) light and HSS flash
  • Electronically adjustable colour temperature in both flash and constant light modes
  • 85,000 full power flashes on a single set of rechargeable AA batteries (compared to 200 flashes on a typical speedlight)

*Requires a new, Rotolight optimised, HSS transmitter by Elinchrom. This new transmitter will be compatible with all other Elinchrom ‘Skyport’ devices and will be available upon launch for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus and Panasonic, with support for Fuji camera systems coming “shortly”.

Convergence

These days it is incredibly common to see both filmmakers and photographers using the same cameras (I own a Sony a7Rii and spend almost as much time shooting stills with it as I do video) so I think it makes perfect sense to see LED lights following suit. Even if filmmakers don’t use the flash capabilities of the → continue…

From:: Cinema 5d