ROTOLIGHT NEO 2 – LED With HSS Flash Mode Released

 

British LED lighting manufacturer Rotolight have released the Neo 2, an innovative on and off camera LED light providing both continuous, and simultaneous flash modes, including HSS functionality to 1/8000s shutter speeds.

And possibly of more significance going into the future, Rotolight have also announced a strategic collaboration with Elinchrom, which will see the Elinchrom Skyport 2.4GHz radio receivers built inside the Rotolight range of products, starting with the current Neo 2 release.

As well as integrating with the full range of Elincrom Skyport compatible gear, Rotolight will also provide a version of the Skyport HSS transmitter optimized for the Rotolight range of lights. Providing remote power and color temperature adjustment, as well as HSS flash functionality.

4 groups (up to 10 lights) can be controlled, with up to 200m range. Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus/Panasonic transmitter versions are currently available, with Fuji coming in 2018.

ROTOLIGHT NEO 2

ROTOTLIGHT NEO 2 FEATURES

 

  • 85% Brighter Than The Original NEO
  • High Speed Sync (HSS) Flash Mode to 1/8000th sec.
  • Zero Recycle Time
  • 500% Flash Output
  • Simultaneous Constant (Modelling) Light and HSS Flash
  • Integrated Elinchrom Skyport 2.4Ghz HSS Radio Receiver
  • 4 Groups (Up to 10 lights)
  • Up to 200m Range
  • Electronically Adjustable Color Temperature in Both Flash and Constant Light Modes
  • Updated Suite of CineSFX™ Effects, Including Fire, Lightning, TV, Gunshot, Paparazzi etc
  • Up to 85,000 Full Power Flashes On a Set of 6 AA Batteries (or 1.5 Hours Continuous)

 

The original Rotolight Neo have built a good reputation for providing quality color reproduction for video use, and the Neo 2 now provide 85% (close to one stop) more light than the original Neo.

Color temperature is adjustable from 6300K down to 3200K. Powered by 6 AA batteries or mains AC power, the Neo 2 to can provide up to 85000 full power flashes on one set of batteries.

 

ROTOLIGHT NEO 2

 

Where the Neo 2 are starting to push boundaries though is in the crossover into still photography with their simultaneous flash mode, which includes HSS capability.

Since projects like the LED Light Cube emerged a number of years ago, LED technology has promised to eventually provide an alternative to traditional xenon flash tubes.

With LED flash units offering possibilities like no recycle time, fully adjustable flash durations, and providing comparatively low power consumption. (The Neo 2’s flash durations are not currently adjustable though).

And with a built in modelling light effectively always available.

 

 

Although making nice progress, the Neo 2 are probably not going to going to replace speedlites or larger strobes just yet though.

Because even though Rotolight state a 500% increase in light in flash mode, and no power loss in HSS, flash output is still likely to be fairly limited in comparison even to a regular speedlight.

Though for wide aperture HSS portraits, with the light relatively close to the subject, the Neo may be a very convenient option for people wanting continuous and flash capability in the same light.

And with Elinchrom integration Rotolight are well positioned as larger lights like their AEOS come on board with Skyport integration, and as LED technology  advances into the future.

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The Rotolight Neo 2 are available now directly from $399 –

Rotolight Neo 2 – Adorama

3 light Kits – Adorama

Rotolight Skyport HSS Transmitters – Adorama

 

Rotolight – Website.

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17 Comments
  1. mike 3 months ago

    6AA batteries give up to 85000 flashes, probably the reason no GN is given

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 months ago

      At least its a start though I think.

      The more flash modes becomes a desirable feature like this the faster suitable LED technology will hopefully advance for the purpose.

      The market for a flash with an effective zero recycle time alone is huge, it just a matter of high output LEDs catching up to whats needed for this to work well.

  2. John Wilson 3 months ago

    If you remove the ?lang=usa from your link to the Rotolight site you will have access to a more detailed technical spec.

    • mike 3 months ago

      Read them and might as well be in chinese for all the help they are, personally i feel that it is deliberate not to give a W/s or Gn reading because it would show exactly what the truth is

      Mike

      • John Wilson 3 months ago

        Yes they are the sort of specs that you see with continuous lighting. You can probably get some idea of the GN starting with that data. However GN is itself not that useful. Most flashes quote it with the head zoomed in to the max (which is why the AD200 which does not zoom has a surprisingly low GN). In the case of this light there’s also the fact that it had a large area of lights so it’s going to be diffuse compared to a normal flash.

        I don’t know if it’s possible for them to get more light out of it when it “flashes” by momentarily overloading the LEDs. If they do that the continuous measurements would indeed be useless.

        I think a fair comparison would be this device would be against a flash in small softbox with the front diffuser on.

        I would think it would be pretty easy for Godox to produce a version of the SLB60 to do the same thing as this.

  3. Calum 3 months ago

    Pricey as well.

  4. Jeffrey 2 months ago

    Is it possible to do a comparison between the AD200 and the Neo 2 at full power for continuous light and full power for the flash mode? I think that would be a good gauge to find out how bright it actually is. I think that’s the main question on everyone’s mind right now,

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 months ago

      Hi Jeffrey,

      I don’t think you would have any hope of equaling even a regular speedlite if used direct at this stage.

      A fairer comparison might be using something like a white pocket bounce card on the speedlite, with the NEO 2 direct. Though even then I don’t think the Neo 2 would match up.

      The HSS mode should be the NEO’s best hope though for comparison, as it doesn’t lose 1-2 stops going into HSS mode like regular HSS speedlites.

      To get somewhere closer to regular flash output its going to take either much larger LED panels (therefore used without a softbox etc), or high output single point LED lights/strobes designed for this purpose.

  5. mike 2 months ago

    Taking their info we have f8 at ISO 200 at 3 feet (0.9 metres) , so that should be f5.6 at ISO 100, so we have GN = f stop x distance, or 5.6 x 0.9 so a GN of 5.04

    At 5 feet (1.8 metres) we have f4 at ISO 200 (so f2.8 at ISO 100) so GN = 1.8 x 2.8 = 5.04

    This does however mention it is HSS mode but no idea what they think they mean by that

    Mike

  6. mmmfotografie 2 months ago

    My old Manfrotto LED flash did this also pre-sync with a PW or Godox receviers.

    Nice is that you can control the LED and color from the transmitter.

    HSS is a term used for Canon flashes and fathers give it different names. I like to use pre-sync because that is what really is the case.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 months ago

      Thanks, darn that is good point. This is really another version of Long Duration Sync.

      There’s still no common name used, other than the manufactures terms like HyperSync etc.

      I’ve just been using Long Burn lately, though Long Duration Sync is probably more appropriate now we are looking at LED’s as well.

  7. Earle 2 months ago

    Given that Rotolight is using Elinchrom triggers, it seems fair to use Hi Sync, but yeah it’s a version of the long-burn message.

    Since this is clearly the Aeos’ little brother, the interesting thing will be if an Aeos 2 comes out with an Elinchrom trigger.

    Clearly this isn’t being positioned as a value product (like Godox) more like a high-dollar alternative to the higher-priced camera brand flashes.

    The one detail Jason Lanier isn’t giving (unless I missed it) is the ISO of the test images he’s capturing.

    It’s an intriguing option for a hidden kiss of light on off camera purposes, in heavily controlled lighting conditions.

  8. mike 2 months ago

    Just re-read the specs and the exposure is quoted at 1/60 second so unless you are shooting a Box Brownie this is not hypersync, long tail sync or any type of high speed sync

  9. John 2 months ago

    Forgive me if this is a novice question, but how would this be beneficial in a HSS situation. It seems like a stretch for this LED light to over power the sun

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 months ago

      Hi John,

      I think in the most part it would be like using a speedlite with a small softbox or Flash Disc etc attached, except you would be using the Neo 2 direct.

      So in bright light you are generally just looking at head shots with the light very close to the subject (to have enough power, and to create anything of a soft light at that size). And using very wide apertures for separation / bokeh.

  10. Alberto 2 months ago

    Just doesn’t seem worth $400 for what it provides. The concept is great and if they could get enough power then it would be worth investing in.

  11. Gordon 2 months ago

    One light is $400, but three lights is $1600? Someone needs to re-take their math class . . .

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